July 5, 2019

INSIDE NGI

We are currently in the final stages of rebranding. This will entail some product name changes. For example, ProXtreme is now TitanTrax Xtreme. We are also categorizing products by color and surface type.

All of these changes are anticipated to be complete, along with an updated website, by end of Summer 2019.

We also continue to make important additions to our Overlay Renovation Technology with the introduction of TitanTrax AIR. Our latest surface is made especially for hard pavements like post tension concrete. We recently completed installation of AIR on the Field of Dreams Baseball Field in Florida last month. The force reduction quality is unparalleled.

July 15, 2019

INSIDE NGI

Many athletic playing surfaces are designed to be shock absorbing and cushioned so an inflated ball like a basketball, tennis ball, soccer ball easily bounces to a comfortable height, but not pickleball. Pickleball is played with a plastic ball that has 40 air holes. The fast growing and quick paced game of pickleball requires a responsive, firm playing surface to obtain the required ball bounce height. Many public tennis and basketball courts are being converted from existing courts that are older to include pickleball. NGI Sports has developed and patented a playing surface designed for the sport of pickleball, TitanTrax PK. As part of NGI’s “Overlay Renovation Technology” TitanTrax PK provides the ball bounce and pace favored by players and as outlined in the International Federation of Pickleball tournament rules and meets USAPA and International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) requirements for surface performance.

October 1, 2019

NGI Sports will be attending the FSB Cologne

 

The FSB is an international trade fair for amenity areas and sports and pool facilities, which takes place every two years in Cologne. At the FSB international exhibitors provide overviews of their latest technologies, the most innovative products and the most visionary intentions in relation to playgrounds and play sites, sports halls and courts, swimming pools and also products in terms of urban design and furnishing of open spaces. They show a wide range of sports and leisure products for indoor and outdoor use with sporting facilities and equipment, sports devices and matching floorings, artificial turf and maintenance of sports courts as well as sports facilities for ice and winter sports. Here, trends for design of urban habitats of tomorrow are set. Parallel to the FSB the Aquanale will take place, the international trade fair for saunas, pools and ambience. With both fairs the entire pool area has been merged and reflects now all areas of public to private indoor pool and to spa and sauna areas.
Approximately 622 exhibitors from 26 countries and 25000 visitors from 115 countries attend the FSB in Cologne.

The FSB will take place on 4 days from Tuesday, November 5 to Friday November 8, 2019 in Cologne.
NGI Sports will be attending with our associates from:Siebenga Addvies-en TakenbureauDutch Athletic Federation,

 

N.S.F. (Netherlands Sports Federation)

August 8, 2019

Pickleball Is Now The Fastest Growing Sport in North America

 

Do you have any questions about any of NGI’s products, processes or anything industry related? Please email burke@ngisports.com for answers.

Q. How long should the sub base be left to cure before installing the final surface?
A.
As overlay systems are not attached to the sub surface they can be installed in a week after new construction.

Q. Are your all-weather Titan tracks environmentally friendly?
A. Yes, all of our systems incorporate green materials in their production.

Q. What are the main criteria for selecting an athletic surface and supplier?
A. Warranty and experience are good indicators of quality, longevity and performance. Look to past installations under similar conditions which you are experiencing.

Q. How do I maintain my home Tennis court with your Pro Clay surface?
A. ProClay surfaces are supported by a comprehensive maintenance manual, however light watering for dust control and sweeping the courts prior to play are the main requirements.

Surface Preparation

Give your surface a fighting chance, place the emphasis on the preparation.

Preparation work is the foundation for the successful performance of any sports surface, especially tennis courts. Properly preparing the existing surface (base) before it receives any type of new overlay or even just an acrylic paint should be common sense. Surprisingly, many problems arise from this lack of attention to detail. A proper foundation is paramount for building any sort of structure. Most surfacing problems arise from improper base preparation.

Which leads us to the question, what is an acceptable level of preparation? The manual for the American Sports Builders Association will tell you that for asphalt surfacing filling any birdbaths deeper than the width of a nickel, and all cracks, with an appropriate blend of a concrete latex patch mix is acceptable. If the cracks are wider than an inch and a half and seem to run all the way through the base; then filling with sand, concrete, and then a latex patch mix is the standard. This is a generally accepted method for crack filling, and once sanded smooth the surface is ready for acrylic. So why should anyone expect anything less than these standards for an overlay system?

