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Flat Shooting Goals – An Interview With Keeper Goals Owner John Moynihan

FFIT Shooting Goal

FFIT Shooting Goal

 

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EFSG Shooting Goal

Comparison of Two Types of Popular Flat Shooting Goals

What setting would you use a FFIT shooting goal in?

-Any place where a goal needs to be taken down and moved quickly

-Easily transported (Fits in car or trunk)

What setting would you use the EFSG shooting goal in?

-Ability to move in different places

-Heavier and more durable then the FFIT but still relatively easy to transport

What are some features of the FFIT?

-Breaks down into pieces and fits into a bag for transport

-Fit together so no tools are needed to set up

-Sledgehammer is needed to pound in steaks if ground is hard

-Very durable

-Easily transportable

-3-5 minutes to set up

-Option to have a weight and base for indoor or turf use

What are some features of the EFSG shooting goal?

-2-inch aluminum pieces

-More durable and heavy duty

-Few pieces to put together with push buttons

-Easy to assemble but stronger than other flat-sided goals on the market

-Sledgehammer needed to pound in stakes

-Option to have a weight and base for indoor or turf use

Transcription of Audio Question with John Moynihan

Cody – My name is Cody Johnson and I am here with John Moynihan the owner of Keeper Goals and this will be the first question in a series of Q&As.  John, you offer several types of flat shooting goals, tell us about two of your most popular the FFIT Shooting Goal and the EFSG Shooting Goal.  What setting would you use with that?

John – Well, these goals are used for people who want a frame to shoot at, but do not necessary need a goal with a back depth. The FFIT is mainly used for people that want the goal to be broken down and taken from place to place.  It can be transported in the car or in the trunk.  It breaks down into a 4 foot section.  The FSG is mainly used for people who want a frame at one site and can be moved around on that site easily. It is not something that is going to be taken to different sites each day.

Cody – Okay, and then if you could just talk about a couple of some of the best features of each of the goals.

John – One FFIT five phase shooting goal feature is that it can be broken down breaks into pieces that fit into a 4 foot bag. They all fit together without any tools needed to assemble the goal itself.  The only tool that might be needed is a sledge hammer if the ground is hard to get the stake into the base.  It is durable.  It is transportable and it is easy to set up, takes about 3 to 5 minutes to set up once someone knows what they are doing.

John – The EFSG is all 2-inch2 aluminum, very heavy duty.  It has a few pieces that you put together with push buttons so it is easy to assemble and it is strong, stronger than most of the other flat-sided goals that you will see in the market.  The only tool you need is a sledge hammer in order to pound in the ground if you are staking it into the ground. Both have an option to have a weight and base for indoor use or for turf.  We also have the flat base that you can add  sandbags to weight it down if you do not want to stake it in the ground.

Cody – Okay thank you very much John.  Again, this has been the first question in our series of Q&As with John.

 

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Two wheeled soccer goals pushed together and locked together for safety at Murray Park in Murray

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.

Duckbill underground anchor on a wheeled soccer goal.

Underground duckbill anchor – an excellent way to secure a movable soccer goal.

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 info@keepergoals.com 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.