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Indoor Protective Padding

Indoor Protective Padding Video

Summary of the Video

Indoor Wall, Post and Rail Padding
  • We can provide indoor padding for walls, posts, rails, floors, doors and fences.
  • Padding is made with vinyl that is resistant to rot, mildew, fungus and UV light.

Available in Custom Colors

  • Choose any color from our color card which is shown above.
  • Contact us for a sample of your chosen color.
  • We also offer custom colors upon request. Contact us at info@keepergoals.com for more information

Customize with Text & Logos

Custom Logo and Text

  • Customize your padding with your organization’s name and/or logo for a professional look
  • To receive a quote, please send us your artwork in vector format, (.ia or .eps.)

Pad Size and Shape

Pad Shape

  • Choose from three standard shapes: Flat pads, Corner Pads or Column Pads.
  • Column pads are available with three or four sides.
  • Padding for rails can be made to fit.
  • Custom shape pads are also available, please contact us at info@keepergoals.com for more information.
  • Pads are available in any size, height and width.
  • For flat pads please specify the height and width.
  • For corner pads, please specify the width of both the side and the height.
  • For column pads, please specify the width of all the sides and the height.
  • For Rail Pads, draw out railing with inside and outside measurements and provide the rail diameter.

Outdoor Protective Padding For Posts and Rails Video

Summary of the Video

Outdoor Post and Rail Padding

  • We offer protective padding on any type of goalpost, post or rail.
  • Padding panels are covered in vinyl that is resistant to rot, mildew, fungus and UV light.

Available in Custom Colors

Color Card

  • Choose any color from our color card which is shown in the above video.
  • Contact us for a sample of your chosen color.
  • We also offer custom colors upon request. Contact us at info@keepergoals.com for more information

Customize with Text & Logos

Pole Pad with Custom Logo

  • Customize your padding with your organization’s name and/or logo for a professional look
  • To receive a quote, please send us your artwork in vector format, (.ia or .eps.)

Pad Size and Shape

Pad Shape

  • Choose from four standard shapes: Flat Pads with backing, Flat Pads without backing that wrap around a pole, goalpost or rail, Corner Pads with backing and Column Pads with backing.
  • Column pads available with 3 or 4 sides.
  • Custom shape pads are also available, please contact us at info@keepergoals.com for more information.
  • Pads are available in any size, height and width.
  • For flat pads please specify the height and width.
  • For corner pads, please specify the width of both the side and the height.
  • For column pads, please specify the width of all the sides and the height.
  • For Rail pads, please draw out railing with inside and outside measurements and provide the rail diameter.

The ABC’s of Back-Up Netting

The ABC’s of Back-Up Netting (Video)

Summary of the Video

Net – The net is used as a “back up” system to keep balls in the area of play.

Net Mesh Size – Net mesh refers to the size of the squares or diamonds in the netting. The proper mesh size will depend on the sport you are playing.

  • Soccer, volleyball, football and basketball – 4” mesh
  • Baseball – 1 ¾” or 1 7/8” mesh
  • Lacrosse and hockey – 1 ½” or 1 3/16” mesh
  • Golf – 7/8” mesh

 

Net material strength – The strength of the material needed will depend on the size of the net and what it is being used for. We offer several different options based on the customers situation.

Grommets – This is an eyelet that is placed in a hole on the edge that the netting to prevent it from being torn. There is a snap hook in each grommet that is used to attach the net to the cable.

Rope binding on netting – This tape seals the edges of the net. It gives the netting its shape and allows it to be pulled tight by cables or ropes.

Posts – The posts hold up the netting.

  • Aluminum posts – These posts are used for portable netting systems. Aluminum is a lighter material that allows you to move the posts if needed.
  • Steel Posts – Steel is a heavier material that is used for a netting system that the user intends to keep in one spot. It will also hold up against high wind areas better than aluminum.

Zinc Plated “Budget” Pulley – The pulley is on the top on the pole and is attached to the upper corner of the net. When the cable is pulled through the pulley, it tightens the nets and pulls in towards the upper corner.

Halyard – This is a rope that creates tension in the net and helps to tighten the net

Rope Cleat – The Halyard Rope Wraps around the cleat after it is used to tighten the net.

