Sports Equipment Journal

  • Get Your Parking Lot Ready for the School Year

    Overhead view of parking lot

    Parking lots are amongst the most dangerous areas for any school or business. According to a AAA study, roughly twenty percent of accidents nationwide happen in parking lots. Schools are especially dangerous, with the high volume of traffic before and after class. With the beginning of school approaching, how can you make sure your school’s parking lot is as safe as possible? Continue reading

  • Pickleball: How to Play America’s Fastest Growing Sport

    Pickleball SetWhat is Pickleball?

    Pickleball is essentially an equal-parts combination of tennis, badminton and table tennis.

    Nowadays, it is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country.  As of last year, it was estimated that 2 million people play in the United States, with another million expected to pick it up by next year.  This past April, the Pickleball U.S. Open was televised on CBS Sports!

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  • Security Measures for Your School’s Safety

    elementary school building

    Not too long ago, schools had relatively few security measures in place. Visitors were able to come and go as they pleased, with no identification or check-ins required. Today, stricter measures are becoming necessary, and schools across America must adapt. Here are a few recommended practices your school can easily implement to increase the safety of students and staff. (All statistics are courtesy of the National Center for Education Statistics)

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  • Workouts to Increase Your Team’s Hitting Power

    Workouts to increase hitting power

    By now, every baseball fan has seen highlights from rookie sensation Aaron Judge’s debut in the Home Run Derby. The Yankee All-Star hit 4 of his 47 homeruns over 500 feet, becoming the first rookie ever to win the Derby. His performance dazzled and inspired every young baseball player in the country.

    Unfortunately, when most inexperienced players try to hit harder, they just think it’s just a matter of swinging harder. When people try to simply swing harder, they often lose their form and control, two key elements in a powerful swing. To get your players to hit harder, it all starts in the weight room during the offseason. Increasing lower body and core strength is essential in adding more “pop” to a swing. Check out our favorite workouts to target both of those areas!

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  • ANSI Vest and Jacket Regulations: What Do They Mean?

     

    In Michigan, and most other northern states, summer is known for two things: Beautiful weather and construction. Since there is such a small window of opportunity to get these construction projects done, workers are often on the job until well past sundown. For late night, long-term projects like this, you need to make sure all of your workers are safely outfitted. To ensure the proper equipment is being used, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) sets guidelines for everything from livestock production to construction equipment. Continue reading

  • Quick Drills to Help Improve Your Basketball Handling

    The offseason is the perfect time to have your players work on specific aspects of their game. Though it may be difficult for them to find people to play with during the summer, dribbling is one aspect of basketball that they can work on solo. On top of that, only a few items are needed to be able to run a collection of ball handling drills. Below are a handful of examples, in order from least difficult to most, along with the requisite tools. Have your players try them out! Continue reading

  • How to Manage Crowds During Summer Events

    crowds of peopleWith the summer comes warm weather; and with warm weather comes outdoor events such as parties, festivals and concerts. When events move outside, you may find that it becomes increasingly difficult to corral and organize your crowds. Here are a few tips on how to effectively and safely manage the crowds at your event this summer:

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  • 4 Easy Tips On Keeping Your Campers Hydrated This Summer

    Keeping track of one kid’s hydration can be tough. Keeping track of a whole camp’s hydration? Nearly impossible.

    When camp counselors and administrators are planning out logistics, they often think of things like registration, housing and activity-planning. Unfortunately, one of the most important aspects of running a camp often gets overlooked; keeping the campers properly hydrated.

    According to a Harvard School of Public Health study in 2015, most kids do not drink an adequate amount of fluids on a daily basis. That same study found that as many as one-quarter of children and teenagers between ages 6 and 19 don’t drink any water as part of their daily fluid intake.

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  • Gymnastics for Beginners

    When people think of competitive sports that can lead to a lifelong career, gymnastics doesn’t often rise to the top of the list. However, consider the best sports for little ones just beginning their fitness routines, and it’s hard to ignore the ease of tumbling equipment and the benefits found through childhood flexibility. Kids are far more flexible than adults, and flexibility is a key component in many youth activities for this reason . As we age, sedentary or otherwise inactive lifestyles affect our body’s ability to maintain muscular elasticity. Incorporating proper gym equipment can help, but tight hamstrings and tendons are controlled by our nervous system, and that’s something we simply can’t force without causing serious potential health problems. Hence the power of early age gymnastics.  Continue reading

  • Cool Outdoor Obstacle Courses

    Summer is a welcome break from the rigors of school... and it's a great opportunity for kids to pick up some new healthy habits through fun warm weather activities. Even kids who aren’t into traditional team sports want a outlet for their abundance of energy. And that's where the obstacle course comes in. All you need is patience, space, basic outdoor equipment, and a plan.

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