Basketball – Netball – The Evolution of Sports Flooring

For students and aficionados of the Hoop games, the Timber Sports Flooring is sacrosanct. All major competitions in both Basketball and Netball worldwide are played on professionally installed Sprung Timber Flooring. In Victoria and Tasmania the leaders in the professional installation and maintenance of premium Timber Sports Flooring is Nellakir.

Today’s Timber Sports Flooring owes much to the progression of the sport of Basketball. Basketball’s origins can be traced to Springfield Massachusetts way back in 1891 where to cope with long periods of inactivity due to winter blizzards at the YMCA training school located there, a young Canadian 2nd year Graduate Student, James Naismith developed a game to keep the attending students active.

Naismith cleared the Gymnasium’s Timber floor of equipment and made do with two peach baskets at each end of the gym, nailed to the lower rail of the balcony, 10 feet off the ground. A soccer ball was used in those first ever games at the YMCA.

After the first few games Naismith sat down and devised ‘the 13 rules’. No running with the ball – it had to be batted (bounced) or thrown. The new rules were introduced and the ‘rough house’ elements of the game were eliminated – tackling and slugging resulted in ‘fouls’ ,which now ultimately advantaged the other team.

The game spread quickly. By 1898 a Professional League was established in the USA. The new game took hold in the US, Canada and the UK. ‘Dribbling’ was introduced in 1901.

The game rapidly gained popularity and refinement. A women’s variant ‘Netball’ was established in England soon after Basketball was created by Naismith. Like Basketball its popularity spread quickly –this time throughout the British Empire. The facts are that at the highest levels of participation, Basketball, Netball and Gymnastics have generally been played or performed on Timber Courts. From old fruit packing sheds with peach baskets to unique proper sprung timber flooring.

This remains the case today. As Olympic sports, both Basketball and Netball are played on sprung timber sports flooring. In Australia the timber used is more often either Tasmanian Oak or Messmate. A true timber court is not unlike a musical instrument, tuned to provide the ultimate in pace, bounce and compression, lessening the strain and risk of injury to competitors.

Worldwide major competitions are played on Timber Sports Flooring. The court is highly polished and finished with protective coatings. The NBA is the premiere basketball competition. All NBA games are played on FIBA approved courts. The same is true for Australia’s NBL competition and the premiere Netball competition – the Suncorp Super Netball competition – all are played on Sprung Timber Sports Flooring.

Maintenance is relatively simple. Annually the following tasks must be undertaken:

  • Annual line marking on sport floors
  • Annual maintenance programs
  • Re-coating after 12 months on all sprung timber sports flooring

Other tasks that must occur over longer periods (7 years or more) include:

  • Resurfacing of existing floors – sports floors on stadiums, halls and gymnasiums, timber flooring in churches
  • Re-sanding of all sprung timber sports floors
  • Removal and refitting of existing floors
  • Removal and replacement of stadium seating

The installation of Timber Sports Flooring requires a specialist team with both knowledge, experience and effective access to FIBA approved Sports Flooring systems or similar to ensure a premium finish and longevity.

Timber is a natural material, it means those using it are less likely to suffer injury or tire and it looks simply stunning. Today most State Governments stipulate the use of Australian Hardwoods in installing Sports Flooring.

For all your Timber Sports Flooring requirements – Installation, Maintenance, repairs and refurbishment, as well as scheduled programmed professional cleaning always rely on Nellakir.

Call now on 03 9467 6126 and schedule a consultation with one of our experienced technicians for an initial assessment and ongoing maintenance plan. Or leave your details here for a prompt response.

Nellakir – Champion Sports Flooring for present and future Champions.

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Nellakir helps young athletes reach their goals by providing the highest quality Sprung Timber Sports Floor playing surfaces.

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