Choosing a Baseball Practice Screen

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Apr 12, 2018 4:00:00 AM


    One of America’s favourite and most beloved pastimes is the game of baseball. Invented in historic Cooperstown, New York during the mid-1800s, the game has evolved and is enjoyed by millions who both watch and play the game across Canada, the United States and the Caribbean.

    In the world of 100 MPH fastballs and the bats to match, player safety is of obvious concern, particularly during recreational play and practice. Once solely reserved for those playing in the “big leagues,” today’s baseball organizations are becoming increasingly aware of player safety and are quickly outfitting ball diamonds with the proper equipment to protect players of all ages.

    While batters are required to wear helmets, those standing on the pitching mound, infield or outfield are often left relatively unprotected. While during game play, the eyes of players are concentrated on the ball, during organized practice, there are often numerous activities taking place.

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    Topics: Sports Netting, Baseball

    How to Choose the Right Tennis Net

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Feb 15, 2018 5:11:03 AM


    Dating back to the late 1800s, the modern game of tennis as we know it has seen the countless volleying of hollow rubber balls by rackets strung with cord as it has developed over the years. Officially governed by the International Tennis Federation for over 80 years now, the game has grown from play on the lawns of great British estates to the international stage where it resides today.

    In addition to its popularity, accentuated in the past two decades by players such as Roger Federer, the Williams twins and many others, it offers participants and fun and cardiovascular exercise, with more tennis courts across North America than ever before.

    As a game traditionally played in the great outdoors, having the right equipment has been of paramount concern. With Mother Nature’s ability to cloak courts with rain, sunshine, heat, cold and snow at any given time, the netting used for the sport has been developed to both withstand the elements and the test of continued play.

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    Topics: Sports Netting, Tennis Equipment, Tennis Nets

    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

    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

    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

    Netting and Pole Padding for Ottawa’s First Archery Tag Facility

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Sep 1, 2015 4:00:00 AM


    A new and rapidly growing sport has just touched down in Canada’s capital region as Archery Games recently opened Ottawa’s very first Archery Tag location. Archery Tag is a sport that resembles dodge ball, but without the balls. In this intense game, participants are equipped with bows and patented foam-tipped arrows.

    Two teams are separated by a ‘safe zone’ and are equipped with specialized targets. Each team battles to tag opponents with their arrows and also knock out the five discs that make up the opposing team’s target. Much like dodge ball, players are eliminated once tagged with an opposing arrow, but are eligible for return when a target spot is knocked out or when one of their teammates is able to catch an opposing team’s arrow.

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    Topics: Sports Netting, Netting Barriers, Our Work, column padding

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