You’ve probably already heard the bad news: Movable soccer goals can be dangerous – they can injure and even kill people if improperly used. The good news is there are many things you can do to make sure your movable soccer goals are safe. See the checklist below for specifics soccer goal safety suggestions
The American Society For Testing and Materials, (ASTM), developed a standard for tip-resistant soccer goals. It is titled ASTM F2673 – 08 Standard Safety Specification for Special Tip-Resistant Movable Soccer Goals. You can read a summary of this standard or purchase it in its entirety on the ASTM website.
As ASTM F2673 indicates the first step towards movable soccer goal safety is to start with a safer goal. This does not mean that goals labeled tip-resistant are tip-proof. Any movable goal can tip in the right conditions unless it is properly anchored. See some of Keeper Goals soccer goals meeting the criteria of ASTM F2673
In accordance with ASTM F2673 we urge the purchaser of ANY movable soccer goal to make certain all movable soccer goals are anchored and secured at all times. Additional weights, stakes and anchors are always available that can help you help make your goals even safer for the users. We encourage the use of these items for your soccer goals at all times.
A few points to be aware of regarding ASTM F2673:
- ASTM F2673 sets standards for soccer goals that are tip-resistant, not tip-proof. (All movable goals should always be anchored or secured regardless of whether or not they meet the ASTM Standards For Tip Resistant Soccer Goals.)
- Tests to pass ASTM 2673 simulate 2 110 lb. children hanging and swinging from the crossbar.
- ASTM 2673 only applies to soccer goals 6.5 x 18’ and larger.) However, any size movable soccer goal can tip under the right conditions, (high winds, uneven ground, enough force/weight applied to the goal.)
- Smaller goals that are exempt from ASTM 2673 are often heavy enough to cause serious injury or death if over-turned.
Education and awareness are also critically important to enhanced soccer goal safety. You can help by educating the users of movable soccer goals, (players, parents, maintenance staff, coaches, ect.) You can find more information by visiting our website’s safety page. Soccer goal safety information is also available upon request. Please feel free contact us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 800-594-5126;
Soccer Goal Safety Checklist:
- Movable goals must be properly anchored or secured at all times.
- Wheeled goals must be properly anchored or secured at all times and additionally the wheels must be locked and the vertical slide must be in a down position at all times, (other than when the goals are actually being moved.)
- Do not set-up, use or store any goal on a slope or hill.
- Check that all fastenings are tightened securely.
- Consistently check to ensure that no one has tampered with fasteners.
- Regularly inspect the structural integrity of the goal.
- Check for broken welds or parts. Do not use a goal with broken parts.
- NEVER climb on, or hang from, the framework of a goal. This message should be repeatedly told to kids, coaches and parents.
- Regularly check to insure warning labels are visible on all movable soccer goals.
- Goals should only be moved by trained adults. Have adequate manpower when moving goals. Use caution when moving goals.
- Goals should be re-anchored after each move.
- Remove nets when goals are not in use.
- Never leave children unsupervised with soccer nets.
- Make sure goals are secured by locking them together, or anchoring them to the ground, before leaving the field.
- Make sure the goals you buy meet the standards set by the Consumer Product and Safety Commission and the American Society For Testing and Materials.
If you’ve started looking at team shelters for your soccer stadium you probably quickly learned they aren’t cheap. You want to make sure you get good value for your money. You want the shelters you choose not only look great, but also best meet the needs of your situation and will last for many years. Contact us with questions at 1-800-594-5126 or email us.
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1.) Are there any size restrictions for your team shelters?
Take a close look at the exact location your shelters will be placed. Is there a fence that will determine how far back the shelters can go? Will there be seating directly behind the team shelters which would limit the height you’d like the shelters to be? How wide can the shelters be? Are there other site lines you need to be aware of?
2.) Do you already have benches you want to continue to use?
If you have athletic team benches you may want to continue to use them and essentially place them inside your new shelters. This could save you money. Ask the manufacturer of the shelters you are looking at if this is an option. Be ready to provide the manufacturer with the length, depth and width of your benches so you can get accurate information.
3.) What type of weather will your shelters will be used in?
Do you play soccer, field hockey, football or lacrosse in wind, rain, sleet, snow, and wind? If yes, then you want to make sure the team shelters you purchase are built to protect your players from these factors as well as the sun. Imagine yourself standing or sitting inside the shelter with rain coming down, and blowing at you from above, behind and to the side of you. Are you protected in all these instances? (We haven’t seen any shelters that will protect you when rain or snow if blowing directly into your face. Please let us know if you find one that does this.
4.) Will the team shelters be permanent or will they be moved occasionally?
If they will be moved, what type of surface will they be moved across and where will they be stored when not in use?
You’ll want to make sure the shelters are equipped with the proper type of wheels to move them across the type of surface you have. You’ll also want to make sure they can be moved into your storage space, (ie. will the wheels allow you to move the shelter forward, backward, sideways, at angles, ect.?
5.) Do you have any wind load requirements your team shelters should be designed to be able to handle?
We have found shelters used in some areas of the United States and Canada require stronger frames and anchoring systems if they will be in high wind areas.
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Choosing the right type of soccer net for your situation, (climate, level of competition, amount of use, ect.), can help you make the best use of your equipment budget. Read on to learn about the most common types of material used for soccer nets in the USA. Keeper Goals carries soccer nets in all these types of material.
3 Most Common Types of Soccer Net Materials:
HTTP or HTPP (High Tenacity Polypropylene)
This type of material is used to produce items that require higher strength, such as safety nets or cargo nets. HTPP nets have a longer life when exposed to sun than PE or Nylon.
PE(Polyethylene) Monofilament, (a thick and stiff yarn)
PE is normally made with a twisted-knot; or, for added strength, a braided knot. It is the most common type of soccer net made. Most PE soccer nets are imported. It is important to realize that not all nets are made equally. Do not assume a 3mm-twist from one company has the same strength as a 3mm-twist as another.
The most common net produced in the United States. Nylon is available in a variety of sizes, thicknesses and styles. Because it is readily available, it is easy to use for a custom-made net.
How long should a soccer net last?
So, you want to buy a soccer net and you’d like to know how long it will last? Unfortunately it is impossible to accurately predict how long a soccer net will last – so many variables come into play. Netting-wear depends on the thickness of the net, the size of the mesh, the type of material used to make the net, the weather conditions, (rain, snow and sun exposure), the amount of use, and the intensity of the use.
The good news is you can choosing the right type of net for your situation, (climate, level of competition, amount of use, ect.) that will help you maximize your budget. The following 5 helpful facts give you a little more information that can help you make an informed decision.
5 Helpful Facts For Soccer Net Buyers:
- HTPP net material is stronger than the same thickness of nylon or PE net material and it weathers better.
- A braided net is always stronger than a twisted net.
- Knotless netting is stronger than knotted netting.
- The smaller the mesh size, (the holes in the net), the longer the net will last under same playing conditions.
- It is less expensive to purchase an oversized net than to have one specially made to custom size.
Contact us for help deciding which soccer nets are best for your situation.
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