A rule of thumb for all overlay systems, ranging from cushioned all weather courts to synthetic grass courts, is that abnormalities in the base will reflect through to the surface. Depressions will not be hidden by placing another surface on top, and any gaps left in the existing base may translate either by being cosmetically visible or producing less than standard ball bounce (dead spots). The “prep work” section of a tennis construction proposal just may be the most important part. So make sure your surface preparation is perfect and give your tennis court a chance to perform as designed.

3D Mapping for Contractors

NGI is presently completing a nine court ProBounce project at Ripp Park in Waunakee, WI (you can view the court from Google Earth). It was originally thought of as perfect for a TitanTrax Shield application. A grid was completed on the courts and a shocking revelation was found in the Percent of Slope and the 3D report. What looked like a good application for an overlay system turned out to be just the opposite (see their 3D). As contractors you may be running into this same problem of thinking it would work and then it turns out just the opposite.

NGI now offers to do the 3D maps and Percent of Slope reports for our contractors. All you have to do is take elevations or have a surveyor complete same and send in the elevations to NGI. NGI will create the pieces you need to make a correct decision. NGI can also help by hiring the field work for a price if the contractor feels uncomfortable doing it or doesn't have the time or equipment.

The nine court project at Ripp Park required demo of the asphalt, placement of additional stone for a stable base and then application of ProBounce on the laser graded base.



 

March 1, 2020

Seminars Update

As our Seminar period nears completion, last date Wednesday March 11th, we are pleased to announce the success to date. The attendances at almost all seminars has been excellent and those attending gained invaluable knowledge. In Nashville more than thirty people enjoyed a most informative day. During the first few weeks NGI is pleased to announce new clients acquired at the seminars. More details, information and pictures to follow.


TitanTrax PK Update

NGI Sports’ patent pending Pickleball surfacing system, TitanTrax PK, is the only surface specifically designed for Pickleball play, allowing the perfect ball response for all players. Many athletic playing surfaces are designed to be shock absorbent and cushioned for an inflated ball while the TitanTrax PK system delivers the optimum ball bounce and consistency of play specifically for a non inflated pickleball. This surface in fact exceeds all requirements and expectations of Pickleball play in bounce, pace, and traction qualities.

Currently there are more than three million players in the USA playing at seven thousand different venues on over twenty one thousand courts, and these numbers are increasing rapidly monthly. The majority of players, seventy four percent, are fifty five and older and players in total represent 0.9 percent of the population of the USA. Quite a growth. Thankfully, there’s TitanTrax PK!

 

 


Nagle Athletic Surfaces Appointed NGI Sports Dealer

Nagle Athletic Surfaces of East Syracuse NY have been appointed NGI Sports Dealer.

“We are the premier installer of athletic surfaces, having achieved a reputation for providing unparalleled quality, outstanding service and exceptional value. Our team is committed to maintaining the highest level of integrity and fairness with our employees, customers, suppliers and competitors. To support our mission, we are guided by our responsibilities to our environment, the community, and workforce development.”

Our management team has over 100 years combined experience in the business. This experience, coupled with two Certified Track Builders (American Sports Builders Association) on staff, provides us the expertise that helped establish our reputation as the premier installer of track systems, and acrylic sport surfaces.

NGI Sports installation, ProBounce tennis courts at Ripp Park, Waunakee WI. Installed over pulverized asphalt and stone dust screenings.

Mor Sports GROUP is a US company based in Florida. Run by Matthew Morton, it is predominantly involved in the creation, maintenance and refurbishment of exterior and interior tennis court surfaces.

We have a proven worldwide track record for carrying tennis court surfacing works and also offer these services:

Established as a World Wide company in May of 2008, and we are an authorized distributor for NGI Sports Products

Mor Sports GROUP is a world wide company based in both the US and the UK. Run by Matthew Morton, it is predominantly involved in the creation, maintenance and refurbishment of external and internal tennis court surfaces.

We have a proven world wide track record for carrying our tennis court surfacing works.

Our trained installation crews can carry out full installations of new courts or the resurfacing of existing courts. Our new build specification ensures all our courts are built to a championship standard that meets all ITF specification, has the correct speed of play and provides excellent life span for the playing surface. Our resurfacing specification ensures all existing acrylics (built by others) are brought back to ‘CHAMPIONSHIP STANDARD’ by using simple but effective preparation techniques.

