Thursday, October 4, 2012

GARED® offers many volleyball systems that provide safer alternatives to lightweight portable systems. One of the top of the line volleyball systems that GARED® carries is The Skymaster®, which is a ceiling-suspended volleyball system. The net is always set, and the innovative design allows you to raise and lower the entire system electronically, including the uprights, net, and optional referee stand. Each system is custom manufactured for specific gymnasiums. The GARED® 8500 GoCourt portable volleyball system adds convenience for its easy mobility.  The next line of indoor volleyball systems that GARED® offers is the 7300 Libero™ Master Telescopic System, the 7200 Libero™ Collegiate System, the 6100 Rallyline™ Scholastic Telescopic System, the 6000 Rallyline™ Scholastic System, and the 5100 Omnisteel™ Scholastic Telescopic System. The advantage to choosing the telescopic design that some GARED® volleyball systems have is that the net will be kept at the top of the post, no matter what the height of the net is, which is mandatory for competition play. The 7200 Libero™ Collegiate System and the 6000 Rallyline™ Scholastic System are both capable of being used as tennis or badminton systems. This could be beneficial for customers with a low budget because of its multi-purpose uses. The 5100 Omnisteel™ Scholastic Telescopic System is a new product that features a stop pin with a connecting cable for fast adjustment of net height. The great thing about these products is that they are all in-ground systems. In-ground systems have a lot of safety benefits when compared to a weighted volleyball system. The GARED® volleyball uprights will not lift up out of the ground or tip over, and the poles have a heavy duty ratchet winch for smooth and easy net tension adjustment. All of the volleyball systems come with 2 upright safety pads to ensure the safety of the players if they were to come in contact with the poles.

Players of all age groups and skill levels play volleyball, which makes it very important for volleyball systems to be safe for various users. GARED® assures any player complete safety when playing on our volleyball systems. Step up the quality and safety of your volleyball equipment, and choose a new volleyball system from GARED®!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Indoor Gymnasium Maintenance

Now with summer over and the school year in full swing, the last thing some people think about should be the first thing on their minds and that is gym safety. The safety of the students, staff members, and customers that use your gymnasium must be ensured at all costs. Especially now that school is back in session, it is absolutely essential that the people inside your gymnasium are protected from all potential threats of injury.

The first step in assessing the level of safety in your gym is identifying threats. It is very important to assess these threats as quickly as possible. There are many different signs of an unsafe gymnasium. Here at Gared ® our goal is to help you to identify some of the most common ones. Below is a list of common items to check for in order to gauge the integrity of your gym equipment.

  • Do you hear squeaking when you raise or lower your basketball units?
  • Is the cable that raises and lowers your basketball unit frayed, crushed, or damaged?
  • Is your backboard padding secure?
  • Is your backboard plumb and level?
  • Does your backboard meet the 42” height requirement for NFHS AND NCAA?
  • Does your rim measure 10 feet above your finished gym floor?
  • Are there any broken welds on your rim?
These are just a few items that should be evaluated. In order to ensure that all the items in your gymnasium are safe you must have your gym inspected by a Gared ® PlayRx™ certified installer.

Safety inspections are the only way to accurately determine if the equipment in your gymnasium is safe for daily use. Receiving a safety inspection at least once a year is required in order to maintain a worry-free, safe envirnment for your gymnasium user.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

GARED® sponsors Inaugural Camogie Juniors Tournament!

GARED® sponsors Inaugural Camogie Juniors Tournament!

On Saturday on May 26, 2012 the St. Louis Camogie & Ladies Gaelic Football Club hosted the inaugural Camogie Juniors Tournament. The tournament was located at the Langenberg Field in the famous St. Louis Forest Park. Teams from Atlanta, Indianapolis, Baltimore, and Washington DC traveled from all over the United States to play in this Camogie tournament. In addition, individual players from Chicago, Milwaukee, Seattle and San Francisco also joined in participating with the tournament this past weekend.

The outcome of the tournament showed:
·      Baltimore/DC team beating Indianapolis for 1stplace     
·       St. Louis #1 team beating Milwaukee for 2nd place
·       Atlanta beating the St. Louis #2 team for 3rdplace

GARED® wanted to extend a generous welcome to the traveling teams and help the St. Louis Camogie & Ladies Gaelic Football Club boost publicity of their inaugural Camogie Juniors Tournament. By doing so, GARED® donated the use of one of their state of the art All-Star I Pro Touchline™ Soccer goals for use during the game. This particular goal has a square frame and measures 8’ x 24’, which is approved by NCAA, NSHAA, and FIFA specifications. In addition, this goal is portable and comes with an 8 year limited warranty. Check out this product for more details here.

Camogie is an ancient Irish sport, similar to Lacrosse and Field Hockey, which is also considered the National Sport of Ireland. The male sport is referred to as Camogie and the female version is referred to as Hurling. As you can tell from the variety of teams at this tournament, there are select opportunities to play this sport on an official team in the United States, but in Ireland Camogie dominates over all other sports. 

