It’s 2:00 am and you’re freezing. You check the thermostat and it is set to a cozy 70 degrees, but the furnace is not cooperating. You start to get angry. You have to be up in a couple hours and all you want to do is get some rest but it’s freezing! Then, at that moment, a sudden realization rushes over you like the arctic air in your house: you forgot to have winter maintenance done on your furnace. Oh, no. Now you’re cold AND worried. “What could it be? Could this have been prevented? I haven’t budgeted for a costly repair. Now what?” All of these thoughts run through your head as you wish you would have just gotten the regularly scheduled maintenance done to the furnace.
Hopefully that scenario hasn’t happened to you, but unfortunately it is not a rare occurrence – which is why regular maintenance is so important! So what about other items we rely on? If you have an indoor gymnasium under your care, have you thought about all the nuts and bolts that hold that equipment in place? Are all the moving parts lubricated properly to ensure proper function for your events? When is the last time you had a look under the proverbial “hood” of your gymnasium? If reality is hitting you like a cold room from our fictional friend’s home, don’t fret, Recreation Unlimited is here to help you make sure that your gym is safe and ready for all of your players! Call our commercial department at (317) 776-7830 to learn more and schedule your gym inspection.
Safety & Performance: Maintenance is Key
Did you know that most manufacturers require your equipment to be inspected on an annual basis or the warranty can be void? This especially applies to items like ceiling or wall hung basketball systems. All bolts must be checked for proper torque, cables inspected for wear, and and pulleys must be in line and functioning properly.
All ceiling suspended and wall mounted basketball structures that move should have a safety strap. The safety strap is device that acts like a “seat belt” for your structure. If the equipment were to malfunction and start to fall, the strap would engage and stop the unit from creating more damage.
Even something as seemingly basic as a basketball rim must be inspected and maintained. Rims should be checked for proper playing height to ensure competition level experience. Breakaway rims should be performance tested routinely to ensure no damage to the backboard is sustained. If you have a glass board of any kind without a breakaway rim, it is strongly recommended that you replace it with one that breaks away.
The breakaway rim will help disperse a large portion of the load put on the system away from the board, helping prevent breakage. Net attachment should also be checked routinely as an improperly functioning net attachment can lead to hand injuries or more damage.
Most manufacturers highly recommend that all backboards be padded. This reduces the risk of injury if and when a player makes contact with the bottom of the board. It is also highly recommended for all walls and obstructions to be padded that are in a range of a player in motion while playing.
Backboard Height Adjusters
One of the most commonly overlooked items in a gymnasium is the backboard height adjuster. Whether it is manually or electrically operated, this equipment needs serviced at least once a year. All moving parts are to be lubricated per the manufacturer’s instructions. When this does not happen it can lead to permanent damage of the equipment.
Bleachers are one of the most utilized portions of the gymnasium and, as such, are also one of the most important. Are your seats sturdy and free of obstructions? Are their motors present to move them in and out of storage? When is the last time they were examined? These are all key components that should be checked on a regular basis.
These are just but a few things to look for when doing a gym health survey. Recreation Unlimited offers a comprehensive “look under the hood” of your gymnasium that includes ceiling suspended, wall mounted or portable basketball backstops, backboards, rims, cushion edge, padding, bleachers, divider curtains, batting cages, and much more. Give us a call at (317) 776-7830 and we will schedule a free onsite consultation with an estimate to inspect and service your gymnasium and all the components in it! If you’d like a better idea of the things we’ll be looking at, download an inspection checklist. Whether your play environment is inside or outside, just remember you always have someone on your side.