Spoonball Sports News

Rise of Students Participating in Sports Creates Need for Preventative Maintenance to Gymnasium Equipment in Athletic Facilities

Spoonball Sports reports: Ceiling suspended basketball structures are taking more abuse than ever before; athletes are larger and more aggressive while dunking or hanging on the equipment creating extreme force and pressure on the units and building framework. Over time, this stress without proper maintenance has the ability to manipulate original installation causing alignment issues, creating stress on the structures, motors, cables, beam clamps, bolts, pulleys, lowering rim heights, placing backboards out of alignment leading to expensive replacement costs and increasing the risk of equipment failures potentially causing property damage or personal injury.

Overland Park, Kansas (PRWEB) February 27, 2015 — According to the Center of Disease Control ( http://www.cdc.gov/datastatistics/2008/brainInjuries), more than 38 million children and adolescents participate in sports in the United States each year. As a result of this growing number, new and existing facilities are reaching capacity maximizing their equipment and square footage creating a need for preventative maintenance to ceiling suspended athletic equipment.

“Athletic facilities are hosting a record number of sporting events annually,” says Stephen Spoonhour, President , Spoonball Sports. “With this amount of activity and parents entrusting these facilities with the safety of their children; building and maintaining safe state-of-the-art facilities has never been more important. I grew up in and around athletic facilities most of my life and a lot has changed over the years.” Stephen, son of Charlie Spoonhour who was a Division 1 basketball coach at Missouri State, Saint Louis University and UNLV. “I know that parents, school administrators and facility owners expect nothing but safety for their athletes and spectators at these facilities. Having a preventative maintenance program in place not only provides peace of mind, it also ensures some accidents can be prevented.”

“Most schools utilize their own buildings and grounds crews to perform maintenance when problems arise but not at a preventative level. These same buildings and grounds crews are typically responsible for an entire campus and may not be properly trained or have the correct tools to work on items that may cause serious damage or harm.” Spoonball Sports offers a preventative maintenance program that partners with buildings and grounds crews to ensure all points of athletic equipment and facilities are functioning properly and provides safety reports for insurance purposes.

Spoonhour comments, “Ceiling suspended basketball structures are mostly overlooked when athletic facilities perform annual maintenance. Equipment manufacturers recommend these structures have full-point safety inspections performed every one to two years depending on the specific athletic equipment age and facility usage.” Facility managers or grounds crews are asked to perform work on these massive units weighting between 900-1,200 lbs. each depending on the ceiling heights, often they are unaware of the dangers and liabilities that lurk around the corner if not completed correctly.

“In the event of a cable failure for example,” says Spoonhour, “a ceiling suspended basketball structure would go into a free-swing mode typically shattering the glass backboard, damaging support pipes, ceiling beams and attachment locations which may lead to support pipes falling to the ground putting athletes and spectators at risk. This type of safety concern may be reduced or eliminated completely with safety strap installations at eachPage 2/3 If you have any questions regarding information in these press releases please contact the company listed in the press release. Our complete disclaimer appears here – PRWeb ebooks – Another online visibility tool from PRWeb ceiling suspended structure that raises or lowers by cables.”

Notable items installed in ceilings at gymnasiums throughout the United States include: Basketball Structures, Batting Cages, Divider Curtains, Wrestling Mat Hoists and Scoreboards.

Preventative maintenance includes providing proper torque to each ceiling attachment bolt and beam clamp, aircraft cable is free of kinks or damage, cable clamps are secure with back-ups, pulleys are installed in the proper alignment to minimize stress on motors, lubrication is applied to all moving parts to prevent wear and tear and motor limit switches are set to correct height.

Preventative Maintenance for Ceiling Suspended Equipment

In light of recent discoveries, we would liketo provide a few tips on how to make sure your ceiling suspended equipment remains safe and sound. Before your next major indoor event, take these simple steps to ensure the safety of all your attendees:

  • Wipe down all parts prior to inspection
  • Inspect all safety straps for correct operation
  • Inspect torque on all nuts and realign any structure pipe & brackets that have slipped
  • Inspect all parts for excessive wear, damage and/or defects including hoist cables & replace any minor parts if needed
  • On motorized goals, reset limit switches for proper cable tension during hoisting and lowering goals
  • On manual goals, inspect worm gear and drive, lubricate and install safety flag on cable
  • Provide proper lubrication in accordance to manufacturer’s requirements
  • Inspect alignment of backboards with court lines, check height of rims and adjust if needed

If you need any more advice or would like a consultation, be sure to contact us here or call (913) 906-9872.

Leading Athletic Suppliers Collaborate to Offer Sports Apparel, Equipment, and Facilities

KANSAS CITY, May 20, 2013 — Siege Sports announced today that it has entered into a partnership with Spoonball Sports to jointly provide athletic equipment to their respective markets. Siege traditionally supplies “soft” athletic goods including equipment and apparel; Spoonball Sports traditionally supplies “hard” athletic goods including turnkey athletic facilities. Spoonball Sports is a custom athletic equipment dealer for new and existing construction of primary & secondary schools, colleges, and professional athletic facilities, as well as churches and park & recreational facilities. Siege Sports is a youth and school team sporting goods supplier that provides equipment and apparel to sports teams including recreational youth, traveling select, high school and college programs.

“We have a common goal to supply superior products with excellent customer service,” said president and owner of Spoonball Sports, Stephen Spoonhour. “Combined, Spoonball and Siege will offer end-to-end athletic equipment, apparel and facilities.” Spoonhour is the son of legendary basketball coach, Charlie Spoonhour. The company name “Spoonball” originated from the nickname given to his father’s brand of basketball while coaching at Missouri State (formerly Southwest Missouri State) then followed him to St. Louis University and UNLV.

“Partnering with Spoonball Sports broadens the services Siege Sports can offer its customers,” said Siege Sports president Chris Barnes, “particularly to school programs looking for not only the equipment and uniforms needed to play a sport, but the modern facilities required to host sporting events.”

About Spoonball Sports

Spoonball Sports is a custom athletic equipment dealer specializing in the service and support of new and existing athletic facilities throughout the Midwest. Aligning specific athletic equipment manufacturers with their certified installation crews allows Spoonball Sports to turnkey athletic facilities and keeps all warranties in place. Spoonball Sports specializes in supplying facility owner’s interior and exterior athletic equipment to compliment new athletic facilities. Spoonball Sports also retrofits existing athletic equipment to keep facilities up-to-date with new technology, products and services. For more information about Spoonball Sports, visit www.spoonballsports.com.

About Siege Sports

Siege Sports is a youth and school team sporting goods supplier and retailer serving Kansas City for over 50 years. Aside from operating traditional sporting goods retail locations, Siege Sports’ core business is providing equipment and apparel to area teams including recreational youth, high school and college programs, and traveling teams. Siege Sports’ offers complete team kits for programs of any age and any sport. Siege Sports’ also specializes in spirit merchandise for area booster clubs. Built on a reputation of personal service, quality and competitive price, Siege Sports’ operates a retail location in Kansas City in the Crackerneck Plaza Shopping Center, 19321 E. US 40 Hwy., Suite K, Independence, Missouri, 64055, 816-795-1400. For more information about Siege Sports, please visit www.siegesports.com and follow Siege on Twitter at http://twitter.com/SiegeSports.

 

For Further Information:

 

Chris Barnes, President, Siege Sports

913-953-8400, chris.barnes@siegesports.com

 

Stephen Spoonhour, Spoonball Sports

913-906-9872,
spoon@spoonballsports.com