Nellakir complete several large projects – and the latest Defence Tips

Nellakir have now completed the new replacement Sports Flooring for Rowville Community Centre’s Basketball Courts, and it’s agreed by all it’s come up a real treat. This week the South Melbourne Multi Storey Primary School Basketball Court in Ferrars St South Melbourne also reaches completion. And if you love Basketball, here’s the final excerpt on Tips for Defence. Play Ball!

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Understand Your Opponent

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26. Are They a Great Outside Shooter?

The number one factor that determines how you should play against your opponent on defense is whether they can shoot the basketball from the outside at a high percentage.

If you’re guarding a poor shooter, then you can assist your teammates with more help off the basketball and you know that when playing on-ball defense you can take an extra step back to defend the drive without fear that they’ll make the shot.

If you’re guarding a great shooter, you won’t be able to help as much and you must be more mindful of your rotations on defense.

Instead, you should close the space between you and the defender and force them to dribble inside and take a lower percentage shot.

This is why smart basketball coaches put great off-ball defenders on poor shooters.

27. Where/How Do They Score Most of Their Points?

Whether they’re a great outside shooter or not, most players will have certain areas of the floor or certain ways that they score the majority of their points.

To be a great basketball defender, you must work out where and how your opponent does most of their scoring.

Do they get most of their points running off screens and getting midrange shots?

Do they score most of their points driving to the rim and finishing with their right hand?

Do they have a deadly midrange pull-up game?

Are they a low-post specialist?

These are questions you must figure out the answer to for every offensive player that you play against.

28. Do They Prefer Dribbling With Their Right or Left Hand?

Figuring out whether to influence your opponent’s dribbling to the right or left is one of the most important and easiest things you can do to improve your defense.

How you’ll implement this knowledge during the game might vary due to team defensive rules, but understanding their preference is crucial.

More often than not, the player you’re competing against will prefer to drive to their right hand.

To force them to their opposite hand, position yourself so that you’re slightly overplaying their preferred side and then establish a higher lead foot on this side too.

From this stance, the only way they can drive on their preferred side is to dribble through your chest and receive an offensive foul or to retreat dribble around you which will provide enough time to establish position again.

If they were to drive on their opposite hand, you’re still in position so that you can contain them and cut off the driving lane.

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29. What Are Their Weaknesses?

As well as figuring out their strengths, it’s important to know what an opponent’s weaknesses are.

This knowledge will assist you to put them in uncomfortable situations by forcing them into performing what they’re not good at.

This will require watching tape of your opponent, watching them play live, or simply working it out as the game progresses.

Every single player on the planet has weaknesses. It’s your job to find out what they are and exploit them.

30. How Do They Respond to Pressure?

One of the most surprising differences between great offensive players is their ability to handle pressure being put on them.

I’ve seen many players who regularly average 25 points per game but when you put a high amount of pressure on them, their point totals automatically take a significant drop.

These are often the player who can’t mentally handle pressure from great defense. They get frustrated, start yelling at their teammates, and throw up shots from all over the court trying to reach their regular scoring numbers.

Conversely, there are many great offensive players who stay calm and will have the same impact as usual regardless of the defensive pressure.

For that reason, it’s important to know which category your opponent falls under and then use that knowledge to improve your defense against them.

31. Do They Crash the Offensive Glass?

There are many players who do a fantastic job of sprinting in for offensive rebounds and then either scoring or passing out to a teammate for an open shot.

Shots after offensive rebounds always seem to be great shots.

As a defender, you must be aware whether the player that you’re guarding has a tendency to sprint in for offensive rebounds or to run back on defense after each shot.

If they are a great offensive rebounder, you must ensure to make contact with them after every shot and put a high importance on keeping them off the glass.

Understand the Opposition’s Offense

32. What Offense Are They Running?

One of the first questions that smart defenders will ask themselves when determining how to defend their opponent is “What offense does the opposition run?”

Once you figure this out, the next step is to determine the best way to defend against it.

Here are a few of the question you should think about…

How do they initiate the offense?

What’s the regular passing sequence of their offense?

Where do they take most of their shots from?