Turnbuckle – This tightens the cable which ultimately keeps the net taut.

Bottom Steel Cable – This cable is on the bottom on the net and prevents the net from being damaged during grass cutting.

Eye-bolts – These bolts attach the pole to the cable.

Height Adjustment Collars – The collar is at the bottom of the pole and is a measuring point for how far to put the pole into the ground.

Hand Winch – The winch is attached the side of the posts and is used to crank the rope which will tighten the net and keep it taut.

Snap Hook Clips – These clips attach the end of the cable to the net attachment.

What Are The Most Popular 6′ X 4′ Soccer Goals?

What Are The Most Popular 6′ X 4′ Soccer Goals

 

Transcription of the Video

John – The most popular 6 x 4 goals going from the least expensive to the most expensive

include: 1. The Bownet 6 x 4 goal, which is a classical goal that fits into a bag. They can be carried

from site to site and can be put in the trunk of the car or the backseat of the car. 2. We have a

folding aluminum goal that folds flat so it is easy to store, transport and set up. 3. We have a

budget goal that is fully assembled and can’t be taken apart and it is also inexpensive. 4. We

have a one piece small-sided steel goal that is welded together, so it is extremely strong and

durable. This one has a cable-net attachment so it is easy to put the net on and take it off. It is

becoming more common for groups to look at the 3 and 4inch round aluminum goals with that

4 x 6 size. These are good for someone who wants them to have the look of a full size soccer

goal and we find those price-wise are a lot more expensive than most groups want to pay for 6 x

4 goals.

6′ X 4′ Soccer Goals

6′ X 4′ Video with John Moynihan

Summary of the video

  • Very popular size of goals
  • US soccer instituted this size for U8 and under

Who uses 6’ x 4’ soccer goals?

  • People use these goals for smaller tournaments and games
  • They are great for backyard usage
  •  Colleges and High Schools use them for small games and practices

What are some factors in deciding which 6’ x 4’ soccer goal is best for you?

  • How often are you going to move the goal?
  • Who is doing the moving?
  • Where are you going to store the goal?
  • What is your budget?
  • How long do you want them to last?

What are the most popular 6’ x 4’ Soccer Goals? (Least expensive to most expensive)

  • The Bownet – Collapsible goal that fits into a bag and can easily be moved from site to site.
  • Folding Aluminum Goal – This goal folds flat so it is easy to store and transport. It is also an easy set-up
  • Budget Goal – This goal is pre-assembled and can’t be taken apart. This is an inexpensive goal.
  • One-piece Small Sided Steel Goal – This goal is already welded together and is very strong and durable. This goal has a cable-net attachment which makes it easy to put the net on and take it off.
  • 3 or 4inch Round aluminum Goal – This goal is becoming more popular because it has the appearance of a full size goal but is only a 6’  X 4’ goal. It is strong and durable but is more expensive.

Transcription of the Video

John – 6′ x 4′ soccer goals have become a very popular sized soccer goals since US soccer

instituted that all U8 and under age groups must play with this size. We also find that people use

6 x 4 sizes for small-sided tournaments and games. It is a good size for people that have

backyards and colleges and high schools often use it for small-sided games and practices.

John – Factors that go into deciding what 6 x 4 goal makes the most sense for you comes down

to a few factors. 1. How often you are going to move your goal? 2. Whose doing the moving? 3.

Where are you going to store the goals? 4. What is your budget and how long do you expect the

goals to last.

John – The most popular 6 x 4 goals going from the least expensive to the most expensive

include: 1. The Bownet 6 x 4 goal, which is a classical goal that fits into a bag. They can be carried

from site to site and can be put in the trunk of the car or the backseat of the car. 2. We have a

folding aluminum goal that folds flat so it is easy to store, transport and set up. 3. We have a

budget goal that is fully assembled and can’t be taken apart and it is also inexpensive. 4. We

have a one piece small-sided steel goal that is welded together, so it is extremely strong and

durable. This one has a cable-net attachment so it is easy to put the net on and take it off. It is

becoming more common for groups to look at the 3 and 4inch round aluminum goals with that

4 x 6 size. These are good for someone who wants them to have the look of a full size soccer

goal and we find those price-wise are a lot more expensive than most groups want to pay for 6 x

4 goals.

