Aim

To manage pitch use effectively during the season based on teams’ fixtures lists.

What’s involved

Create a plan of your square and any synthetic pitches and match the fixture to the pitches. Try to use pitches alternatively to reduce damage to new pitches during play. The end pitches are often used for practice.

Timing of use

Pre-season.

Effects of incorrect procedure

Planning pitch use means you have pitches left for bigger games during the season and the square wear is spread evenly. Without a pitch plan it will be difficult to achieve this.

Equipment needed

Fixture card and square plan.

Practical Tips

This is a good exercise to start the season with although be prepared for disruption caused by additional fixtures and those re-scheduled due to rain.