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Significance and Use
This guide sets forth minimum standard requirements for use in local codes and ordinances relating to baseball and softball fencing.
This guide does not have the effect of law, nor is it intended to supersede local codes and ordinances of a more restrictive nature.
Studies, as listed in Annex A1, have been referenced as the basis for certain recommendations in this guide and will assist those who intend to provide protection against injuries or fatalities associated with anticipated thrown or batted balls and bats as well as passage to or from a baseball or softball field. This would include, but not be limited to, state and local governments, model code organizations, building code groups, and consumers. It is understood that the format will vary depending upon the specific use and local conditions.
Articles and studies have noted that fencing for baseball and softball sports, or both, should exist for baseball and softball sports outfields, backstops, sidelines, players on-grade benches, below-grade dugouts, and spectator seating.
1.1 This guide provides recommended minimum requirements for various types of fences used in softball and baseball ballfields and other sports facilities, and practices for installation.
1.2 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The SI values given in parentheses are for information only.
1.3 This guide does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
A392 Specification for Zinc-Coated Steel Chain-Link Fence Fabric
A491 Specification for Aluminum-Coated Steel Chain-Link Fence Fabric
A700 Practices for Packaging, Marking, and Loading Methods for Steel Products for Shipment
F552 Terminology Relating to Chain Link Fencing
F567 Practice for Installation of Chain-Link Fence
F626 Specification for Fence Fittings
F668 Specification for Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), Polyolefin and Other Polymer-Coated Steel Chain Link Fence Fabric
F1043 Specification for Strength and Protective Coatings on Steel Industrial Fence Framework
F1083 Specification for Pipe, Steel, Hot-Dipped Zinc-Coated (Galvanized) Welded, for Fence Structures
F1183 Specification for Aluminum Alloy Chain Link Fence Fabric
F1345 Specification for Zinc-5 % Aluminum-Mischmetal Alloy-Coated Steel Chain-Link Fence Fabric
F1664 Specification for Poly(Vinyl Chloride) (PVC) and Other Conforming Organic Polymer-Coated Steel Tension Wire Used with Chain-Link Fence
ANSI/IEEE DocumentANSI/IEEE C2 National Electric Safety Code
CPSC DocumentCPSC Staff Recommendations
ASA and Other Ball Sports Associations
BOCA DocumentBOCA National Building Code/1993 – 12th Edi
NFPA DocumentsNFPA 70 National Electric Code (NEC)
ICS Number Code 97.220.10 (Sports facilities)
UNSPSC Code 49161519(Baseball backstops or fences); 49161503(Baseballs)
ASTM F2000-10, Standard Guide for Fences for Baseball and Softball Fields, ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2010, www.astm.orgBack to Top