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Question: We are putting in a brand new grass soccer field. We will have semi-permanent soccer goals that are sleeved into the ground. Is it better to install the sleeves before or after the sod is put down?
The sleeves can be placed either before or after the sod is put down. Whether it’s better to put them in before the sod or after the sod depends on several factors.
If putting the sleeves in place BEFORE the sod is put down you will need to;
1.) Be able to correctly estimate the finished height of the field when the sod is in place to put the sleeves the proper distance into the ground so that the goal post will be the proper height. Our semi-permanent soccer goals come with an adjustable collar so you have some room to adjust the height of the goal posts. For example, if you estimate the finished height to be 8’-0” and it is really 7’-10”, then you could adjust collar location on the goal post to achieve a finished height of 8’-0”. However, if you estimated the finished height to be 8’-0” and it ends up being 8’-2”, then you could not adjust the finished height down to 8’-0”. The collar would not be of use because it functions to hold the goal post up, i.e., the goal post cannot be lowered farther down into the ground sleeves because it would “bottom out”.
2.) The tops of the ground sleeves for the goal posts will be exposed above the ground if they are installed prior to the sod. You will need to be certain that those working on the field will be careful to avoid the exposed sleeves so that they don’t crush them with equipment or damage them in some other way.
If putting the sleeves in place AFTER the sod is put down the goal post height should not be an issue as long as the finished height is established correctly. However, you will need to be aware:
1.) The sod may have to be repaired in the area where the foundations and sleeves were installed.
On the M88W and M88W-RD4 Wheeled Soccer Goals: Do you measure the vertical height of the goal from the bottom of the wheel, or the bottom of the base pole?
On all M88w goals the height of wheel takes into account the height of the goals – so a 8 x 24 goal is 8’ from ground up- the wheels on these goals always stay attached. The slide comes down in front to take up the room. (See pictures on web site and You tube video on moving them.)
The key factors to consider when determining this are:
A) What age groups will be using the goals?
- You will want goals that use 8’ h x 24’ wide goals
- For kids 12 and younger playing 8v8, 5v5, or 3v3 you will want smaller goals
B) Will the goals stay in place after the event is over to be used for the future? And Do you want the goals to meet USYSA, FIFA, NFHS, NCAA regulations?
- If leaving goals in place after event and you want official goals that can be used for future events we recommend the MAL or Elite 4” round soccer goals (8×24). However, if you don’t need to meet NFHS then we recommend MSG 3’ round
- If just for a one time event then we recommend 2” aluminum goals SGE2-824 or #PSGE2-824-BB (with back stays) OR Bow Nets
- If keeping the shooting goal in one area we recommend Economy Flat Soccer Shooting Goal (Ask for model ##EFSG-2-824, #EFSG-2-618, or #EFSG-2-49). These shooting goals are also great for breaking down into small pieces for storage.
- If looking for a shooting goal you want to breakdown and easily transport in a car then we recommend the FFIT Soccer shooting Goal
- If looking for a shooting goal in your back yard we recommend one of our Soccer Rebounder Goals (Ask for Model #SGR-612, #SGR-6618, or #SGR-Custom)
No net attachment system is perfect. We believe our cable, clip attachment system is the best available. This system has two advantages over other systems. First, the clips secure to cables that remain attached to the goal; attached clips mean less daily preparation for putting up the net. Second, in this system the stress is on the cable as opposed to the net or the clips. The clips move on the cable, which also alleviates stress, thus prolonging the life of both the net and clips.
No. All of our full size goals have crossbars that are a single piece; therefore the crossbar cannot be broken down. We make full size goals that are to be left on site; in doing so, we maintain the safest soccer goals possible. We do manufacture/distribute several types of small-sided goals, some of which can be easily transported. We also carry a 8′ x 24′ shooting goal that breaks down into 4 ft. sections. This can be easily transported. However, it is not to be used for competition.
Keeper Goals recommends the use of duckbill ground anchors to properly anchor soccer goals to meet ASTM guidelines.
Sandbags and weights may be used but are simply not as reliable as anchoring or locking goals. Please be advised that anchor weights and sandbags can be easily moved off the goals. The anchor weights or sandbags should remain fastened to the goal at all times and should be monitored as such to ensure the safety of those using the goals. If using anchor weights or sandbags to anchor your goals please obtain information from the goal manufacturer regarding how much weight is needed for your goals to meet ASTM guidelines.
In unison with the use of weights or sandbags we suggest locking goals face to face when they are not in use or securing them to objects so that they cannot be moved.
While Keeper Goals products are built for longevity – all products break down in time. Here are some tips for making certain your Keeper Goal product lasts:
- Re-apply paint to bare metal spots annually to protect the goal from the elements.
- Be prepared to re-paint the goal at some point in its life span.
- Move soccer goals with wheels instead of tipping, dragging or lifting them. This helps alleviate stress on the framework and joints.
- Expect that net attachments will need to be replaced.