Feature Article - July 2007
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Special Supplement: Complete Guide to Sports & Recreation Surfaces

By Dana Carman



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The Internet offers educational opportunities at your fingertips. In addition to talking to people in your industry who may be using products you're interested in, check manufacturers' Web sites for more information, as well as some of the resources listed below:

  • American Sports Builders Association (ASBA), formerly called the U.S. Tennis Court and Track Builders Association, is a national organization for builders, designers and suppliers of materials for tennis courts, running tracks, synthetic turf fields, and indoor and outdoor synthetic sports surfaces. The Web site features technical information, planning and building guides, and a database of designers, builders and manufacturers. Visit www.sportsbuilders.org.
  • The International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA) is a nonprofit trade association for manufacturers of playground equipment and surfacing. IPEMA offers third-party product certification services and recently launched a Web site to help improve the quality and quantity of children's play and playgrounds (www.voiceofplay.com). Visit www.ipema.org.
  • The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission publishes the Handbook for Public Playground Safety, which can be found on its Web site along with other safety guidelines. Visit www.cpsc.gov.
  • The Alliance for the Polyurethanes Industry offers regulatory information as well as health and safety tips in several different languages. Visit www.polyurethane.org.
  • The National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) offers safety statistics, research, guidelines and overviews of state regulations in regard to playground safety. Visit www.playgroundsafety.org.
  • The Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association Inc. offers information on safety, performance and maintenance issues; installation guidelines, grade standards, maintenance recommendations and specifications for athletic flooring sealers and finishes. Visit www.maplefloor.org.
  • Turfgrass Producers International works toward advancing the turfgrass sod industry. The resources section of the Web site features information from a natural grass point of view. Visit www.turfgrasssod.org.
  • The National Collegiate Athletic Association, www.ncaa.org, and the International Association of Athletics Federations, www.iaaf.org, can provide information on track and field specifications.
  • The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) is a standards development organization. Standards information can be found on the site including information on the ASTM F1292-04 Standard Specification for Impact Attenuation of Surfacing Materials within the Use Zone of Playground Equipment and F1951-99 Standard Specification for Determination of Accessibility of Surface Systems Under and Around Playground Equipment. Visit www.astm.org.
  • The Climbing Wall Association (CWA) is a nonprofit trade association created to support the development of the climbing wall industry, promote climbing and advocate for its members. The site includes standards for the design and engineering of manufactured climbing structures and operational standards for climbing facilities. Visit www.climbingwallindustry.org.