This artificial turf Training Circle was patented by Cal and Bill Ripken behind many of the instructional theories of Cal Ripken Sr. The purpose of the design is to allow baseball instructors to make more efficient use of their time teaching the fundamentals of the game. This can be accomplished in two ways:
- By increasing the number of baseball drills performed during a practice session
- By allowing more players to participate in a specific drill at the same time.
The design allows for bases and home plates to be substituted for one another, therefore allowing a specific drill to take place in more than one location simultaneously. In most cases, actual baseball drills in pitching, infield, base running, and hitting can be doubled, and in some cases quadrupled. When used effectively, the Ripken Training Circle maximizes the efficiency of time spent and the amount of instruction that can be done, as compared to a traditional field set-up.
The Ripken Training Circle at Cypress Mounds has base settings at 60′, 65′, 70′, 80′ and 90′.
While designed for training scenarios, the Training Circle at Cypress Mounds can serve a number of additional purposes, to include:
- Team warm-up areas
- Team gathering areas
- Small competitions and contests during league and tournament play
- And much, much more