How to Buy Custom Soccer Nets

Summary of the Video

What are the most common requests for custom soccer goal nets?

Custom Sizes

  • height, width, top depths and back depths
  • custom mesh sizes

Other requests

  • Logo Nets
  • Striped Nets
  • Checkered Nets

Logo Nets

  • We can print letters on the back of a small custom mesh net
  • NCAA just approved logos on soccer nets
  • We can print them on the windscreen that we sew on to the net

What factors influence cost of custom soccer goal nets?

Size of the Net/Mesh

  • There is a square footage cost for material
  • We can custom make nets in different mesh sizes and colors
  • The smaller the mesh is, the more expensive it is

What other factors should be taken into consideration when looking at custom goal nets?

The nets use

  • Indoor facilities with high traffic for shots would require a higher strength net with a smaller mesh
  • Higher strength nets are also recommended for facilities where multiple sports are played

The life of the net

  • Stronger nets with smaller mesh last longest
  • Our most common mesh size, 2-inches, sees an average life span of 3-7 years

Custom Colors

  • There are certain materials that nets only come in specific colors
  • We can paint colors onto the net but it gets expensive and will wear over time
  • We recommend getting a net in a standard color with the size that best fits your needs
  • You can get checkered or striped nets but can get very expensive

Transcription of the Audio

What are the most common requests for custom soccer goal nets?

John – We do get a lot of customer requests for soccer nets.  The main things that we get asked for are custom sizes. People want different heights, widths, top depths and back depths.  We also get asked for different mesh sizes on those. Other common requests that we get are for logo nets, stripe nets or checkered nets. We can do logo nets in a number of different ways. The most common is by printing letters on the back of a small mesh net that we can custom. The other way is by printing on the windscreen that we then sew into the net. The NCAA just approved putting logos on soccer nets. The best way to do that is by printing a logo on a windscreen and sewing it onto the back of the net.

What factors influence cost of custom soccer goal nets?

John – Influences on the cost of custom nets is the size of the net. There is a square footage cost for material. The size of the net is going to matter in regards to the cost. The mesh size is going to matter as well. Most soccer nets have a 4-inch mesh net or smaller. The smaller the mesh is, the more expensive it is. We can custom make nets in different mesh sizes. We commonly use a 2-inch mesh as it is available in multiple colors including: white, black, royal blue, yellow, gray and there is sand that we can have the net made out of.

What other factors should be taken into consideration when looking at custom goal nets?

John – Other considerations people should use when ordering custom nets is how the net is being used.  If it is indoor facility that has high traffic for shots being taken on that goal should go with a higher strength net and possibly a smaller mesh net. It also depends on if other sports are being played in that area especially in an indoor setting and then that net would stop the ball of that size. We are commonly seeing indoor buildings having lacrosse being played on their soccer goals but they cannot stop lacrosse balls so balls sometimes are going out of that area. You should consider the sports that are being played there besides soccer. Other considerations include how long a net will last. Typically, the stronger and smaller the mesh, the longer it is going to last. We see 2-inch mesh nets lasting in an outdoor setting somewhere between three to seven years. The smaller the mesh, the more holes have to be in it before you have to replace it. We do get a lot of requests for custom colors. There are certain materials that nets only come in on those colors. We can paint colors on the net but that gets expensive and tends to wear out over time. The dye on the net only lasts for a certain period of time. Our recommendation will be to get a net in a standard color and get the size you want. If you want a checkered or stripe net, we have stocked ones of those that we can do. Customs nets that are checkered or striped get very expensive but what we can do that with paint.

 

 

 

Soccer Nets – What is the right net for your situation?

Soccer Nets

Listen to the discussion about Soccer Nets with John Moyniham

Soccer Nets – What is the right net for your situation? (click on the link for more information)

We sell a wide range of soccer nets available for customers based their specific wants and needs. We recommend getting a net that is closest to your chosen goal size and remember, you get what you pay for. Expensive nets have a higher quality and will last longer

Net sizing (Click on the link for more information)

3 MM braid is your best type of net if you are taking the net up and down often.

3 MM braid

4 MM or 6 MM polypropylene net is best if you are leaving your nets up for the season and do not have vandalism problems.

