Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Get Set for Volleyball Season!

Volleyball season is right around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about upgrading or replacing your facility’s volleyball equipment! From post pads, nets, and storage equipment, to complete inground or portable systems, GARED has all the premium indoor and outdoor equipment you need to take on your most demanding games!

If you are looking for a traditional, inground system for your facility, GARED’s complete line of Libero and Rallyline aluminum and steel post systems may be just the answer. We offer 3” and 4” lightweight aluminum and heavy-duty steel post systems, available with or without floor sleeves to fit your existing court set up. Whether you need a competitive system for your top program, or an economical multi-use unit that will accommodate all your indoor net sports, we have you covered!

Is your gymnasium always busy with different court activities throughout the day?   Are you looking for an electrically-operated volleyball system that can be set up and taken down with the flip of a switch? Look no further than GARED’s Skymaster® ceiling-suspended volleyball system! Our innovative design allows you raise and lower your entire system up and out of the way of other court activities in just minutes, saving you the time and effort of hauling away bulky upright posts into storage areas. Our Skymaster® system includes everything needed to play, including posts, net, padding, and referee stand.  It can also be custom-manufactured to meet your facility requirements, and is available in one-, two-, and three-court configurations.

Another portable option is our new GoCourt® portable volleyball system! These systems also eliminate the need for drilling and installing sleeves into your gym floor, and allow you to easily wheel your entire system in and out of the court area in minutes!  Everything you need to play is included with the system, including padded referee stand, padded portable bases with aluminum uprights, net, and antennas and sideline markers.

Also check out GARED’s full line of outdoor volleyball equipment! We carry heavy-duty steel systems, and also lightweight square aluminum systems that are perfect for beach tournaments and sand leagues. And don’t forget about our famous Mongoose® wireless system, which eliminates the need for guy wires that players can trip over. Our Mongoose® system is completely portable and includes a carrying bag, padded posts, net, ground plates, sand wedge adapters, and boundary marker – easy to set up and ready for play!

Don’t forget the accessories to complete your volleyball set up! GARED offers referee stands, post pads, nets, floor sleeves, cover plates, custom base adapters, net antennas and sideline markers, storage racks and carts, equipment transporters, and even net storage racks so all of your equipment can be stored neatly and out of the way of other sports equipment during the off season.

Questions about choosing a volleyball system that is right for your facility? Do you have a program budget that you need to meet? Call GARED at 1-800-325-2682 and speak with one of our trained Customer Service Specialists who will answer any questions you have! Or you can always visit us online at for product information, specifications, installation instructions, warranty information, and much more!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Are You Ready for March Madness?

March Madness is almost here! Is your school’s basketball court ready for all the action? Whether you just need to replace accessories, such as nets or pads, or if you need redo your entire court, or just need to stock up on training equipment to prep for the big game, call Gared or visit us at to pick out the perfect equipment for all of your upcoming tournament games!

One of the easiest and quickest ways to give your systems a whole new look without spending a lot is to replace old, worn, or falling off backboard pads and goal nets. Gared offers several styles of board pads, including economical peel-and-stick, glue-on, and our most popular bolt-on Pro Mold®backboard padding, which is available in 16 vibrant colors. And we have several styles of indoor and outdoor nets to choose from, including our most popular GAW competition nylon net, our GGN recreational net, and a wide selection of web and chain nets as well.

For a more dramatic overhaul of your basketball set up, now may be a perfect time to upgrade your basketball units before the championship games! If you have steel or aluminum boards, consider upgrading to glass for a more professional look and better ball rebound. Gared carries a full line of glass backboards, including aluminum-framed and steel-framed boards, short 42” and tall 48” boards, and rectangular and fan-shaped glass boards. Give us a call to get our expert advice on your particular set up - our engineers can retrofit just about any existing system!

You may also want to consider upgrading your rims to improve goal performance and durability during heavy play this season. Always use breakaway goals if there will be any dunking or competition play on your systems, as fixed (stationary) rims put increased stress on your backboard, making it more likely to crack or break. Gared’s celebrated line of breakaway rims are the best in the industry! From our Scholastic 1000 Flex Goal to our most popular Collegiate 2000 Breakaway Goal to our elite 4000+ Multi-Directional Breakaway Goal, you are sure to find a rim that meets the needs and budget of your facility.

