Repainting The Soccer Fields

Surveying - Before Surveying - All Dimensions

When you come by my house I can probably tell you most of what there is to repainting in two minutes - still it is useful to spend the ten minutes to read this page ("Marco's Dissertation" as David Lesikar called it.)

At A Glance

  • Every week (30 minutes to an hour, each repainting volunteer does two or three weeks.)
  • Shake spray cans vigorously for about a minute.
  • Walk slowly.
  • Just push the machine forward. Trying to make little course corrections will result in a wiggly line.
  • Wear clothes & shoes that don't matter. Paint may not come off.

  • Paint Use (Not all fields are in use every year)
    Duveneck School (1 medium field, 60x40) 6-9 cans
    Eleanor Pardee Park (2 small fields, 35x25): 6-9 cans
    El Carmelo School (2 small fields, 35x25): 6-9 cans
    Escondido School (2 small fields, 45x30): 8-11 cans
    Fairmeadow School (2 small fields, 30x20): 5-7 cans
    Hoover School (2 small fields, 35x25): 6-9 cans
    Hoover Park (4 small fields, 45x30): 16-22 cans
    Juana Briones Park (2 small fields, 45x30): 8-11 cans
    Nixon School (2 small fields, 35x25): 6-9 cans
    Palo Verde School (2 small fields, 30x20): 5-7 cans
    Ohlone School (1 medium field, 60x40) 6-9 cans
    Peers Park (2+1 small fields, 45x30 and 30x20): (8-11) + (3-4) = 11-14 cans
    Ramos Park (1 medium field, 60x40) 6-9 cans
    Robles Park (1 medium field, 60x40) 6-9 cans
    Walter Hays School (2 small fields, 30x20): 5-7 cans
    Seale Park (1 medium field, 80x50): 8-12 cans
    JLS School, fields #1, #2 & #3 (full-size fields, 100x70): 15 cans each
    * JLS School, Fields #1,2 and 3: 3 circles, 6 penalty arcs: 4-5 cans
    Greer Park (full-size fields) 15 cans each

    Fields Locations

Why Repainting?

The watering, sunshine and use wear down the lines on the soccer fields, but it's mostly the grass growing and the mowers cutting off the painted tips of the blades of grass that makes the lines disappear. In two weeks' time the lines will be almost gone: that's why the fields need to be repainted every week of the season.
Most locations take about 45 minutes to one hour for one repainter. If even one week is skipped, the lines may almost have disappeared by the second week, and laying out a field anew will take a team of six at least an hour, probably longer.


The first repainter will pick up a machine and paint at my house, an may keep it for his or her turn, and then the second repainter should pick it up from the first, and so on. Do not drop off a machine at the next repainter. The last repainter returns the machine and leftover paint to me.
When it's your turn to start repainting, please contact the repainter before you on the schedule about picking up the machine and any leftover paint. Please do that early in the week to avoid a missed connection on Friday.
When your repainting turn is over, the next repainter should contact you about picking up the machine and any remaining paint. If you haven't heard by Wednesday, please send him or her a reminder, and cc your team's coordinator. We cannot miss one week of repainting.


  • The black machines fold up for easy transport. Don't stack them, it may damage the rubber windshield; put them on their sides if you're transporting more than one. Please be careful with the cable when folding and unfolding. When you unfold the machine, tighten all wing nuts. (It may take half a minute, but believe me, pushing a machine with a loose handle is annoying.)
  • If a wing nut comes off and gets lost, there is a spare on a string at the bottom of the machine. Send me an email if you need to pick up a new wing nut at my house - or it may take less time to go by the hardware store yourself (1/4 - 20 wing nut.)
  • When there's a problem with your machine, contact me, or come by my house for an exchange or a full refund (leave a note about what's wrong with the machine.)
  • Please don't overload the machines, and don't let children play with them. Replacing bent axles takes a lot of time.
  • [The red machines in the picture are not in use anymore.]

Repainting The Lines

Teams and Blocks or Alternating Duties?