4 MM braid

6 MM braid

HTPP (High Tenacity Polypropylene) Nets – This material of netting, if in a high UV area, will wear better than polypropylene netting. It is also available with smaller mesh.

Small mesh netting – Smaller mesh netting lasts longer than larger mesh netting. It is harder for kids to climb on and require more holes before needing to be replaced. The only downside is they are more susceptible to wind and need to be anchored with weights or sandbags.

Excess netting – Many times there is excess netting at the bottom of the goal. We recommend rolling up the excess netting so it does not drag on the ground. If you have a wheeled goal, make sure to roll the netting up as well so it doesn’t get stuck in the wheel bracket. We recommend using plastic ties to secure the net.

 Vandalism – If you live in an area with high vandalism, we recommend getting the cheaper 3 MM braid because vandals can still cut or burn through more expensive netting.

Practice Goals – These goals are shot on more frequently than game goals, so we recommend getting higher quality netting so it will last longer.

Transcription of the Audio

John – We have a wide range of soccer nets available for customers based on their different needs. Basically, they come in different sizes, materials and colors. When deciding what net is best for you, it is best to pick the net based on your budget and your use. If you are taking the net and up down often, a 3 MM braid is your best type of net. We have 3 MM twist, 3 MM braid, 4 MM braid and 6 MM braid.


JohnIf you are leaving your nets up for the season and do not have vandalism problems, a 4 MM or 6 MM polyethylene net is better than a 3 MM braid and will last longer. We also have high tenacity polypropylene nets, otherwise referred to as HTPP. These nets, if there in a high UV area, tend to wear better than a polyethylene net.  These nets are also available with smaller mesh. Some people prefer smaller mesh nets because it is harder for kids to climb on and it needs more holes in the net before they are replacing them. Smaller mesh nets will last longer than a larger mesh net. The one downside of smaller mesh net is that there is more wind load on the goals if it is a high windy area and the goals are unanchored or using sandbags to secure.


John – The best thing to do is pick the net size that is closest to the goal size that you have and if there is excess net then roll up the bottom of the net so it does not drag on the ground or if there are wheels on the goals, it cannot get caught in the wheels. Some people use plastic ties to secure the nets so they do not get in wheel brackets.


John –  One thing to remember is that you normally get what you pay for. The more expensive net you buy, the longer it will last. The one downside is if someone vandalizes the nets by cutting them or burning them which has happened in the past. The thickness and the mesh size does not matter if it is in a high vandalism area. It is best to go with a 3M braid net and just replace as needed.  Some people decide that a practice net could be a lighter weight net than a game net.  Often the practice nets are the nets that get used the most often and have the most shots taken on them. So again, if you want to replace the net less frequently, go with a higher priced net for a practice goal net as long as a goal can support that.

Motorized Divider Curtain and Netting Systems from Keeper Goals

Motorized Divider Curtain System

Listen to discussion about Motorized Divider Curtains with John Moynihan

Motorized Curtain Divider

A divider curtain or net is attached to the ceiling and can be raised or lowered using a motor. The net or curtain folds up as it is raised and is then stored in the ceiling area. A button on a key switch motor is used to move the net.

Fold-up System – Folds the nets up to the ceiling like an accordion. It can store the net closer to the ceiling. This system has been found to work better and last longer than the Roll-up system.

Roll-up System – Rolls the nets up into a structure in the ceiling like a shower curtain

 Advantages

  • One person can easily raise and lower the curtain or net.
  • It is stored in the ceiling area so it is out the way and doesn’t require a storage area on the ground.

 Disadvantages

  • It takes time to raise and lower the divider curtain or net.
  • This system is more expensive than others.
  • It will need maintenance over time.
  • The building must have the proper design needed to install the motorized system.

