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Railsplitters Knock it Out of the Park with Sporturf

Sporturf™ dealer Baseline Sports Construction installed Lincoln Memorial University’s baseball field in Harrogate, TN. Lincoln Memorial University is a four-year institution focusing on liberal arts and undergraduate studies.

Athletics teams at LMU are known as the Railsplitters, a reference to LMU’s humble early profession. Their campus stands against the backdrop of the stunning Cumberland Gap Mountains. The Railsplitters are lead by head coach Justin Haywood

LMU athletics has been in existence since 1907 when they first started organized baseball on campus.

Photo Credit by LMU Athletics

Baseline Sports Construction, LLC began surfacing tennis courts in 1982 as Empire Recreational Surfaces and grew into a full service athletic and recreational construction company providing a wide range of services such as tennis and pickleball court construction, running track construction, indoor sports facility construction, and natural and synthetic turf field construction and maintenance.

Baseline serves the southeast and is a licensed contractor in the states of Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Virginia, and West Virginia.  Our services have grown to include consulting on recreational facility construction outside our geographic area as well as full-service construction and maintenance throughout the Southeast.

Summer / The Heat is on

Summer is here! The first official day of summer is on June 21st. As temperatures begin to rise and school draws to a close, everyone is starting to gear up towards the start of a great season full of fun. And along with the heat comes all the fun of summer sports! Such as soccer, track and field, golf, and many more. A great way to welcome the summer is with any of our synthetic turf applications for any of your sport requests, whether it be indoors or outdoors. We guarantee we can make any project come to life and satisfy any needs.

Sporturf prides itself in being the leading synthetic turf surface company in the world. Our in house, state-of-the-art laboratory provides us the ability to develop products that exceed the requirements of all the individual sport’s governing bodies around the world. We strive to provide quality service with quality products to each one of our customers, no matter the size of the project. With that in mind, make sure to reach out to any of our experienced Sporturf account managers to get the ball rolling on any of your synthetic turf desires.

 

Welcome the Summer days with Sporturf.

Santa Fe Baseball and Softball Chooses Sporturf and EnviroTurf

Recently Santa Fe High School located in Santa Fe, TX contracted with Sporturf™ dealer EnviroTurf to install a synthetic turf field on their softball and baseball fields.

Santa Fe High School cares about their students education and athletic equally.

That being said, it was clear that Santa Fe High School wanted the best for their student athletes and that is why they reached out EnviroTurf and Sporturf respectively. They chose Sporturf’s TrueGrass product for these installs after determining they needed the best products available. The school also opted to have customized logos created by our AquaFab department and have it installed into their field along with the turf.

Sporturf’s TrueGrass is a premium athletic field product that has been tried and tested in the toughest conditions. This product also features the longest lasting fiber available, which makes it ideal for indoor and outdoor athletic fields.

Sporturf dealer EnviroTurf was established in 2006 with a goal of providing superior products that are durable, cost-efficient and aesthetically pleasing while maintaining a commitment to supplying the safest surface possible.

As you can see in the images in this blog these projects came out seamlessly as Sporturf and EnviroTurf pride themselves in making and installing a quality product that is built to last.

If you have any questions regarding this project or any other, please reach out to your respective Regional Account Manager for assistance. We would love to help you get Sporturf on your athletic field.

Dustin Loggins

Midwest Regional Account Manager

(706) 508-2526 | dustinloggins@sporturf.com

Hunter Pratt

Gulf Coast Regional Account Manager

(706) 980-8915 | hunterpratt@sporturf.com

Demond Moore

Southeast Regional Account Manager

706-913-5033 | demondmoore@sporturf.com

Mac Clark

Northwest Regional Account Manager

706-618-3335 macclark@sporturf.com

Greg Holloway

Southwestern Regional Account Manager

706-671-0029 | gregholloway@sporturf.com

Sporturf Tech Tip #3 Mold and Fungus With Turf

Fungus, Mold Spots or Moss

The following instructions are provided to assist you if you ever need help with the removal of fungus, mold spots or moss from your turf. Like many other products that are outdoors and come into contact with the elements, your turf may at some point develop bacterial growth. If that does happen the following tips will help eliminate the issue.

  1. Use TurfStat™ PRO, a synthetic turf disinfectant is proven to kill germs on non-porous surfaces such as plastic (polystyrene, polypropylene), vinyl, fiberglass, non-porous rubber and washable synthetic fibers, at a rate of 1 part concentrate to 11 parts water and spray the area fully.
  2. Do NOT use high pressure water spray with stream force in excess of 2500 PSI as this can severely damage the turf.
  3. TurfStat™ PRO is an EPA registered disinfectant, MR. Clean and Vital Oxide Perform as needed but has not been EPA approved.
  4. Simple Green is another product that can be used as long as it is the bleach free formula.

As always with all of our tech tips if you need more clarification or additional assistance please contact your Regional Account Manager before working on your next project.

