Friday, September 16, 2011

It's Safety First with Gared Touchline Soccer Goals

In August 2010, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed “Zach’s Law” which requires that all portable soccer goals sold in Illinois to be tip-proof.  The law was name after Zachary Tran, who was killed when a 184-pound steel soccer goal fell over and hit his head[1]. Illinois is the first state to pass such a law, but increased concerns over athlete safety with regard to heavy and possibly dangerous sports equipment will surely lead to similar laws passed in states across country.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, soccer goal tip-over accidents kill at least one child every year, and injure around 200.[2] This is a huge issue especially because 14 million kids between the ages of six and seventeen play soccer in the United States, with 500,000 goals in use.[3] Soccer goals have the reputation of being top heavy; meaning the majority of weight from the soccer goal is directed to the front. These type of incidents typically occur when kids are hanging from the cross bar, which creates additional weight to the front of the goal. Other incidents have occurred where the goal has fallen over just because of wind. During 2010 in Stephens City, Virginia, an accident had occurred during a soccer game when a goalie had the goal fall on top of him. After the accident, the referee showed the mother of the child how easy it is to simply push the goal over. The mother responded, “Wow, and I didn’t even push it that hard.”[4] This example shows the importance of securing the soccer goals because of how easily they can tip over. In addition, in 2008 the Porter Athletic Equipment Company was sued because their soccer goal tipped over during a game and killed a 10 year-old boy. The family that sued Porter Athletics knows that injuries from tipping soccer goals happen too frequently in the soccer industry. The family hopes this lawsuit will help change the way the soccer industry designs, installs, uses, and inspects moveable soccer goals.[5] It is important that schools, coaches, or referees use sand bags, in-ground stakes, or underground anchors to better secure soccer goals especially during practice and games. There are regulations that referees are supposed to check the goals before each game, but that action is rarely supervised.

Soccer is one of the most popular team sports in the United States among children and teenagers.  Often times it is introduced at a very young age to kids through camps, leagues, clubs, and grade school activities. This early introduction of the sport makes it extremely important that soccer goals are safe and secure for all young athletes.

GARED® carries a line of soccer goals called Touchline™ Soccer Goals, which includes standard aluminum soccer goals, International FIFA soccer goals, and combination soccer/football goals. Within the Touchline™ Soccer Goals, there are three different types of standard soccer goals: permanent, semi-permanent, and portable. The permanent goals have uprights extended 2’ at bottom end, which are to be inserted into a concrete footing making the structure permanent and immovable. Semi-permanent goals also have uprights extended 2’ at bottom end, which go into ground sleeves that go into a concrete footing. The additions of the ground sleeves make the goal removable from the sleeves when the goal is not in use. The portable goals include “J” stakes that go over the backstay and are inserted into the surrounding soil. Since portable goals are the biggest concern in regards to safety issues GARED® recommends that customers purchase underground anchors to decrease the risk of the goal tipping over. In addition, GARED® also includes several labeled warnings within the equipment that warns users the dangers of an unsecured soccer goal. GARED® hopes this reminder of anchoring all goals, especially portable goals, will help prevent future injuries from soccer goals tipping over.  Choose the safest and most dependable soccer goal from Touchline™ Soccer Goals to ensure safe play for all players!


Friday, July 29, 2011

HOOPLA™ Netball - The Next American Sport!

HOOPLA™ Netball – The Next American Sport!

American, are you ready for Netball? More than 20 million people in over 70 different countries play Netball and we are excited to be bringing it to America!  Netball America has been working tirelessly to introduce the sport to college athletics, elementary schools, junior high schools, and high schools around the United States. Coming to America this summerGARED® will be debuting its first Netball equipment to the market, HOOPLA™ Netball! GARED® is offering a state of the art portable and stationary Netball equipment.

Netball America is proud to partner with GARED® as a Platinum Sponsor for the 2011 WNBA Netball Showcase events and as our official supplier of netball posts! GARED® will be one of an exclusive group that will have the unique opportunity to create brand affinity through direct association at a variety of sporting and educational events.

Netball America is a non-for-profit association determined to develop and expand Netball in the United States. There are currently members in 26 states and Netball America plans to expand even further by partnering with the National Association of Sports and Physical Education (NASPE). This partnership will help Netball America push Netball into the US education curriculum and pose for after school programs.

How to play the game:

·      In many ways, Netball systems are very similar to basketball systems, but without the backboard.

·      The regulation height of the goal is 10 feet, but it can be shorter depending on the age range.

·      Netball is played on a 100-foot by 50-foot court.

·      The court is divided into thirds, namely the center third and the two goal thirds. In each goal third there is a semi circle called “the goal circle,” in which the player must stand inside the circle to score and only one point is awarded per goal.  Netball can be played indoors or outdoors, in which GARED’s® equipment will cater to.

·      A Netball is used as the game ball (similar to a Size 5 soccer ball but with grip like a volleyball) and is moved down the court by passing the ball to teammates.

·      There is no dribbling like in basketball, but the flow of the game is very similar.

·      Netball is a non contact sport, which is a common rule among women sports.

·      Furthermore, each team consists of seven players on the court.

·      The positions are known as the goalkeeper (GK), goal defense (GD), wing defense (WD), center (C), wing attack (WA), goal attack (GA), and goal shooter (GS). Each player is restricted to a certain area of the court and each player is marked with abbreviating letters to determine each position.

·      Netball is played for four quarters, each lasting fifteen minutes. Rules regarding the ball being out of bounds, and a dead ball is treated the same as in basketball.   The ball restarts after every goal in the center circle and each team has alternate center passes.

·      When the players are passing the ball, players must pass the ball within three seconds.

·      The ball must make contact with a person in the center third before advancing to the opposing goal third, and if a player lands on one foot that foot becomes the pivoting (grounded) foot and if lifted the ball must be released before that foot is regrounded.

·      Players also must keep a three-foot distance when guarding an opponent.

Want to see a live Netball match? There is a Netball America Showcase at NY Liberty Game on Saturday, July 30, 2011! You will be able to see the newly introduced game of Netball at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ. Tickets start at only $20 and can be purchased at! Hurry, and be the first to get your Netball tickets!!