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

    Tips for Keeping Your Bleachers in Game-day Condition

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jul 11, 2019 11:32:04 AM


    From where we sit, there is nothing better than witnessing scores of spectators rising from their seats to cheer on their local sports team. Having been involved in the sports infrastructure and equipment industry for over 40 years now, nothing makes us more excited than a well-planned athletic space or outdoor sports field. While we now support all facets of athletic equipment and the design process, our hearts are deeply rooted in the very seating that accommodates a crowd of rabid fans. Having designed bleachers and grandstands of all shapes and sizes over the years, we continue to pay attention to what facility owners and operators need and expect from their sideline seating.

    As such, nothing ruins a good day at the field more than a mishap on the bleachers due to a lack of care and maintenance. With this in mind, we wanted to touch on a few easy tips for keeping your bleacher seating in game-day condition for many years to come.

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    Topics: Bleachers, Athletic Facility Maintenance

    How to Maintain Outdoor Athletic Fields and Equipment in Any Climate

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Oct 4, 2018 4:00:00 AM


    As the year progresses and the colder months approach, the need for winterization and protection of athletic fields and equipment must be considered. Regardless of the field’s purpose, be it football, baseball, soccer or any other athletic use, anyone in the athletic industry knows the importance of being vigilant and actively planning and preparing for the winter months is crucial in protecting and prolonging the life of outdoor athletic areas and equipment.

    While a large majority of the products on athletic fields are designed to withstand the harsh winter temperatures, there are steps that should be taken to further protect some items.

    The playing field itself is one of the most important for outdoor sports venues. Any groundskeeper or coach realizes the need for a field to be kept in optimal condition whether during peak season or any other time. The additional maintenance and investment will pay off.

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    Topics: Bleachers, Athletic Facility Maintenance, Custom Padding

    Your Spring Athletic Facility Check-Up

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Apr 7, 2017 4:01:00 AM


    Spring is officially here in North America and the annual scramble to get prepared for the upcoming outdoor sports season is in full swing. As facility owners, operators and maintenance staff begin preparations, the necessary checks and maintenance items are often on the top of their to-do lists.

    While routine checks can seem daunting and time-consuming, they could be the difference between a safe spring, summer, and fall season or one filled with broken equipment or worse, injured spectators or participants. 

    With all this in mind, here are a few items your team should be checking on this time of year before outdoor pieces of equipment experience extensive use.

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    Topics: Athletic Facility Maintenance

    Athletic Safety – The Aut-O-Loc Basketball Backstop Strap

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jun 24, 2014 3:30:00 AM


    As with all athletic facilities, the safety of participants, staff and spectators is always priority number one. When it comes to ceiling or wall mounted basketball equipment like backboards and backstops, the Aut-O-Loc system is the industry leader, providing a new standard in gymnasium equipment safety.

    This safety strap is engineered with safety in mind; this basketball backstop strap operates much like a seatbelt in your vehicle.

    The patented inertia plate in all systems can automatically sense a centrifugal force of fall. When sensed, the Aut-O-Loc instantly stops the backstop from falling with help of its steel paws and locking teeth located in the housing. This system prevents both damage to the basketball system, as well as any inherent danger to participants and spectators below.

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    Topics: Basketball Equipment, Athletic Facility Maintenance, Athletic Facility Safety

    The Orange Zone Facility Inspection Program

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    May 29, 2014 4:00:00 AM


    As part of our routine maintenance and athletic facility inspections, we offer the comprehensively protective Orange Zone Program.

    Together with the aid of a large network of sports equipment dealers, Performance Sport Systems has developed an unmatched maintenance and service program for athletic facilities across North America. By being involved in this program, Sport Systems’ technicians and installers have gone through rigorous training and are experts in the evaluation of your equipment and facility.

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    Topics: Athletic Facility Maintenance

    Plan Summer Maintenance For Your Educational Athletic Facility

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    May 6, 2014 11:14:00 AM


    With spring officially upon us; most educational athletic facilities will soon be vacant for the summer months. The summer months pass faster than we all would like and now is a great time to start thinking about your summer maintenance plan for your facility. In doing so, you ensure your facility will be ready to rock come fall, prepared for the return of students and fall football.

    Before the bleachers fill up this fall, follow these tips to ensure your educational athletic facilities are in tip top shape with these easy summer maintenance procedures.


    Annual Inspections

    This one is a given, in addition to your facilities routine inspections and maintenance, it is always a good idea to hire an outside infrastructure company to professionally inspect your athletic equipment and structures at least once per year.

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    Topics: Athletic Facility Maintenance

    Routine Maintenance & Inspections - Keep Your Gym Operating At An Optimal Level

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Apr 29, 2014 6:22:36 AM


    The unfortunate part about human nature is we often fail to see something until it is too late. When everything in your gym or athletic facility moves along smoothly from day to day, it’s easy for us to simply trust that it will stay that way.

    The reality is, when something does happen to go wrong in your gymnasium, it often goes very wrong, very quickly.

    Eyes To The Sky & Ears On The Ground

    Although annual inspections by an external profession are always recommended, completing regular in-house inspections should be done on a regular basis by facility employees.

    It begins with informing your staff members of particular areas of interest and items that deserve constant attention and monitoring.

    The first step usually being: look up.

    A quick visual reference of wall mounted and ceiling mounted basketball systems above eye level are a great starting point. Some other areas that deserve attention are gym divider curtains, batting cages or any gym mats that might be stored in the ceiling high above the playing and spectator surfaces. Looking closely, you can usually identify any items that might eventually fall onto the gym floor or bleachers, protecting everyone inside your gymnasium or facility.

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    Topics: Athletic Facility Maintenance

    Make Facilities Maintenance Your New Years Resolution

    Posted by Jeff Hurrle

    Jan 28, 2014 1:15:00 PM


    There is nothing better than seeing your sports system serving the community, whether it’s a professional facility or a local recreation center. On a day-to-day basis, all year long, your facility sees a lot of action, and that can take its toll over time. A new year has begun - start your year off on the right foot with a full facility inspection.

    You’ve invested in a state of the art sports system, and repeated use means that your investments will face a natural amount of wear and tear. In order to guarantee safety and performance, regular inspection and maintenance are required.

    To ensure that the sports equipment at your facility, both indoor and outdoor, are up to working standards, Sport Systems conducts the necessary systems checkups. You can’t put a price on safety and performance. If your facility lacks the in-house expertise or resources, or if there just isn’t the time in your busy schedule to conduct the required equipment maintenance, Request A Quote or give us a call.

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    Topics: Athletic Facility Maintenance

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