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When Is It Time to Upgrade Your Playground Equipment?

  Your playground looks quiet now, but spring is around the corner! Warm weather means kids will be ready for outdoor activities…but is your equipment ready for them? Let’s take a look at evaluating your play spaces and find out if it is time to upgrade your playground equipment. Your Equipment Is More Than 10

Playground Safety Surfacing

  When it comes to playgrounds, the most important factor to children is obviously the fun factor. Give them slides, give them climbers, and please never forget the swings! Parents, on the other hand, have a different list of wants for the parks and schoolyard playgrounds that their children will be playing on. At the

Sports Floor Safety and Longevity

   The importance of maintaining the quality and safety of a sport floor Many schools have wood sports floors. They are expensive to build, which is why it is important to maintain their quality and surface safety. Most gymnasiums are used for many different activities, like basketball, volleyball, gymnastics, social activities, and even floor hockey.

Are You a PE Pirate?

  By Pete Charrette “Always be yourself, unless you can be a pirate. Then always be a pirate.” Historically, pirates have been given a bad rap…and for good reason. They were cruel and ruthless characters who plundered the high seas to steal treasure and pillage innocent groups of people. They could be despicable and merciless,

Synthetic Turf and Injury Prevention  

  Outdoor athletic facilities bring your community together under Friday night lights. It serves as the place for athletes to gather for fun, competition, and personal achievement. Preserving health and safety requires preventative field maintenance to eliminate injuries. This ensures your athletes have a solid foundation to be healthy on and off the field. Assessing

5 “Must-Haves” for Middle School PE

  By Tim Mueller What equipment do you need to teach a quality middle school PE program? Wouldn’t it be awesome if every school had an unlimited budget, and we all had fully stocked equipment rooms with the latest and greatest equipment? Assuming most PE programs already have basic sports equipment, there are several items

A Primer on Poured in Place Rubber

  By Hal Gourad Every year, on average, 220,000 kids are sent to the emergency room due to injuries on public playgrounds. Since 80% of those injuries are due to falls, and 70% of those falls are to the surface of the playground, adequately surfacing your playground is very crucial. Besides playground mulch, rubber mulch,

Choosing a Playground Surfacing System

  By Marissa Bauer Building, expanding, or refurbishing a playground for your school is always an exciting process. Often, we spend most of our thoughts and energy on selecting new equipment and colors. While equipment type and aesthetics are an important part of the conversation surrounding any playground renovation, it is critical to not overlook

Purchasing a New Gym Floor? 

  By John Ficks Here are some considerations to ensure a successful experience. Buying a new gym floor should be an exciting and enjoyable experience. This is your opportunity to choose a floor system that will serve as the platform for a variety of activities for many years into the future. If the purchase is

Hardwood Athletic Floors: Why Hard Maple?

  By Randy Randjelovic If an athletic facility in North America has a wood floor, there is a good chance it is made from Hard Maple. Also known as Sugar Maple, it is the same tree that gets tapped in late winter to turn 40 gallons of collected sap into one gallon of maple syrup.
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