Mor Sports UK are based in Kent in the South East of England. We are an independent, family run business with over 30 years’ experience in the UK tennis industry.

Our core business is to provide Tennis Courts and Pickleball Courts, providing construction and surfacing services to Clubs, Communities, and Private home owners across the UK.

Our Impervious Acrylic Division specialises in installing both cushion and non cushion tennis and Pickleball systems with products to suit all Clients budgets. Our installation teams have carried out works for private and public clients, at large national centres and individual private residences all around the world. No project is too big or small.

Providing services ranging from installer, sub-contractor and Principal Contractor, we have been involved in the tennis industry since 1987. The company has carried out new build works and have carried out numerous resurfacing works both here in USA in the UK and abroad.

Mor Sports has been instrumental in the design and installation of numerous Tennis and Pickleball courts in the UK and worldwide. Mor Sports Group have installed a double Titan Trax Tennis Court at Park Shore in Naples Florida and a single in Grand Paradiso Venice Florida


 

April 12, 2012

Surface Preparation

Give your surface a fighting chance; place the emphasis on the preparation!

Prep work is the foundation for successful performance of any sports surface, especially Tennis Courts. Properly preparing the existing surface (base) before it receives any type of new overlay or even just acrylic paint should be common sense. Surprisingly, many problems arise from this lack of attention to detail. A proper foundation is paramount for building any sort of structure. Most surfacing problems arise from improper base preparation.

Which leads us to the question; what is an acceptable level of preparation? The manual for the American Sports Builders Association will tell you that for asphalt surfacing that filling any birdbaths deeper than the width of a nickel and all cracks with an acceptable blend of a concrete latex patch mix is acceptable. If the cracks are wider than an inch and a half and seem to run all the way through the base; then filling with sand, concrete, and then a latex patch mix is the standard. This is a generally accepted method for crack filling, and once sanded smooth the surface is ready for acrylic. So why should anyone expect anything less than these standards for an overlay system?

A rule of thumb for all overlay systems, ranging from cushioned all weather courts to synthetic grass court, is that abnormalities in the base will reflect through to the surface. Depressions will not be hidden by placing another surface on top, and any gaps left in the existing base may translate either by being cosmetically visible or producing less than standard ball bounce (dead spots). The “prep work” section of a tennis construction proposal just may be the most important part. So, make sure your surface preparation is perfect and give your tennis court a chance to perform as designed.

More information about cracks.

For more information on crack filling read the Opinion Line titled Crack Filling 101 from a 2008 edition of the American Sports Builders Association

November 1, 2019

The Latest News - NOV 2019

 

Mr. Lomme Siebenga, Siebenga Advice and Drawing Office
NGI Sports will be attending the FSB Fair in Cologne, Germany with Siebenga Advies- en Tekenbureau. Siebenga Advice and Drawing Office is headed by Mr. Lomme Siebenga. The consultancy is based in Bergambacht, in the green heart of South Holland, from where operations are conducted nationally. For example, projects have been realized from Winschoten to Baarle-Nassau and from Texel to Nijmegen. The work does not stop at the border, because international projects have also been realized. Expertise knows no boundaries. Craftsmanship and commitment are drivers.

Business PhilosophyThe company's philosophy is based on three main issues:
  • The client may assume that the newest standards are applied for the sports facilities in question. Reliability of the advice and designs is an important principle.
  • Openness is essential for good cooperation. This applies to mutual communication, but certainly also when other parties are involved in the project.
  • Independence is the third pillar. For large projects, multiple parties are quickly involved. Siebenga Advies en Tekenbureau has no interests with other parties and is therefore able to advise independently. The contract documents are drawn up in such a way that several contractors have the opportunity to compete competitive tender.
With the deployment of more than 30 years of knowledge and experience.
"My work is fantastic, because I am dealing with people's hobby and you try to achieve something beautiful for that. The atmosphere in which I have to operate is always positive." - Mr. Siebenga
July 15, 2019

TitanTrax AIR at Miracle Field

American Tennis' Jeff Nichols and NGI Sports' Mike Burke proudly spearheaded the installation of TitanTrax AIR to renovate the facility.

PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL - The Miracle League baseball field for individuals with physical or mental disabilities is reopening at Frank Brown Park on Thursday March 28, after field replacement. The Grand Re-Opening Game and Celebration is scheduled for 5:30 PM at the field with a short ceremony and scrimmage game between "Twins" and the "Phillies." The baseball field is a specially designed field made of a soft rubberized surface with painted bases and baselines which allow children in Bay County, ranging in age from four and up, with physical and mental challenges, to play baseball safely. The league welcomes any special needs young person to register and come be a part of a real baseball team! Written by Erin Morgan

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November 1, 2019

TITANTRAX PK

 

TitanTrax PK is what you’re looking for with the best play in all climates and temperatures.Quicker, Stronger, Better.
NGI Sports patent pending TitanTrax PK pickleball court surface is the only surface specifically designed for pickleball to achieve the perfect ball response for all players. Many athletic playing surfaces are designed to be shock absorbent and cushioned for an inflated ball such as a basketball, tennis ball, soccer ball, while the TitanTrax PK system delivers optimum ball bounce and consistency of play specifically for a hard hollow pickleball. TitanTrax PK exceeds all expectations of pickleball play in bounce, pace and traction.

TitanTrax PK is an Overlay Renovation Technology (ORT) surface that can be installed over existing asphalt or concrete courts or it can be installed as new construction. It is preferred for conversion of existing basketball and tennis courts to pickleball, and is used for all weather play. Our patent pending product meets USAPA and International Federation of Pickleball (IFP) requirements for surface performance.
John Hanna publisher of Tennis Industry Magazine announces a name change back to RSI (Racquet Sports Industry) because of the growth and demand for pickle ball!
April 1, 2020

To Our Valued Customers

At NGI Sports, the safety and well-being of our employees, customers and suppliers is always our priority, and we recognize the important role we play in providing our customers with a stable supply of products.

We are actively monitoring the COVID-19/Coronavirus situation and taking steps to help keep our communities safe. We wanted to share with you some steps we are taking. We have no cases reported by NGI employees and will take all necessary precautions to hopefully keep it that way.

We are dedicated to addressing any needs or support and providing the latest information as we continue to closely monitor updates from the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization regarding COVID-19. We will continue to seek guidance from these agencies, public health officials and government agencies on an ongoing basis.

NGI SPORTS remains open for business. We continue to have production capabilities and will provide continuous excellent customer service and timely supply. We are asking our employees to have limited interaction face-to-face with customers, suppliers and the general public to limit potential exposure to the virus. We have put restrictions on travel, are postponing large-scale events, limiting the size of meetings, and providing remote-work solutions as necessary. This decision was taken in order to exercise an abundance of caution for the safety and well being of all. It is driven in part by an effort to uphold our societal responsibility. We have taken steps to encourage social distancing which should help in the overall effort to reduce the COVID-19 growth.

We are in continuous communication with our employees to remind them about the importance of good hygiene, and to provide them with health education and support whenever needed. We have specific self-quarantine and communication procedures in place should an employee be diagnosed with COVID-19 or has been in contact with an individual who has contracted COVID-19. NGI is unaware of any known COVID-19 cases or individuals who have been in contact with a known COVID-19 case here. We are just making preparations in the event that an employee has contracted or been in contact with a known COVID-19 carrier.

We are currently maintaining our production schedules, and our current lead times have not been affected. Our manufacturing capabilities are fully operational and there has been no disruption to our supply chain. Furthermore, our sales customer service and overall operations teams are answering calls and responding to texts and emails in a business as usual approach. While we can't predict what effect a long-term crisis will have on all of us, I can assure you that we are taking steps to ensure our service levels remain high and pledge to keep you informed of any developments that may affect lead times. We are pleased to report that our raw material inventories and finished goods are in excellent shape as we move into the busier time of the year.

We extend our sincerest thanks and appreciation to all NGI SPORTS customers for your ongoing support and loyal dedication during this challenging time.
Thank you,

Rick Burke
President , NGI Sports


August 30, 2019

What About Birdbaths?

Birdbaths, depressions, or low areas on tennis courts are commonly defined as a low spot on the court that holds water. According to the ASBA, a birdbath is any area that water gathers and is held in a volume higher than 1/16” (2mm or the width of a nickel) for longer than an hour of drying in 70 degree Fahrenheit.

Depending on the severity of these areas, they could lead to delayed play and in the longer run mold or algae. The mold is a greater concern as it can either make play unsafe due to slick conditions, and even delaminate the acrylic on the surface. It is generally recommended to keep any court clean of such growth; power washing the courts is an effective action for mold removal.