And finally, don’t forget the training equipment! Gared carries a full line of Toss Back® training aids that are designed to dramatically improve a player’s quickness, strength, stamina, and accuracy. We also have DVD’s available which highlight popular training drills and workouts. Gared also carries practice and rebound rings, which are designed to help improve shooting accuracy and rebound skills.

To celebrate March Madness, Gared is offering a great special on popular basketball items, just in time for all of your big games! You get 2 Collegiate 2000 Breakaway Rims, 12 GAW Anti-Whip Nets, 1 Practice Ring, and 1 Rebound Ring for a special price of $500.00 (school/facility cost). Hurry and place your order now, because this offer is only good through April 1st. Use Promo Code PLAYOFF16 on your PO. Order 2 complete packages, we’ll ship it for FREE! (Invoice must be paid within terms in order to receive 100% freight allowance). Email your Purchase Order to, and we usually ship in 24 hours!

Do you know a school that is in desperate need of new basketball equipment but doesn’t have the budget for it?  Surprise your favorite facility with FREE EQUIPMENT by entering Gared’s March Madness Bracket Challenge! Winning brackets will receive basketball equipment for the school of their choice!

Follow these easy steps to enter:
2. Click on “Sign Up”, which is located on the top bar.
3. Enter your information to create an account.
4. Go to the Gared bracket challenge and enter the password “slamdunk”. 
5. Fill out your bracket, and “like” GARED on Facebook or follow us on Twitter (click on the buttons on the top of our webpage at to see the complete list of winners.

 GARED will be awarding the following gymnasium upgrades to the winning brackets:

1st Place:  2 Competition Glass Backboards, 3 Competition Breakaway Rims, 2 Pair Premium Board Pads
2nd Place:  Varsity Toss Back Basketball Training Aid
3rd Place:  12 Anti-Whip Basketball Nets & 12 Mark V Basketball Scorebooks

Brush off your dancing shoes & good luck!

Deadline to enter is March 16.
 Product must be shipped directly to local facility.
Product is not available for resale.
GARED is not responsible for installation of product.
GARED chooses freight provider and will cover standard shipping costs.

Game Day Munchies  – Bacon-Wrapped Lil’ Smokies

Enjoy this fun snack while you watch your favorite teams! These bacon-wrapped little smokies are a guaranteed hit at any party!

1 package lil’ smokies
Brown sugar
1 lb bacon

1.       Preheat oven to 375°.
2.       Line 9 x 13 pan with foil.
3.       Cut bacon slices into thirds.
4.       Wrap one third piece of bacon around each smokie, secure with a toothpick and place in pan.
5.       After all the smokies are wrapped and placed in pan, generously heap brown sugar on top of the smokies and in between them.
6.       Bake for 30-45 minutes.
7.       Makes about 40-45 smokies.

Monday, February 22, 2016

Choosing the Right Residential Basketball System

Choosing the Right Residential Basketball System

Spring is just around the corner, and it’s time to start thinking about a basketball system for your home! Gared offers many different styles of residential basketball systems so you can choose the perfect system that will fulfill the needs of your family, while also keeping external factors in mind, such as geography, weather, and possible vandalism.

Gared carries four different series of residential adjustable basketball systems: Varsity Jam, Collegiate Jam, Pro Jam, and All Pro Jam units. Each series has two board choices available – acrylic or glass - and our premium systems even have an extra option for a heavy-duty polycarbonate board. As you go from the Varsity Jam systems all the way up to the All Pro Jam systems, the post size, safe play area, and board size increases to make a stronger, more durable unit.

If you live in an urban area where vandalism is a concern, you may want to consider a unit with an acrylic or polycarbonate backboard instead of a glass board. In addition, putting a padlock on the adjustment actuator can prevent unauthorized use or theft.
For those on a tight budget, Gared’s Varsity Jam line is the perfect choice! We carry two different Varsity Jam systems, each with a 5” square post with 2-1/2’ foot safe play area from post to board. You can choose either a 34” x 54” or 36” x 60” glass backboard, and each comes with our heavy-duty Titan breakaway rim. Our Varsity Jam units provide quality systems that your whole family will love, at an affordable price!

Looking for a top-of-the-line premium basketball unit? Gared’s All Pro Jam systems have it all! From the 6” x 8” beefy steel post to the regulation size board and collegiate breakaway rim, our All Pro Jam units have the look and feel of
professional systems while easily standing up to the most rigorous games on your home basketball court!

