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Your Ultimate Guide to Netball Goal Posts  

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Have you got questions about netball posts? You’ve come to the right place!

Grand Slam has over 30 years experience providing netball equipment to schools, councils, sports clubs and residential properties. We’ve supplied sports equipment for countless high profile events and facilities, including the Sydney Olympics, Melbourne Commonwealth Games, South Pacific Games (Fiji), Waitekere Sports Complex (NZ), and Suncorp Stadium.  All our sports equipment is engineered for strength and reliability and is designed and built to meet the most rigorous safety and quality standards.

We have put together this handy guide with commonly asked questions to help you decide what you need when purchasing netball goals.

What specifications do my netball rings and posts needs to be?

The official specifications for standard netball rings from Netball Australia are:

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•  Post height: 3.05m (2.4m modified netball)
•  Post diameter: Standard 65mm
•  Ring: 380mm internal diameter 15mm steel rod
However, the specifications vary depending on the age of your netball players. This is where an adjustable netball goal post comes in handy. A goal post with an adjustable ring is essential if you plan on organizing groups of adults and/or children of different ages, not all of whom may be able to cope with a 3-metre tall ring.

For the different age groups, allow the netball ring to be at the height of at least:

  • 244 cm for children between the age of 7 and 9;
  • 305 cm for adults and professional players.

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What’s the difference between indoor  and outdoor netball posts?

Outdoor netball goal posts

The main consideration when it comes to outdoor netball goals is that they need to withstand the weather. For permanent installations, 76mm diameter poles provide rigidity and are robust for outdoor use.

It’s very important that your sports equipment meets minimum manufacturing requirements – particularly if you are supplying to schools. For example, Education Queensland has strict specifications for sports equipment. Before purchasing your sports equipment, it pays to double check they meet legal manufacturing requirements. Otherwise, you could unfortunately be liable for any issues that may arise.

Additionally, a lot of suppliers do not hot dip galvanise prior to powder coating, meaning they are not adequately protected from corrosion (and safety issues that could arise from this). So insist on high quality protection when purchasing your sports equipment to save yourself hassle down the track.

Grand Slam’s netball equipment is thoroughly reviewed and tested to ensure it exceeds safety requirements. All our sports equipment is engineered for strength and reliability and is designed and built to meet the most rigorous safety and quality standards.

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Indoor netball goal posts

Indoor netball posts are designed to be robust, however it is kept in mind that they are often installed on multi-purpose courts. This means there is often a need for them to be removed to make room for other sports equipment. This means they need to be lighter and more manageable to put into storage regularly.

There are also considerations to have the least amount of impact on the flooring as possible. Read on for more details:

How do the netball posts attach to the ground?

 

To attach netball posts to the ground, the most common and widely used method for outdoor goal posts is the sleeve system – allowing the posts to be inserted into sleeves that are then concreted into the ground, so the post can simply be pulled out whenever you need to pack it up and go. As an added safety feature, caps can also be placed over the holes.

Indoor netball goals require a different lock-down technique, depending on whether the netball court is timber or concrete. Posts are set in place using a sleeve that is concreted in place under the floor, and they are locked in place using a floor plate.

Click here to learn more about floor attachments for your netball goals.

Do I need netball post padding?

It is highly recommended to install post padding on your rugby posts for obvious safety reasons. In fact, most schools, clubs and councils are obliged by law to cover all exposed sports equipment GPP19with padding to protect players.

Padding can vary in height – however, according to Netball Victoria, it is a requirement that post padding be full height (3m) for public competitions:

“Padding should not be more than 50mm thick and shall start at the base of the goalpost and extend the full length of the goalpost (3m). NB: Associations that have goalpost pads that meet the previous requirements of between 2 metres and 2.5 metres up the goal post, should purchase full-length pads when replacing them.”

For private residential netball goals, shorter post padding is acceptable.

Click here to learn more about netball post padding.

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All these details are essential when it comes to following the most important regulations and guidelines for netball equipment and ensuring a safe and professional game of netball.

We hope you found this netball goal guide useful. Stay tuned for more handy netball equipment tips and info coming your way!

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to give Grand Slam Sports Equipment a call on 1800 773 461 or email sales@grand-slam.com.au

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Are you ready for the start of the Winter Sports season?

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The weather might be getting a little chillier, and the sky a little greyer…But never fear – because Winter sports are back on!

Popular sports during the Winter season are, of course, the four football codes – AFL, Rugby League, Rugby Union and Soccer. Netball and hockey are also incredibly popular during the cooler months.

These sports are a great way to stay fit and warm up during a time when it is very tempting to stay at home on the couch!

Are you involved with a Winter sport through a school, council or sports club? Run through this checklist to see whether you are prepared for the new season.Steel rugby union goals: 12000mm

Pre-season checklist:

1. Sports equipment

  • Do the goal posts have have any evidence of rust or damage?
  • Are the goal post sleeves filling with water that could cause future rust?
  • Are the goal post sleeves are secure in the ground?
  • Do the nets have any holes in them? (if used)NB303
  • Is all goal post padding are in place and in good condition?

