5 Reminders to Help Prepare for the Off-Season


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Brad D'Agnillo

Preparing for the cold, wintry months ahead is crucial for the longevity of your sports facilities. Careful planning and maintenance are essential in safeguarding your investment and ensuring your facilities are ready for the next season. Whether you manage a soccer field, a ball diamond, tennis courts, or a track and field complex, these steps are invaluable for the return of athletes and enthusiasts.

Here are five important reminders to help you prepare for the off-season:

  1. Store Portable Equipment: To protect your portable equipment from harsh winter conditions, take down and store items such as netting, windscreens, padding, bases, and any other removable items. Storing them indoors or in a dry, sheltered area will prevent damage and prolong their lifespan.
  2. Winterize Utilities: Shut off electricity, water, and irrigation systems. Properly winterizing these systems is necessary to prevent freezing and potential damage found at start up in the spring.
  3. Inspect and Create a To-Do List: Take a thorough walk around your facility and create a checklist of tasks that need to be completed before the spring season arrives.
  4. Monitor Infill Depths: High-wear areas on synthetic turf fields, may require attention during the off-season. Check infill depths and ensure they are at the recommended levels.
  5. Synthetic Turf-Friendly Snow Removal: If your field is going to be used during the winter months, it is important to have the proper equipment ahead of time. Use synthetic turf-friendly methods for snow removal to prevent damage to the playing surface.

Bonus Tip- Long Jump Sand Pit and Take-Off Board: Cover the long jump sand pit to protect it from snow and debris. Flip the take-off board to prevent weather-related damage and ensure it’s in good condition for the upcoming season.

By following these reminders and completing these tasks, you’ll help ensure that your sports facility remains in good shape during the off-season. You’re not only protecting your investment but also ensuring that athletes, fans, and enthusiasts can enjoy your facility to the fullest when spring returns.

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