Most repainters work by themselves, but some teams repaint the fields together, and some repainters bring a child or a friend. A helper could shake the cans, so there's no interruption of the painting for that.
Let me know if you'd like a second machine for your team. I have a few extra machines, but not enough for each team to have two. Send me an email to ask and don't take without my permission.
Usually, the machine and paint supply is with the team member who's currently doing the repainting, but some teams keep their machine(s) and paint supply at the house of a team member who lives close to the field.
I do recommend you schedule in blocks, work consecutive weeks, so you can see how your lines look a week later, and (if necessary) adjust your technique; but of course, sometimes travel, work or other tasks don't allow that.
Because of the early dark and chance of rain, the last weeks of the season are the hardest, so (with the typical three volunteers to a field and an eleven-week season) a 4-4-3 schedule would be the fairest; but with frequent travellers that may not work out. (Thank you Dave Lesikar)

Typical Paint Use

location # of fields size
weekly paint use
2-week supply
high estimate
(boxes of 6)
3-week supply
high estimate
(boxes of 6)
Fairmeadow School
Palo Verde School
Walter Hays School
2 30x20 5-7 cans 3 boxes 4 boxes
Hoover School
Nixon School
Eleanor Pardee Park
2 35x25 6-9 cans 4 boxes 5 boxes
Escondido School
Juana Briones Park
2 45x30 8-11 cans 4 boxes 6 boxes
Peers Park 2
8-11 cans
3-4 cans
5 boxes
8 boxes
Duveneck School
Ohlone School
Robles Park
1 60x40 6-9 cans 4 boxes 5 boxes
total use 42 boxes 63 boxes
Halfway through the season we can lower the amount of paint used. The ongoing painting will have discouraged the growth of the grass.
When resupplying, don't take more paint than for three weeks, or there may not be enough left for the last teams restocking that week, and it will be harder for me to keep track of stock. - But in the last weeks of the season it's OK to take an extra box, it would be such a waste of time and gas to pick up a few cans.
Please note on the clipboard how many cases you took for which field, so I can keep track of how much paint to order.

... and Then We Talked of The Rain

It doesn't make sense to paint when it is raining heavily, because the paint will wash away; but you can successfully paint a wet field if no rain is expected for the next hours. If there is no other way, you can even paint during a drizzle or mild rain, if it doesn't last too long. On dry grass the paint will dry more quickly, but painting lines on a wet field can and sometimes has to be done. In the initial weekends we often paint fields wet with dew.
Check the weather forecast often. If rain is expected for Friday, try to paint on Thursday; if much rain is expected Thursday and Friday, paint on Wednesday.
If you painted during rain, please go back to the field later to check on the lines, and if necessary lay down an extra layer of paint (not during games.)
In case that it rains continually Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, you'll have to paint on Saturday or Sunday (after games, if they're not cancelled) so as not to lose the field layout. And repaint again on Thursday or Friday.
If it would rain without letup for two weeks I guess that the remainder of the season will be cancelled, because by then the fields would be in no condition for play.

Detailed Fields Diagrams

30x20 - 35x25 - 45x30 - 60x40 - 80x50 - 100x70

Specific Fields:

Multifield Sites: Addison School - Barron Park School - Escondido School - Hoover Park - Hoover School - Nixon School - Palo Verde School - Walter Hays School

[No Location Maps]: Fairmeadow School - Eleanor Pardee Park - Peers Park - Juana Briones Park - Robles Park

Single Field Sites: Duveneck School - Ohlone School JLS 1 (120x71) - JLS 2 (110x68) - JLS 3 (100x68) - Ramos Park - Seale Park - (Terman 2) (106x62)

Small Fields (multifield sites)
Addison School - Barron Park School - Escondido School - Hoover Park - Hoover School - Nixon School - Walter Hays School

Medium and Full-Sized Fields (except JLS single field sites)
Duveneck School - JLS 1 - JLS 2 - JLS 3 - Ohlone School - Ramos Park - Seale Park

JLS Site Map

Soccer Fields Dimensions Overview
Surveying Initial Lay-Out instructions
Pre-Surveying: Laying out The (Outer) Corners

Paint Use Calculations

Total Length of Lines on Fields (in yards);
30x20: 180 x2 = 360
35x25: 220 x2 = 440
45x30: 265 x2 = 530
265 x4 = 1060
60x40: 455
80x50: 580
100x70: 740
(10R circle: 63)
One can will paint 50-75 yards, 150-225 feet of the line.

Many thanks to my predecessor Doug Kreitz for his comments and continuing help with the fields.

Surveying (First Lining)

Marco Schuffelen homepage - email (non-urgent)

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