The Dangers of a Dirty Gym Floor

A dirty gym floor doesn’t just look bad, it’s also hazardous for anyone using it. A floor covered with dust, dirt, and debris can cause athletes to slip, twist an ankle and get seriously injured in a number of different ways. Not only that, when dirt collects on a gym floor, it dulls and marks up the surface, shortening the lifetime of your floor and causing you to get less out of your huge investment. Continue reading

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Preserve Your Running Surface Creating Rules For Your Track

Preserving the integrity of your running track is hard work. It involves regular cleaning of loose dirt and debris, strategic use of protective track covers to minimize wear and tear, routine inspections, ongoing repairs, and detailed scheduling and record keeping to monitor your maintenance efforts. Unfortunately, all of your hard work can be undone in an instant if someone uses the track in a way it’s not meant to be used. That’s why it’s so important for track managers to come up with a set of rules to dictate how the track should be used. Continue reading

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How Covering Your Sidelines Keeps Your Football Field in Better Shape

Football season is gearing up for kickoff all across the country, and as the athletes and coaches make all the necessary last-minute adjustments in anticipation of game day, so too are the groundskeepers. It’s the two-minute warning for the groundskeeping crew as they are charged with the incredibly important task of making sure the field looks great and is safe for play. That doesn’t include just the field between the white lines — it also includes the sidelines. Continue reading

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Routine Gym Maintenance Keeps Athletes Safe

Don’t look now, but summer is over and school is getting back in session. Soon, basketball and volleyball seasons will be starting up, and your gym will be the site of some epic sporting events. Already, your gym is probably starting to get used for daily P.E. classes and maybe after-school practices for the sports teams. Hopefully, you’ve done your part to create a safe environment for all athletes by maintaining your facilities properly. Continue reading

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Why Groundskeepers Need To Work With Coaches For Better Preseason Football Field Maintenance

Contrary to what some people might think, the groundskeeping team aren’t the only ones responsible for getting a football field in good shape for the upcoming season. Sure, the groundskeepers are the ones who mow the field, keep it watered, aerate it, clean it, cover it with sideline tarps and handle other field maintenance tasks, but that doesn’t mean others shouldn’t take an active role in field management. The fact is that the safest, most beautiful football fields often result from a coordinated effort between the groundskeeping crew and the team’s coaching staff. Continue reading

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Protecting Your Track from Vehicle Traffic

Running tracks represent an expensive investment. They have a high installation cost, and if you want to avoid costly repairs, you need to maintain your track properly. Of course, track maintenance is about more than just cleaning the surface, repairing cracks and resurfacing worn areas. Sometimes with track maintenance, it’s the things you don’t do that are equally as important as those things you do. That’s why the subject of wheeled vehicles on the track is such an important one. Continue reading

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5 Things You Need to Know about Getting Your Football Field Ready for the Season

A grounds manager’s work is never done. Once the football season ends, it’s time to start getting the field ready for the next season. Proper field maintenance can create a beautiful, safe football field to help athletes perform their best come game time. Continue reading

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Year-Round Activities Make Summer Gym Maintenance a Must

School might be out for the summer, but that doesn’t mean the school’s doors stay shut all summer long. These days, school buildings are being used for a range of purposes during the summer months, from sports leagues to church events and even year-round school in some cases. This increased usage makes summer gym maintenance a more important task than ever. Continue reading

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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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