For example: If an opponent’s offense always starts with a pass from the top to one of the players on the wing, you then know that if you completely deny this pass then you’ve effectively taken them out of their offense.

33. What Are Their Most Common Set Plays

Often you’ll come across teams that don’t have an offense at all and will rely solely on set plays to score the basketball.

Since most youth and high school teams only have 2 – 3 set plays that they run a majority of the time, it can be relatively simple to figure out the name of the set play and what their actions are.

Just like the previous tip, your goal is to figure out what the opposition are trying to do and then take those options away from them.

The best time to do this is before the game. Watch video of the opposition’s offense or to watch them in-person and focus on figuring out what they do offensively.

If you don’t have that opportunity, with focus you can figure it out throughout the game as you’re competing against them.

On-Ball Basketball Defense Tips

34. Put Constant Pressure on the Basketball

While the main goal is containment, we don’t want players to do this by standing 2 meters off their opponent and giving them wide open shots.

Players must learn how to contain their player while also putting constant pressure on them when they have the basketball.

The purpose of putting pressure on the basketball is to make the offensive player uncomfortable which will often lead to deflections and turnovers.

When a player is uncomfortable from on-ball pressure, they don’t want to dribble the basketball, they’re scared that one of their passes will get deflected, and they don’t even think about shooting.

As long as your teammates are playing great help defense, you shouldn’t hesitate to apply on-ball pressure because if the offensive player does happen to beat you off the dribble, your teammates are ready to rotate and stop the basketball.

“My philosophy of defense is to keep the pressure on an opponent until you get to his emotions” – John Wooden

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35. Stay Lower Than Your Opponent at All Times

When you’re playing on-ball defense, you should always be lower than your opponent.

If you’re roughly the same height, your eye level should be at approximately their shoulder level.

Being lower gives you better balance and allows you to react quickly once the offensive player makes their move.

As always, the quicker you can react, the better.

36. Don’t Lunge for the Basketball

This tip goes back to the importance of balance that I talked about in the first section of this article on basketball defense.

When you lunge for the basketball, you’re often putting yourself off-balance and out of correct defensive position.

If the basketball comes within your reach, by all means, attempt to tip it and secure the steal, but never lunge out of position unless you’re over 75% sure you’re going to steal the basketball.

Always remember that containing your opponent is your number one priority when playing on-ball defense.

37. Stay an Arm’s Length Distance From Your Opponent

One of the most common questions I get asked by players is how close they should be to their opponent when playing defense.

On average, a player should be approximately one arm’s length away from their opponent. This means that if you stick your hand out straight, you should just be able to touch the offensive player with your fingertips.

As players improve to higher and more skilled levels of basketball, the distance will start to vary depending on the tendencies and abilities of the player they’re guarding against. But for the youth and high school level, this is often the most appropriate distance.

Being an arm’s length apart is the perfect length because it’s close enough that the defender can get a hand on the basketball for a steal and also prevent the shot, but far enough away that if the player attempts to drive there’s enough to react and adjust defensive position.

38. Watch Your Opponent’s Chest or Waist

This tactic will make an immediate impact on your defensive ability.

When players are still learning the game, the natural tendency is to look at the basketball or the eyes when playing on-ball defense.

The problem with doing this, however, is that it’s easy for the offensive player to fake with their eyes or the basketball and get the defense off-balance.

So, what should players be looking at while playing on-ball defense?

The mid-section of their opponent. This being anywhere from their chest to their waist.

Unlike the other parts of their body, it’s incredibly difficult for the offensive player to fake with their mid-section which is why that’s where I recommend players focus on.

39. Always Keep Your Hands Active

While you’re playing on-ball defense, you should be tracing the basketball with one of your hands at all times.

Doing so will allow you to deflect the basketball if the offensive player makes a quick pass inside and also simply discourages passes as your opponent knows you may get a hand to it.

Your other hand should be below the basketball looking to tap the basketball out of their hands or to poke it loose if the decide to dribble.

By leaving your hands down at your sides (which a lot of players do), you’re not achieving anything defensively.

Keep your hands active.

