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    Choosing the Right Martial Arts Mat for Your Facility

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Nov 21, 2019 5:27:39 AM

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    When it comes to martial arts training facilities, no two are exactly the same. While many differ in design, they also differ in use and specialization. When it comes to dedicated martial arts gyms, the choice of padding and mats is usually of the highest grade possible.

    On the opposite end of the spectrum, there are a number of multi-use facilities, community centres and the like that also offer martial arts programming and for their uses, a different grade of padding could suit their situation more specifically.

    While we certainly have the ability to get highly customized in designing any martial arts-style padding, we traditionally offer two main martial arts padding products for these highly specialized facilities.

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    Topics: Gym Mats, Custom Gym Mats

    Nesbitt: En Route to the Olympics

    Posted by Jeff Hurrle

    Feb 4, 2014 1:41:00 PM

    As the countdown to Sochi continues, the next sport in SSCI’s Olympic event spotlight is Speed skating!

    World record holder and three-time world champion speed skater Christine Nesbitt is a top contender this year for Canadian gold in Sochi.  After she ascended the podium at the 2010 games in Vancouver, it is hard not to speculate whether Nesbitt will bring home the gold for Canada again in 2014.  

    Christine Nesbitt is a long track speed skater from Calgary with two Olympic medals under her belt.  As a youngster, Nesbitt was a natural distance runner who also enjoyed hockey.  It wasn’t long after combining her skills from those two sports that she was nationally ranked as a speed skater.

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    At her 2006 Olympic debut in Turin, Nesbitt and her teammates won silver in the speed skating team pursuit - her first Olympic medal.  Four years later, following a number of World Cup and national championship wins, Nesbitt took to the Vancouver long track with a vengeance.  It was at those 2010 Olympic games that she would win her first gold medal for Canada in the 1000m speed skating event.  

    Safe Speed Skating Practice

    Speed skating, like any Olympic sport, takes a great deal of hard work and training.  Olympians like Nesbitt spend years working to compete in the winter games, often taking hundreds of falls before they win gold.  To maintain optimum quickness, speed skaters wear minimum protective padding, making on-ice collisions particularly dangerous.

    With little more than a helmet for protection in the event of a high-speed collision, it is important that the walls of your speed-skating facility be properly padded for training as well as competitions.  If your facility has an ice rink, it is possible that your rink serves as home to aspiring speed skaters.  Whether training or competing, make sure your ice rink is safe for skaters of all skill-levels.

    Sport Systems has a variety of mats and padding to choose from to help give speed skaters at your facility - like Christine Nesbitt - a soft landing! 

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    Topics: Custom Gym Mats, Sports Equipment, Custom Padding

    Cut Out the Middle Man On Your Next Sports Equipment Purchase

    Posted by Jeff Hurrle

    Dec 26, 2013 12:10:00 PM

    These days budgets are particularly tight, especially for school athletics.  Luckily, budget cuts don’t have to mean cutting corners; Sport Systems can get you set up with the high quality products you need at highly competitive prices.

    When you are looking to invest in your facility, look to Sport Systems.   We will work closely with you every step of the way, handling your project from soup to nuts, saving you time and money!

    Design and Build

    We are happy to customize any order, specializing in customizing grandstands, press boxes, and barrier netting systems.  University and High Schools turn to Sport Systems for all their sports facility needs.  No matter the size and specs of the job, we will design and build to meet your needs.

    Manufacturing

    The Sport Systems welding plant is the cornerstone of our manufacturing operation.  Certified by the Canadian Welding Bureau to the highest levels of the Canadian Standards Association, our experienced craftsmen will ensure your stadium equipment is sturdy, safe, and supportive.

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    Topics: Basketball Equipment, Custom Gym Mats, Gym Divider Curtains, Sports Equipment, Bleachers

    Safety in Sports - Protecting our Student Athletes

    Posted by Jeff Hurrle

    Dec 12, 2013 11:52:00 AM

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    From pee-wees to the big leagues, and even sandlots and pick-up games, a competitive edge is in our nature as humans. It drives and motivates us to be our best, and it makes games fun! Youth competitiveness in sports is healthy, but it can lead kids to injury. By taking the necessary safety precautions in your sports facility, you can help prevent your players from getting hurt during gameplay. 

