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A safer, longer-lasting wall solution !

This small town high school in northeastern Wisconsinwas looking for a high-quality but affordable backstop wall to enhance their ballfield. It needed to include padding and backstop netting to address player and fan safety concerns. Our integrated Backstop Wall System with Woodless Pads and In-Line Backstop Netting proved to be the perfect solution for Random Lake.

The backstop wall system is designed to fully incorporate both the lightweight pads and backstop netting. And, the padding and netting can be easily removed for off-season storage — especially important in northern climates — which saves the high school wear & tear on their pads and nets, extending the life of both.

Slide over post brackets…

After the installation of netting uprights and wall posts, the wall’s slide over post brackets were added over the wall posts. Pressure treated wood planks were mounted using our custom hardware.

Stainless steel mounting clips…

The next step for the backstop wall was to attach the stainless steel mounting clips and the Velcro wall plate in preparation for adding the Woodless Backstop Pads.

Add the pads…

Adding the woodless pads was next. Full-length support battens on the back hang on the mounting brackets and the bottom edge of the pads secure to the Velcro wall plates.

Netting anchored with slide-over brackets…

With wall and woodless pads in place, it was time to install the In-line Backstop Netting. The bottom of the net is anchored to the wall with a net cable that runs through the slide-over brackets.

Lifting winch & pulleys…

Before the netting was installed, the lifting winch, top pulleys and support cables were added for easy raising and take down, all from the ground — no ladders.

Raising the nets…

With engineered hardware in place for net support and tensioning, the nets were raised using the winch and pulley system.

Finishing touch…

Finally, the cherry on top. The backside banner was added, covering the back of the backstop wall and providing a clean, finished look to the final wall and netting system. Custom printed graphics can also be added providing a great branding or sponsorship opportunity.

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South Commons Softball Complex in Columbus, Georgia wins the 2019 USA Softball Complex of the Year !

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – After undergoing a multi-billion-dollar renovation in a mere six months and successfully hosting the 2019 USA Softball International Cup, South Commons Softball Complex has been awarded the 2019 Complex of the Year, presented by Stabilizer Solutions, Inc. South Commons Softball Complex will receive their award at the 88th USA Softball Annual Council Meeting in Sparks, Nev.

“Congrats to South Commons Softball Complex on winning the 2019 USA Softball Complex of the Year,” said USA Softball Managing Director of Membership Services, Rich Cress. “South Commons does a great job of ensuring their facility is in prime condition for each event they host. Whether hosting a grassroots event, local event or a National Team event, the South Commons staff, tournament directors and field crew offer nothing but the best for the players, fans and umpires.”

The South Commons Softball Complex is most notably known for hosting the historic 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games for the sport of softball, where the Red, White and Blue claimed the first-ever Olympic Gold Medal. A host for a variety of events throughout the year, the South Commons Softball Complex has hosted the NFCA Leadoff Classic, Sidney Cooper Invitational, National Club Softball Association (NCSA) World Series and annually hosts the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Softball Championships.

South Commons most recently held the 2019 USA Softball International Cup where over 9,900 fans enjoyed a week-long competition of international play resulting in the USA Softball Women’s National Team taking home the Gold and the U-19 Women’s National Team earning the Bronze Medal.

“USA Softball of Georgia wants to thank USA Softball for selecting South Commons Softball Complex as the Complex of the Year,” said USA Softball of Georgia Commissioner, Al Dattolo. “After undergoing extensive renovations, this is an award which is greatly deserved and appreciated by the city of Columbus.”

South Commons Softball Complex is an eight-field complex, which includes a five-field hub with a roundhouse and a three-field fan with a stadium, indoor score booths, concessions and restrooms. After undergoing a $4.8 million-dollar renovation, the South Commons softball facilities are unparalleled in the region. The renovations included new LED lighting, new scoreboards, field drainage systems, stadium seats, fencing, renovated restrooms and concessions, paint, sidewalks, ADA compliant ramps, netting, Wi-Fi and internet access, and updated umpire rooms, press box and skyboxes.

About USA Softball
USA Softball (USAS) is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USAS sanctions competition through a network of Local Associations, which includes all 50 states and select metro associations.  USAS is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch.  USAS annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships.  The USAS umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.

As the NGB for the sport of softball, USAS is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USAS, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.

What’s going up ? – New sports facility on Tucson’s south side !

Work Begins On New $6 Million Sports Complex in WI. !

The state-of-the-art, synthetic turf stadium will be used for football, soccer, lacrosse, and a variety of community events. (submitted rendering)

RACINE, WIRacine County officials joined Green Bay Packers President Mark Murphy in putting the first shovel in the dirt in the $6 million S.C. Johnson Community Sports Complex at Pritchard Park Wednesday. In partnership with the Racine Unified School District, Racine County

Murphy joined Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave and Racine Unified Superintendent Eric Gallien for a ceremony at the SC Johnson Community Sports Complex.

The state-of-the-art, synthetic turf stadium will be used for football, soccer, lacrosse and a variety of community events. The project includes an innovative 2,000-person capacity top-loading bleacher system, raised plaza, ticket stands, concessions, press box, scoreboard and lighting.

It is made possible through an unprecedented $6 million partnership between Racine County and the Racine Unified School District, as well as a $250,000 grant from the NFL Foundation Grassroots Program.

The stadium, which is expected to open in Fall 2020, will be open to all area schools and sports teams, youth teams, community organizations and residents.

“This facility will truly be a game-changer for our children, families and visitors. For too long, our youth have needed to travel outside Eastern Racine County to play on quality athletic fields. I am beyond excited to officially break ground on a first-class stadium that will serve Racine County for generations to come,” Delagrave said in a statement.

Racine Unified School District’s contribution to this project comes from the Community Service Fund. State law requires the district to use these funds for the community – beyond their own schools – and the district is excited to partner with the county on this project.

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