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    How Google Glass Will Change Your Perspective On Pro Sports

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Feb 5, 2014 3:00:00 PM

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    New England Patriots' Julian Edelman sporting Google Glass

    Google Glass, the zealous new device from the folks at the world’s largest search engine, along with other forms of wearable tech, has come under heavy scrutiny by most industry professionals and analysts since its inception and release.

    As with any new product or service, it will obviously take some time to determine the true success or failure of Google Glass. Over the past few months however, you might have noticed that more and more professional sports teams and athletes are beginning to experiment with Glass.  Could Google Glass eventually become a part of the sporting equipment world?

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    Topics: Professional Sports, Sports Equipment, Sports Technology

    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.

    Christine-with-Gold-Medal-photo-by-Jeff-Bough

    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

    No fan left behind - serving spectators with Sport Systems

    Posted by Jeff Hurrle

    Jan 23, 2014 1:09:00 PM

    Portable Bleacher Systems

    Sport Systems provides essential services and products for a wide range of sports venues and athletes. From the moment your order is placed until it is delivered, (even returning for annual inspections and check-ups), Sport Systems is proud to serve the facilities that make people happy by keeping them active. But our mission doesn’t stop there; our goal is to serve the community as a whole, including those in the stands as well as on the field.

    While it is readily apparent how our sports equipment systems serve athletes of all sorts, from peewee to pro, it might be easier to forget how much their biggest fans appreciate having Sport Systems behind the scenes of their favorite sporting event.

    When spectators roll up to to see their favorite team play, they are relieved to find a secure, galvanized steel rack to secure their bike outside the facility. With a wide variety of design options and an array of customizable features, bike racks from Sport Systems satisfy the need for form and function.

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    Topics: Bicycle Storage Systems, Sports Netting, Sports Equipment, Bleachers, Netting Barriers

    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

    The Value of School Spirit

    Posted by Jeff Hurrle

    Dec 17, 2013 11:59:00 AM

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    Nothing brings the student body together like a good old fashioned pep rally! No matter the sport, pep rallies have long represented the tradition of unity and community pride in a group of students that together are more than just a team.

    The esteemed student athletes who are lauded at a pep rally represent the highest potential of the student body, and without the warm and enthusiastic support of their peers, their success would not be as sweet. In a gymnasium full of young people, all bathed in school colors and gushing with school spirit, it is impossible not to be a fan of the home team!

    Although not limited to athletics, school pride has strong roots there. Students leave the gymnasium after a pep rally newly inspired, ready to uphold their school’s reputation of excellence. Some might be prompted to challenge their local rival to a charity food drive contest; others might be raring to bring home that Math trophy for Hometown High; others will be proud to sport school colors while volunteering in the community for the National Honor Society. Not every student is an athlete, but every student benefits from the boost in self-esteem that comes with being a part of a winning team. Pride in one’s school means pride in oneself.

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    Topics: Gym Mats, 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

    Behind every great team is a bench

    Posted by Jeff Hurrle

    Dec 10, 2013 11:38:00 AM


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    It’s getting late in the game. The starting lineup has been running up and down the court for what feels like an eternity. It’s time to sub out the first string and get them off their feet for a couple minutes. Where can they take a load off when they are tagged out of the match? The floor is no place for your team! I hope your second string players had a nice place to sit for the first half! Make sure your athletes have a proper place to rest their legs: on a sturdy aluminum and steel bench!

    A solid in-ground players bench is the backbone of any strong team. Not only does it provide support for a winded player, but it also keeps your team organized on the sidelines. Nothing looks more professional than having the whole team lined up together on the bench in uniform, eyes on the action and waiting to sub in. Whether basketball or field hockey, football or tennis, a team bench will ensure your sideline players are rested as well as focused on the in-game action.

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    Topics: Sports Equipment, Players Benches

    Faster than a speeding bullet... it's a bird, it's a plane, it's a hockey puck!

    Posted by Jeff Hurrle

    Dec 5, 2013 11:30:00 AM

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    The great Bobby Hull's reputation precedes him when it comes to his legendary hockey slapshot.The NHL superstar, widely known as the "Golden Jet," raised the bar for the future of hockey during his career half a century ago. In his time on the ice, before face masks and curved sticks, his rifle of a shot was a rare and dangerous weapon. Today, a killer slapshot is a the kingpin of every hockey player's artillery.

    In 2012, Zdeno Chara of the Boston Bruins fired a puck at 108.8 mph, the NHL's fastest recorded slapshot. The world record for the hardest shot in the game is currently held by the KHL's Alexander Ryazantsev, clocked at 113.2 mph. Legend has it that Hull's were even faster than that, his hardest estimated to have been a 119.5 mph rocket. These guys are tough acts to follow, but the newest batch of future hockey stars are training hard to compete with these epic puck speeds.

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    Topics: Hockey Equipment, Sports Equipment, Hockey Goals

    Setting Up Your Own Basketball Hoop

    Posted by Jeff Hurrle

    Dec 3, 2013 11:24:00 AM

    Basketball hoop

    Basketball is undoubtedly one of the most popular ball sports around; invented in 1891, this sport certainly came a long way and is one of the most lucrative sports played in North America today. It's a game where professionals earn millions and friends enjoy a challenging exercise session. Either way, you will need a decent hoop if you want to enjoy this energetic game to its fullest. 

    Choose Your Game 

    Before you buy your hoop, decide where you want to use it. You can play inside or outside, allowing you to choose between a portable, wall-mounted or in-ground hoop. Portable hoops are secured by a large plastic container that you can fill with water or sand. It's much easier to assemble than other alternatives but of course not as stable. 

    Wall-mounted hoops are attached with a bracket to the wall and since they don't have a pole, you can easily fit the hoop above your garage door. Keep in mind that these hoops are very convenient but not very sturdy as other options. 

    If you want to enjoy this sport outside, you will benefit from an in-ground hoop. An in-ground hoop is a bit harder to install but they are very sturdy and will last for years at a time. This is the best option for a permanent setup. 

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    Topics: Basketball Equipment, 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

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