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 2. Playing field/court

  • Is the surface free of debris?
  • Have weather conditions or water made the surface unsafe?
  • Is the surface in good condition? i.e. grass appropriate length, free of holes
  • Are sprinkler covers correctly in place?
  • Are lighting conditions adequate?
  • Are ground markings safe & a sufficient distance from fencing and other structures?
  • Is sports equipment safe & in good condition?
  • Check goal pads and corner posts are in place
  • Check on field seating (bench) for team reserves & support staff
  • Check that bins containing soil or sand are positioned at ½ way on both sides of ground
  • Check sin-bin officials, timekeepers have appropriate area set aside
  • Check hooter/bell is in working order
  • Are all court/field lines clearly marked or do they need a refresh?

3. General Facilities & Change rooms

  • Are the facilities free of debris?
  • Is seating clean and safe?
  • Check safety of any portable seating or scaffolding which has been erected
  • Are the changerooms & referees facilities safe and hygienically clean, particularly showers and toilets?
  • Is hot water working for shower facilities in player & referees rooms?
  • Is there a sufficient supply of ice?
  • Is there a sufficient supply of drinking water and/or soft drink for both competing teams and referees rooms?
  • Are benches and tables provided and in safe condition?
  • Are toilets well maintained, hygienic and adequately stocked?
  • Are waste bins provided and placed appropriately?

Do you need new player shelters or spectator seating? Request an online quote now!

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4. First Aid

  • Is a Jordan Frame stretcher provided on site?
  • Is the stretcher location known to teams involved?
  • Is a qualified first aid officer present?
  • Is a telephone available for emergency use, together with emergency numbers being known?
  • Have first aid kit stocks been checked against an appropriate check list, with ice available?
  • Is an ambulance present at the venue while the match is in progress with clear access to arena?
  • Is medical area for club doctors clean and sterile?
  • Do first aid officers know the location of the nearest hospital and medical centre?

5. Teams & Personnel Check

  • Check with coaches/football managers for match timings
  • Check with coaches/football managers for length of breaks Inform timekeepers, ground announcer of match conditions i.e. match time and breaks
  • Inform football managers of warm up areas & procedures
  • Make sure team members know dates and times of games

6. Other Checks

  • Meet with team liaison officials and where applicable security head, coordinator, curator, ticket sellers
  • Ensure that press area is easily identified where applicable
  • Check reserve seating area arranged for players, officials, invited guests & sponsors to use prior to kick off where applicable

 

This list is designed as a starting guideline, as each sports club will have their unique requirements. Hopefully it will get your mind ticking over and help you prepare for the season ahead.

Good luck!

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If you have any questions about sports equipment requirements, don’t hesitate to contact Grand Slam on 1800 773 461 or sales@grand-slam.com.au.

 

Source: http://www.sleaustralia.com.au/pdf/CRL_Pre_Game_Training_Safety_Checklist.pdf

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Create your own Asian Cup soccer experience

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In a nail biting match last week, Australia overcame the devastation of a last-minute equaliser to produce a stunning performance and win the Asian Cup final for the socceroos2first time.

On a landmark night for Australian soccer, substitute James Troisi became the toast of the nation, slamming home what proved to be the winner as the Socceroos outlasted South Korea in extra time to win 2-1 in front of 76,385 ecstatic fans at ANZ Stadium in Sydney.

Want to create your own Socceroos experience?

With the popularity of soccer growing each year in Australia, Grand Slam has remained at the cutting edge of soccer goal technology. Over the years, we have introduced several soccer goal innovations to the market.

In 2000, we designed a one of a kind aluminium soccer goal extrusion, which has proven extremely popular all over Australia for safety and durability. The design of the die along with grade of material used determines the strength and flexibility of the product. Grand Slam  designed their own post profile and die to provide a strong and lightweight system with grooves to easily accept soccer net clips.

Grand Slam’s premium soccer goals have been used right across Australia in hundreds schools, councils, sports clubs and several high profile sports stadiums – including Blacktown Olympic Park and Allianz Stadium (formally Aussie Stadium).

What type of soccer goal do I need?

For competition level soccer, the three main types of soccer goal shapes are P-shaped, free-standing, and free-hanging:

P-shaped soccer goals

P-shaped goals are usually more light and portable than other types of goals. They are usually installed using ground sleeves so they can be easily removed and carried off the field and into storage.

The aluminium senior P-shaped goals (SG200A) and junior P-shaped goals (SG200A-U12) are a great choice for these reasons. They both come with welded inner mitre joints for strength, but the three-walled oval profile aluminium means they are lightweight enough for easy transportation. The senior P-shaped goal measures 7320mm wide x 2440mm high. The junior P-shaped goal is 500mm wide x 2000mm high.The ‘P’ refers to the P-shaped poles that support the net – which hangs down to the ground on an approximately 45-degree angle to the crossbar.

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Free-standing soccer goals

The main advantage of the free-standing goals is that it is fully supported by the frame. This creates more space within the goal, preventing players from getting tangled. It also allows the net more support to protect from wind damage and provides a stronger bounce back for the soccer ball.

The other huge advantage of the free-standing soccer goal is that it doesn’t need to be installed in ground sleeves (hence, the name – free standing!). If you are unable to install anything permanently on the field – these goals offer the perfect solution.

The senior free-standing goals (SG300A) and junior free-standing goals (SG300A-U12) provide this option. They consist of lightweight aluminium, allowing them to be moved around with ease. They are safely secured into place using lock down plates and anchor pegs to prevent any movement during play.