 Material Options

  • Vinyl curtain with Snyder Mesh top
  • Flex-mesh curtain with vinyl base
  • Netting with D-rings sewn into it and weighted base
  • Most commonly we use 1-3/4 inch or 1-1/2 inch mesh
  • Curtains are better option for motorized systems than nets

Transcription of the Audio

John – Another way to divide up courts is to use a motorized system.  Motorized systems can be used with either netting, flex mesh material that is easy to see through, or vinyl with a Schneider mesh or flex mesh top. These systems rise from the ground up to a point where they attach in the ceiling. The good part about it is all the netting or curtain stores up in the ceiling area and you can press a button with a key switch motor to lower or raise the curtain to get it out of the way.


John – The downside of the system over the others is that it is more expensive to do a motorized system and there is some maintenance that is involved with it because parts can wear over time. As far as the curtain, you can use any type of material, but normally you must have some weight at the bottom of it. Most commonly, we use a 1-3/4 inch or 1-1/2 inch mesh. If you are using netting, but we often suggest flex mesh which holds the shape better and does not stretch over time like netting does. Flex mesh is also easier to see through than traditional nylon netting.


JohnThe different types of motorized systems include a fold-up system that folds the netting to the ceiling like an accordion and a roll up system where it rolls up, kind of like a shower curtain to a structure up in the ceiling. We have found that the fold-up curtains and netting work longer and better than the roll-up system. The advantage of other roll-up system is that it can store closer to the ceiling. In all cases, there might have to be bridgework put in the ceiling or we have to attach it to Joyce Structure. So building plans and pictures of the area are needed in order to get any kind of pricing on these.

Tension Divider Nets – John Moynihan (Keeper Goals)

Listen to full discussion with Keeper Goals owner, John Moynihan

Tension Divider Net

What are the advantages and uses of Tension Divider Nets?

Tension Divider Nets (Phantom Divider Nets)

  • A strong and flexible cable is put on top of the net and hangs between two walls with a pulley or winch system.

Tension Divider Net Winch System

  • Tension Divider Nets come in a variety of sizes you can pick from depending on what you want to use it for. Some popular heights are 10 ft, 12 ft, 15 ft or up to 25ft. Tension divider nets can be almost width depending on the structure it will hang on.
  • It works best for dividing an area for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey or volleyball. It can also be used for a batting cage for baseball or soccer. (Click on “batting cage” for a video)

Tension Divider Net Batting Cage

  • There will be some sag in the net, but that can be reduced by using a winch system.
  • It is cost effective and can be a fast and easy set up once you know how to do it.
  • Tension Divider Nets are easy to store and can be put away is something as small as a hamper or a roll away garbage can.

Tension Divider Net Hamper for storage

  • We recommend using netting for this system instead of a divider curtain or vinyl.
  • 4-inch netting is recommended for soccer, volleyball or basketball, while 2-inch netting is recommended for lacrosse or when younger kids are playing to avoid getting their feet tangled on the bottom of the net.

Transcription of the Audio

John – Another type of way to divide a court up is to use what we call a tension divider net or phantom divider net. These nets are hung between two points. They are normally hung between two walls with a pulley or winch system.  We actually put a cable on top of the net that is a high strength rope so it is flexible and can be moved. We then create tension in the net between those two points with the use of either Camlock, with the rope in a cleat, or with a winch on each wall. This is ideal when someone cannot have the net stored in the side of the building with a walk draw or do not have the money to do a motorized system to raise the net up.

JohnIt is very ideal for areas that just want a net at a certain height to divide for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey or volleyball. A lot of times these nets can be somewhere between 10 ft high, 12 ft high, 15 ft high or up to 25 ft high.  The good part is that you can pick the height that you need. There will be some sag in between the net from point to point, but that can be reduced by using a winch system. On those types of systems, we often see people take down the net when it is not being used and store in a hamper or something like a garbage can that could be rolled and stored in the closet. The advantage of this over motorized system is that it costs a lot less and it is fast and easy to set up for people once they know what to do.

John – On divider tension nets we recommend that you use netting and not a divider curtain or vinyl. The netting weight works where you can then hoist and lift it because there is a load that goes on each wall or off each ceiling joist that you are going to attach it to. We normally suggest people using 4 inch for soccer, volleyball or basketball and 1-1/2 inch for lacrosse or situations where the end line is close to people’s feet so kids’ feet do not get caught in a 4-inch mesh net.