40. Swipe Up at the Basketball

Most players have formed a bad habit of swatting down on the basketball when attempting to reach in for a steal.

The problem with doing this is that the referee will often call the defender for a foul. It looks aggressive and there will often be contact made with the arm.

The better way to steal while playing on-ball defense is to swipe up at the basketball. This means keeping one of your hand’s lower than the basketball with your palm facing up.

Since the defender should be playing lower than the offensive player, this is a far more successful method and will result in fewer foul calls.

41. Contest Shots by Blocking the Shooter’s Vision

A cardinal on-ball defensive sin is jumping up and swatting at the basketball attempting to block an opposition player’s shot.

Although this can sometimes work, there are two main reasons why this isn’t always a terrific idea…

1. You might foul the shooter

It’s incredibly difficult to block an outside shot without fouling. The shooting motion of most players will often bring their arms directly into yours on the shot resulting in a foul.

2. They might fake the shot

If you jump on a shot fake, it’s game over. They’re going to have an open drive to the rim and if they don’t score themselves, they’ll often be able to pass to an open player for the shot or layup.

Instead, the best option you have when defending an outside shooter is to get your hand up to their face and take away their vision of the rim.

A missed shot is just as good as a blocked shot. Often better since most blocks are out of bounds or straight back to the opposition team.

This tactic allows you to stay on the ground and react quickly to whatever happens next.

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42. Always Jump to the Basketball After a Pass

One of the primary rules of defense is to never allow your opponent to cut ball-side of you after making a pass.

This most commonly occurs on a pass-and-cut when the opposition is swinging the basketball around the perimeter.

After making the pass, they will immediately look to cut ball-side for the for the give-and-go pass leading to an open layup.

Great defenders never allow this to happen.

Any time you’re guarding a player and they pass to a teammate, you must immediately jump towards the basketball on the flight of the pass.

This removes your opponent’s opportunity to cut ball-side and forces them to cut behind which is a much more difficult pass to make and puts you in prime position to intercept the pass if it’s attempted.

Even if they choose not to cut, you’re immediately denying the return pass to the player you’re guarding.

Off-Ball Basketball Defense Tips

43. One-Pass Away – Deny or Help?

One of the most important principles of your team’s defensive system you must understand is whether to deny when one-pass away or whether to be in help position.

This is the main difference between the two most popular defensive systems: The man-to-man defense (deny) and the Pack Line defense (help).

If you’re denying the pass, you should always have one arm and one foot in the passing lane, your chest should be facing your opponent, and you should see the basketball by looking over your ball-side shoulder.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the defensive system may not have a universal rule on this. The rule may change depending on where the basketball is on the court.

For example, some coaches prefer to allow the initial pass to the wing and then deny after that pass has been made.

Others might allow passes to the corner by playing in help position but deny any reversal pass back to the top of the key.

Make sure you understand your team’s defensive strategy when defending one-pass away from the basketball.

44. Learn How to Close Out Correctly

Close outs are one of the most difficult skills to master on defense.

In fact, there any many offenses and set plays designed specifically to create defensive closeouts as that’s often where a lot of defenses break down.

There’s no avoiding them. If your team is in help position (which they should be), then there will be close outs no matter what.

So how do you perform them effectively?

The key to closing out is to sprint approximately two-thirds of the way to the defender and then use short, choppy steps to finish the close out.

As a player gets close, they should be low with their weight back to absorb the drive and also have one hand up to deter or contest the shot.

45. Never Help Off Ball-Side Corner

The corner three-point shot is arguably the most efficient shot in the game of basketball. You should never leave this shot open.

A player will most commonly make this mistake when an opponent drives to the rim from the wing and they’re defending a player in the corner one-pass away.

Instead of staying on their opponent, this corner defender will drop down to help stop the drive to the rim leaving their player open for the simple pass and wide open jump shot.

Every player must understand that help comes from the middle. That’s why you must always have a defender on the split-line.

Help never comes from ball-side corner.

They can quickly plug and recover to their player, but they should never completely commit to helping on the baseline wing drive and leave open their opponent in the corner.

46. Always See Your Opponent and the Basketball

Whenever you’re on defense and you’re not defending the basketball or one-pass away, you should be in a ‘defensive triangle’.

