Performance standards for indoor courts were introduced to North America in the early 1980’s. During the three decades that have followed the indoor court industry has seen radical changes. There are now no fewer than 6 standards used to evaluate performance, and new system designs deliver performance levels often beyond what was thought possible in the early years.During these 30+ years one thing has not changed; testing has remained isolated to the lab, and systems offer no guaranteed performance levels that will be achieved actual installations. Today’s specifications not only avoid addressing actual performance levels but they often specify that the only place the surface is required to perform is in the lab.
Consider for a moment why performance levels are even specified? They are a reflection of what you and your architect believe are important, and a reflection of the performance you expect to be delivered to your facility. Every owner and architect we have ever discussed this with has told us that they expect the specified performance values to be delivered to their installation. The reality is that many in the sport surface industry feel that they have met your expectations when they delivered the performance report or certificate during the submittal process.
You will often find language like: “Flooring system shall have been independently tested …..” in product and project specifications. Simply changing the specification to “‘This installation may be tested at the request of the owner/architect….” removes some of the ambiguity. Knowing the True Performance of your court is the only way to be sure that it performs and protects as promised during the sales process. We will gladly work with owners and architects to develop specifications that require high level performance in the lab, while establishing minimum accepted performance in the field.
Facilities that support elite play often underestimate the importance of their floor’s ‘True Performance.’ Floors that fail to meet specified levels may result limited practice time elevated risk of injury. A True Performance testing program can ensure that your court protects your athletes, students and community as promised. While multi-use facilities, such as YMCA’s, Elementary, Middle, and High Schools don’t support elite athletes, most fail to consider the number of lives their floors will impact. Consider that an indoor court at a high-school with and enrollment of 500 would touch between 25,000 and 35,000 lives during its lifespan depending on use. Furthermore they fail to consider that a comfortable court can extend active lifestyles for several years benefiting the community in better health but generating additional income by expanding the number of participants within the community. The importance of True Performance becomes clearer when you consider how a properly performing sports surface can impact the health of the users, and the revenue generated that is related to that surface.
So what are some of the reasons for ‘True Performance’ to vary from your specifications? We thought we’d provide you with a partial list. We have encountered every item on this list and while its far from an exhaustive list it starts to represent how the True Performance of your court could be VERY different from the performance in the lab :
The performance of your hardwood court impacts a large population, and True Performance testing is the only way to be certain that your floor performs and protects as promised. Contact us today to develop your custom True Performance program for your new or existing sport surface.