These depressions could also be a result from improper construction or base preparation. Meaning that the courts could have been constructed using an improper slope, organic materials in the subsoil, improper compaction of the sub grade, or even bad drainage around the site. Over enough time most courts “settle” even with a perfect installation because of materials in the subgrade or site drainage issues.

There are 3 ready solutions for birdbaths, and they range in application and price. The cheapest option would be to apply multiple coats of an acrylic patch mix, once built up and flush with the surrounding areas and sanded smooth the courts could be painted. Next, you could tear out the court, or re-mill the asphalt giving a new surface. One of the most effective options would be to employ a modern day synthetic overlay system; they range in style, cost, and construction, but may also be the most cost effective. Depending on the court and its condition. Always recommend taking elevations on a 10’ grid to see the total picture

Let's Talk Cushion First and foremost we should consider why to consider cushion. “Force Reduction” is the ability of a sports surface construction to absorb the shock of an impact as compared to a non-resilient “hard court”. Reducing the impact to the player’s joints will mean that he or she can play more sets with less stress on the body. It also means that that player will have many more years to enjoy the game without pain. In review of guidelines used for area elastic floors an athlete should not be exposed to more than 47% of the impact.



Ball Rebound defines the height in percent to which a tennis ball bounces on an area elastics court as compared to the ball rebound height on a non-resilient hard court. The ball rebound should be at least 80 percent of the hard surface as defined by the ITF (International Tennis Federation). This is important because when developing a cushioned surface it must meet parameters for playability.

Foot release characterizes the property of a tennis court surface to permit controlled turning movements of the player’s foot while preventing uncontrolled sliding. As an example remember complaints of the Austrailian Open court when they had the rubber mat which was glued in place. Many players complained that in the heat of the day the impact of the foot would go into the surface and get stuck, or locked because of the point elasticity of the surface.

NGI TitanTrax Xtreme and TitanTrax AIR fall into the category of area elastic tennis surfaces as resilient deflection resistant surfaces with large deformation control area. We call it Platform Cushioned where the TitanTrax Shield top layer bridges the attached air-filled urethane foamed.

Platform Compression Cushioning: The combination of a flexible platform provided by the TitanTrax Shield and the factory laminated cushion ensures consistent cushioning throughout the surface.


The TitanTrax Air and Xtreme surfaces recover quickly. The cushioning materials are not dependent upon air bubbles for their properties, but instead on the properties of the materials in their cell walls. Because of this, they react to pressure in a manner similar to that of a spring, returning to an original position after each compression without fail due to air moving freely through the cells. An open cell structure also allows for moisture vapor transmission, helping with breathability and maintaining the environment of the TitanTrax Air and TitanTrax Xtreme Surface.

July 15, 2019

What is Force Reduction?

 

At NGI Sports material science is becoming one of the largest areas for innovation in tennis surface engineering and technology. Force reduction through cushioning and shock attenuation is not only an important property of a tennis court surface, it is also considered a key indicator of the performance, safety, comfort, and suitability of the surface for play.

A tennis player’s lower body is subject to great stress and abuse through movements that create different forces on the lower extremities. Rapid stopping or foot planting creates some of the highest forces in tennis. There are frequent center of gravity adjustments where the body's center of gravity needs to be adjusted in any direction quickly and in a controlled manner, the direction of the forces placed on the foot and leg are forward, backwards, vertical as well as lateral. The body encounters more than just its own weight's worth of forces from the energy returned from the tennis court. The surface therefore is important in reducing the impact of those forces to your lower extremities leg and back

As a designer and manufacturer of tennis court surfaces NGI Sports uses impact testing to measure and evaluate the effects surfacing design and surface design changes have on the impact forces generated on the body from the surface.

Testing results assist owners and players in making an informed, efficient, and empirical decision concerning a replacement tennis surface and for decisions regarding new surface selection. Puhulla et al (1999) defines hardness as “the ability of the surface to absorb shock imparted by the colliding object”.

NGI has conducted impact tests on numerous court surfaces. The impact forces simulated in the test method are intended to represent those produced by the lower extremities of a tennis player during play and impact on the tennis court. Below are some results as expressed in G Max values from 100 to 500. Benchmark figures for our use were based on concrete, asphalt and clay pavements.