How to play the game:
·         Played on a 140m long by 85m wide field
·         Typically 25-30 min halves with a 10 min half time
·         Comprised of two teams consisting of 15 players on each team
o   Goalkeeper, 3 full-backs, 3 half-backs, 2 centerfields, 3 half-forwards, and 3 full-forwards
·         Players are required to wear a special Camogie playing helmet, shin guards, and arm pads during play
·         The players are permitted to use a wooden stick called a hurley stick
o   Similar to a Field Hockey stick, but instead of curved at the end a hurley is flattened and about the size of an open hand
·         The game ball (sliotar) can be described as an “inside out baseball”
o   Mainly rubber material with a protruded red rubber stitching in the same design as baseball stitching
·         The goal is typically a Combination Soccer and Football Goal with the field goal uprights extending on top of the soccer goal
·         To score you can either:
o   Hit the sliotar it into the soccer goal with the hurley, which is worth 3 points
o   Handpass for a goal, which you can’t do in Hurling
o   Kick it into the goal
·         If you hit the ball into the uprights of the field goal, that is worth 1 point

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Are Your Bleachers Safe?

Are Your Bleachers Safe?
Bleachers are a popular seating choice for spectators, fans, and players to gather in large numbers and view local sporting events, ceremonies, and other community activities. But unfortunately, old and outdated bleachers that haven’t been properly maintained can cause injury and even death. In 1999, there were approximately 22,000 bleacher-related injuries in emergency rooms across the United States. Almost a third of these injuries were as a result of the person falling from or through the bleachers and onto the ground below. A large majority of these falls involved children under the age of 15. Below are some guidelines recommended by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission to help facility owners, maintenance staff, and school officials make sure that their facility’s bleachers are the safest possible.
Having adequate guardrails on your bleachers is one of best ways to prevent falls and injuries. The CPSC recommends that guardrails be present on the backs of bleachers where the footboard, seat board, or aisle is 30 inches or more above the floor or ground below. The top surface of the guardrail should be at least 42 inches above the leading edge of the footboard, seat board, or aisle, whichever is adjacent. Any opening between components of the guardrails or under the guardrail should prevent passage of a 4-inch diameter sphere. If chain link fencing is used for guardrails, it should have a mesh size of 1.25 square inches or less.
Regarding the seating, any openings between the components in the seating - such as between the footboard, seat board, and riser – should prevent passage of a 4-inch sphere where the footboard is 30 inches or more above the ground and where the openings would permit a fall of 30 inches or more. In addition, seat planks should have end caps which cover sharp edges or protrusions, to eliminate possible injury to spectators.
The CPSC also recommends that facilities perform regular inspections by trained personnel, preferably by a licensed professional engineer, registered architect, or company that is qualified to provide bleacher products and services. Inspections and repairs should be thoroughly documented and reviewed regularly.
If your facility is considering purchasing new bleachers, check with your local building inspector to learn which building and safety codes that your municipality requires with regard to bleacher design, materials, placement, anchoring, inspections, and maintenance.
GARED can satisfy all of your seating needs with our full line of Spectator™ bleachers[1] and benches[2].  Our bleachers are constructed entirely of aluminum, with 10” wide anodized aluminum planks and welded aluminum angle framework for superior support and durability. We offer fixed bleachers, as well as tip ‘n roll models with swivel castors for easy transport and storage. Choose from 2, 3, 4, or 5-row models, from 7’ 6” up to 21’ in length, to fit your facility space and application. Chain link guardrail systems are included on our 5-row models, to prevent spectators from falling from the top and sides of the bleachers. GARED recommends anchoring fixed bleachers at all times; contact a GARED Engineer for anchoring recommendations based on your specific facility conditions. When you’re looking to replace your outdated bleachers and benches and safety is your facility’s number one priority, choose GARED for premium spectator seating, always in stock and competitively priced for any budget! Visit us at www.garedsports.com for complete bleacher product information, specifications, and more!


[1]  http://www.garedsports.com/store/c-212-spectator-bleachers.aspx
[2]  http://www.garedsports.com/store/c-213-spectator-benches.aspx

Friday, March 2, 2012

Is your basketball facility ready for the optimal play of the madness of March?

Is your basketball facility ready for the optimal play of the madness of March? Make sure to check out GARED’s March PlayRx™ blog on the check points to ensure that your facility shines in the replays of the game winning buzzer beater.

Portable Backstop Health: To ensure your portable backstop is at the regulation 10’ height, GARED recommends creating a 10 foot marked plumb bob, which can be found at your local hardware store or created simply with a pointed weight on a string. Line the 10 foot mark at the top of the front of your rim. If the tip of your plumb bob leans to a side, chances are your rim is too low; if the tip doesn’t touch the floor, the rim is too high. 
·         If your portable is hydraulically operated, be sure to check for leaks prior to rolling it on the floor. If your portable is rising in a jagged manner, chances are you have air in the lines and need to call your manufacturer for a repair recommendation.
·         If your portable is spring assisted, it should raise reasonably easily with the assistance of 2 people. If you are having problems raising the unit, make sure boom and arms are lined up; additionally, if you have added a shot clock to the unit after purchase – you may need additional springs.
·         Make sure your pads are secure and in good condition to ensure safety of the players on the court.

