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Indoor Sports Monthly – January 2014

Volume 3, Issue 4

A home court is more than just a playing surface. It is an opportunity for expression. This issue of Indoor Sports Monthly explores how colorful courts are supporting team personality and creating lasting impressions.

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Sports have always been an essential part of education and having the right floor can jump-start any academic sports program toward success. Tarkett Sports offers sports flooring to meet the specific concerns of schools and educators, including the first certified asthma and allergy friendly™ sports floor. Visit booth #1238 at the National School Board Association Conference in New Orleans to learn more about sports flooring for schools.


The Evolving Style of Court Design

The aesthetics of basketball have been evolving ever since the sport began. Courts today are distinctly more colorful and thoughtfully designed. One reason for this trend may be that a unique court can help create a particular team persona or leave a memorable impression on the spectators. For example, the home court of the Oregon Ducks has attracted attention with its two-tone border resembling a forest; the University of Central Florida has recently created a “blacktop” court that is almost completely gray and black.

Thanks to Tarkett Sports, you don’t need to have a huge budget or sacrifice practicality to create a distinctive, wood grain court. Tarkett’s Omnisports has 12 wood pattern colors and 16 solid colors. That means 66 unique two-color combinations and 220 three-color combinations. With the potential for intricate inlays or painted graphics, the possibilities of an Omnisports court are nearly endless. Visit tarkettsportsindoor.com to start crafting your home court advantage.

Consistency is Key

When it comes to the safety and performance of a sports floor one of the most important characteristics is uniformity. According to ASTM F2772, the values of force reduction, ball rebound, surface finish effect, and vertical deformation must all fall within the appropriate range for a floor to be considered suitable for sports. But aside from the testing values, ASTM F2772 also requires a degree of uniformity across the entire surface. The reason for this is simple. If an athlete knows what to expect from the floor, he or she is less likely to be injured. For example, if vertical deformation is high in one area of the floor and not others, an unfortunate player might step on that location and not get the accustomed support. This could cause a loss of balance and result in a fall. For that reason, proper sports performance is a combination of the right properties and consistency.

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