Your 2016 OSBA Questions Answered

Sportworks Field Design was pleased to participate in the OSBA Capital Conference last month. Not only do we often see dozens of past clients at the events, we love hearing directly from administrators, school board members and district staff about their questions, ideas and success stories. As field and court technology changes and becomes more advanced, each year we hear new questions. Since we know that when one person has a question, there are usually dozens more with the same concern, we thought we would share some of our most common questions and their answers. Below are a sampling: We…

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Extending the life of your field

While a synthetic turf field and track system won’t last forever, some maintenance can help extend its life — anywhere from a few years to many more. Among other services, Sportworks Field Design works with several local school districts to evaluate the turf systems and tracks, giving recommendations on how much longer the owner has before the system needs to be replaced and if there is anything that can be done in the meantime to improve the quality of the field. Through a combination of Gmax testing, measuring infill depths, calculating the overall planarity of the field and microscopic photos…

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Sportworks Adds G-MAX Testing

As concussions caused by sports injuries continue to gain attention, it becomes more and more important for synthetic field owners to complete regular maintenance to ensure that their field continues to be safe for their players. G-MAX Testing In November, Sportworks Field Design added G-MAX testing to its arsenal of field testing tools, allowing schools and other field owners to test the impact of the synthetic turf on players’ bodies and, more importantly, their heads. Some studies highlight ways a synthetic field can be safer for players than natural grass. But over time, as a field gets more and more…

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Field Expert Craig Honkomp Shares Head Games Documentary with Design Team

Recently, a lot of attention and concern has been placed on concussions and head injuries among athletes of all sorts, ranging from little league to professional players.  After attending a presentation by Chris Nowinski, writer of the featured book, and subsequently watching the film, Sportworks Field Design expert, Craig Honkomp came back to the office and shared the 2012 documentary Head Games with the design team.  ”As a person and a father, it was an emotional movie.  As a sports field designer, it was very educational, thought provoking and insightful.  If you have kids, or know kids that play in any sport; not just…

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Fayette County Public Schools Replaces Synthetic Turf at Two High School Fields

The synthetic turf athletic fields at Tates Creek High School and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, in the Fayette County Public School District in Lexington, Kentucky, had reached the end of their expected life. The district has faithfully performed annual ASTM Standard G-max testing, which had revealed that, as expected, the fields were hardening with age but still testing within safe standards. Tates Creek field exhibited symptoms of poor drainage, which was confirmed by ASTM Standard dual ring drainage testing that was conducted in February, 2013. After reviewing the test reports, the district determined that replacement of the synthetic turf on both fields and repair…

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Dublin City Schools Put Their Synthetic Turf Fields To The Test

Many high schools are moving away from the maintenance and limited use of natural turf fields and choosing synthetic turf.  One of the many benefits of a synthetic turf system is increased field availability during the rainy seasons of the year.  After a storm, many natural turf fields would not be available for use for days to allow the field to drain and dry.  A high performing synthetic turf drainage system will evacuate any water from the playing surface within minutes, providing safety and seemingly instant playability. High School staff at a Dublin City Schools campus outside of Columbus, Ohio, reported an issue with…

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Xavier University Soccer keeps the ball rolling

Cincinnati’s Xavier University has a long history of performance excellence. Last summer, this strive for quality was extended to the recently renovated synthetic turf soccer field. Sportworks Field Design assisted the University with monitoring the performance excellence of the field by conducting specific ASTM and FIFA designed standard tests. The results of the ball roll test, featured here, will be compared to test results from installation of the turf and each year following to determine the current performance. This information is essential to the University. Ball roll impacts the speed of play on the field and is an indicator of fiber…

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STC Releases Maintenance and Performance Guidelines for Synthetic Turf

ATLANTA, GA – With the publication of its technical guidelines, the Synthetic Turf Council has provided objective measures that make it possible to better understand the professional guidelines and test protocols, the selection use and maintenance of synthetic turf systems and the crumb rubber infill used in synthetic turf fields. Guidelines for Synthetic Turf Performance – These guidelines encourage periodic and voluntary maintenance that should be implemented to maximize multi-sports field performance. If a field is not performing within the desired range in critical test areas despite targeted maintenance, then the owner will know it may soon need to be…

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Homeowners Turn to Synthetic Turf to Save Time, Money and Resources

Synthetic Turf Council Reports: Growing Number of Homeowners Turn to Synthetic Grass to Save Time, Money and Conserve Resources ATLANTA, GA – With the U.S. Census Bureau estimating that homeowners spend an average of 2.8 hours weekly on lawn maintenance and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stating that landscape irrigation accounts for almost one-third of all residential water usage, a growing number of consumers are turning to synthetic grass for their yards to save time, money and conserve millions of gallons of water each year. “Today’s synthetic grass is engineered and tested to be a beautiful, safe, cost-effective and eco-friendly…

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