Glass Backboard Health: When checking the health of your backboard, first clean the glass with standard glass cleaner. Inspect backboard for scratches (which could be hairline cracks), a twisted frame, erosion of any frame components and tightness of the mounting hardware. If any of those issues are discovered, it is probably time to order new backboards. When checking the backboard levelness, place a 4 foot liquid level on the top of the backboard frame and each side of the glass surface.  The measurement should show the bubble in the middle of the level.

Backboard Padding Health:  When checking the health of your backboard padding, look for corner tears, separation of pad from frame, center sag and color fade. If any of these symptoms are visually apparent, please contact your local dealer for new pads.

Breakaway Goal/Rim Health: When checking the play condition of your breakaway rim/goal, GARED first recommends that you have outfitted your court with a rim that matches the level of play. Increasing the level of aggressive play should also result in a higher grade rim with a more sophisticated spring mechanism such as GARED’s Snap Back series. During your examination of the breakaway rim, check that the net & weld attachments are intact, the ring of the rim is level, and breakaway action is present upon testing. Spring adjustment should only be performed by certified technicians and can nullify a warranty if performed incorrectly.

Floor Health: Visually check your floor for holes, cracks and sloping. If portable units are being installed onto the floor, the face of the backboard inside the court; the tip of the key is 15 feet from the face of the backboard. Also check the treading of floor plates and anchoring systems for signs of cross-threading and stripping.

For a complete checklist of identifiers of equipment of health, please download GARED’s PlayRX™ form at http://www.garedsports.com/about-us/playrx-program.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Popularity Explodes for America’s Oldest Sport

Lacrosse is back, and it’s here to stay! Played by Native Americans centuries ago to prepare for war, heal the sick, and develop strong warriors, lacrosse has become a growing presence in high school and collegiate sports in recent years, and is now one of the fastest growing team sports in the United States. So why has lacrosse become so popular, and what can you do as a dealer to keep up with one of the hottest trends in sports?

Lacrosse’s huge following in recent years may be due simply to the nature of the game itself. Lacrosse is a fast-paced, exhilarating game that combines the ever-popular sports of basketball, soccer, and hockey, making it extremely attractive for many athletes. In fact, many kids try lacrosse as auxiliary sport and love it so much that they adopt it as their main sporting activity. Football and basketball players also like the fact that they can play lacrosse in the spring, which is the offseason for those sports. In addition, the success of the sport relies on the coordination and agility of the player, and not necessarily his size. This makes it popular for big and small athletes alike.  And women’s lacrosse seems to be growing just as quickly as men’s. In some areas, Athletic Directors may even be more likely to add a program for girls because female lacrosse doesn’t require the protective equipment that men’s lacrosse does, hence cheaper costs for the school.

Geography has also played a factor in the growth of lacrosse in America. Traditionally, the sport has been a mainstay on the East Coast and at Ivy League schools. The success of those programs, along with rampant word of mouth in recent years, has led to a huge increase in participation in the Midwest, Southeast, and West Coast states.

The phenomenal growth of lacrosse has not been without growing pains. One of the biggest concerns for schools is finding enough qualified coaches and referees to keep up with the demand. Many schools are hoping that time will ease this dilemma. As more generations play the game, more seasoned players will turn to coaching and developing youth programs and clinics when they graduate from school and start their own careers. Another issue caused by the sport’s exploding popularity is having adequate fields to play on, due to many schools having already committed their fields to other mainstay sports.

So how can you as a dealer keep up with a sport that is growing so rapidly? Talk to local coaches and get their feedback on different equipment and features. Be serious, and be as informed as possible! Lacrosse has a very close-knit and loyal following, and the core participants have played for many years and most tend to play the game all year round. The coaches and players usually have very strong ideas on what works and what doesn’t, and they will be your best source of information on the game and the equipment needed.

As a dealer, you will want to align yourself with a manufacturer who can provide a comprehensive line of lacrosse equipment for all skill levels and program budgets. In addition, manufacturers who can provide portable equipment for use on multi-sport fields will become crucial as the sport of lacrosse continues to compete for playing time and space at high schools and colleges across the country.

Gared is proud to introduce our Sling Shot™ line of lacrosse goals and accessories. We carry premium quality competition and recreational goals that are priced competitively and are in stock, available for immediate shipment. Gared’s Sling Shot™ official lacrosse goals are designed for portable use, so schools can easily transport them on and off the field, which is especially important when their fields are used for other sporting activities. They include a 3/8” thick ground bar for stability and steel ground stakes so that the goals can be secured during play. All of Gared’s official goals are comprised of heavy-gauge steel for ultimate strength, and are offered in the 6’ x 6’ competition size and powder-coated orange to protect from weather elements. Our official goals have a six-piece goal construction, which allows for no-hassle assembly and appealing design. For more information on our Sling Shot™ lacrosse line, check out our products at www.garedsports.com.

So get in on the action of today’s hottest new sport! Start doing your homework now, so you can be ready to sell lacrosse equipment to schools, clubs, and leagues when lacrosse hits your area of the country, if it hasn’t already. And don’t forget to contact Gared for all of your lacrosse equipment needs for the fastest game on two feet!