In most cases clay (fast-dry) court play on courts two (2) to six (6) years old is thought to provide for a very comfortable and forgiving surface. Of course, the slide or foot release factor is not considered in this test. Results are based on an average of numerous sites tested with varying site conditions. Note that a larger numerical value reported represents less force reduction, a surface harder on the body.

These tests indicate a significant decrease in stress or advantage in force reduction for the NGI Surfaces. This appears true in all cases when compared to tennis courts built with hard pavement; thin cushioned finishes and as good as or better than clay courts in good condition.

We are continuing this study to build a database that compares the most prevalent courts in use today.


 

July 1, 2019

What is Force Reduction?

 

At NGI Sports material science is becoming one of the largest areas for innovation in tennis surface engineering and technology. Force reduction through cushioning and shock attenuation is not only an important property of a tennis court surface, it is also considered a key indicator of the performance, safety, comfort, and suitability of the surface for play.

A tennis player’s lower body is subject to great stress and abuse through movements that create different forces on the lower extremities. Rapid stopping or foot planting creates some of the highest forces in tennis. There are frequent center of gravity adjustments where the body's center of gravity needs to be adjusted in any direction quickly and in a controlled manner, the direction of the forces placed on the foot and leg are forward, backwards, vertical as well as lateral. The body encounters more than just its own weight's worth of forces from the energy returned from the tennis court. The surface therefore is important in reducing the impact of those forces to your lower extremities leg and back

As a designer and manufacturer of tennis court surfaces NGI Sports uses impact testing to measure and evaluate the effects surfacing design and surface design changes have on the impact forces generated on the body from the surface.

Testing results assist owners and players in making an informed, efficient, and empirical decision concerning a replacement tennis surface and for decisions regarding new surface selection. Puhulla et al (1999) defines hardness as “the ability of the surface to absorb shock imparted by the colliding object”.

NGI has conducted impact tests on numerous court surfaces. The impact forces simulated in the test method are intended to represent those produced by the lower extremities of a tennis player during play and impact on the tennis court. Below are some results as expressed in G Max values from 100 to 500. Benchmark figures for our use were based on concrete, asphalt and clay pavements.

In most cases clay (fast-dry) court play on courts two (2) to six (6) years old is thought to provide for a very comfortable and forgiving surface. Of course, the slide or foot release factor is not considered in this test. Results are based on an average of numerous sites tested with varying site conditions. Note that a larger numerical value reported represents less force reduction, a surface harder on the body.

 

 

These tests indicate a significant decrease in stress or advantage in force reduction for the NGI Surfaces. This appears true in all cases when compared to tennis courts built with hard pavement; thin cushioned finishes and as good as or better than clay courts in good condition.

We are continuing this study to build a database that compares the most prevalent courts in use today.

 



 

March 8, 2015

Why do asphalt tennis courts crack?

There isn’t a singular exclusive reason for the cause of cracking on a hard asphalt tennis court, but there are a few significant factors that play a role in the deterioration of the court.

Causes for cracking in asphalt courts vary regionally. The quality and the composition of the asphalt mix can definitely be a factor. In previous years the court contractor would have been able to customize the mix design for a tennis court. Today the contractor is at the mercy of the (asphalt) plant, and what they are running as their day-to-day “mix”. Which most likely is for use in roads and highways. The amount of AC (asphalt cement) in the mix today is much less than in previous decades, and todays base processors that lessen the quality of the AC have compromised asphalt quality. This means asphalt pavement dries out and oxidizes rather quickly becoming brittle over time and makes it more susceptible to damage from weather conditions such as freeze/thaw, temperature shifts, and ground moisture or drought.

A tennis court is only as good as its base, but over enough time all asphalt courts will eventually deteriorate. It really just becomes a questions as to the severity of the damage.

So, preventative action consisting of choosing a good site, quality contractor, and correct surface for your needs, becomes invaluable. Reputable contractors can be found through the ASBA (www.sportsbuilders.org). If cracking does occur and the courts become unplayable, there are alternatives to removing the existing surface, such as overlay systems (www.ngisports.com). Professionals are available there to help with all of your tennis court needs.

February 1, 2020

Year In Review

Marketing and Communications

Throughout the year NGI's branding has been updated by producing new product literature, technical data and individual product logos. We have renamed products so that they fit into distinct categories making them more easily identified. We are more committed to new communication vehicles such as Facebook and Electronic Messaging through our Monthly Newsletter. Product information has also been organized so the new website can be completed in 2020.