The defensive triangle (or ball-you-man) refers to positioning yourself between the basketball and your opponent so that you can see both with your peripheral vision.

You should have one hand pointing towards the basketball, one hand pointing towards your opponent, and your vision should be in-between the two.

If a direct chest pass was made between the player with the basketball and your opponent, the help defender should be able to intercept it.

A defender should be as close to the basketball as possible but still close enough to their player that if a skip pass to them was made, the defender would have time to close out and establish defensive position without allowing an open shot.

The reason for this is that the closer a help defender is to the basketball, the quicker they can be to play help defense.

47. Constantly Adjust Your Positioning

A great basketball defender never stands still while they’re on defense. They’re constantly adjusting their positioning the entire possession.

Whenever the basketball or your opponent moves, you should be moving as well to make sure you’re always in the best defensive position.

This requires players to understand the defense to know where they should be, stay in a defensive stance to react quickly, and use the defensive triangle to keep vision of the player they’re guarding and the basketball.

If you’re not constantly adjusting your position, it won’t be long before you get caught out and your opponent gets a quick backdoor layup or a wide open jump shot.

Even if being caught out of position doesn’t lead to a direct score by your opponent, it will lead to a breakdown in the defense and the need for your teammates to rotate and help. This puts them out of position and usually leads to an high-quality shot from one of the opponents.

Your teammates need to trust that you’ll be in the correct position to help them just as they need to be in the correct position to help you.

Don’t let each other down with lazy defense.

Conclusion

Becoming a great basketball defender is one of the most important areas a player can focus on.

Since few players put a focus on defense, doing so is one of the best opportunities a player has of separating themselves from the crowd and advancing from a mediocre player to a great player.

If you implement the above tips into your game, very quickly you’ll see the impact that they can have on your game.

Source: basketballforcoaches.com

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What is Netball?

Netball is a ball sport played by two teams of seven players. Games are played on a rectangular court with raised goal rings at each end.

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The object is to score goals from within a defined area, by throwing a ball into a ring attached to a 3.05 metres (10 feet) high post.

Players are assigned specific positions, which define their roles within the team and restrict their movement to certain areas of the court. During general play, a player with the ball can hold onto it for only three seconds before shooting for a goal or passing to another player.

The winning team is the one that scores the most goals. Netball games are 60 minutes long but variations have been developed to increase the game’s pace and appeal to a wider audience.

Netball is played by more than 20 million people in more than 80 countries worldwide and is most popular in Commonwealth nations. It is predominantly played by women.

In 1995 netball became a recognised sport by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Netball is the most popular women’s sport in Australia with an estimated one million players nationwide.

Although traditionally identified as a sport for women, there is no reason why it can’t be played with mixed teams and more boys and men are becoming increasingly involved.

Australia’s major domestic competition is Suncorp Super Netball.

Source: Netball Australia

Safety tips for netball

  • Good preparation is important
  • Undertake training prior to competition to ensure readiness to play.
  • Always warm up, stretch and cool down. A recent netball study found that not warming up before a game increases the risk of injury by 48%.
  • Undergo fitness programs to develop aerobic fitness, strength, balance, coordination and flexibility.
  • Good technique and practices will help prevent injury
  • Participate in training programs to improve body balance (using wobble boards or balance mats). Poor balance may increase the risk of injury.
  • Learn correct passing, catching and landing techniques. Incorrect landing may increase the risk of injury to the knee. Further information on landing is available in the University of Ballarat Down to Earth – A Practical Guide to Safe and Effective Landing in Netball publication, available at http://www.smartplay.com.au.
  • Coaches should undertake regular reaccreditation and education to ensure their knowledge is kept up-to-date.
  • Accredited umpires and adherence to the rules decreases the risk of contact and injury.
  • Wear the right protective equipment
  • Seek professional advice on footwear.
  • Consider preventive ankle taping or bracing to reduce injury risks.

And remember the best competition surface is always going to be sprung timber sports flooring.
With more give and more bounce, it makes for a faster safer game.

