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As we head into the homestretch of the year, we start to see a slowdown in some sports and a pickup in others. To the athletic director, that means it’s time to do post-season maintenance on one set of facilities and to get others tuned up for the busy months ahead.

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Just Another Milestone or the End of the Road? Check Your Field and Find Out
By Mary Helen Sprecher
Artificial turf has been in use for years, but it really became mainstream, with an increasing number of high schools, colleges and even municipal installations, within the last 15 years. And at the time, it felt like those fields would last forever.

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Fitness Facilities: Keep Them in Shape
By Mary Helen Sprecher
Fitness facilities, while always popular, will go through peaks and valleys of use. You can count on them to get busy after the New Year, before spring break and after exams are out of the way. So how do you know they’ll always be ready?

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Want to Add a School Logo to Your Court? Check the Rules First
By Mary Helen Sprecher
It’s not exactly a secret that logos are everywhere. And recently, they’ve started showing up on tennis courts.

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Track Certification: An Explanation
By Mary Helen Sprecher
Invariably, when a school is seeking to install or upgrade a track, someone will bring up the selling point: “We could host bigger meets.”

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When you want a professional, whether a doctor, attorney or accountant, you don’t pick blindly. You ask for recommendations – and even more importantly, you look for a qualified professional. You don’t just look for the lowest price tag.

So why, when selecting a contractor to build a sports facility, are so many people just looking at low bid? Are other criteria being considered?

Think about it. The facility has to be built well enough to withstand constant use by athletes. It has to conform to the regulations of the governing bodies. It has to provide a playing surface that athletes find acceptable. And even more, it has to be safe.

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Certified Tennis Court Builder (CTB)

Certified Track Builder (CTB)

and Certified Field Builder (CFB).