No matter which system you choose, all of Gared’s residential basketball systems have an easy-to-operate height adjustment actuator, which allows the rim height to adjust from 7’ to regulation 10’. Our units are comprised of a black powdercoated steel post which provides superior strength and durability, and our bolt-to-ground post design allows for no-hassle installation and portability of unit if you move.  The heavy tubular lower arm provides a direct-goal attachment for backboard and rim, reducing the stress placed on the backboard when in use. In addition, all backboards feature a white target and border and square corners for a professional look, and have attachment braces which extend to the outer corners of the board, allowing for an unobstructed view during play. Gared’s units also feature our celebrated line of heavy-duty breakaway goals with nylon nets that will stand up to any level of competitive or recreational play setting. And don’t forget our optional accessories! Gared basketball systems can be outfitted with backboard padding, pole padding, and base pads to protect players from injury.

Contact Gared today at 1-800-325-2682 or email us at for more information on our residential basketball systems, or to find a dealer in your area!

Friday, January 15, 2016

Winterizing Outdoor Sports Equipment

Winterizing Outdoor Sports Equipment

Proper maintenance of your outdoor sports equipment shouldn’t happen only in the spring and summer months! Ensuring that your facility’s outdoor equipment is prepared for winter’s extreme temperatures and excessive precipitation is sure to save your facility time, money and hassle! Check out these helpful tips from GARED to keep your sports equipment lasting longer and looking new for years to come!

Prior to the start of winter, it is important to inspect all of your sports equipment to assess its condition. Look for cracks or rusting in steel or aluminum equipment, splinters in wood products, chips or breaks in glass, and tears or rips in padding or other foam products. Then check all hardware for proper tightness and evidence of rust. Also, we suggest lubricating all moving parts such as pulleys, actuators, crank handles, and wheels with grease or oil to prevent rust caused by excessive moisture, snow, sleet, or ice. Promptly repair any problems or replace the equipment to prevent the damage from getting worse during the harsh weather elements of winter.

If your outdoor equipment is portable or installed in ground sleeves, one of the easiest ways to keep it from getting damaged during the winter months is to move it into an indoor storage area. If your equipment is installed in concrete or not easily transportable, consider covering it with a large tarp or heavy-duty plastic and secure with zip ties, straps, ropes, or bungee cords to protect it from cold temperatures and precipitation.

Temporarily removing padding and accessories from your outdoor sports systems is a simple way to keep it from getting ruined during the cold season. Some of the most common removable types of accessories include nylon or poly netting (found on basketball rims, soccer or lacrosse goals, tennis and volleyball systems, and outdoor batting cages), net clips and hooks, removable basketball rims, pole pads, backboard padding, crank handles, flags, cones, tetherballs and ropes, and volleyball boundary markers. These accessories are typically easy to remove and can be re-installed quickly when spring arrives. If your accessories do get damaged, rotted, or ripped during the winter months, call GARED for inexpensive replacement accessories, most of which can be shipped in 24 hours. We offer a comprehensive selection of outdoor accessories for just about any outdoor sport!

Perhaps most importantly, do your research and prepare as much as possible before purchasing your equipment. Be mindful of changing weather patterns and consider the location where the items will be installed. Will your equipment be susceptible to direct sunlight without shade, high winds, or even flooding? If so, it may be necessary to look at alternative locations. In addition, make sure to buy steel products that have been galvanized at the factory whenever possible. Steel that has been through the galvanization process has increased durability and protection to withstand cold temperatures and moisture. Also confirm that the manufacturer uses zinc-plated hardware on its outdoor products. GARED uses only hardware that is zinc-plated because it is stronger and more protected against rust and corrosion. Finally, consider adding a powdercoat finish to your outdoor system for even further protection again weather elements and extreme temperatures. GARED offers optional powdercoating in a wide variety of attractive colors to match your park, playground, or school colors.

