A blog for baseball & softball coaches and players as well as indoor sports facility owners and managers. On Deck Sports has continued to create innovative products for the demanding baseball and softball industries. Additionally, On Deck Sports has designed and constructed over 1,000 indoor facilities nationwide.
If you are in the South Carolina area and in the search for a one of a kind baseball/softball facility – East Coast Baseball Academy is Charleston’s premier location for baseball and softball training.
In Charleston, On Deck Sports worked with owner Randy Carlson to produce a training facility that was able to incorporate every need that baseball and softball players may require, including private one-on-one training. By working with Mike Kalell at On Deck Sports, the 4,200+ sq. ft facility featured four batting cages and our go-to indoor GT34 padded artificial turf. While refreshing this facility, East Coast Baseball Academy used our custom shell net batting cage design and custom windscreen barriers which allowed this facility to become a true definition of multi-use. This design allowed for the highest level of versatility and safety, as well as space for a variety of activities from baseball and softball training, to birthday parties, team parties and custom 1 on 1 private training.
Now, most projects might have their own set of challenges, and this facility was no different. The timeline was a very small window and the layout had to be completely revamped. When it comes to the timing, this renovation needed to be completed between their camp seasons, shutting down for the least amount of time as possible. Working with our On Deck Sports Facility expert Mike Kalell, the installers and owner Randy, the timeline was coordinated and accomplished successfully. It took approximately 1 week to remove the existing baseball netting set up and approximately 2 more weeks to complete the installations.
Custom Batting Cage Dropping From Ceiling
While the timeline was one challenge, the other challenge for this job was making sure the space was utilized to its maximum potential. The design that was originally in place had to change. This meant that in order to really maximize the square footage, the batting cages were flipped. This enabled teams to have the most diverse training sessions possible, by allowing for both hitting and pitching practice. With this combination of time, efficiency and quality, this East Coast Baseball Academy knew choosing On Deck Sports was the best choice for exceeding the facility’s needs.
If you have an idea on how you envision a future facility, you can speak directly with one of our sales representatives to determine what is needed for your location. On Deck Sports provides the whole solution for your facility needs. Whether it’s a brand new building with a starting concept, to a renovation like East Coast Baseball Academy – On Deck Sports provides professional support that can guide you in getting exactly what you need, within budget and on time. Shop our full selection of turf, give us a call to speak to us about your next project for custom solutions.
With many options to choose from, finding which sled strip is right for you can be a daunting task. Here at On Deck Sports, we have years of experience advising and collaborating with gyms and strength & conditioning facilities across the country. Whether you are looking for our standard artificial turf, or something more unique, On Deck Sports is here to help you every step of the way.
Installed G-Strength Navy Blue Arena Sled Stop with custom graphic logo in gym
Why Are Sled Strips Important For Your Gym?
Creating a safe environment where individuals are able to train to their own capacity is a priority when it comes to creating a Strength and Conditioning facility. While there may be a variety of competing gyms within a small radius, these gyms must differentiate themselves in order to be competitive. By producing a unique environment, – you can highlight how your strength and conditions facility is different from the competition.
Standard Green Sled Strip Turf 8’ x 50’
On Deck Sports offers sled strips that are available in multiple sizes and can be created in custom colors and graphics options. If you are searching for a durable and customized solution that is easily installed on existing floors – purchasing sled strips is the solution.
Our turf strips are extremely durable, and they are perfect for functional fitness – including sled pushes and pulls, tire flips and more. Whether you are pushing or pulling a sled across your gym or facility, the sled strips can reduce friction and improve the life of your turf or rubber floors.
How to Purchase Custom Sled Strips for Your Gym
When it comes to choosing custom sled strips for your gym, the most important key to remember is that On Deck Sports can assist you to ensure the proper product is being ordered. On Deck Sports offers both standard and custom sled strips to protect your floors from the everyday use of the gym.
Once you’ve thought of an idea on how to create a customized feel for your location, you can speak directly with one of our sales representatives to determine the color and size of the sled strip that is needed for your location. If you have questions about the custom graphics, our representatives are ready to speak with you and can help you with the entire process from installation to completion.
