Regular Bleacher Maintenance Less Costly than Repair

Posted by Matt Roberts

Apr 23, 2013 1:20:00 PM

Lacey Township High School officials in New Jersey never imagined the dilemma they would face on the evening of September 17, 2011 as a routine high school football game turned quickly into an investigation and the closing of a portion of the stadium. A game spectator broke through one of the stadium bleacher seats and although no injuries were reported, the stability of the stadium was in question and turned the future of Lacey Township High School upside down.

high school bleacher inspectionsA thorough investigation followed and structural engineers were called in to evaluate the future of the stadium seating. With the stadium closed for investigation, school officials were left scrambling wondering how to remedy this situation. As with most small athletic programs, funds were very tight and extent of the pending repair work could be more than their small budget could accommodate. 

This scenario in New Jersey is not uncommon. Athletic departments and school districts choose where their limited dollars will be spent and often routine stadium maintenance is either overlooked or eliminated and most schools take their chances on the structural stability of their facility and opt out of spending money on routine bleacher maintenance. As with the officials in Lacey Township, this can be a very risky and costly decision.

Toadvine Enterprises offers guaranteed safety and peace of mind with our maintenace and safety inspection program for all indoor and outdoor seating and equipment. Certified and trained manufacturer technicians perform visual inspections of your facility and/or school equipment which includes a detailed report of any findings or actions that need to be taken. Toadvine can perform your annually-required maintenance inspection and can provide yearly contracts that work around your needs.  

To secure the safety of your school families and patrons, let Toadvine perform the maintenance necessary to keep your school free from physical injuries or accidents. Fill out our Maintenance and Safety Interest Form to get started. 

Topics: Kentucky athletics, High school athletic equipment, bleacher inspections, stadium seating inspection, stadium seating inspections

Speed and Strength Training: Moving From Average To Great

Posted by Matt Roberts

Nov 6, 2012 11:04:00 AM

Remember the line in Bull Durham when Kevin Costner talks about the difference between batting .250 and .300? His character goes on to describe just getting one more hit a week is the difference between playing in the minor leagues or Yankee Stadium. He is right. In football they say, "it's a game of inches." In the hundred meter dash, it can be a difference of one-thousandth of a second. 

Kentucky athletic equipmentBasically the distance between being average and being great can be relatively small. That small difference has huge implications. Speed training is an essential key in moving from average to great. Here are a few products that really can help your athlete make big improvements.

The PowerMax Sled is a weighted sled that tethers to a belt on the athlete. The athlete can increase the resistance by adding up to 200 lbs. to the sled. This not only helps develop speed but also strength by providing lower body resistance. *Cost: $136 plus freight.

The Bullet Belt System works similarly to the sled, however, the resistance is created by a trainer or by another athlete. The biggest benefit from this piece of equipment is the ability to increase and improve acceleration mechanics and improving starting strength. It has an easy hook loop release that creates a contrast of resistance to free running. *Cost: $86.50 plus freight.

The Bullet Belt Speed Pulley is a two-person trainer. The runner is pulled by the trainer who can operate at half the speed of the athlete. It helps athletes learn mechanics of running at faster speeds and the trainer does not have to maintain the same pace. A safety release is built into the design of the pulley system and the belt is included. This is a must for speed training. *Cost: $144 plus freight.

Call Toadvine Enterprises today with your questions. Take your average athletes and make them great. It is the little things that can make the biggest difference.

*Price does not include tax (if applicable).

Topics: Speed training, PowerMax Sled, Bullet Belt System, Bullet Belt Speed Pulley, High school athletic equipment

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