View Full Version : Securing the court?
03-27-2003, 10:43 PM
My home rink has no problem with this but I played in a rink today and the floor was not stable, the floor stayed in one piece fine but wouldn't stop moving around, if you went to stop the floor slid with you, everyone was slipping and sliding. I talked to that rinks manager and he said that the rink was just on plywood sheets on top of their soccer surface.
I was wondering how rinks secure floors so that they don't slide. Any help would be appreciated. (Both rinks use your basic sport court).
03-29-2003, 01:56 AM
I apologize that (a) I have no solution for you...sportcourt over plywood over artificial turf??? That really sounds like it won't work worth beans, to state the obvious,
and (b) our current floor is laid over a former hard rubber basketball playing surface over concrete, and that's bad enough...we figure friction coefficient to have increased 15-20%, which is HUGE in terms of normal play. Doesn't affect puck though. As the basketball floor doesn't match the skating surface exactly, their is a 3/8" "drop-off" around the perimeter two and a half feet of three sides of the rink by the boards. Plays hell turning or stopping at high speed. It's like dropping off a cliff! "hey, the ledge got him..."
I feel bad, 'cause it looks like nobody has tried to help you on this one, and I ain't got much help either. Please accept brotherly commiseration, it's all I got...
03-29-2003, 02:23 PM
Usually when floors are put down they are constructed with some type of bracing around the outer edge that keeps the floor from sliding. This bracing can take the form of a wood strip to fill the gap between the edge of the sport court and the posts that form the outer perimeter of the rink. I have seen some rinks use a standard water hose and place it in the gap to act as a shock absorber and a spacer.
Whatever spacer you use it must also extend down far enough to contain the plywood as well as the sport court.
It;s probably a political issue at this rink, but why not remove the "soccer surface" underneath the ply wood and then install the Sport court correctly as per the manufacurer's recommendations? Most facilities use sport court to play soccer on any way, although having spent the money for both - I'm sure it would be a political nightmare.
03-29-2003, 06:22 PM
Well, I really don't know, I usually don't play theer, we were visiting my aunt for a few days (spring break) and form what I could gather at the rink, it wazs just bought from the soccer guys and the new owners haven't had the time to take up the turf yet.
03-29-2003, 06:30 PM
Since it's in my aunts town not mine I don't play there much (2-3 times a year) and it's a new rink that has just been bought by an inline guy who needed a bigger building, it used to be for soccer, that is why there is a soccer surface and from what I gathered while there, they just didn't have the time to get the turf up before games were scheduled to be played so they went for a quick fix until they get enough time to take up the soccer surface.
03-29-2003, 07:56 PM
Where is this rink columbus, I've might of been there?
04-04-2003, 08:47 PM
I can't remember the name of it right now, but it is on the East side of Toledo
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