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Free-hanging soccer goals

The senior free-hanging goal (SG400A) comes with welded inner mitre joints, plastic net hooks, ground sockets, caps and net supports. It is available in aluminium or powder-coated finish. The net can be further neatened by using an SG400A back net support (SG400A-LBN). This piece attaches to the bottom of the goal and pushes out the net to provide more support at ground level.Free-hanging nets are typically used for professional football games. They are supported by two net support posts at the back. This creates a neat box shape while preserving the simple, lightweight structure.

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Combination soccer and rugby goals

So what happens when you share your soccer field with rugby players? (Other than getting worn out turf!).

The ideal solution is the combination soccer/rugby goals (RUG107). They are uniquely designed to suit both sports and eliminates the need to swap over the goals for different games. The combination soccer/rugby goals are very popular with schools, clubs and parks as they offer much more flexibility when trying to cater for multiple sports.RUG107-W41

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What type of soccer net do I need?

The quality of the net will impact on how long it will last. It needs to be of suitable quality to withstand regular beating from soccer balls, as well as last through wind, rain and sun damage. The type of material it is made from, the thickness of the net, and the size of the mesh will determine how durable your soccer net is.

It is also important to remember that one size does not fit all! Make sure you get the right specifications before purchasing your soccer net to avoid receiving one that is either too big or too small for the goal. of the net will impact on how long it will last. It needs to be of suitable quality to withstand regular beating from soccer balls, as well as last through wind, rain and sun damage. The type of material it is made from, the thickness of the net, and the size of the mesh will determine how durable your soccer net is.

Soccer nets are usually made from polyethylene or nylon and come in different cord thickness and mesh sizes. The quality is determined by the cord thickness and mesh size. For senior players, it is preferable to purchase a net that has a thicker cord and smaller mesh. This will ensure that the quality is high enough to withstand more intense play.

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Why choose Grand Slam for your soccer equipment?

Grand Slam Sports Equipment is Australia’s original sports equipment manufacturer with a proven track record and over 25 years’ experience.

Grand Slam Sports Equipment is engineered for strength and reliability. The outdoor equipment is designed for even the most extreme conditions, and can be supplied for wind areas rating from W33 to W50. The indoor equipment is also designed and built to meet the most rigorous safety and quality standards. Wherever possible, they manufacture their products from long-lasting, highly durable galvanized steel, which is (where stated) powder-coated in high grade polyester to give years of maintenance-free use. These products can also be powder-coated or painted if desired to suit your needs.

Grand Slam has supplied sports equipment for countless high profile events and facilities, including:

  • Sydney Olympics
  • Melbourne Commonwealth Games
  • South Pacific Games (Fiji)
  • Waitekere Sports Complex (NZ)
  • Suncorp Stadium rugby goals
  • Sydney Roosters rugby goals
  • Natalie Cook’s Olympic beach volleyball equipment

Grand Slam’s equipment can be installed by qualified personnel, but they recommend that their experienced fitters either oversee or install their equipment to ensure that the correct operation and safety standards are met. Their installation service is available across Australia and overseas.

Want to know more about soccer equipment?

See our full range of soccer equipment or read our Ultimate Guide to Soccer Equipment.

If you have any further questions or feedback, don’t hesitate to give Grand Slam Sports Equipment a call on 1800 773 461 or email sales@grand-slam.com.au.

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How to get an Australian Open quality tennis court

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The 2015 Australian Open has been defined by both the creation and rewriting of history. Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova gave us a contest worth talking abouserenat. Even if the outcome was a familiar one – a 16th consecutive victory for Williams, 6-3 7-6 – this was a final of high tension and high thrills.

With his victory over Murray, it is worth considering Djokovic’s place within history. A sparkling record of five titles at Melbourne Park from five finals moves him into second place behind six-time winner Roy Emerson on the all-time list of Australian Open winners. It’s his eighth major championship, drawing him level with legends Andre Agassi, Jimmy Connors, Ivan Lendl, Ken Rosewall and Fred Perry.

Do you love watching the pros dominate the tennis court? Have you always wanted to build a tennis court, but have been unsure of the equipment needed?djokovic

With such a large range on the market, it can often be confusing when you first start investigating tennis equipment.

What type of tennis net should I get?

First of all – what type of competition will it be used for?

If you just want to have a hit of the tennis ball at home with your friends every now and again – you probably won’t need anything super heavy duty. A standard net with single mesh netting and medium sized head-bands (the vinyl along the top) should do the job – so we would probably recommend something like our championship tennis net (TN3).

Need a net that will get pummeled with tennis balls more regularly? You will definitely need something a lot stronger to withstand the extra stress. It would be best to get a double-layered vinyl headband to withstand extra wear and tear (particularly if you are from a school, tennis club or council).

Don’t forget, you have the choice to upgrade to a double mesh net. This means there is an extra layer of mesh along the first 5 rows of the net. Because this area is hit by the ball most often – it helps extend the life of the net.

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Whats sort of winder should I get?

If you are wanting an Australian Open standard tennis post winder system, we would recommend an internal winder. What’s the difference between an internal and external winder? The easiest way to see the difference is to check out the following images…

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So as you can see – these are basically two different ways to attaching and tension the tennis net.

An external winding system means the cable and winder remains outside the post. Whereas, an internal winder means the tennis net cable is fed into the top of the post and the winder operates from inside.

