Standard pitch

Building a standard pitch

Here you can see how to build the standard pitch. In the meantime we are used to playing in front of the Endzone and not in front of the sideline. This is standard at tournaments.

So I changed the format of the board and moved the dugouts to the sideline. I also use only 20x20mm squared pine wood, which is enough to prevent the dices for rolling of the table. The ground is now a 5mm 85x60cm Fibre Board (Particle Board in the US and Hartfaserplatte in Germany), which makes the pitch much lighter and although stable.

The used material:
1x 850x600mm 5mm fibre board (1 side smooth, 1 side rugged)
2x 2000mm 20x20mm pine wood
2x 200x200mm 18mm plywood (MPX Multiplex) wood for the Scoretables
1x 1m Aluminium U-profile with 18mm inside

 

Step 1: Building the sideline:

With a 45° saw I cut the squared pine wood and fixed it with PVA glue (Ponal) on the rugged side of the board:

Did I mention that you need a lot of clamps?

Step 2: Painting the inside:

All my stadiums get painted a green color on the pitch side. If you lose flock, the pitch will still look green.

Step 3: Plane the frame:

With the electronic Planer I remove material from the frame until the 18mm Alu-profile fit on it. The U-profile will hold the score-table.

 

Step 4: Latest time to decide the design

On this type of board you have 81 x 8 cm for placing the dugouts, scatter template and a place for the referee on the sideline.

Step 5: Let the grass grow

I prefer Noch brand “Almgrund” (flocking) and a brown flock for the pitch. The flock will be fixed with PVA glue (thinned with a little bit water). Although the pitch needs only a little bit flock, you need half a bucket full of flock! Don’t move the pitch until the glue is dry (about 8 hours). You can see the result below.

 

Step 6: Painting the lines

It’s possible to paint the lines with a brush, but I prefer a perfect layout. With CorelDRAW you can design the pitch and a graphic studio print it using a cutting plotter. First you have to remove the lines and crosses from the template:

 

The template is pressed to the grass with a lino roller and the lines are painted with an airbrush.

 

Step 7: Building the Score tables

I use 200x200mm 18mm plywood (Multiplex) wood for the score tables. They will be mounted at a 45° angle on the Alu-U-profile.

With the circular saw I get the 45°.

 

The next thing we need is a 200x90mm thin iron metal plate.

 

The laminated printouts will be fixed later with doublesided tape.

 

My printout is 200x90mm and contains the Score, Turns and Reroll table. It will be laminated to protect the surface.

 

Step 8: Finish (not regarding the Dugouts)

Here you can see the result after 3 days of work. You can calculate another 3 days for designing the dugouts.