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Old 09-28-2012, 04:30 PM #1
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How does the PSP set-up fields?

Anyone care to help explain the method used by the PSP? what is the process to create a perfect grid? im asking in depth here, not just "mark it off" ect.

Every time we have set up a field it is close but not perfect like in the events. Any help would be appreciated, thanks.
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:46 PM #2
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Field tape measure, the big roll up ones. Mark off every ten feet, length wise and width wise. Use the field spray paint (think futbol) making hashes every ten feet. line up bunkers as best possible and work from one bunker to the next. I.e. start from the back right bunker work your way around placing down one bunker at a time, work your way in. or do what my field does. Snake is heavily played at our field and we position the snake up first then measure out from that to mirror every bunker position we can. (currently we're using an under piece'd NPPL super 7 set from '06, that's gonna change soon getting a brand new 2012 PSP)

edit: not necessarily PSP's method just one of the methods my field uses, we get within 2-4 inch accuracy on both sides, barely noticeable, doesn't effect the sway of the game too much
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Old 10-09-2012, 12:41 PM #3
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Square field first. Most important thing. I believe the Magic number is 208' corner to diagonal corner. Use the equation A(length)squared + B(width) squared= C (point A to point B)squared If you can't go fill length of field. Pm me and I can walk you thru it.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:11 AM #4
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El Jefe GIP is correct when they say it must be square...off a little gets really squirelly (sp). While the ground crew at PSP does a very good job it is never perfect as you can tell when you walk different fields. They are subtle differences on every field and that can make for different shots and lanes even though the field layouts are the same on paper.

On a side note... the Glaveston PSP event this year was a testament to the grounds crews efforts, two destructive storms and they maintained the fields integrity better than could have been hoped for...considering some bunkers were actually afloat at least on the pump division field.
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Old 10-17-2012, 01:37 AM #5
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At our field what we did was we put stakes on the outside of the boundaries every increment of the psp's field length and width. After that you get string and wrap it around the stakes and walk the string from one stake on one side of the field all the way to the other side of the field. You do that for both the length and the width. You will end up with a grid and every spot the strings intersect that is were you put some sort of marker down. Then cut the string remove the stakes and you have a gridded field. Like the above posts every field will be different even the psp can't do it dead on perfect on every field they use every time but I hope this helps you, good luck.
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Old 10-17-2012, 02:43 PM #6
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Watch the video in this thread. There's a brief time lapse in the beginning showing the setup of a field in a manner that seems to be pretty efficient...
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Old 11-01-2012, 10:53 AM #7
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at cpx i use a land surveyor to shoot true benchmarks. this is the only way to set a "true" grid as weather will effect measuring tapes. if this is not an option for you plastic measuring tape is the next best and that will get you with-in +- 1' if done correctly
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:24 PM #8
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To properly square the field without electronics, get three pieces of rope:

1. Length of field (~185ft if you want to leave room for refs/net)
2. Width of field (~135ft allowing for refs/net)
3. Diagonal from corner to corner. Use the C^2=A^2+B^2 method to calculate proper length.

Gridding out the layout:

1. Create a triangle with the ropes and use stakes to mark the corners, as well as each grid square along the sidelines. Repeat for opposite corner. Make sure the field runs North/South on the long axis to avoid teams getting an unfair advantage at sunrise/sunset.

2. Using your width rope, mark each grid square on the rope (take a sharpie and make a mark on the rope) and stretch it across the field from stake to stake.

3. Place bunkers within grid squares, move rope to next stake on the sideline, and repeat.

It's important to use the diagonal rope when establishing sidelines. This will force you to have a square field, assuming you can keep the ropes tight and straight when lining things up. If you only do length and width ropes, you can create an acute/obtuse angle in the corners which should be square.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:32 PM #9
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To properly square the field without electronics, get three pieces of rope:

1. Length of field (~185ft if you want to leave room for refs/net)
2. Width of field (~135ft allowing for refs/net)
3. Diagonal from corner to corner. Use the C^2=A^2+B^2 method to calculate proper length.

Gridding out the layout:

1. Create a triangle with the ropes and use stakes to mark the corners, as well as each grid square along the sidelines. Repeat for opposite corner. Make sure the field runs North/South on the long axis to avoid teams getting an unfair advantage at sunrise/sunset.

2. Using your width rope, mark each grid square on the rope (take a sharpie and make a mark on the rope) and stretch it across the field from stake to stake.

3. Place bunkers within grid squares, move rope to next stake on the sideline, and repeat.

It's important to use the diagonal rope when establishing sidelines. This will force you to have a square field, assuming you can keep the ropes tight and straight when lining things up. If you only do length and width ropes, you can create an acute/obtuse angle in the corners which should be square.
I used a method very similar to this while helping a local field set up a psp field. This works very well and fairly quickly
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