Most people prefer the internal winding system as it looks a lot neater and professional. However, if you are on a tighter budget – the external winding system works just as well. The handle can also be removed and stored elsewhere as a security measure.

Install a tennis court and increase the value of your home!

Besides offering exceptional fitness opportunities, installing a tennis court significantly increases the value of your home or property. Court builder and Grand Slam customer David Jones (Sports Construction Group) recently completed a tennis court for a luxurious home in Tabragalba.

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The Plexipave tennis court uses Grand Slam Court Star Tennis Posts with brass fittings, and outdoor galvanised umpire stand.

Read more about this tennis court construction project.

Why choose Grand Slam for your tennis equipment?

Grand Slam Sports Equipment is Australia’s original tennis post manufacturer with a proven track record and over 25 years’ experience.

Grand Slam Sports Equipment is engineered for strength and reliability. The outdoor equipment is designed for even the most extreme conditions, and can be supplied for wind areas rating from W33 to W50. The indoor equipment is also designed and built to meet the most rigorous safety and quality standards. Wherever possible, they manufacture their products from long-lasting, highly durable galvanized steel, which is (where stated) powder-coated in high grade polyester to give years of maintenance-free use. These products can also be powder-coated or painted if desired to suit your needs.

Grand Slam has supplied sports equipment for countless high profile events and facilities, including:

  • Sydney Olympics
  • Melbourne Commonwealth Games
  • South Pacific Games (Fiji)
  • Waitekere Sports Complex (NZ)
  • Suncorp Stadium rugby goals
  • Sydney Roosters rugby goals
  • Natalie Cook’s Olympic beach volleyball equipment

Grand Slam’s equipment can be installed by qualified personnel, but they recommend that their experienced fitters either oversee or install their equipment to ensure that the correct operation and safety standards are met. Their installation service is available across Australia and overseas.

Want to know more about tennis equipment?

Check out our full range of tennis equipment or read our Ultimate Guide to Tennis Equipment.

The team at Grand Slam are always happy to answer you questions and can be contacted on 1800 773 461 or sales@grand-slam.com.au

 

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Your Ultimate Guide to Tennis Equipment

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Internal or external winder? Double or single net stitching? Base plate or sleeve?TNPSSAT

With such a large range on the market, it can often be confusing when you first start investigating tennis equipment.

In this Ultimate Guide to Tennis Equipment, we attempt to demystify the topic and step you through what you should look for in equipment that will last. 

Tennis Nets

For such a popular sports item, there is surprisingly little information out there to help you make an informed decision to choose the best quality tennis net. You want to make sure you’re not spending your hard earned cash on a net that will need to be replaced after one or two seasons.

Here’s a few handy tips that will help you make the best decision when choosing a tennis net:

What type of tennis net should I get?

First of all – what type of competition will it be used for?

If you just want to have a hit of the tennis ball at home with your friends every now and again – you probably won’t need anything super heavy duty. A standard net with single mesh netting and medium sized head-bands (the vinyl along the top) should do the job – so we would probably recommend something like our championship tennis net (TN3).

Need a net that will get pummeled with tennis balls more regularly? You will definitely need something a lot stronger to withstand the extra stress. It would be best to get a double-layered vinyl headband to withstand extra wear and tear (particularly if you are from a school, tennis club or council).

Don’t forget, you have the choice to upgrade to a double mesh net. This means there is an extra layer of mesh along the first 5 rows of the net. Because this area is hit by the ball most often – it helps extend the life of the net.

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What are the key things I need to look for when purchasing a tennis net?

When you are checking out different types of nets, make sure you look for the key indicators that it’s a quality net, not cheap and nasty!

1. The Quality of the Stitching

We’ve all seen those ratty looking tennis nets that have taken one too many mis-hits from the ball, causing the body of the net to come away from the headband. This is a very common issue with poor quality tennis nets. The great gaping hole in the top of the net is usually because the tiny row of stitching (which holds the body of the net to the headband) is not strong enough to do it’s job.

It is important to not only have strong stitching, but also to use UV-stabilised cotton thread to combat inevitable weather damage. Without these fundamental elements, the net will not last and will soon need to be fixed or upgraded – meaning more money in the long run.

2. The Quality of the Headband

The headband of a tennis net is the piece of material that runs along the top from post to post. Poor headbands become weak and quickly deteriorate. Good quality headbands are usually made from vinyl and it is essential when making tennis net headbands that the manufacturer uses a couple of layers of UV-stabilised vinyl. As with the threading used to connect the body of the net to the headband, this area of the net is very susceptible to weather damage and need to be protected.

3. The Quality of the Mesh Netting

When you consider what tennis net goes through, it’s not surprising that many complaints about low quality nets are about the mesh body getting holes in it. The quality of the black mesh netting is absolutely vital when it comes to absorbing a ball being served at it from 70 to 130km/ph. If the mesh netting is not made from the high quality, heavy duty polyethylene, the net will not be durable and will most likely tear.

The moral of the story? If you want don’t want your net to looking like the picture below, it is always best to go for a top quality net. This is a sure way to save yourself paying out big bucks down the line to fix or upgrade your net.

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Poor quality stitching and mesh will make your tennis net deteriorate very rapidly 

Should I get a full drop tennis net or three-quarter drop?