    Millions of high school students take to the field every year for a season of their favorite sport that always feels like it ends too soon. Of the many virtues of youth is the raw passion that embodies young people in all that they do, especially on the playing field. During an eight-week season, student athletes will give 100% every day. While participating in youth sports does come with its long list of benefits - improved physical fitness, lessons in sportsmanship, character building, scholarships - the unbridled energy of youth also contributes to an estimated two million injuries in high school sports each year.

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    Topics: Gym Mats, Basketball Equipment, Custom Gym Mats, Sports Equipment

    It's Cold Outside, But it's Warm in the Gym

    Posted by Jeff Hurrle

    Nov 28, 2013 10:37:00 AM

    winter scene NYCWinter is upon us! The temperature may be dropping, but the indoor sports season is just heating up. There's no rest for the chilly, so don't let cold temperatures and snow on the field get in the way of your team's training regimen. When it is time to bring the sports indoors for the winter season, will your space be ready? Sports Systems can outfit your gym space or indoor arena with all the necessary equipment for the winter season.

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    Topics: Gym Mats, Basketball Equipment, Custom Gym Mats, Gym Divider Curtains, Sports Equipment

    A MATter of Fact...or a MATter of Taste?

    Posted by Jeff Hurrle

    Nov 19, 2013 9:41:00 AM

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    Let's spend a second talking about where the rubber meets the road and the pedal meets the metal! Neither of these really fit today's subject exactly, but they aren't entirely irrelevant. Gymnasiums and sports facilities are where the human body tests its limits against itself, against others, and most often, against gravity. Many sports require a forgiving surface, whether for the prevention of injury or because a routine demands a cushioned finale, like in gymnastics. Gymnastic crash pads and mats are essential to any gym where gymnastics or any gymnastic-inspired activities are taking place. Plus, who doesn't love diving headfirst into a 30-inch sea of foam?

    Sport Systems Canada gymnastic crash pads are available in far too many choices to list here. That's why we have a website. What you need to know about all the sizes you'll see listed is that our pads are made of 44 ILD (Indention Load Reflection) polyurethane foam. If you're not a foam enthusiast who knows exactly what means off the top of your head, rest assured. The short explanation is that a 12 x 12 x 4 inch slab of our foam can withstand 44 pounds of weight before taking an indention. Luxury memory foam beds usually have an ILD of about 14. This means our foam is durable and supportive without feeling swampy to athletes climbing on and off of it. 

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    Topics: Custom Gym Mats, Sports Equipment

    Sport Systems Sporting Equipment Services

    Posted by Jeff Hurrle

    Oct 24, 2013 2:57:00 PM

     

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    When you are looking to build a new, or refurbish a current athletic facility, coming to Sport Systems Canada is one of the best moves you can make. We have been in business since 1978 and have the experience, products, and service you need to complete your project without a hitch.


    Our people will help your people by making sure facilities are built to proper specifications for the individual sports you are building for and that you have the right equipment that is going to make your venture a great success. 

    What We Offer: 

    Basketball: Since we started business, clients have made us the number one choice for basketball equipment. We work closely with our clients to design, build and install the equipment they need. We offer indoor and outdoor court basketball gear such as backboards, basketball backboard padding, hoops, basketball nets, portable backstops, basketball backboard padding, wall-mounted systems, and in-ground installations. 

    Football: We offer standard uprights, collegiate and high school uprights. We also offer uprights that serve double-duty as soccer goals. Padding is an important part of the sport and we provide goal post padding, training pads and other football equipment. Our team will work with your contractors, maintenance staff and landscape architects to make sure you get the kind of equipment you need. 

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    Topics: Gymnasium Floor Covers, Soccer Equipment, Gym Mats, Basketball Equipment, Golf Equipment, Football Equipment, Lacrosse Equipment, Custom Gym Mats, Gym Divider Curtains, Stadium Seating, Sports Equipment, Bleachers, Badminton

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