Sports Floor Maintenance and Timber Floor Construction Projects

Nellakir has started the year with a large number of programmed maintenance contracts on existing sprung timber flooring.

The most notable of these were the following projects, which all involved sanding and a full refurbishment of existing floors.

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At Hume Secondary College the Nellakir team has completed works on the foyer reception area.

And the Booroondara Sports Complex in North Balwyn has seen the refurbishment and hard sanding of the four competition Basketball/Netball Courts. Deakin University in Geelong has also been refurbished with two Basketball Courts, Squash Courts and the main stage area of the hall facility all undergoing a full timber refurbishment program, including sanding.

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Finally at Thornbury High School, the Gymnasium, Sports Courts and meeting room timber flooring have all undergone a full refurbishment.

Nellakir have also been engaged to provide sprung timber flooring on a number of major building projects that have already commenced or are about to commence.

These include:

The Bendigo Sports Stadium
– 4 Basketball Courts added
– Fairbrother builders

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The Electra Community Centre Extension, Ashwood
– Works in the studio area of the Calisthenics Hall
– Refurbishment and sanding
– Ducon Building Services
– Commencing March 2017

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St Kevins College, Tooronga
– Sports Pavillion, Eastern Pavillion
-Works on Gym, Minor Court area with markings
– Twoconstruct Builders

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MGGS
– Basketball/Netball Court (single)
– Commencing late January
– Kane Constructions

Nellakir, for the highest standard in Sprung Timber Floor Construction and Maintenance.

What Makes Sports Flooring Different?

This week we have provided an interesting article from the US version of Home and Garden. The Author Charles W. Bryant provides some interesting insights into ‘What makes Sports Flooring different?’. View the full article.

Nellakir provide a full maintenance program and will make suitable recommendations with regards to the care, maintenance and cleaning of your competition grade sprung timber flooring.

“On a cold December day in 1891, the first basketball game was played at Springfield College. The game was the brainchild of Dr. James Naismith, who was working for the YMCA training school at the time. Naismith was handed the task of making up an indoor game that snow-bound children could play. In short, the YMCA wanted to wear some rowdy kids out during the harsh New England winters. Naismith fixed two peach baskets to the wall, documented the 13 original rules, and a sport was born.”

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Photo of the world’s first Basketball team

Springfield College is credited with having the world’s first basketball court. A simple black and white photograph of that court sold at auction in 2006 for just over $19,000.

The flooring of that gym was made of maple wood planks. As it turns out, the early builders of gymnasiums were right on the money, and sports flooring today is still made from maple. The main reason maple is used is because of how hard and hearty it is. Not only are bowling alley floors made from maple, but oftentimes the pins are as well.

[NB. In Australia, Ash, Messmate and Tasmanian Oak are the preferred Timbers]

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Maple (the preferred timber in the US and Canada for Sports Flooring) is strong, stiff and resistant to scuffing and scratching. It also has good shock resistance, meaning it can take a pounding from thousands of hours of heavy use on a gym floor without suffering damage. When maple is installed in US homes, it will likely be sitting on top of a cement slab or a subfloor made of softer wood like Douglas fir or pine.

Sports flooring is completely different. The floor of a gymnasium needs to have some give and flex. While you may not realise it, every time your foot hits the floor of a basketball court, it sinks slightly and springs back. Of course you don’t want this to be noticeable, otherwise you’d feel like you were playing hoops on a trampoline. The idea is that the floor absorbs some of the shock, resulting in less wear and tear on an athlete’s body. It’s called an orthopedic surface. A restaurant kitchen floor may have a thin layer of padding on top for the same reason. If you’re on your feet all day, it can make a big difference in your fatigue level.

There are many types of subflooring for a gymnasium, but they all have the same concept in mind — to help reduce the impact on your lower back, ankles and knees. One of the most common types of subflooring systems used today for gymnasiums incorporates round rubber pads under a plywood subfloor. The pads are small rubber discs filled with air, set about 12 inches (30.5 centimeters) apart from each other over the entire area of the floor. Think of a fancy athletic shoe that uses air-cushioned soles, and you have the right idea. This padding gives the court the spring necessary to combat fatigue and injury.