All the international tennis competitions use full length nets – so a lot of people like the look of the full length net because it looks more professional. However, for more casual games – people generally prefer the three-quarter length nets (760mm drop). They are much easier to play with as it saves you having to collect the ball each time it hits the bottom of the net.

So as a general rule – unless you have a ball boy to run across the court and pick up your tennis balls – the three quarter length net is probably your first choice!

How do I stop my tennis net from sagging in the middle?

Unfortunately, it is near impossible to keep your tennis net perfectly straight. There is always going to be a slight sag in the middle due to the weight of the net. This inevitable sag is actually accounted for when doing professional installations of tennis nets.

However, if your net is sagging excessively – it may be due to a loose winder. Get your local installer to check whether there is any pieces of the winder missing or worn.

How do I fix my broken tennis net?

The most common issues for tennis nets are broken cables, worn head and side bands, and damaged mesh.

If the wire cable has been snapped, you will need to replace it with a new one. Unfortunately, they are a little tricky to install yourself as the vinyl headband that runs along the top of the net needs to be unpicked. The cable is then threaded through the top and sewn up again with an industrial sewing machine.

Damage to the head or side band can also be fixed by replacing the vinyl strip lining the mesh with a new one.

If you have damage to the net itself – this is quite difficult and often expensive to repair. It is usually best to cut your losses and invest in a new tennis net.

Tennis Posts

What do I need to think about when buying tennis posts?

Installation

Number one. How do you plan to install your tennis posts?

If you are starting from scratch – the most common way is to concrete sleeves into the ground for the tennis posts to slide into. This means they can be removed at will. Handy if the court needs to be used for other purposes, or you want to store the posts away when you’re not playing.

If you already have sleeves set into the ground – that’s is a different story. You will need to carefully match the correct measurements so the new post will fit neatly inside it.

So, in summary – when buying new tennis posts, you need to plan ahead a bit to account for correct installation. If you are unsure about anything – contact your local installer first, or give us a call to discuss.

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Tennis post sleeves are usually set into the ground with concrete, allowing your post to slide in and out for easy installation and removal. Sleeves with caps can be purchased to cover the hole in the ground when tennis posts are not in use. See here for more information of sleeves and caps.

Durability

Number two. Will your tennis posts last?

Unless you store your tennis posts under cover every time you aren’t playing (and realistically – who can be bothered?), you will need posts that are weather proof and durable.

Make sure you choose tennis posts that have been made from galvanised steel, as this reduces the risk of rust. (For those who are interested – galvanisation is the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel to protect it from weather damage.) As an extra layer of protection – tennis posts are usually powder-coated with paint, which seals it further against rust.

So make sure you choose quality tennis posts that will last – and save yourself paying out for them down the track.

Winder system

You need to decide whether you want an internal or external winding system for your tennis posts.

What’s the difference? Glad you asked.

4. What’s the difference between an internal and external winders?

The easiest way to see the difference is to check out the following images…

Internal vs External WInders

So as you can see – these are basically two different ways to attaching and tension the tennis net.

An external winding system means the cable and winder remains outside the post. Whereas, an internal winder means the tennis net cable is fed into the top of the post and the winder operates from inside.

Most people prefer the internal winding system as it looks a lot neater and professional. However, if you are on a tighter budget – the external winding system works just as well. The handle can also be removed and stored elsewhere as a security measure.

What’s the best tennis equipment to get for kids?

Kids have specific requirements when it comes to tennis equipment. For a start, they need the net set at an appropriate height to hit the ball over.

Thanks to a joint promotion by ANZ and Tennis Australia to increase young player participation in tennis, Tennis Hot Shots is hugely popular in kids’ sport at the moment.

So how does it work? The courts are smaller, the racquets are lighter and the balls are low-compression so that don’t bounce too high. It is a fun and easy way to learn for primary school-aged kids.

There are three stages in Tennis Hot Shots – Red, Orange and Green. Each stage uses different balls appropriate to children’s skills and confidence. Children are able to progress at their own pace, moving on to the next stage when they are ready.

Want to set up a Tennis Hot Shots court for your school, club or home? All you need to get started is a Grand Slam Tennis Hot Shots kit. This consists of a portable mini 6m tennis net and post system. It includes a carry bag for easy storage and transportation, and assembles in just minutes!

Click here to get an online quote for a Tennis Hot Shots Kit.

 

 

We hope you found this tennis goal post guide useful.

If you have any further questions or feedback, don’t hesitate to give Grand Slam Sports Equipment a call on 1800 773 461, email sales@grand-slam.com.au, or request an online quote for our tennis equipment

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Your Ultimate Guide To Volleyball Equipment

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With entertainingly-named shots such as the ‘chicken wing’, ‘dinosaur-dig’ and the ‘thunder’, its clear why people are flocking to volleyball!

As a simple yet rewarding sport, people of all ages and backgrounds have been drawn to volleyball, from a relaxed post-swim beach game, to Olympic level indoor competitions.

With all the different forms of the game, whether indoor, beach, school or backyard, it can be confusing knowing which gear is required. We’ve done the hard work for you, putting together everything you need to know about volleyball equipment and the different forms of the game.

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Posts for professional and adult level volleyball are 2.55m high. While this is the professional post height, it’s often adjusted depending on the age and experience of the players. Most schools have height adjustable posts so they can lower the net for younger players, allowingmore fluent game-play.