By installing a sled strip to your gym or facility, you’ll find numerous additional benefits to just the enhanced training experience.
Reasons to Invest in Custom Sled Strips
Variety of sizes to meet the needs of the location
Perfect for HIIT workouts, including Tire Flips, Sled Pushes, Kettlebell and Barbell Work
Hash Marks can be added
Custom Logos can be added
Variety of color options
Durable, providing a long life on the flooring
Easy to maintain
An affordable solution to differentiate from the competition
Reliable training surface
On Deck Sports provides the whole solution of turf products for a variety of indoor gyms, healthcare centers, and strength and conditioning facilities around the country. From small independently owned gyms to large multi-state locations, facilities and more – On Deck Sports will provide expert support that can guide you in getting precisely what you need, within budget, and on time. Shop our full selections of standard sled strips or give us a call to speak to us about your next project for custom solutions.
How Backstop Padding Keeps Teams Safe on The Field
Having fun while keeping teams safe is a priority when it comes to our baseball and softball fields across the country. With the increasing changes to various NCAA, USA Baseball, USA Softball and other organizations’ rules, safety requirements are becoming more stringent and backstop padding is becoming increasingly more common. On Deck Sports offers 18oz backstop padding with grommets that are available in multiple sizes, color, or even custom graphic options. If you are searching for a great value solution for backstop padding that is easily installed on existing chain link fencing – this is your solution. The grommets on all four sides of the backstop padding and at 12″ increments and 2″ of foam, On Deck Sports provides the safest solution for team and organizations.
When it comes to choosing thebest backstop paddingfor your field, the most important key to remember is that the vinyl should be at least 18oz. to provide a strong, long lasting backstop product that will withstand constant use from the players and the changing weather.
How to Purchase Backstop Padding for Your Baseball or Softball Field
On Deck Sports offers this custom padding with grommets to protect your athletes from injury. Once you’ve determined the color and size for your protective padding, you can place your order online or directly with one of our sales representatives. If you have questions about custom graphics for backstop padding, our representatives are ready to speak with you.
Once you’ve purchased the backstop padding, it’s time for installation. Our 18oz backstop padding with grommets is easily installed by hand on existing chain link fencing by following these simple, easy to follow directions
With our sales team’s many years of experience, we wanted to provide a guide on how to safely secure the padding to the existing fencing in order to provide the safest outcome.
Step by Step Instructions on Installing Backstop Padding at Your Baseball Field
Backstop Padding Installation Instructions
Start at one end of the fence area to be covered. Lay out full pad on the ground. Attach top corner grommet to the fence with tie-wrap or cord.
Attach along the top, pulling pad taut with each subsequent grommet attachment
Attach at every grommet to the baseball field fence! Do not skip any grommet holes! Using fewer grommets results in more load on attached grommets and greater chance of the ties breaking.
Attach the tie wrap to the fence in the direction the pad is being pulled (rather than backward). As the tie is tightened, it will pull the pad taut.
Go back to starting point and from top-to-bottom attach vertical edge to the fence all the way to the bottom, again pulling taut as tie is secured.
Continue along the bottom of the pad and repeat steps performed for the top of the pad.
Continue second vertical attachment until pad is completely secured in place on the baseball field fence.
To maximize the life of your backstop pad, check tie-wraps frequently and replace as needed. Keeping pads tightly secured to the fence will prevent wind damage. Remove pads during offseason if in a location that experiences harsh winter conditions
Proper installation of your backstop pad is extremely important and will provide the maximum in benefits:
Give a professional, smooth appearance that will enhance the look of the baseball field or facility and provide a true bounce off the pad.
Maximize the life and durability of the pad.
Ensure that the panel fit the dimensions of the wall/fence area to be covered (rather than the panels coming up too short once they are installed)
On Deck Sports provides the whole solution of padding products for a variety of indoor and outdoor fields, stadiums and gymnasiums around the country. From parks and recreation, to high schools and colleges, On Deck Sports will provide expert support that can guide you in getting precisely what you need, within budget and on time. Shop our full selection of backstop padding or give us a call to speak to us about your next project.