Ryan Wilby

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    Introducing The New Sport Systems Website – A Fully Capable Ecommerce Digital Platform

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jul 9, 2020 9:41:26 AM


    If you have been following us for any amount of time or have been a customer of ours over the years, you know how large of a role innovation plays inside our organization. It was nearly ten years ago that as a company, we went all-in on digital, abandoning many of the traditional ways in which our industry operated.

    Costly ads in print, billboards, tv and radio still play a role in many marketing mixes out there today. For Sport Systems, we believe wholly in the development of a digital platform to not only reach new audiences but also to educate them on our industry, products and the people who design, manufacture and install them.

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    Topics: Company Announcements

    Wall Padding for the Diane Hamre Recreation Complex’s Pickleball Courts

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jun 30, 2020 10:42:35 AM


    One of our most recent projects brought us to the Durham region of Ontario, located about 80km east of Toronto. Nestled in the municipality of Clarington, we were involved in some much-needed upgrades at a local recreation complex.


    After experiencing significant growth over the past five years, the game of pickleball is now everywhere these days. While played outdoors the majority of the time, in Canada, the season is drastically reduced as the fall and winter months roll in. To extend the playing season, many facilities are beginning to expand facilities and programming to offer indoor pickleball courts and associated programming.

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    Topics: Wall Padding, Pickleball

    The Benefits of Covering Outdoor Bleachers

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jun 23, 2020 2:15:00 AM


    Since the early 1900s, fans have been crowding into bleachers to cheer on their favourite teams. These enthusiastic onlookers seldom allow inclement weather such as, rain, snow, or cold temperatures to stop them from showing their support.

    Nowadays, with so many creature comforts available to us, sports facilities are making great strides to improve their guests’ experience and comfort levels even more. With the vast majority of today’s bleachers being constructed with aluminum, bleacher covers can offer protection from seasonal elements and sun damage and can also provide added comfort for spectators. Whether you have aluminum or wooden bleachers, these protective covers can offer several advantages.

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    Topics: Bleachers

    A Safety Netting Barrier for Morgan Park

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jun 16, 2020 4:00:00 AM


    Located around 30km outside of downtown Toronto, one of our recent projects took us to the beautiful city of Markham, a part of the Greater Toronto Area. As the largest city in the York Region, Markham is home to close to 400,000 residents and is home to a number of scenic pathways and outdoor spaces.

    With a revitalization project in the works, our team was contacted to help ensure the safety of residents in the area at Morgan Park, one of the city’s most popular recreational spaces. As part of the revitalization, the city undertook a massive renovation to the park’s pool and surrounding area. In addition to the pool, the park is now home to a new children’s playground as well as sports fields such as baseball diamonds.

    During the design phase, it was immediately apparent that the new playground scheduled for construction was potentially in harm’s way from the big bats playing under the lights of the community baseball fields.

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    Topics: Sports Netting, Netting Barriers

    Make the Most of Downtime by Improving Safety and Cleanliness

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jun 9, 2020 10:47:31 AM


    With the warm summer months upon us, kids out of school, and adults wanting to get in shape for swimsuit weather, it’s the time of year when gyms and athletic facilities are normally busting at the seams with activity. However, the “stay-at-home” orders and forced closings for non-essential businesses due to COVID-19, have disrupted routines for businesses and individuals alike.

    Of course, these empty facilities have impacted the industry but for many organizations, the downtime offers the perfect opportunity for catching up on equipment repairs, evaluating cleanliness protocols, and scheduling routine maintenance and inspections without inconveniencing clients. Additionally, it allows staff members to stay busy and continue earning an income, while enabling facilities to improve various aspects of their business.

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    Topics: Athletic Facility Maintenance, Athletic Facility Safety

    A New Gym Divider Curtain for Carleton University

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jun 2, 2020 6:00:33 AM


    Originally founded as a non-denominational evening college to serve veterans returning from World War II, Carleton University has since blossomed into one of Canada’s most respected post-secondary institutions.

    Located in the heart of Canada’s Capital, the university now serves over 31,000 students on its picturesque campus bounded by the world-famous Rideau Canal to the north and the Rideau River to the south.

    Over the years, we’ve been privileged to have partnered with the school on numerous occasions and have watched it grow over in tandem with the lovely city we call home. In addition to outfitting a number of other facilities on campus with equipment over the years, we were honored to have been selected to completely redesign and install the school’s grandstand bleachers as well.

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    Topics: Gym Divider Curtains

    The Ultimate Netting Kit

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    May 22, 2020 11:00:00 AM


    When it comes to keeping balls, pucks and other projectiles in play, nothing compares to a sound netting system. While some needs and requirements can be complex in nature and design for locations such as multi-use sports fields or professional applications (we do that too!), we also supply ready-to-use netting solutions for everyday use.

    Outside of custom netting solutions, our netting kit is one of our most versatile netting solutions. Without letting the small packaging fool you, these netting kits are the perfect solution to the majority of netting needs in both residential and industrial applications.

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    Topics: Sports Netting, Netting Barriers

    Custom Bleacher Graphics for Three Ottawa Schools

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    May 15, 2020 4:58:23 AM


    When it comes to school spirit, nothing shouts it louder than brightly displayed school colours and logos. With this in mind, we have spent the past few years developing a way to bring these colours and images to life with our superior line of athletic equipment and infrastructure.

    Our retractable bleachers are one of our most popular product lines. These innovative seating structures are designed specifically for indoor use in gymnasiums and auditoriums and also in other spaces such as pools and arenas. These versatile bleachers provide seating when the need arises and are easily stored in place when not in use.

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    Topics: Bleachers, Custom Solutions, Digital Print Pads

    Marking Tape for Social Distancing and Safety

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    May 7, 2020 8:26:28 AM


    No matter where in the world you reside, your life has undoubtedly been touched by the COVID-19 pandemic. In one of the worst health and economic situations our world has ever seen, rules, regulations and processes are changing all around us.

    Governments and leading health organizations have prescribed a myriad of recommendations that we should abide by with the goal of keeping each other safe and healthy.

    For businesses that have remained operational throughout the entire process and for those approaching the re-opening phase of the world’s economies, a lot has changed. One of the prevailing trends that has been proven to be making the biggest impact in slowing the spread of the virus is the practice of social distancing.

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    Topics: Marking Tape, COVID-19

    New Bleachers for The Pearl Qatar’s Temba Arena

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    May 5, 2020 3:30:00 AM


    As part of one of the largest real estate developments in the Middle East, we were invited by our partners in the region to participate in the project of developing The Pearl Qatar.

    Comprising of nearly four square kilometers, The Pearl Qatar is a stunning artificial island designed to resemble a string of pearls, recalling Qatar’s history of being one of the world’s top pearl traders prior to the region’s oil boom.

    As part of the development, the United Development Company, continues to add amenities for residents of this premiere community. In addition to the community’s luxury villas, apartments and townhomes, it is also home to an award-winning marina, beautiful beaches, and a number of gyms, in addition to the region’s premiere soccer pitch, the Temba Arena.

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    Topics: Bleachers, Our Work

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