Product Line Developments

TitanTrax Air has been introduced for indoor and outdoor urethane and acrylic finished athletic floors. Projects include urethane poured jogging tracks on Air at Maxwell Air Force Base and an indoor multi sport floor for basketball, volleyball and tennis at Thayer Academy in Boston MA.

Advanced Overlay Technology and TitanTrax Shield was introduced to new geographic markets in North America with over two million square feet of surfacing.

ProBounce installations have expanded into secondary schools and public parks as a more cost effective option than re-building or post tension applications.

TitanTrax Shield was recognized by the American Sports Builders Association as a “Game Changer for Tennis”, and won their 2019 award.

Patent is pending for TitanTrax PK.

New Installs

  • Five ProBounce - Club and Residential
  • Two ProCourt - Estes Park, home of Rocky Mountain National Park
  • ProBounce & TitanTrax Xtreme - Napa and Bay Area Developments
  • TitanTrax Xtreme - Southern. California & British Columbia

Thanks our 2019 Clients' of the Month
Court Makers
Allsport America
Lineberry Tennis
Ace Tennis Surfaces
Bishop’s Tennis Inc
General Acrylics

 

For this edition of "Ask The Expert", we thought we'd do something different by sharing an interview that Rick Burke, President of NGI Sports, had with Tennis Club Business in December of 2019. Read below:

TCB: Richard, where are you originally from?

RB: I'm from Etters, Pennsylvania.

TCB: Do you have a sports background? If yes, what sport? Did you play High School or College sports?

RB: In High School I played soccer. In college I played football. I was the Middle Linebacker at Shippensburg University. Today I'm playing golf.

TCB:  The Bio on your website states, in the mid 80's you introduced the first sand-filled turf products for tennis and various sports applications to the marketplace. How did this come about? How did you get into that field or work?

RB: I started in Chicago working for the largest distributor of acrylic paint for tennis in the USA (Emulsified Asphalts). Then I was approached by the Ritchie Brothers, based out of Wichita Kansas, who had just acquired the US distributorship for a product named OmniCourt (artificial grass system) from a Canadian company named OmniSport International to be the Vice President in charge of tennis development at OmniSport USA.

TCB: If a tennis club owner wants to build new outdoor courts, what are the most important aspects for the decision what kind of surface to install?

RB: Pace of play, type of surface (all weather/grass/clay/cushion), maintenance, existing site conditions, drainage, longevity, warranty.

TCB: Do you recommend the same surface for tennis and Pickleball outdoors? If not, why not?

RB: For resurfacing over an existing surface we recommend only our TitanTrax PK System, as it meets the APA bounce guidelines. For new construction we is the only overlay solution on the market that has a ball return that offer the ProBounce system.

TCB: What kind of aspects go into the decision of building indoor court surfaces?

RB: For indoor surfaces you are typically looking for a multi-sport system one that has enough cushion for volleyball/track, but also one that is dense enough to return energy on the ball bounce. We recommend out TitanTrax Air system for multi-sport facilities.

For tennis the existing building plays a large role in what type of system would be best. Indoor facilities that have too much humidity have a tough time striking a good balance for clay courts, but would be fine for an all weather system. The cost should weigh into this as well, and so should downtime.

TCB: Is crack repair cost effective? When is the resurfacing of a court better than repairing cracks.

RB: Crack repair systems can be effective if they are installed correctly, but also have many limitations. The cracks can always expand outside of those types of systems as they only cover 3-4 feet. The general rule with Asphalt/Concrete is that it is going to crack eventually, could be 2 months could be 5 years. The best things to evaluate are the cost and benefits an overlay system provides over time. A typical crack repair + acrylic paints starts around 3.5-5k dependent on the site, and may need to be done every 2-3 years to re-fill cracks.

TCB: How are you selling your services? Do you have a sales team?

RB:We have a dedicated inside sales staff with previous construction backgrounds that also train contractors throughout the country on the proper methods to install our surfaces.

TCB: What kind of warranty comes with NGI tennis courts?

RB: NGI has a 5 year manufacturers warranty against cracking… our ProBounce system has a 5 year warranty against dead spots and cracking.

TCB: Thank you, Richard Burke


Kiefer USA