Key Elements of Good Pickleball Court Design

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Oct 19, 2017 4:00:00 AM


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When it comes to sports and athletic programming, don’t count out the quiet, yet growing game of pickleball. Designed and invented in the western United States, what was once a hobby to some is now a national pastime.

As more recreational centres, schools, clubs and senior living communities jump on the pickleball train, for those not yet initiated in the sport, there are a few things that need to be considered. Much like designing, planning and installing any new sport surface, arena or stadium, facility operators and planners must know the complete details of what it is they have been tasked to deliver. Especially if it is something as uncommon as the great sport of pickleball.

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Topics: Pickleball

Baseball Padding for the U-18 Baseball World Cup

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Oct 17, 2017 4:00:00 AM


Playing host to its second hosting of the U-18 Baseball World Cup, Thunder Bay, Ontario lived up to the hype and so much more in last month’s tournament. Acting as the governing body for the sports of both baseball and softball, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) was established in 2013 when the International Softball Federation and the International Baseball Federation merged to form one singular regulatory committee.

As such, the newly formed confederation organizes a series of World Cup events held in various locations around the world to test the fortitude of baseball players worldwide. The host city selection process can be an arduous one for applicants as the governing body evaluates every aspect of the host city’s application.

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Topics: Custom Padding, Baseball

New Telescopic Seating for Cegep de Matane

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Oct 11, 2017 7:03:40 AM


Nestled along the Gaspé Peninsula in eastern Quebec lies the town of Matane.  Bordered by the eastern province of New Brunswick, this picturesque area of Quebec runs along the south shore of the Saint Lawrence River. 

The area was once a haven for fisheries, forestry and agriculture but has since become a tourist destination, attracting visitors from around the world. Home to a number of National Parks, the peninsula is an eco-tourist’s dream and is offers a unique opportunity to spot whales from within the province of Quebec.

One of our more recent projects gave us the opportunity to work in this unique landscape as we were awarded a tendered contract to provide Cégep de Matane with a new bank of telescopic bleachers. Providing students in the region with a pre-university and technical college, the school’s programming gives students the skills needed to continue in post-secondary education.

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Topics: Bleachers, Our Work

How to Install Tennis Nets

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Oct 5, 2017 4:04:00 AM


You’ve done your research, shopped around for the best pricing, and selected the right tennis posts and nets for your newly built tennis court or existing court. As you move closer to the day when you will be able to welcome new participants to your courts, the planning process begins with how to install these pieces of equipment.

While we do offer our installation services on nearly everything we sell or service, many of our products can be installed by the end user, including our new line of tennis nets. 

Officially sized and made with 1-3/4” square mesh braided solid core polyethylene, our tennis nets lead the industry and are relatively easy to install on your court.

If you already have your tennis posts on site, you won’t need much else to get started on the installation process.

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Topics: Tennis Equipment, Tennis Nets

Four Gym Divider Curtains for Ashbury College

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Oct 3, 2017 4:02:00 AM


Founded in the late 1800’s by Oxford University graduate George Penrose Woollcombe, Ashbury College in Ottawa’s premiere neighbourhood of Rockliffe Park was the site of one of our more recent projects.

The historic boarding school in Canada’s National Capital is now home to 170 students in its Junior School and 515 students in the Senior School, where it continues to shape young minds through academic, artistic and athletic development.

Located about an hour away from our headquarters, the school approached our team to supply and install four gym divider curtains for two of the three gymnasiums located on the 12-acre campus. 

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Topics: Gym Divider Curtains, Our Work

Choosing a Windscreen for Your Athletic Facility

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Sep 28, 2017 7:04:02 AM


As part of our custom netting department, we are proud to introduce windscreens as one of our newest product lines. Used to block the wind, sunshine, noise and/or debris, these finely netted screens can be found on baseball diamonds, tennis courts, municipal parks, recreation areas, golf courses, industrial sites and ski resorts.

While these screens can be extremely versatile for any location or facility, there is a bit of homework that needs to be done before selecting the right solution.

Available in a number of different configurations, buyers will first need to identify the right windscreen product to address their unique needs. Our windscreens are available in a number of different fabrics, lengths and configurations. Below we will break down our main products, giving you additional insight into the buying process before purchasing a screen.

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Topics: Golf Netting, Sports Netting, Netting Barriers, Windscreens

Bleacher Seating for 800 and a Custom Press Box for Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Sep 26, 2017 4:51:33 AM


Located in the world-renowned Niagara Escarpment, made famous by the towering waterfalls that have made the region so popular in both Canada and the United States, is Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School.

Just north of the falls, the school is located in Ancaster, Ontario, a former municipality of Hamilton, which was one of the oldest European communities established in present-day Ontario.

Founded in 2004, Bishop Tonnos provides an excellent broad-based, balanced education to help young people grow to their fullest potential, with a deep-rooted focus on the Catholic Faith. While there is certainly a great deal of focus on academics, the school is also home to the Titans, who represent the school athletically in the community.

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Topics: Bleachers, Our Work, Press Boxes

The Space-Conscious Design of Hide-A-Bench Seating Surfaces

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Sep 21, 2017 4:00:00 AM


Whether it be in your educational, community, professional or athletic facility, the need to more efficiently utilize space will continue to be integral for growing spaces. As more programs continue to expand and seek to accommodate more participants, the need for space-saving products has become vital for many facilities.

Having nearly 40 years worth of experience in the market, we have seen first-hand how this need has not only grown, but also how companies such as ours have continued to innovate and push the envelope to deliver the products our clients need.

As our line of gym divider curtains, retractable bleachers and portable basketball systems continues to expand, we have added another unique product to our award-winning line-up. While retractable bleacher systems remain as the leading source of versatile seating solutions, the fact remains that in some cases, these seating systems can be too large for certain spaces and facilities.

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Topics: Seating Solutions, Benches, Hide-A-Benches

Baseball Safety Netting for Brampton’s Duggan Park

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Sep 19, 2017 4:01:00 AM


In the name of safety, our team was once again involved in a vital project aimed at reducing the risk of injuries to both spectators and players. The project was brought to our attention last year as we were contacted by officials with the City of Brampton, a suburban neighbourhood located in the Greater Toronto Area.

As a sports-focused community, the City of Brampton has produced several professional-level athletes such as NHL stars Rick Nash and phenom Tyler Seguin, among many others spanning across a variety of sports.

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Topics: Sports Netting, Netting Barriers, Our Work

Sport Systems Named One of Canada's Fastest Growing Companies in 2017

Posted by Ryan Wilby

Sep 14, 2017 9:30:00 AM


Sport Systems Ranks No. 319 on the 2017 PROFIT 500 

–Canadian Business unveils 29th annual list of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies – 

Ottawa, ON (September 14, 2017) Canadian Business and PROFIT today ranked Sport Systems No. 319 on the 29th annual PROFIT 500, the definitive ranking of Canada’s Fastest-Growing Companies. Published in the October issue of Maclean’s magazine and at, the PROFIT 500 ranks Canadian businesses by their five-year revenue growth. 

Sport Systems made the 2017 PROFIT 500 list with five-year revenue growth of 178%. 

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Topics: Our Work, Awards

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