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Sports Equipment, Playing Surfaces & Facilities

K-12 Schools, colleges and universities provide one of the largest markets for athletic equipment and related facilities. They are also the least involved in developing accredited consensus standards that determine #TotalCostofOwnership.

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Sports Equipment, Playing Surfaces & Facilities

January 12, 2019
mike@standardsmichigan.com
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Ancient sumo-wrestling competition from the Japanese Heian or Kamakura period (between 794 and 1333)

Athletic programs, facilities and equipment support one of the most visible and emotionally engaging enterprises in the education industry.  In many cases, athletic programs are central to the brand identity of the state and host community.

ASTM International is one of the first names among the 250-odd ANSI accredited consensus document developers whose due processes discover and promulgate the standard of care for the design, construction, operations and maintenance of the facilities that support these enterprises.   There are many ASTM standards that set the standard of care in these enterprises and the accessories to these enterprises.  To identify a few:

ASTM F1774  Standard Specification for Climbing and Mountaineering Carabiners

ASTM F2060-00(2011) Standard Guide for Maintaining Cool Season Turfgrasses on Athletic Fields

ASTM F1703-13 Standard Guide for Skating and Ice Hockey Playing Facilities

ASTM F1953-10 Standard Guide for Construction and Maintenance of Grass Tennis Courts

ASTM F1081-09(2015) Standard Specification for Competition Wrestling Mats

ASTM F2950-14 Standard Safety and Performance Specification for Soccer Goals

ASTM F2461-16e1 Standard Practice for Manufacture, Construction, Operation, and Maintenance of Aquatic Play Equipment

Many of these documents set the standard of care for specification, construction, operating and maintenance and have the practical effect of enforceable public safety law.  When the General Requirements of an athletic facility construction project indicates: “Conform to all applicable standards” then, in the case of an athletic facility, the ASTM consensus document is likely the document that defines leading practice in most dimensions of athletic facility enterprise operation.

Kent State University

The ASTM standards development process depends heavily on face-to-face meetings — typically two times per year – in different parts of the United States.   The benefit of this arrangement lies in the quality of discussion among subject matter experts that results produced from face-to-face discussion.  The price to pay for this quality, however, lies in the cost of attendance for the user-interest in the education industry.   Relatively few subject matter experts directly employed by a school district, college or university who are charged with lowering #TotalCostofOwnership can attend the meetings.   Many of the subject matter experts who are in attendance at the ASTM meetings from the education industry tend to be faculty who are retained by manufacturers, insurance, testing laboratories, conformity and compliance interests.  (See our discussion of Incumbent Interests)

That much said, ASTM welcomes subject matter experts on its technical committees (Click here)  We encourage participation by end users from the education industry — many of them in the middle of athletic facility management organization charts.  ASTM Committee F08 on Sports Equipment, Playing Surfaces and Facilities meets twice a year — spring and fall — and will meet again during Committee Week, May 15-16 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel.  CLICK HERE for information about how to participate.

Our next breakout teleconference on athletic standards; the next one is scheduled for January 18th, 11 AM.  In both cases, use the login credentials at the upper right of our home page.

Issue: [Various]

Category: Athletics, Facility Asset Management, Public Safety. Risk Management

Contact: Mike Anthony (mike@standardsmichigan.com), Richard Robben (rrobben1952@gmail.com), Chris Ehman (cehman08@gmail.com)


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