As a youth or high school football coach or athletic director, you know that winning seasons begin before the players report for their first practice. While everyone else is thinking about end of the year awards and summers off, you’re already preparing for the fall football season. As Bear Bryant once said, “It’s not the will to win that matters – everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.” That preparation begins with an assessment of your football equipment.
Student athletes, football coaching staff, and spectators will spend a considerable amount of time on your practice field or in your football stadium next fall. A little preparation now will ensure that nothing takes your focus off of winning football games.
Visually inspect the football field equipment.
Are the football field markings clear? This might be the time to make sure you have high quality field striping paint on hand. Look for paint that won’t wash or flake away.
Are your down markers and sideline markers showing wear? Whether you have weighted or anchored pylons, are they durable enough to withstand the elements another year?
Heavy duty aluminum football goal posts will rarely need to be replaced, but you will want to check a few things that will help keep your players injury free. Are the goal posts still securely anchored? Are the bolts and screws intact? Are any sharp edges exposed? Are the protective goal post pads in good condition and does the padding offer adequate protection for your players?
Check your football training equipment for wear.
Now is the time to see if your football practice equipment is ready to withstand another season of abuse. Even if you carefully stored your practice equipment at the end of last season, it’s a good idea to check it for excessive wear. Are your blocking shields and sleds still able to withstand impact? While blocking sleds last a long time, you should check your tackling dummies each year to see if you need replacement dummies for your sleds.
Consider long-term investments to protect the football field and sidelines.
This is also a good time to consider some things that will be beneficial after the football season ends. Even if you don’t have the budget today, you can still plan for the future. Think about how many trips your team and football coaching staff will make across the track to get on or off the field. Prevent the need for costly track repairs by purchasing a cross-over track protector. Look for one that is durable enough to hold up under football cleats yet porous enough to allow rain to drain through. Be sure the track protector you choose can withstand the elements without the need for stakes that will damage the area.
A sideline turf protector is another investment to consider. Look for a tarp that is easy to clean and one that is durable yet breathable so it offers protection from cleats while allowing sunlight and air to penetrate and rain, water and sports drinks to drain off without being absorbed.
Your team’s success begins with you. To quote Vince Lombardi, “Success demands singleness of purpose.” When your football equipment is ready for the season you are free to devote your time to the purpose of winning football games.
Talk to your BSN SPORTS Football Equipment Specialist today or visit BSN SPORTS @ http://www.bsnsports.com to learn more about how BSN SPORTS can help give you the winning edge next season.