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The finishing of a sports floor is a little different than your average home hardwood, as well. Once a sports floor is sanded smooth, it gets two coats of polyurethane sealant. Glossy urethane is preferred on most courts to give it a nice shiny appearance. Once these two coats are down and cured, the game lines and graphics are painted on. The game lines are the markers for the basketball court — out-of-bounds lines, half-court lines, three-point lines and the key.

The graphics are whatever the owner of the court wants. If it’s a school, it will likely be the logo for the university or high school. If it’s a private gym like the YMCA, it will be the corporate logo. After the logos and games lines are on, it’s time for the finishing coats. This means two to three more coats of urethane. By the end of the process, the game lines and graphics are buried under the top coat and are essentially part of the floor.

Just like with your home hardwood, a sports floor needs to be sanded with a sanding screen between each coat of sealant and finishing urethane. A sanding screen doesn’t take off as much urethane as regular sandpaper — it’s more like a fine buff. After the floor is sanded with the screen it needs to be completely cleaned of dust and debris before the next coat of urethane is applied.

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Most gymnasiums are for public use and get a heavy dose of daily traffic. Manufacturers and installers of sports floors recommend that they be screened and recoated once a year to help the surface perform like it should. The process of screening and coating is the same as it is during installation. A single pass is made with a circular sander using a fine screen, and one layer of urethane is applied to the top. Think of each pass with the sander and urethane topper as a brand new top layer to your floor. The same thing applies to your home hardwood floor, although it’s not necessary to do so once per year.

A gym floor takes a couple of days to screen and recoat and it’s typically ready for basketball after about 72 hours of curing. If the gymnasium is commonly used for other nonathletic purposes it may need more than one screen and recoat per year. One example is a high school gym that’s also used for assemblies and school dances. Chairs, tables and non-sneaker shoes can wear out a gym floor much quicker than if it’s only used for sports and recreation.

what-makes-sports-flooring-different-5Cleaning a Sports Floor

Keeping a gymnasium floor clean is the most important factor in how long it will last. Dirt and dust are enemies of any hardwood. Dirt from the bottom of your shoe will act like a fine abrasive and wear away the flooring with every step you take. Ideally, a sports floor is cleaned on a daily basis. If you really want to protect and maintain your gym floor, it should be dry mopped between each activity. This will help to remove the dirt and dust. The daily cleaning should be done each evening with a wet mop. The wet mop will clean up all the fluids that can collect on a gym floor — think sweat and Gatorade.

The wet cleaning should use warm water and a floor cleaner made specifically for cleaning sports flooring. These are water-based concentrates that clean the floor without leaving behind any residue. Wet cleaning the floor will keep the surface traction nice and tight. You don’t want your star point guard slipping because of improper maintenance.

Maple and the timbers used here in Australia are ideal not only for strength and durability, but also because the grain of the wood is extremely tight. The fine fibers help to keep it from splintering and also keep dirt and dust from finding a home “between the cracks.” If the dirt is unable to firmly root in the grain, then it’s easier to clean up, giving your sports floor and longer life span.

Advantages of Sprung Timber Flooring

The preferred option for major competition basketball is sprung timber flooring. For the uninitiated this is often the question in their minds – just what is the difference between Basketball courts with timber flooring and either vinyl, concrete or asphalt courts.

Shock Absorption

The first advantage is in Shock Absorption. This is vitally important to Athletes in terms of surface impact. With timber flooring shock absorption greatly reduces injury potential and risk. This is achieved through diverting force to the floor rather than that force being absorbed through the athlete’s bones, joints and ligaments.

Bounce

The second major advantage is Ball Bounce. Compared to concrete, the wooden floor provides equal rebound measurements. However Ball Bounce is the response measured after reflecting on a wooden floor compared to concrete. The wooden flooring rates 100% compared to concrete.

Timber Flooring provides a Superior Surface

Wooden surfaces provide a uniform, level playing surface for all athletes. Wooden floors are superior to surfaces such as vinyl, concrete or asphalt, on which the athletes muscles must constantly adapt to subtle changes in the playing surfaces, causing fatigue and often resulting in increased energy use.