Below are some tips on  daily turf usage:

1. Footwear should be restricted to ½” molded cleats
2. Stance areas for baseball/softball, Lacrosse and soccer goal mouths face abnormal
wear patterns and must be monitored daily.(See section II)
3. Band Practices may cause abnormal wear and the field must be monitored for rubber
loss in high trac areas.
4. Pets or animals should not be allowed on artificial turf areas.
5. Non authorized vehicles should not be allowed on turf. Light machinery such as
Gators, tractors and golf carts are permissible with turf tires only.
6. No food, chewing gum, sunflower seeds and/or tobacco products on playing surface.
7. Daily cleaning of surface should be hand-picked. Vacuums with dual motors and leaf
blowers recommended.
8. Turf grooming and cleaning must be done by trained sta and authorized equipment
9. Steps must be taken to prevent dirt/debris from collecting onto surface from nearby
trees and parking lot trash.

Check out the Facility Designer on the Sporturf Website

 

The Sporturf Facility Designer can be used to design a customized training area for your facility.

First set the turf color and outer dimensions, then add hash lines, ladders, and agility dots. Upload your logo (a PNG file with transparent background works best) and drag-and-drop it into place. Your logo can be rotated and scaled to the desired size.

Finally, fill out the Contact Information section and submit the design. An email with a link to the design PDF file will be sent to you and you will be assigned an Account Manager! Test our facility designer today!

 

Trimming Selvedge from Foam Backed Product

When trimming the selvedge on a foam backed product you will need some tools to help you complete this.  You will need a:

  • carpet knife or slide knife.
  • replaceable blades.
  • T-shaped Hex key (3/32” or 6 mm)

Unroll the foam backed synthetic turf face up.  Starting at the edge of the roll at the selvedge you will find the stitch rows.  From the selvedge, count in 2 stitch rows.  Starting at the edge of the roll, take your T-shaped hex key and place it between the second and the third stitch row.  Start pushing the hex key through the length of the stitch roll so that it separates the fibers of the second and third tuft row.  You may need to do this several times before you get a good separation of the tuft rows.

After the tuft rows have been separated you will see a definitive line. Take your carpet knife with a new blade and start cutting between the 2nd and 3rd tufted rows.  It is important that you try and maintain a straight cut along these separated tuft rows.  Keep your replaceable blades handy and keep a sharp one in your knife. This will help you maintain a straight cut. Remember to always dispose of used blades in an appropriate container.

Check out the Facility Designer on the Sporturf Website

 

The Sporturf Facility Designer can be used to design a customized training area for your facility.

First set the turf color and outer dimensions, then add hash lines, ladders, and agility dots. Upload your logo (a PNG file with transparent background works best) and drag-and-drop it into place. Your logo can be rotated and scaled to the desired size.

Finally, fill out the Contact Information section and submit the design. An email with a link to the design PDF file will be sent to you and you will be assigned an Account Manager! Test our facility designer today!

 

Sporturf Ice Removal and Winterizing Tips

Turf is fine in the ice and cold, however you still need to know how to treat it and effectively remove snow and ice.

Snow and Ice Removal

SNOW AND ICE ARE NOT HAMRFUL TO ARTIFICAL TURF and generally should be left to melt system without assistance. At times, however, it is necessary to remove snow or ice to make the designated area ready to be used for whatever use you may need it for. The working principle for removing snow is to reduce the likelihood of new snow buildup and will reduce the risk of ice from its cold winds whipping across a damp, newly cleared surface. Because ice removal is more difficult, the prevention of ice buildup is important.

Use caution when using a sidewalk deicer that contains chloride around your synthetic turf. Chloride has characteristics that breakdown the UV protection of the product.  This could cause discoloration and a breakdown in the fibers.  We recommend using a deicing product that contains Calcium magnesium acetate (CMA).  CMA has a PH level around 6 which is about the same as tap water.  Because it is less corrosive, it does not cause a breakdown of the sidewalk itself and has a minimal effect on the environment.

Grants Chooses TrueGrass

Sporturf™ dealer Sport Surfaces Distributing, Inc. installed a full-size field of Sporturf’s TrueGrass at Grants High School. Grants High School is a comprehensive high school with rigorous academics, a student focused approach, a dedicated-caring staff, and a well established and respected history of excellence.

The school chose Sporturf™ and Sport Surfaces because of the need for a quality install by a credible installer and durable field that would withstand the play of multiple sports.
Sport Surfaces Distributing, Inc. and The Robert Cohen Co., have been selling and installing high performance athletic and commercial floors for over 30 years.

About TrueGrass

This product is a premium athletic field product that has been tried and tested in the toughest conditions. This product also features the longest lasting fiber available, which makes it ideal for indoor and outdoor athletic fields. This product can be installed outdoors or indoors over concrete or a compacted aggregate base.

Do You Know About G-Max?

G-Max is important to consider when installing an athletic surface for athletes.

A field’s level of shock absorbency is tested by using a unit of measurement called the g-max, where one “g” represents a single unit of gravity. The peak acceleration reached upon impact of two objects, such a football player and the synthetic turf surface, is the maximum number of g’s a field is able to absorb.

A field with a higher g-max level loses its ability to absorb the force — and places more impact on the athlete during a collision, while a surface with a lower g-max absorbs more force, lessening the impact to the athlete. Using ASTM F1936 test method, g-max readings shall not exceed 200 at each test point. With proper maintenance, a synthetic turf field should have a g-max of well below 200. The g-max guideline in the STC’s Guidelines for Synthetic Turf Performance is “below 165” for the life of the synthetic turf field.

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