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Athletic Fields Within Your Budget

  Nearly every school has athletic-based activities even if only physical education classes or intramural activities. Students are being introduced to a variety of athletics as part of daily curriculums in an effort to create more active lifestyles, but all too often the schools don’t have a safe and reliable athletic space for the students

Not Just Fun & Games

  By Kevin Cook The race occurred when I was 8 years old. It took place in a field at church camp. My best friend, Bryan, and I went to Boys Camp for a week every summer. Camp was filled with sports, crafts, games, cafeteria food and, of course, the Snack Shack. In 1969, our

How to Make the Perfect Athletic Equipment Purchase

  By Ken Morley III The microcosm of school athletics is really a world of its own. Most of those involved on the surface are coaches, athletes and parents all excited to compete and prove themselves in the arena. Lurking in the shadows of these heroes of the day is a network of people that

Bring the Power of Play!

  So, you’ve decided to build a new playground! By reading this article, you’ve already taken the first step toward improving your school and planning the play area of your dreams. We created this fun and easy-to-follow guide to walk you through the process of playground planning step-by-step. Assess Your Needs At the beginning of

Playground Surfacing: Where You Need It, When You Need It

  By Jim Dobmeier Some of us remember the old days when liability was a less-often-used word, and rarely, if ever, was it used in the same sentence as playgrounds. In that same era, playground surfacing as a two-word tandem had yet to be uttered or written. Times have changed! In the playground industry, the

Gym Floor Cleaning and Disinfecting for COVID-19

  By Hayden Delia We’re living in unprecedented times. The coronavirus has affected nearly all aspects of our life, from hitting the gym to going to church. It’s been difficult for everyone to adjust to the “new normal.” Among the hardest-hit places are schools and exercise facilities (gyms, YMCAs, etc.) We want to use our

Investing in a Synthetic Athletic Field

  By Jim Dobmeier Have you found yourself on a decision-making committee that’s responsible for delivering the best possible synthetic athletic field for your school? If so, a bit of anxiety is par for the course. The easy part of the decision is recognizing the many benefits of synthetics. Synthetic fields can be used virtually

Benefits of Stall Bars

  By Brian Kolenich Stall Bars as we know them today have a rich history. They were pioneered in Sweden during the early 1800s by Per Henrik Ling, founder of the Swedish Royal Gymnastic Central Institute. He was also a pioneer of physiotherapy and gymnastics during this era. Brought to America decades later as the

Playground Planning Checklist to Help Create the Ultimate Play Experience

  Planning the perfect school playground is easy when you have the right tools. Follow these five easy steps to create the ultimate playground for children in your community and beyond. Envision Your Play Area A great playground will complement your school unique personality and be a destination for years to come. Work with a

Bringing Safety to the Surface

  Did you know that roughly 70 percent of all playground related injuries are caused by falls from playground equipment? When building a playground environment, your choice of surfacing should be the most important factor. One of the most important things we can do to help provide a safe play environment is to include a