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Nellakir have installed high performance, sprung timber sports floors in a wide range of stadiums and sports facilities, including Keilor Stadium (pictured)

Timber Floor Maintenance

Correct maintenance of sports floors both improves the performance of the surface as well as extends its life. Sprung Timber flooring is recommended to be resurfaced at a minimum every 10 to 15 years. Layout, floor paint and line markings can be changed without too many issues as part of the maintenance program or the ultimate refurbishment of the timber flooring. Wooden sports flooring provides for ease of maintenance in any case. With regular re-sanding (every 7 to 12 years) and re-coating (every 12 months), Floor maintenance comes down to dust mopping to ensure nothing clings to the surface.

So the sprung floor absorbs shocks giving it a softer feel, reduces fatigue and risk of injury. Such a floor is in fact considered the best option for indoor sports, physical education, gymnastics and dance activity. Nellakir Sports Floors provide the highest quality timber floor installation and maintenance for all performance surfaces.

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Nellakir constructed and provide maintenance for the competition basketball courts at Eagle Stadium

Modern vs Traditional Sprung Floors

Modern sprung floors are supported by Foam backing or rubber feet, whilst older traditional floors rely on bending woven wooden batons. Sprung timber floors are sometimes referred to as ‘floating floors’. The top layer of a sprung floor is a performance surface. With sports flooring this is generally a polyurethane coating.

Next week will look at the requirements for a top quality Sprung Timber competition flooring.

The Worlds Best Performance Sports Flooring

Nellakir are the exclusive distributors for Australasian Sports Floors Horner and Horner Flooring. For Nellakir’s clients and customers this means access to the worlds best performance flooring.

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High performance Sports Flooring for competition basketball courts

ASF and Horner Flooring was selected and utilised at a range of prestigious basketball competitions conducted at the very highest levels. These have included the Olympic Games – both Sydney 2000 and the previous Los Angeles Championships of Basketball, the World university Games, the PAN American Games, the Goodwill Games, the European Championships and since 1983 every NCAA Final Four Games and NBA All Stars Games.

It is obvious that the surface provided is in fact the very best, most technologically advanced playing surface available to major competition basketball worldwide.

As Distributors for ASF/Horner, Nellakir is the only manufacturer and supplier of genuine FIBA approved Timber Sports Flooring systems.

Flooring systems are both ‘sustainable’ and carry ‘Forestry Certification’ on all flooring.

The timbers used are selected from natural resources (forests) with the appropriate growth patterns to sustain both the usage of these resources and the ongoing harvesting of selected timbers. This is called ‘long growth forestry’. Timber flooring utilising this system is labelled PRS and ST offering a range of flooring. Forestry Certified Flooring provides a complete, certified history of any hardwood surface selected and supplied to Nellakir clients.

Timber Sports Flooring Systems

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Stump Thrust timber sports flooring system at the State Netball & Hockey Centre by Nellakir Sports Floors

Nellakir offer the full ASF Horner range of sports flooring. These are branded as follows:

  • Pro King – preferred and used by many NBA, NBL and IFNA teams. This is the surface used in the Sydney Olympics and in NBA, IFNA matches now.
  • PR Systems – there are three PR cushion systems available each offering a surface that is shock absorbing and fatigue reducing.
  • ST Systems – this is the ‘Stump Thrust Floor system’. When combined with the PR™, Stump™ or Thrust-A-Cushion™ pads, the system provides the highest level of player comfort for this type of construction.

The Stump Thrust™ system has been utilised at Victoria’s State Netball and Hockey Centre, the Waverly Netball Centre, Loretto College and the Veneto Club by Nellakir.

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Nellakir installed high performance timber sports floor playing surfaces as well as retractable seating at the State Netball & Hockey Centre

Over the coming months Nellakir will provide more information and detail in these news bulletins and blogs for all prospective and current users on different floor types, the benefits and maintenance required . but rest assured that in selecting Nellakir to construct and maintain your competition courts with sprung timber sports flooring, you are engaging the industry’s leading craftsmen who will provide you, your competition and your participants with the very best surface available – for the life of that surface when expertly maintained.