How will my volleyball posts attach into the ground?

Outdoor volleyball posts typically use the sleeve system. The posts are inserted into sleeves concreted into the ground, and can be easily packed away by pulling the upright post out of the sleeve.

If required, caps can be placed over the holes left by the empty sleeves to improve safety.

Indoor posts require a lock-down method which is different depending on whether the court is timber or concrete. A sleeve is concreted in place underneath the floor, and when posts are in place, they are locked in by attaching to a floor plate.

What material should my volleyball posts be made from?

Volleyball posts are made from different material depending on the purpose and exposure to weather. Galvanised volleyball posts are best suited to situations where they are exposed to rough, rigorous play, or potential vandalism.

Galvanisation is the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel, in order to prevent rusting. This process provides long-lasting protection from the weather.

Volleyball nets

What measurements should my volleyball net be?

This really depends of the type of competition the volleyball net will be used for. It will vary depending on senior and junior games.

A regulation size volleyball net is 1m wide, and approximately 9.5m length. The net height for professional competition volleyball net (as measured from the center of the net) is 2.43m high for men, and 2.24 high for women.

While there is some variation to exact heights for juniors, the net height typically decreases with age. High-level U-17 & U-16 males generally use a 2.35m net, while U-15 males use a 2.24m net. U-17 & U-16 girls generally use a 2.15m net, with a 2.10m net used for U-15 girls. The net is often considerably lower for beginners and primary school aged players. 

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What is the difference between volleyball net mesh types?

Higher standard volleyball uses a more durable mesh to withstand the intensity of the game. This standard of mesh is 2.5mm polyethylene, and is used at the highest level of competition.

Schools and local clubs generally use a 2mm polyethylene mesh, which isn’t as durable as the 2.5mm, but can still handle constant use.

A polyethylene mesh of 1.8mm is designed for home use, which doesn’t need the same level of durability as club or professional nets.

Antennae

Antennae are markers placed on the ends of the net to clearly mark the edge of the court, making it easier to call a ball in or out. Antennas are rods generally made from fiberglass or another flexible material, measuring 1.8m x 10mm. Antenna are used in higher-level competition, and are not usually required for junior games.

Beach Volleyball Equipment

How does beach volleyball equipment vary from regular volleyball?

The sun-drenched beach version of volleyball uses a court slightly smaller than an indoor volleyball court, measuring 16m x 8m.

Professional set-ups use the ground sleeve method to attach the net poles, while casual beach games usually use metal/plastic poles supported by tension ropes attached with pegs.

Beach volleyball uses the same net height as indoor volleyball, with men using a 2.43m net, and women 2.24m. The lines are marked with a durable material such as nylon or polypropylene, between 2.5cm – 5cm wide, and are fixed to the sand with either pegs or weights.

HINT: If setting-up your own beach volleyball court, orient the court North-South to avoid the sun shining directly into player’s eyes.

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We hope you found this volleyball goal post guide useful.

Stay tuned for more handy volleyball equipment tips and info coming your way!

If you have any further questions or feedback, don’t hesitate to give Grand Slam Sports Equipment a call on 1800 773461 or email sales@grand-slam.com.au

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Your Ultimate Guide To AFL Goals

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There’s nothing more satisfying than watching a 60 metre torpedo sail through the goal posts, or bending one through from an impossible angle on the boundary.

As the most important piece of equipment a football club can invest in, it’s important to know exactly what to look for.

We’ve put together this ultimate guide to AFL posts so you can spend less time trawling the internet for info, and more time practicing your opposite-foot banana kick from the boundary line.

What height should my AFL goals  be?

AFL post height is usually dependent on the age group or competition type that is being playing.

Professional AFL goal posts like those used on the MCG are 15 m tall, with behind posts standing at 10 m, though most local football grounds don’t require posts nearly this tall.

For adult competitions, goalposts are required to be a minimum of 6 meters tall, with behind posts required to be at least 3 meters in height. Depending on budget, AFL goal post height usually varies between 6m – 12m for adult competitions.

Budget AFL posts (which measure in around the 5m mark for goal posts) are also available. These smaller posts are most suitable for junior footy competitions or primary schools. They might also be set up at home – providing you have enough room in your backyard!

How far apart should my AFL goal posts be?

For professional/adult competitions the two goal posts should be spaced 6.4 meters apart, with the two behind posts a further 6.4 meters on either side of the goal posts. The posts should be in a straight line, with a measurement of 19.2 meters between the two behind posts.

For Junior Auskick competitions the goals are often placed closer together, so they’re more in proportion with the smaller grounds used. Remember not to make the goal area too small, as it’s great for the development and confidence of young players if they can kick a goal!

What should my AFL goal posts be made from?

The most common types of metal AFL posts are made from are either steel or aluminium. The type you choose will largely depend on your requirements and budget.

Steel AFL Goal Posts

Galvanisation is the process of applying a protective zinc coating to steel, in order to prevent rusting. This process provides long-lasting protection from the weather. Galvanised steel AFL posts are best suited to situations where they are exposed to rough, rigorous play, or potential vandalism.

The main advantage of steel goals is that they are a very durable option, and often cheaper than aluminium. However, the disadvantage is that steel is slightly more prone to corrosion over time.

