How Safety Netting is Taking over MLB Ball Parks

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jan 25, 2018 4:03:00 AM


    On September 20, 2017 at Yankee Stadium, a toddler was struck in the face by a 105-mph baseball off the bat of Yankee Todd Frazier. In the hours immediately following the harrowing incident, Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made a promise to spectators to make taking in a game a safer experience.

    While some argued that sudden implementation of these safety regulations would impede the fan experience, for most, the changes made perfect sense.

    Known as America’s pastime, baseball attracts thousands of fans across the United States to stadiums each and every year. The unfortunate reality is that nearly 2,000 spectators are hit by bats and balls while watching games each and every year. While not every instance involved injury, many had begun to question whether or not a slightly obstructed view was worth running the risk of injury to both adults and children.

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    Topics: Sports Netting, Netting Barriers

    A Completely Enclosed Drone Testing Area for École de Technologie Supérieure

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Dec 28, 2017 6:17:00 AM


    When it comes to developing the next generation of technical engineers in Canada, Montreal’s École de Technologie Supérieure (ÉTS) is a market leader. Ranked as the number one engineering school in the province of Quebec and fourth across Canada for the total number of engineering diplomas awarded on an annual basis ÉTS is a leader in developing engineering talent.

    Tracing its roots back into the mid-1970s, ÉTS is a practical institution accredited by the Canadian Engineering Accreditation Board and is located in Montreal’s Griffintown neighbourhood.

    Residing on the forefront of technology and innovation, the school reached out to our team in Montreal to discuss some unique needs for a program that involved rigorous testing of drones. With technology continuing to change the landscape and industry of these small, piloted aircraft, students at ÉTS were in need of an area indoors in which they could perform test flights and operations.

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    Topics: Netting Barriers, Custom Padding, 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

    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

    Custom Netting Barriers for City of Longueuil Parks

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Apr 18, 2017 4:01:00 AM


    Situated along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River across from the great city of Montreal is the city of Longueuil, Quebec. As one of Montreal’s largest suburbs, Longueuil is home to many of Montreal’s commuting community, as most residents travel to Montreal for work each day.

    As such, Longueuil is home to a variety of community and recreation-focused facilities and parks, making it one of the area’s most desirable neighbourhoods.

    Through our RFQ service, the municipality reached out to our team to design, supply and install several netting barriers across the city’s many parks. With the spring season getting underway and anticipating the upcoming busy baseball, soccer and other sports seasons, our team immediately got to work on the project.

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    Topics: Sports Netting, Netting Barriers, Our Work

    Unique Shooting Lane Divider Netting for Athol Murray College of Notre Dame

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Mar 15, 2017 5:25:07 AM


    One of our recent projects brought us to the picturesque Canadian prairies to the Athol Murray College of Notre Dame located in Wilcox, Saskatchewan.  Wrought with humble beginnings back in the 1920’s, today this high school is one of the premier private Catholic education institutions in the country, committed to developing young men and women to become purposeful leaders with virtuous character and a global mindset.

    Known for their competitive spirit and propensity for victory, the Notre Dame Hounds are renowned for their athletic prowess.  In 2006 the school’s athletic programming yielded more than $1.6 million in academic and athletic scholarships to American and Canadian universities.

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    Topics: Gym Divider Curtains, Sports Netting, Sports Equipment, Netting Barriers

    Exploring Alternative Netting Applications

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jan 26, 2017 4:02:00 AM


    Generally speaking, we all have some sort of an idea as to what constitutes sports barrier netting.  As a large portion of our business, custom netting solutions for sports applications are vital for the safety and well-being of both participants and spectators.

    Coming in all shapes and sizes, our netting barriers can be found in parks, athletic facilities and sports fields across Canada and the United States.  Ranging from portable or permanent barrier netting solutions surrounding soccer pitches and baseball diamonds, to lining golf fairways and driving ranges, our netting solutions span across a wide variety of uses.

    Aside from its most conventional use, there are a surprisingly large number of other applications our custom netting department is tasked with each and every year.  Here are a few netting applications we can design that you may not have thought about.

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    Topics: Golf Netting, Sports Netting, Netting Barriers

    Design, Manufacturing & Installation of Custom Netting Barrier for The Dome @ Louis Riel

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Jan 24, 2017 4:01:00 AM


    Bringing us to the far eastern regions of Canada’s capital city, our most recent project brought us to Gloucester, Ontario at the Louis Riel Secondary School.  After a brief stay at another location, Louis Riel Secondary School permanently opened at its current location in 1980 and immediately got to work expanding programming and facilities within the establishment.

    Originally serving strictly grades 9-12, the school expanded in 2003 offering programming to grade7 and 8 students, today it boasts a student body of over 700 students.

    In addition to strong academic programming, the school is home to a robust athletics platform serving a variety of sports such as basketball, golf, hockey, soccer, volleyball and more.  Additionally, the school is home to a unique facility among high schools in the region; the Dome @ Louis Riel.

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    Topics: Netting Barriers, Our Work

    Get Your Netting Fix with Our Netting Kit This Winter

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Dec 1, 2016 5:17:23 AM


    With snow flurries in the forecast, winter is upon us (most of us anyways) and with that comes the busy season in hockey rinks and ice surfaces across Canada and the United States.

    As the fastest game on ice, hockey is also considered to be one of the most high-impact sports on the planet and with good reason.  In addition to quick-moving skaters and errant hockey sticks, the game is centred on a gliding puck that at times, can be travelling at over 100 miles per hour.

    While the majority of hockey rinks are equipped with boards and proper spectator protection using heavy-duty glass, the risk of spectator injury in the game is still rising due to deflected pucks.  With up to 12 sticks being on the ice at any time, the risk for a deflected puck to clear the boards and head into the crowd was and is still, very high.  In fact, it was not until 2002 that the National Hockey League finally made a ruling stating that all ice surfaces were to be equipped with additional netting surrounding both goals above the height of the glass.

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    Topics: Hockey Equipment, Sports Netting, Netting Barriers

    5 Athletic Equipment Products Designed with Safety in Mind

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    May 5, 2016 7:15:11 AM


    We all love the roar of the crowd while taking in a football game, or the rush we get while watching players blaze down a basketball court.  The sensations that sports illicit in both spectators and participants can sometimes make us forget about everything that went into the design and production of the courts, bleachers and other athletic products used on a daily basis.

    Before these products hit the floor of any gymnasium or grace the sidelines of any football field or soccer pitch, they oftentimes have gone through years of research and development.  While technological and design elements are forever changing, making our lives easier, safety is still the top priority for equipment and infrastructure manufacturers like us and the customers we serve.

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    Topics: Basketball Equipment, Gym Divider Curtains, Sports Equipment, Bleachers, Netting Barriers, Wall Padding, Athletic Facility Safety

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