Aug 21, 2013 1:11:00 PM
Before that first buzzer ever sounds, laps are being run, plays are being taught, and strategies are being formulated to dominate the opposing team. When the days of pre-season practice come to an end and it's time to step on that court for the first home game, the fans and athletes alike are anxiously awaiting the match up. Imagine the anticipation of that first game and when that moment finally arrives, there is no buzzer. What if the numbers on the scoreboard don't light up properly or the timer isn't working?
Although many schools may invest in a state-of-the-art scoreboard for their sporting activities, the maintenance of this equipment may get overlooked, resulting in a disastrous game day outcome. An excellent way of insuring that your school avoids the unpleasantness of scoreboard problems is to take care of the internal electronic components during the off season.
For George Cornwall, long time electronic supervisor for the Lee County School District in Fort Myers, Florida, preventative maintenance is the key to keeping a fully operating scoreboard.
“A lot of our maintenance involves cleaning contact and connections. We summer-ize our boards in the off-season too,” Cornwell said. “Our outside circuit boards are taken off and stored inside to avoid damage. We don't completely strip them, but we do remove major components in the off-season and prior to season, we put them back. You have to do preventative maintenance to keep them in top condition.”
Athletic Directors or Facilities Managers should direct someone to follow recommended procedures every year to prolong the life of the scoreboard and reduce unscheduled service calls. Well before the first game of the season, the scoreboard equipment should be inspected, reassembled, and tested to allow ample time for the return and repair of any malfunctioning parts.
If your school does not have an off-season preventative maintenance program, contact Toadvine Enterprises to determine the best route to protect your vital sports equipment and “keep the ball rolling.”
Apr 5, 2012 6:08:00 PM
The start of April marks the beginning of the end of the school year. With about two months left for most schools in our area and spring break in full force, most students and faculty can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel!
The beginning of spring also means the beginning of a lot of other activities in Kentucky and Indiana like:
- Baseball season starting up
- The end of March Madness with The Kentucky Wildcats winning their Eighth National Title!
- The Masters kicking off
- Keeneland Spring Meet opening
- The Kentucky Derby Festivities are getting underway
Because school isn’t far from closing for the summer, this is a great time to start thinking about preventative maintenance for your equipment and bleachers. It’s also a great time to re-stock on new equipment for your sports facilities.
Right now, Toadvine Enterprises has openings for summer maintenance programs for bleachers and gymnasium equipment. Call us at (502) 241-6010 or fill out our maintenance form on our website to get started.
Mar 6, 2012 1:29:00 PM
It’s March. The sun is shining…well most of the time, and high school and college basketball is kicking into full gear.
The Cats are ranked # 1 and cruising toward a number 1 NCAA seed. They wrapped up the SEC regular season title and now focus their efforts on winning two titles in New Orleans. The SEC Tournament title and the Big Dance. There is a very good chance the Cats will be playing first round games in the YUM Center. Did we mention that Toadvine Enterprises had the honor of providing much of the athletic equipment used at the Yum Center?
The Cards are ranked in the top 20 and have stayed right in the middle of the pack in the Big East. Aside from a recent loss to a gritty South Florida squad, the Cards have played some very steady ball. They could be a very dangerous team come the NCAA tourney.
The Murray State Racers are hanging just outside the top 10 with one lone loss. They were a tough draw last year, and they could surpass that run this year.
Across the river, (now that we can cross it again) the Indiana Hoosiers are making a strong late season bid with a recent win over Big Ten leader Michigan State. They have some great wins on the resume (we don’t have to remind you of one the biggest one). With a strong Big Ten tourney, they could end up with a nice seed come tournament Sunday. You can follow Big Ten Tournament results here.
So let’s start some trash talking.
- Who’s cutting down the nets in April?
- How will UK, UofL, Murray State, and Indiana finish in their conference tournaments? How will they fare in the NCAA?
- Who will win the Kentucky High School Boys Basketball Championship?
- Indiana? Tennessee? Ohio?
P.S. If you find any time to work in March, we’re still working and we’d love to quote you some athletic equipment, meet you about a custom seating project, or just answer some of your general questions about what we do.
Aug 24, 2011 9:24:00 AM
You still have time to sign up for our newsletter and be entered in a drawing to win one of four Dick’s Sporting Goods gift cards. We’ll be drawing for the winners on Friday, August 26 and the winners will be announced on Facebook, Twitter, on our blog, and in the first newsletter.
In this monthly newsletter, we’ll keep you abreast of the changes in our industry and yours, have some fun, and help you follow along with some of the things happening at Toadvine Enterprises. Plus, all newsletter subscribers will be offered EXCLUSIVE promotions throughout the year!
Since school has started back up, we want to wish everyone a great school year and good lucky with the sports seasons.
You can sign up for our newsletter here. Keep Toadvine Enterprises in mind throughout the school year for any athletic equipment needs that may arise. You can contact us online anytime, day or night, and be guaranteed a quick, 24-hour response.
Jun 3, 2011 1:03:00 PM
Toadvine Enterprises has had a lot going on lately. Aside from launching a new website, we’ve been busier than normal because we are now the sole provider of Porter and Gill athletic equipment in the state of Indiana.
We’ve been serving Kentucky, Tennessee, South Ohio, and parts of Indiana for 32 years, but now we’re able to bring our full line of Porter and Gill Sports Equipment to almost every Indiana County. This means that schools in Indiana—whether university or elementary—will have access to Toadvine’s professional sales team that can help give recommendations to best suit your facility.
With our knowledge and expertise in the sports equipment industry, we can assist you in any sports facility project, no matter the size. Toadvine Enterprises has helped both communities and schools create and maintain sporting equipment throughout their athletic facilities. The expertise and knowledge of our sales teams will deliver the best solutions to meet your needs.
We’re excited about being the exclusive provider of Porter and Gill in the state of Indiana! There are several ways you can learn more and stay connected with us:
- Call 1-877-211-6925
- Follow us on Twitter
- Like us on Facebook
- Subscribe to our blog
- Contact us online
We look forward to speaking with you!