Athletic field covers are used commonly in baseball fields and in other outdoor games where the fields have a chance being damaged by excessive rain or the due to excessive evaporation, thus drying up way too fast making the surface unfit for any game. Tarps and covers are commonly spread over the surface of baseball fields, football fields and badminton courts, besides they are also spread over side-fields and on special areas of the field that need care and attention from the onslaught of the weather. But did you know that athletic field covers are also used for indoor games and in gyms? So that means that there is another variation of these tarps that are fit for indoor use.
We will see more in details about the different types of tarps and athletic field covers that are used and bought very commonly in the following two sections:
1. Indoor Athletic Field Covers
Indoor sports such as badminton, table tennis, squash or martial arts are played over hard wood surfaces that need protection against the wear and tear of elemental forces. When the surfaces are not in use, it is necessary to keep it under covers lest the wooden surface starts warping around making it unusable and unsuitable for sporting activities.
In cases where the indoor surfaces double up as training grounds, it becomes important to cover up every inch of the used surface with protective athletic field covers. Moreover, there are special types of indoor tarps that are placed over running tracks so as to bridge it to the areas inside the concentric running tracks. These tracks are susceptible to damage if left unprotected from spike footwear’s!
If you want to buy indoor athletic field covers, you should know that these things can be very heavy. For instance, you must have seen field attendants rolling baseball field covers onto the field when the match gets interrupted because of rain. They do not carry it, instead they roll it onto the field, which makes their job easier. Think how you will manage your covers. There are rolling tubes that are commonly used to make the job easier.
2. Outdoor Athletic Field Covers
Use of tarps and covers for indoor sports is fairly new. These were and still are, primarily used for outdoor sports where the fields are far more exposed to the wrath of weather. Playing surfaces are particularly sensitive to moisture, a little deviation from the perfect moisture content in the field and a lot of outcomes may get affected! Apart from that, using outdoor athletic field covers is in the interest of the viewers as well as the organizers. Imagine the magnitude of financial losses that an organizer can incur if they have to refund ticket money to each and every spectator! You can also think about the indignation of disappointed fans.
Tarps and field covers also come in handy when sporting venues are used to host social or political events, such as political rallies and trade fairs. The grass on the surface of the field can easily get uprooted because of excessive footfalls or vehicular traffic. But, such events also bring in a lot of money to the organizers/clubs, which is why they do not turn down requests for hosting such events. However, there is a very urgent need for the topsoil to be protected for future games/occasions, thus outdoor athletic field covers.
These two were the two most common uses of athletic field covers, both indoors and outdoors, very often, people find novel uses for their field covers and we will see about those in greater depths in a forthcoming article.