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Marking the Fields:
Being one of the lucky teams that get to play the first game of
the day, you get an extra bonus. You get to mark half of the field.
The other lucky team does the other half. You can argue over the
half-line, or both do it.
Now this is kind of a fun thing to do, but please take it
seriously. It makes the game much easier on the kids, referees,
coaches, and spectators if the lines are well marked and straight.
Look around the field. Somewhere there should be a painter and
several cans of paint. Go get it and bring it to where you want to
Setting Up the Painter:
one of the paint cans and shake it until you can hear the can
rattle. The rattle is a little ball inside the can that mixes the
paint. Continue shaking for another minute. If you never get a
rattle, use a different can.
Once the paint is mixed, remove the plastic cap. Turn the can
down, and align the nozzle of the paint can with the hole in the
bottom of the painter. Push down on one of the latches so the lip of
the paint can goes under the catch and release the latch.
Push down on the other latch, catch the lip on that side, and
release. The painter is now ready to go.
Painting the Field:
should be able to see most of the lines from last week. All we have
to do now is paint over them. Align the painter over the line you
are painting with the paint can over the starting point. Squeeze the
handle and slowly walk along the line. I find it works best if you
look at the line about 10 feet in front of the painter and head
there. If no paint comes out when you squeeze the handle, make sure
the lip of the paint can is under both of the catches. When you get
to the end of the line, release the handle and move the painter to
set up for the next one. It will take several cans of paint to do a
field (up to 8), so keep an eye and ear open to tell when the paint
can goes empty. When it comes time to do those tiny little corner
arcs, I push down on the handle of the painter to lift the front
wheels just a little bit. This makes it easier to make those tight
circles. On the smaller fields, you may want to do the corner arcs
Please remember to pick up the empty paint cans and caps. Place
them with the painter well off the field. We don’t want someone
tripping over the painter. Do not put the empty paint cans in the
trash. They need special handling for recycling.