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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A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from NELLAKIR!

Nellakir would like to take this opportunity to wish all our clients, contractors, suppliers and friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. At last things are returning to, well, a new kind of normal, and now indoor competition sport is back!

For Indoor Sports such as Basketball and Netball there are some very specific requirements. The peak bodies in both sports have provided guidelines for participants to assist in ensuring a smooth return for all who enjoy competing indoors on a premium sports floor.

Here are the links from both Basketball Victoria and Netball Victoria to assist you…

GUIDELINES FOR ASSOCIATIONS AND CLUBS – INDOOR VENUES

GROUP LIMITS – ALL AGES

Indoor contact and non-contact sport permitted for all agesPlay with the number of people required, plus coaches, umpires and essential support personnel.For training, maximum of 50 people in each space, plus a coach and essential support personnel.A netball court is considered a space/zone.Where the venue has multiple courts, more than one group can be accommodated. Groups of no more than 50 people should gather in any space, and subject to the one person per four square metre rule. No cap on the number of people permitted in the venue, however this is subject to the one person per four square metre rule.

ACTIVITY

Collect and maintain a record of attendance for all participants, essential support personnel and spectators, including first name, phone number and date and time of each session. Click here to download QR Codes resourceAllow 10-minutes between each session to limit groups crossing over or mingling. Everyone should carry a face mask. Click here to download face mask resourceAll non-participants, including coaches and scorers, should wear a face mask where physical distancing cannot be maintained. Click here to download face mask resourceEnsure all participants are registered Netball Victoria members.Participation is optional and at the individual’s discretion.EQUIPMENT Minimise the use of shared equipment.Equipment should be cleaned and sanitised between each session.Each group should provide their own set of bibs.Each group should provide their own first aid kit with sufficient supply of gloves and sanitiser.

Source: vic.netball.com.au

Return to Sport Updates for Participants

Return to Sport Update – 7 December

Basketball Victoria is pleased to announce further easing of restrictions regarding indoor basketball for participants and spectators across Victoria following the Premier’s announcement on Sunday 6 December.

Announced as part of the Victorian Government’s move to “CovidSafe Summer”, further information on how this affects sport and leisure is also available via the Sport and Recreation Victoria website.

Basketball Victoria has made the following updates in line with our Return to Sport Guidelines based on DHHS Restricted Activity Directions, effective as of Sunday 6 December at 11.59pm.

Basketball associations and clubs can operate under the COVID-Safe (previously known as Green-100) category of Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines, subject to the following:

Activities permitted at this level must follow a 1 person per 4 square metre density quotient, social distancing rules apply.

  • Signage must state the number of people permitted inside
  • Wipes, sanitiser / disinfectant must be supplied for use by patrons
  • Attendance record keeping is required (QR codes are highly encouraged)
  • Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVID-Safe Plan online.
  • Face masks are not required for players, referees and coaches during games.
  • Masks are recommended for all others in attendance.

CURRENT RESTRICTIONS

Sunday 6 December at 11:59pm

VICTORIA WIDE 

ALL AGES:  

COVID-Safe (previously known as Green-100) – Indoor/Outdoor (contact or non-contact) Competition and/or Training.

For an explanation on what COVID-Safe (previously known as Green-100) means in practice, click here for our updated Return to Sport Guidelines.

QR Code Reporting

Basketball Victoria recommends the use of QR codes for all patrons to ensure sufficient attendance records are maintained over the coming months as we return to sport.

The Victorian Government has launched a new and free QR Code Service which will help venues and businesses to keep records of visitors. To use the service, you only need to register the venue or business, download and print a poster containing a Victorian Government QR Code, and display it prominently.

In addition, a PlayHQ COVID report is available for players, coaches and team managers who participate on a given day/night and are tagged into electronic scoring if a case arises. If required, please lodge a support ticket via https://support.playhq.com/
Basketball Victoria Participant Licence

As previously noted, the Basketball Victoria participation licence is not season or association specific and allows individuals to play as many times as they want across the state in a 365-day period. We are extending all active licences for individuals for the duration of the period that basketball was/is unable to be played in Victoria due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As you would be aware, in addition to competition management and insurance, individual participant fees (the Basketball Victoria Licence) cover a range of essential services and programs which we are and will continue to deliver.

Note: A detailed explanation of the 365 Day Licence can be found here.

However, as always, we will consider requests for individual refunds to those participants who are experiencing extreme hardship at any time (the individual must contact their club or association who then escalates to Basketball Victoria via a Support Ticket).

Source: basketballvictoria.com.au

For Clubs, Associations and Venues, Basketball Victoria also offers a separate link here for such bodies.

Return to Sport Updates for Associations and Clubs

Return to Sport Update – 7 December

Basketball Victoria is pleased to announce further easing of restrictions regarding indoor basketball for participants and spectators across Victoria following the Premier’s announcement on Sunday 6 December.

Announced as part of the Victorian Government’s move to “CovidSafe Summer”, further information on how this affects sport and leisure is also available via the Sport and Recreation Victoria website.

Basketball Victoria has made the following updates in line with our Return to Sport Guidelines based on DHHS Restricted Activity Directions, effective as of Sunday 6 December at 11.59pm.

Basketball associations and clubs can operate under the COVID-Safe (previously known as Green-100) category of Basketball Victoria’s Return to Sport Guidelines, subject to the following:

Activities permitted at this level must follow a 1 person per 4 square metre density quotient, social distancing rules apply.

  • Signage must state the number of people permitted inside
  • Wipes, sanitiser / disinfectant must be supplied for use by patrons
  • Attendance record keeping is required (QR codes are highly encouraged)
  • Venues with capacity of greater than 500 patrons must publish a COVID-Safe Plan online.
  • Face masks are not required for players, referees and coaches during games.
  • Masks are recommended for all others in attendance.

Source: basketballvictoria.com.au

For Nellakir this is a busy period of the year with many facilities taking advantage of the Holiday break to undertake Annual Cyclical Maintenance on their valuable Sports Floors. Timber Sports Flooring does require regular attention and tasks such as re-surfacing, Linemarking, repairs and refitting must be attended to at least once a year. This applies to multipurpose timber flooring in Schools, Sports Stadiums and Community Leisure Centres.

A competitive functioning playing surface in the basis for all indoor sports. premium Sprung Timber Sports Flooring systems are not unlike musical instruments, they require proper maintenance and care – and regular ‘tuning’ – by expert and experienced technicians.

Whether it’s portable Stadium Seating or programmed and scheduled cleaning it’s the smart thing to do in calling in the experts. Nellakir, Victoria and Tasmania’s leading experts in Timber Sports Flooring and ancillary equipment.

Nellakir are the exclusive agents for ASF/Horner and can provide a range of options for new Timber Sports Flooring installations from ASF/Horner. You can view them here. The Nellakir team can advise you on which application is most suitable for your requirements.

All ASF/Horner flooring options are available in Australian Hardwood that is AFS certified and FIBA approved.

Don’t delay, call now for a free no-obligation quotation from Nellakir on Installation, Replacement, Maintenance and Cleaning of all Indoor Sports Flooring.

Call 03 9467 6126 or leave your details here for a prompt reply and a scheduled appointment at your convenience.

Nellakir – Supplying and maintaining Champion Timber Sports Flooring for over 25 years.

Nellakir – the Sports Flooring for Champions.