For additional information on evaluating your outdoor sports equipment, visit GARED’s website at Here you can download our PlayRx™ Equipment Evaluation Form, which is an easy checklist to assess your indoor and outdoor sports equipment in the winter and all year round!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Bleacher Buying Information and FAQ's

Bleacher Buying Information and FAQ’s
The purpose of this guide is to help you understand common bleacher terms to help you make an informed decision regarding your bleacher purchase. The owner is responsible for compliance with local building and safety codes. 
1)     What is the desired seating capacity (Gross seats vs. Net seats)?
Gross seating capacity for bench seating is figured using 18” per seat (not including aisles) if you divide the overall length of the system by 1.5’ and then multiply by the number of rows. Example:  5 row x 15’ length bleacher – 15/1.5 = 10 seats/row x 5 rows = 50 gross seats. Net seating capacity is also figured using 18” per seat, except only for each seating section between aisles, usually the top row is the same as overall length. Example:  5 row x 15’ length bleacher with 3’ aisle at end, =  15-3 = 12/1.5 = 8 seats/row x 4 rows = 32 + 10 seats for top row = 42 net seats.

2)     What is the available space?
Length (left to right) when seated (viewing the event) determines the overall length of the bleacher. Depth (front to back) when seated (viewing the event) determines how many rows of seating can be used.

3)     Are there any obstacles to consider?
Some examples include light poles, dugouts, other buildings, press boxes, etc. Determine location of obstacle from a landmark (i.e. – yard marker, home plate, etc…) and note length and depth from desired bleacher location front corner or center (left or right when seated viewing the event).

4)     What surface will the bleachers be installed on?
Most “angle frame” bleachers require a solid level surface and require anchoring to meet wind loads. The preferred surface is a concrete slab using wedge or screw type concrete anchors. Most bleachers can also be installed on any level surface capable of supporting bleacher loads and be anchored using “auger” type anchors.
5)     What is the difference between “Single” vs. “Double” foot plank?
A single foot plank refers to a seat row bleacher that has only (1) plank to rest your feet on. A double foot plank refers to a seat row that has (2) foot planks to rest your feet on. Some models have (1) foot plank on certain rows and (2) foot planks on other rows in the same bleacher.  

6)     What is the difference between “anodized” and “mill finish” aluminum planks?
Mill finish planks are aluminum planks that are usually specified for foot planks and supplied without any post extrusion coating processes. These planks will oxidize, darken and stain over time and are not recommended to be used as seating. Anodized aluminum planks are usually specified for seats and are “pre-oxidized” in a controlled environment that creates a very thin clear coating that is a natural barrier to corrosion and resist staining and discoloration.
7)     What is a riser plank?
A riser plank refers to a plank that is mounted vertically (perpendicular) to the seat and foot plank and is installed under the seat plank and behind the foot plank. The riser plank is used to close the openings (no bigger than 4” space when seat is over 30”) between the foot planks to prevent a fall to the ground and meet the building and safety codes. Risers can also be useful in preventing trash from falling through and under the bleacher. There are many different sizes, finishes and configurations used depending on the rise and run and the decking arrangement used by the manufacturer.

Per ICC 300-2012, Section 311: “Where an opening between the seatboard and footboard is located more than 30” (762 mm)  above the floor or ground below, the opening shall be closed with construction such that a 4” diameter (102 mm) sphere cannot pass through.”
8)     What does the term “rise and run” mean?
The rise of a bleacher refers to the distance (height) between rows of seat and foot planks. The run of a bleacher refers the distance (depth) between rows of seat and foot planks. Industry standards vary but the most common on bleachers are 8” rise/ 24” run, & 6’’ rise/24” run on smaller 2-4 row and Low Rise (as shown above) systems. Many other custom rise and run combinations are available to provide better line of sight and leg room for comfort. Seats with backs and chairs require more depth per row than bench seating.
9)     Do I need to have an aisle in my bleacher?
Most bleachers require an aisle to comply with building code although some “Low Rise” bleachers are manufactured with dimensions that meet ALL the conditions listed below that do not require an aisle to meet building code.

Per ICC 300-2012, Section 405.1: “An aisle is not required in seating facilities where all of the following conditions exist.”
  1)   Seats are without backrests.
  2)   The rise from row to row does not exceed 6 inches per row.
              3)   Row spacing not to exceed 28 inches unless seat & footboards are at same elevation.
  4)   The number of rows does not exceed 16 rows in height.
             5)   The first seating board is not more than 12 inches above the ground below or a cross aisle.
  6)   Seat boards have continuous flat surface.
              7)   Seat boards provide a walking surface with a minimum width of 11 inches.
              8)   Egress from seating is not restricted by rails, guards or other obstructions.
10)   What is a “Low Rise” bleacher?
A “Low Rise” Bleacher is a non-elevated bleacher that generally has a lower row 1 seat height (under 12”) and a lower rise per row (6”) than a standard 8”rise per row and a 17” row 1 seat height bleacher. These models are designed to eliminate the need for guardrails and aisles to meet building codes.
11)   What is a “Tip-N-Roll” bleacher?
A Tip-N-Roll bleacher is a commonly used term that refers to a bleacher that can be tipped up and rolled away for storage when not in use. These bleachers are designed to be used indoors when temporary seating is needed and when not in use the space can be used for other things.  Usually they are available in 2-3 & 4 row “Low Rise” models where the top seat is under 30” and do not require guardrails and can fit through standard height and width doorways.

