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Superior Sports: 4 Signs of a High-Quality Athletic Field 0

Posted on February 17, 2018 by Kara Masterson

Superior Sports, 4 Signs of a High-Quality Athletic FieldThere’s nothing quite like throwing around a football, baseball or another ball when it comes to having fun with friends. However, you need to make sure that the field you use is suitable. It should be properly maintained and feature the proper materials. Here are four signs of a high-quality athletic field.

Size

You need to have enough room to move around the field. If your field is too narrow, it’s going to cause some problems. Depending on what kind of sport you’re playing, you might need a larger field. It isn’t worth compromising on your goals as an athlete. A field should provide you with as much room as necessary to play freely. Look at as many as possible to find the best one for you.

Cleanliness

An unkempt field is not just unattractive, it can also be dangerous. If there’s garbage scattered around, it could hurt you. You should make sure that everyone is wearing shoes to avoid things like broken glass. If the field is constantly full of litter, you should look elsewhere. Part of having fun on an athletic field is being able to play without worries of danger that might be lurking. The field should also be free of wild animals that could pose a threat. Read the rest of this entry →

5 Pros and Cons of Artificial Turf on Sports Fields 1

Posted on December 28, 2017 by Dixie Somers

5 Pros and Cons of Artificial Turf on Sports FieldsWhether you’re a player, coach, groundskeeper, or simply a sports lover, it might be easy to look at the gorgeous greens of artificial turf and think that this surface is always, only the best option. To be sure, artificial turf is a great option for many applications, and if you’re considering a new surface for your playing field from a company like Bourget Bros. Building Materials, this option should certainly be in the running. To allow you to make an informed decision, however, here are a few pros and cons to think about when considering artificial turf.

Pro: Less maintenance

For all the inherent maintenance requirements that accompany a natural turf field, an artificial turf field offers ease-of-use and ease-of-maintenance. Artificial turf doesn’t have to be cut, watered, fertilized, or have weeds removed. It can’t die, it doesn’t have to be restored after the winter, and it will always be the same thickness and consistency, no matter what the weather is. Not to mention, you don’t have to use dyes and paints to keep the turf looking great or draw the lines needed to play the various sports. Read the rest of this entry →

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    • Al Bumbry: From Bronze Star to AL Rookie of the Year
      May 31, 2021 | 2:21 pm

      The Sports Then and Now Vintage Athlete of the Month won a Bronze Star in Vietnam before going on to win American League Rookie of the Year honors and playing 14 seasons in the Major Leagues.

      Though only 5-foot-8 and 170 pounds, Al Bumbry was a four-year basketball player at Virginia State College (now University). The school restarted its baseball program during his career and Bumbry hit .578 during his senior season to earn notice from the Baltimore Orioles, who picked him in the 11th round of the MLB Draft.

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