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Aluminium Australian rules goals are made from a much more lightweight metal, however they are still incredibly strong. Aluminium has a silvery white appearance and is much lighter than steel. Aluminium goals are the best choice for multi-play fields where goals need to be removed from time to time to accommodate other sports. Aluminium is usually more expensive than steel, but it is incredibly long lasting and provides more flexibility in terms of transportation and installation.

How are AFL posts installed and removed?

There are two different ways AFL posts can be installed – 1) using a sleeve that sits beneath the ground; or 2) using a hinged system.

Ground Sleeve

The most common way of installing AFLposts is using ground sleeves. The sleeves are placed beneath the ground and permanently concreted into place. A cage is usually placed around the sleeve at the same time as concreting to provide additional support.

Hinged system

It can be quite tricky to erect and dismantle sleeved AFL posts – so the alternative is to install them using a hinged system.The post hinging system allows posts to be raised and lowered with the use of a tractor or other small machine with much more control. It also means the posts can be put together and dismantled with ease on the ground.

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What safety requirements should be considered for AFL posts?

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Wind Ratings

You will need to make sure the football posts you are purchasing are suitable to the environment where they will be installed. Because AFL posts extend so far out of the ground, they are very much exposed to wind. It is essential that the structure is installed according to the correct wind rating to make sure it is safe and secure. W41 wind rating is suitable for conditions that are not usually subject to excessive gale force conditions. They are most suitable to inland locations. W50 wind ratings suit coastal areas that are exposed to stronger winds or cyclone conditions. If you are unsure about what wind rating your area is exposed to, check with your local council.

Post padding

It is highly recommended to install post padding on your AFL posts for obvious safety reasons. In fact, most schools, clubs and councils are obliged by law to cover all exposed sports equipment with padding to protect players. Padding can vary in height – however, as a minimum, it is recommended to cover the first 1.8 meters. Always carefully check height or width requirements before purchasing padding, as measurements can vary significantly from post to post.post padding

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 We hope you found this AFL goal post guide useful.

Stay tuned for more handy football equipment tips and info coming your way!

If you have any further questions or feedback, don’t hesitate to give Grand Slam Sports Equipment a call on 1800 773461 or email sales@grand-slam.com.au

 

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3 Things to Look For When Purchasing a Quality Tennis Net

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How do you make sure you’re not getting ripped off when you purchase a new tennis net?

There is surprisingly little information out there to help you make an informed decision to choose the best quality net.

You don’t want to spend your hard earned cash on a net that will need to be replaced before you know it.

We have come up with three handy tips that will help you make the best decision possible.

1. The Quality of the Stitching

We’ve all seen those ratty looking tennis nets that have taken one too many mis-hits from the ball, causing the body of the net to come away from the headband.

This is a very common issue with poor quality tennis nets.

The great gaping hole in the top of the net is usually because the tiny row of stitching (which holds the body of the net to the headband) is not strong enough to do it’s job.

It is imperative to not only have strong stitching, but also to use UV-stabilised cotton thread to combat inevitable weather damage.

Without these fundamental elements, the net will not last and will soon need to be fixed or upgraded – meaning more money out of your pocket.

 

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2. The Quality of the Headband

The headband of a tennis net is the piece of material that runs along the top from post to post. Poor headbands become weak and quickly deteriorate.

Good quality headbands are usually made from vinyl and it is essential when making tennis net headbands that the manufacturer uses a couple of layers of UV-stabilised vinyl.

As with the threading used to connect the body of the net to the headband, this area of the net is very susceptible to weather damage and need to be protected.

 

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3. The Quality of the Mesh Netting

When you consider what tennis net goes through, it’s not surprising that many complaints about low quality nets are about the mesh body getting holes in it.

The quality of the black mesh netting is absolutely vital when it comes to absorbing a ball being served at it from 70 to 130km/ph.

If the mesh netting is not made from the high quality, heavy duty polyethylene, the net will not be durable and will most likely tear.

 

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The moral of the story? If you do not want your net to look like the picture below, is that is it always best to go for a top quality net. This is a sure way to save yourself paying out big bucks down the line to fix or upgrade your net.

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If you’d like any more information of tennis nets, feel free to contact Grand Slam Sports Equipment on 1800 773 461 or email sales@grand-slam.com.au

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A Guide to Basketball Backboards

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BB750So many Basketball backboards! Not enough time!

How do you know which Basketball backboard is right for you?

First of all – there are several things you need to consider:

  • Age of players (will influence the size of the backboard and whether you need one that is height adjustable)
  • Competition type (and whether you need a backboard that has superior rebound capacity and extra durability)
  • External environment (consider the weather that the backboard will be exposed to as you might need additional water, wind or sun protection)
  • Budget (as with most products – you must balance the debate between price and quality)

Types of backboard sizes

Full size backboard

Full size backboards are more suitable for senior competitions. They are best suited for high schools, council parks and stadiums. Choose between plywood, acrylic and tempered glass according to your budget, environmental conditions, and usage.

Half size backboard

Half size backboards are perfect for amateur players. They are lightweight and easy to install. Perfect for primary schools kids, or the backyard at home.

Three quarter size backboard

The three quarter size basketball backboard is a great option if you want to upgrade from a smaller half-sized backboard, but don’t want the size and weight that comes with the full size backboard. Perfect for backyard set-ups or schools as it is a good size for older players.