12)   What is the difference between a “portable” vs. “transportable” bleacher?
This is a commonly misunderstood term. Some manufacturers refer to “smaller” up to 5 row bleacher as portable bleachers. Many times these bleachers are not designed to be moved and may not hold up to frequent moving without the proper mounting brackets and wheel kits.  A transportable bleacher is designed to be moved as frequent as necessary and accepts wheel mounting brackets and a wheel kit that can used on multiple bleachers to move them from one location to another on your grounds. These systems are generally not designed to be moved over the road, as they have a 5 mph speed limit.
13)   Do I need a protective guardrail system for my bleacher?
Any bleacher seat above 30” requires a guardrail (see below reference). Generally that means guardrails are required above row 3 on an 8” rise non-elevated bleacher with row 1 seat height of 17”. Some “Low Rise” bleachers have a lower row 1 seat height and rise per row that does not require guardrails (see explanation in sections below).  
Per ICC 300-2012, Section 408.1: “Guards shall be provided for tiered along open sided walking surfaces, cross aisles, stepped aisles, ramps and landings of tiered seating areas which are located more than 30” (762 mm) above the floor or grade below. Such guards shall be not less than 42 inches (1067 mm) high, measured vertically above the leading edge of the tread, adjacent walking surface or adjacent bench seat.”
Per ICC 300-2012, Section 408.2: “Open guards shall be constructed of materials such that a 4 inch diameter (102 mm) sphere cannot pass through any opening up to a height of 34 inches (864 mm) from a height of 34 (864 mm) Inches to 42 inches (1067 mm) above the adjacent walking surface, a sphere 8 inches (203 mm) in diameter shall not pass.” 
14)   Do I need ADA accessible seating areas to comply with state or local building code?
Please check with your local authorities to determine your requirements. ADA seating or wheelchair seating areas are usually incorporated in the first few rows of bleachers and are sometimes referred to as “cutouts” or “inserts” and result in the seat, foot and riser planks being configured to create a level space wide enough to accept 1 or more wheelchairs and have adjacent companion seats. The quantity of accessible seats required are based on the total net seating of your bleacher or possibly other ADA seating available at your site.         

     Per ICC 300-2012, Section 310: “Tiered seating shall be accessible as required by the building code.”
15)   What is the difference between a “Non-Elevated” vs. “Elevated” bleachers?
A Non-Elevated bleacher is generally referred to as a tiered seating system that does not have a foot plank for the first row and when seated on row 1 your feet will be on the ground. An Elevated bleacher is generally referred to as a tiered system that when seated on row 1 your feet are resting on a foot plank or front walkway plank that is above the ground. Many different elevations are offered and are best utilized when you need to have a better line of sight to view the event or see over players, coaches, or others on the sidelines. Stairs and/or ramps will be required to enter the seating area.

16)   What is the difference between a “Bleacher” and a “Grandstand”?
The definition of a Bleacher and a Grandstand are exactly the same in the building code. However generally in the industry a bleacher is considered an “angle frame” which is usually constructed of aluminum or steel angles and spaced at approx. 6’ apart joined by braces and installed on level ground without any space under the structure for storage or other access. A Grandstand is generally referred to as a “clear span” structure that is usually constructed with structural steel beam columns and channels that create usable space under the seating area for storage , access, egress, etc. However there are many different designs available that are considered “Bleachers” or “Grandstands” that do not fit the criteria listed above.

  Per ICC 300-2012, Section 202: Defined Terms -Bleachers. “Tiered seating supported on a         dedicated structural system and two or more rows high” (See “Grandstands”).

       Per ICC 300-2012, Section 202: Defined Terms -Grandstands. ”Tiered seating supported on a            dedicated structural system and two or more rows high” (See “Bleachers”).