Is Your Football Field Ready for the Upcoming Season?

All around the country, football is in the air. From high schools to rec leagues to the pros, athletes are already starting to report to pre-season practice in preparation for the upcoming season. For athletes, coaches and fans alike, it’s an exciting time of the year. It’s a time for hard work and preparation; not just for the players and coaches, but for some key team members behind the scenes as well. In particular, pre-season is an important time for grounds managers whose job it is to whip the field into shape in time for the regular season. Continue reading

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The Equipment You Need for Your Summer Gym Floor Maintenance Program

A gym floor is an expensive investment, but if you take care of it properly, it’s an investment that can bring your school many years of fun and lifelong memories. While most schools understand the importance of keeping the gym floor clean every day during the school year, too many fail to have a plan in place for preserving the floor during the summer. Continue reading

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Preseason Running Track Maintenance Tip: Protect Highly Trafficked Areas

Your track takes a beating. From sprinting athletes to dancing cheerleaders to everyday joggers, the typical stadium track sees a lot of traffic and gets a significant amount of wear and tear. In particular, there are certain key areas on the track that see more traffic than other areas. These spots demand extra attention and maintenance at all times of the year to ensure they are kept in the best possible condition. Continue reading

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Preseason Football Field Maintenance Tip: Don’t Neglect Your Sidelines

Most conversations about football field maintenance focus on the upkeep of the field that lies between the white lines. After all, that’s where the real play takes place. That’s where athletes are giving it their all, going full speed, making the big hits and planting their feet in the turf. It only makes sense that this should be the area groundskeepers are most concerned with. However, in your quest to maintain the perfect football field, you need to look beyond the white lines. You need to look to the sidelines as well. Continue reading

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5 Essential Maintenance Tasks to Get Your Gym Floor Ready for the New School Year

A new school year is about to start, and before you know it, your gym will be filled with kids day in and day out. For many schools, the gym is more than just an area for basketball and volleyball games. It’s often the room where P.E. class takes place, too, and many school gyms double as assembly halls and house special events. With all the upcoming activity set to take place in your gym, the time to start getting it ready is now. Continue reading

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5 Simple Ways to Whip Your Track into Shape this Preseason

The best track and field athletes will tell you that preseason conditioning is absolutely essential to performing at the highest level during the season. The same can be said for track maintenance. The best groundskeepers know that keeping a track properly maintained during the offseason is the most effective way to ensure the track is in tiptop condition once the season begins. Continue reading

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A Groundskeeper’s Guide to Preseason Football Field Maintenance

Can you feel the excitement in the air? It’s almost football season. Soon, athletes at all levels will be donning their cleats, jerseys and helmets, and stadiums all across the country will be rocking with fans. But while all that might still be a few weeks away, for groundskeepers, now is the true beginning of the football season. Now is the time the real work has to be done to start getting the football field in tiptop condition for practices and games. Continue reading

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6 Things You Might Not Know about Construction Windscreens

Even when you’ve been building facilities or managing construction projects for years, there’s always something new to think about in the industry. You know you want to keep your site safe during construction, for example, so you’ve probably already been using windscreens — both to keep out intruders and to protect unauthorized visitors from injury. But did you know there’s more to windscreens than that? Below, consider six things about construction windscreens that you might not already know, despite being a veteran in the building world. Continue reading

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Midseason Softball Field Maintenance Plan Checklist

Keeping a softball field in good shape while the season’s going on takes as much planning and work as it does to prepare it for the season. You need to stay on top of your game so that all players who use the field can enjoy a safe playing environment. This starts with putting together a midseason field maintenance plan that covers all the bases. Continue reading

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Field Maintenance Safety and Injury Prevention

When it comes to keeping athletes safe, field maintenance managers bear a lot of responsibility. If a field isn’t properly maintained, it’s more than aesthetics that can be damaged — it’s the athletes’ physical well-being. So if you’re the one who’s preparing and protecting a sports field, what do you need to keep in mind? What are some common athletic injuries that may occur while players are on the field, and how can you protect against them? To help answer these questions, here is a look at what you need to know about field maintenance safety and injury prevention. Continue reading

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