Types of backboard materials

Glass Backboard

Glass basketball backboards are used in most international competitions as they are usually the highest quality on the market and create the best rebound effect due to increased rigidity. A glass backboard is very hard and will therefore resist scratching. This is a major advantage over other types of backboards which can begin to look scuffed after a certain amount of use. The glass backboard will remain clear for the life of the basketball system, therefore making it a great investment.

Fiberglass backboard

If you need superior rebounds on a non-glass backboard, then a fiberglass backboard is your first choice. Fiberglass backboards give you a similar look and feel of a glass backboard at a more economical price.
Fiberglass backboards are a perfect choice for recreational games. It is water and rust resistant, making them a good choice for outdoor use.

SMC Backboard

Sheet molding compound (SMC) is fibreglass mix that is incredibly durable. It is comprised of several materials including fibreglass, polymer resin, release agents and thickeners.
The major advantages of SMC basketball backboards is that they are much stronger and more durable than timber alternatives, will withstand years of wear and tear, will not corrode over time, have increased water and UV resistance, have very low fire retardancy.
SMC backboards are expected to last up to 10 years (depending on the environment)

Wooden backboard

A quality wooden backboard is definitely the best choice if you are after something basic. It is suitable for backyard use and amateur basketball players. Bear in mind that if you want something more durable – it is best to upgrade to a fibreglass or SMC backboard.
However, this is a perfect choice if you want to keep the budget low and simply need a quality wooden backboard that will get the job done.

Acrylic Backboard

Cast acrylic backboards are known for their sturdiness. It is a good choice for those who are looking for something economical as well as durable. However, they are not preferred for more professional competitions as they do not rebound the ball as well as glass. Acrylic can also acquire scratches throughout its lifetime and is not as durable as glass backboards.

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If you need more information to help you decide which basketball backboard is best for you, contact Grand Slam on 1800 773 461 or sales@grand-slam.com.au.

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Court Builder Insight: What to Consider When Installing a Multi-Court

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So you’ve decided to install a multi sports court. However your mind is boggling at all the different issues to consider.

Surface type. Legal considerations. Sports equipment…

Where should you begin?multi-court

First up – your best bet is to get some advice from a professional court builder. They can advise you how to best tackle each issue and get your multi-court ball rolling (pun unintended!).

To set you on the right track – we recently spoke to court builder Malcolm Parkes from Dynamic Sports Facilities.

Here are some of the things he recommended:

Check out regulations for courts and equipment

One of the most confusing issues about installing multi-courts is wading through the guidelines for each sport.

There are subtle details that you will need to consider. For example, the standard run-off area for most sports court is 2m. However, Netball Australia’s specifications advise that netball court run-offs needs to be 3.05m. That means when you build a multi-court that includes a netball court – you must provide a 3.05m run off for all sports.

Not only that – each state is different as well.

Queensland schools have some of the strictest regulations when it comes to sport equipment compared to the rest of Australia. The responsibility for setting these regulations lies with the Department of Education for each state – so it is worthwhile checking out what rules you must adhere to.

If you are working with quality court builders, they will advise you on these regulations – however, it is always good move to inform yourself of what is involved as well. This will mean you won’t be in for any nasty shocks that don’t fit in with your original plans.

Carefully check scope of work before signing contract

Your court builder will always provide you with a scope of work when outlining on the terms and conditions of a multi-court installation.

Important: it is up to you to check that the specifications meet your requirements before signing the contract.

If the specifications do not meet your requirements – now is your opportunity to make changes. Unfortunately, once work has begun – it is very difficult to undo if the specs are incorrect.

Insist on quality sports equipment

9 times out of 10 clients will go with the sports equipment that their court builders recommend. And in general, know their stuff.

However, it is very important that you know what you are getting. And you need to consider the quality of equipment you are getting for your money.

Firstly, make sure it is strong.BB829

The sports equipment you have been recommended can often be flimsy and on the ‘just legal’ side of things. This is a bad move both for safety reasons and financial reasons. You may need to take  extra precautions to ensure your equipment meets safety standards (for example, adding extra weight to the base a free-standing volleyball post so it does not get knocked over). Also, will probably find you’ll need to replace cheap, poor quality sports equipment a lot sooner.

Secondly, check it is certified.

You should always be hesitant when considering sports equipment that has not been given an engineer certification. This means it has withstood vigorous testing to make sure it meets the safety requirements.

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Thirdly, check that your sports equipment is flexible enough to meet your multi-court requirements. For example, you may not have the storage space for a netball post when it needs to be removed to make way for a basketball game. So a better option might be a reversible basketball/netball tower that can simply be swung round to cater for different sports.  Be aware of the different options on the market, and find something that will suit your situation the most.

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Make sure you get a good overview of what you need to consider before giving the go ahead to install you multi-court. This includes making sure you adhere to sporting specifications, double check your scope of work, and ensure your sports equipment is durable, certified and suits your specific needs.

By doing a little research of your own first, you will save yourself a lot of hassle down the track. You will find these details will help to deliver your multi-court on time and on budget.

Article advised by Malcolm Parkes from Dynamic Sports Facilities.

For court building advice, please contact Dynamic Sports Facilities on 1300 653 130 or sales@dynamicsportsfacilities.com.au.

For sports equipment advice – please contact Grand Slam Sports Equipment on 1800 773 461 or sales@grand-slam.com.au.