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Indoor Sports Monthly – June 2016

Volume 5, Issue 9

Can outdoor sporting events like soccer and baseball benefit from an indoor sports facility? This issue shows how multi-use facilities can be invaluable to athletic programs in colder climates.


More Than Indoor

Did you know that Tarkett provides more than indoor sports flooring? FieldTurf, a Tarkett company, is the global leader in artificial turf that has provided playing surfaces for two Super Bowls, the World Series, the World Baseball Classic, and a Major League Soccer Cup final. There are more than 7,000 FieldTurf fields worldwide including surfaces used by 21 NFL teams. FieldTurf provides a safer playing surface for all ages and levels of competition. Whether it is indoor or outdoor athletics, Tarkett Sports has the right surface for the job.

Snow Delay? In Baseball?

Baseball Glove in the SnowThere are many reasons to consider having a multipurpose athletic surface with a resilient sports floor. They are simple to maintain. Setting up special events is faster and easier. But have you considered the weather? In some colder climates, where snow covers the ground until April, outdoor athletes need a place to prepare for their sport. For example, SUNY Polytechnic in Utica, NY uses its Wildcat Field House for baseball practice, softball, soccer, and even lacrosse. They use an indoor batting cage, run drills, and even play practice games on their Omnisports™ flooring. The Field House allows teams to be ready when the weather breaks and games can begin. By comparison, hardwood courts are less inclined to take groundballs or host an indoor soccer match. When selecting an indoor sports floor, it doesn’t hurt to think about your outdoor athletic teams in addition to basketball and volleyball. A multi-use indoor space lets them hone their skills over the Winter. When Spring arrives, they can hit the ground running and compete with a decisive head start.

Chair Rests

Proper Chair Rests Protect Flooring

Using the right furnishings in your gym is an essential part of getting the most out of your flooring investment. For example, undamaged chairs with proper footing can significantly improve the longevity of any surface, regardless of material type or manufacturer. Look for chair rests with a large surface area at the point of contact with the floor. Some even pivot to maintain contact, which is even better. See the image at the top left. On the other hand, damaged and angled chair rests such as the one on the right will invariably cause problems. The reason is simple. Placing the same amount of weight on an increasingly smaller surface area dramatically increases the pressure exerted on the floor, which can lead to damage. By paying close attention to this detail, you can safeguard your gym floor from a costly repair.

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