Playability and Innovation for Richardson ISD Baseball and Softball Fields

Looking to reduce rain delays while providing their students and community with elite fields for practice and play, Richardson ISD turned once again to Paragon Sports Constructors to convert the grass baseball and softball fields at Berkner, Lake Highlands, and Richardson High Schools.  The new fields match those installed in 2021 at J.J. Pearce High School, and feature GameON technology from Shaw Sports Turf.

“We chose Paragon Sports Constructors because I believe they have proven to do outstanding work, meet deadlines, are responsive through the process and when the process is over. If you do research around the state, you will find this to be true.”

Leslie Slovak, Executive Director of Athletics

Stone drainage installation at Berkner High School baseball field.


The field conversions involved building a foundation to assist in the drainage and stability of each field. The scope of work included excavation, sub-grade stabilization, new concrete perimeter curbs, drainage rock, and turf installation on the fields of play, batting cages, and bullpens, all of which were performed turnkey by Paragon personnel.

Completed turf at Richardson High School baseball field, featuring home bullpen and batting cages.

“We chose Paragon to install the turf on our baseball field because we did our homework and researched other schools’ turf fields, and Paragon’s work is superior to all other companies. The different textures and patterns that Paragon offers are far better than the others, and their drainage system is first rate. The workers that installed the turf worked long hours each day and did an excellent job. We are extremely pleased with our new field.”

Mike Tovar, Richardson High School Head Baseball Coach

client GOALS

Richardson ISD’s main goal with this project was to select quality turf fields that not only look great but play true for both sports. The schools also wanted more opportunities for leasing the fields to the community, more consistent playing surfaces, and improved drainage to ensure no games were lost due to poor field conditions. These goals were met through the combination of Paragon Sports’ construction expertise for drainage and installation and the playability of Shaw Sports Turf systems developed through many years of natural grass and athlete biomechanics research.

Synthetic turf installation at Richardson High School softball field.

“Paragon is the best, period! Their attention to detail and workmanship is second to no one. Watching the process of building this beautiful field was truly amazing. Customer service was great; they were eager to answer any questions I had. The field plays very true to a grass and dirt field. The only thing different, no bad hops! And the drainage, it’s the absolute truth when they said, ‘You can play 20-30 minutes after a hard rain.’ It happened to us and we were playing in 30 minutes. Thank you, Paragon, and thank you City of Richardson and RISD.”

JP Tovar, Berkner High School Head Baseball Coach

Liner installation at Richardson High School baseball field.

game on innovation

The baseball infields feature Shaw Sports Turf’s Game On innovation, a new approach to turf manufacturing where logos and designs are tufted together into the turf panel. Game On allows owners to be more creative with their field design while also eliminating cuts, and extra maintenance, in the field. Through Game On, all Richardson ISD baseball fields feature a crisscross mow pattern in their infields.  Learn more about Game On here.

Completed synthetic turf baseball field at Berkner High School.

project details

Baseball: Grass areas Shaw Sports Turf Powerblade Pro / Base path & pitcher’s mound Shaw Sports Turf TruHop / Warning track Shaw Sports Turf Momentum Pro / Batting cage & bullpen Shaw Sports Turf Elevate / Infill Sand, Rubber, & Geofill

Softball: Infield Shaw Sports Turf TruHop / Outfield Shaw Sports Turf Powerblade Pro / Warning track Shaw Sports Turf Momentum Pro / Batting cage & bullpen Shaw Sports Turf Elevate / Infill Sand, Rubber, & Geofill

About paragon sports constructors

Paragon Sports Constructors is a turn-key contractor of natural and synthetic turf sports fields, running tracks and tennis courts based in Fort Worth, Texas.  With over 30 years of sports construction experience they are one of the premier sports fields and running track contractors in the South-Central United States.  Paragon Sports Constructors is a member of the American Sports Builders Association who remains focused on quality construction practices, choosing to partner with top brand name manufacturers of synthetic turf and track surfacing to provide clients a consistently high-quality project from planning to first use.  For more information on Paragon Sports Constructors please visit or follow them on Twitter @ParagonSportsCo.