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SnapSports Kicks Off Spring at US Futsal Northwest Regional

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

‘Tis the season for snow melt, sunny skies, and blooming flowers. It’s also the season for US Futsal to kick into high gear. Following a successful showing at the Northeast Regional in Wildwood, New Jersey, the road to the US Futsal National Championship continued with the US Futsal Northwest Regional Championship in San Jose, California. All games, tournaments, and championships are played on 67,000 square feet of SnapSports Indoor BounceBack with ShockTower technology.

With a decade-long partnership still going strong, we know why US Futsal chose us.

Our SnapSports BounceBack sports surfacing with ShockTower Technology is the only surface on the modular market which offers a built-in shock absorption system. The benefits of this surface choice are many. Most, if not all, US Futsal tournaments and events travel and are held in convention or event centers in various cities. Typically, any portable surface set on concrete requires something underneath. BounceBack eliminates the need for using a rubber underlayment, making for a much faster assembly and disassembly, saving time and labor costs. For top US Futsal officials, an even more important concern is athlete safety. US Futsal tournaments feature athletes of all ages and levels competing for several hours a day running, jumping, and performing various other high-impact movements.  SnapSports ShockTower technology gives an added “cush” to the floor—reducing impact upon contact with the surface and protecting joints. For an organization like US Futsal that experiences exponential growth each year, player safety and tournament economics are at the top of the list when choosing a sports surfacing partner.

About Futsal

Futsal (derived from a combination of the Spanish or Portuguese words for soccer and indoor) began as 5-a-side soccer in Uruguay in 1930. Futsal gained popularity throughout South America and Europe and was eventually founded in the US in 1981. Games are played both indoors and out without the use of sidewalls, creating the need for a durable, easy-to-transport, safe futsal surface. Since its inception in 1980, US Futsal has grown to include over 40,000 members, 90% of which are youth. We at SnapSports immediately saw the growth potential of the US Futsal organization and were excited to offer our expertise in the sports flooring arena.

As US Futsal and its tournaments continue to expand, we are looking forward to continually offering innovative sports surface products designed and engineered with premier sports organizations in mind.

Why Made in the USA Matters.

Friday, September 16th, 2016

“Made in the USA” is more than a catchy slogan. It’s about supporting American jobs, factories, and the environment.

For the sports flooring companies that produce their products outside of the U.S., offshoring is all about making a larger profit through the exploitation of dirt-cheap labor. It’s very rare that product quality, corrupt political systems, human rights, or horrific environmental costs are ever considered when exporting manufacturing overseas. Not to mention consideration of the cost to U.S. economy by exporting not only jobs but also the closing of our factories right here in our hometowns.

All SnapSports Athletic Surfaces are made in the USA

SnapSports is a family run company. We design, engineer, manufacture, and ship all of our modular sports flooring products from our headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. We are honored to support the local economy by providing well-paying jobs to more than 125 employees and to support an even larger dealer network.

Through our “keeping it green” initiative we’re deeply committed to the environment. As a result, SnapSports meets California environmental standards for manufacturing and residential installation. And since we don’t ship our entire product line across the pacific, we drastically reduce our potential carbon footprint.

Quality and value are what drives us. We make our flooring in our factory; a third party overseas vendor does not manufacture it. Therefore, we directly control the quality of our products. Because of our management system, commitment to manufacturing high-quality products, and excellent customer service, we have been awarded the ISO 9001:2008 certification. The quality and value of our flooring are why so many top names in athletics, like the NBA and AUU, choose to use our floors.

Keeping it Green

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

SnapSports is one of the most “Green” ISO quality manufacturing facilities in the sports flooring industry.

  • SnapSports only the highest-grade virgin polypropylene in their proprietary manufacturing processes, which is all 100% recyclable
  • Polypropylene is manufactured from propylene monomer, a relatively safe gas, which is a waste byproduct of the petroleum industry that used to be burned off into the atmosphere contributing to greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, the more polypropylene used in SnapSports flooring products helps in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Polypropylene is 100% recyclable
  • Any waste material SnapSports produces in their manufacturing is recycled to make other flooring products, ensuring 0% waste
  • SnapSports manufacturing process is safe, low in emissions and meets all California Standards, including the standard for residential community installations
  • The cooling systems used by SnapSports to control temperatures for all of our manufacturing presses are operated on a closed loop, so it’s 100% recycled
  • All of the steel used in SnapSports molds and athletic components is 100% recyclable
  • The warehouse structure within our 180,000 square foot facility was engineered to use natural sunlight
  • SnapSports has led the industry with numerous manufacturing processes and technologies to allow them to consume less energy to produce their global leading athletic flooring lineup
  • SnapSports sport floors and outdoor courts are manufactured in Salt Lake City, Utah in their ISO Quality Systems certified facility

Recovering Your Gym After Flood Damage

Friday, August 19th, 2016

If your athletic facility incurred water damage from a natural disaster or major water main break, you may be looking a lot of missed games. With the long-term residual moisture following a flood, hardwood floors can’t be installed right away; your gym will need to dry out.

SnapSports can help your school, church, or athletic organization get back on its feet fast. Unlike hardwood, SnapSports surfaces are waterproof and don’t require expensive HVAC systems prior to or during the install, nor when maintaining your gym. Our easy-to-install athletic surfaces can recover devastated and destroyed gyms in as little as one day!

Key Benefits of a SnapSports retrofit:

  • Industry-leading expertise in court repair and refurbishment
  • Create a new floor or retrofit most gyms in 24 – 48 hours
  • Waterproof
  • All-weather courts for year round use
  • High level sports performance for tenis, basketball, futsal, handball, hockey, volleyball, and more
  • Five indoor and three outdoor surface families available
  • Suspended cushion for player and user safety
  • Excellent coefficient of friction for athletic movement
  • Low initial investment and annual upkeep costs
  • Covers unsightly cracks, stains, wear, and puddles
  • Free-floating — no anchors or adhesives required
  • No need for moisture barriers or expensive subsurface sealants
  • Numerous color and design options
  • Custom logos, graphics and line designs available
  • 16-Year warranty
  • Recyclable
  • Made in the USA

“I could not believe the transformation over the weekend. The best thing about it was we didn’t have to cancel P.E. classes or the JV game on Monday.”

~ Mike Smith – Head Basketball Coach at Summit High School

 

Before and After Images

SnapSports Team Attends FSB 2015 in Cologne, Germany

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Jeff Vance presenting at the dealer and distributor network meeting during FSB 2015
Every two years FSB is held in Cologne, Germany; this is the world’s leading trade fair for Amenity Areas, Sports and Pool Facilities. The enormous exhibit hall, Koelnmesse, is divided into three themed sections based on the primary industries for the fair. This year the exhibition ran from October 27th through 30th, and it’s estimated that 650 companies from more than 45 countries were exhibiting at the fair. Attendees ranged from designers to decision-makers, planners to the private sector.

In years past, SnapSports has always exhibited at FSB with a large centrally located booth. The booth has always been the focal point for SnapSports. Having a booth allowed their current and prospective dealers to easily locate them, visit with the SnapSports team, and discuss products and news.

This year, SnapSports decided to take a slightly different approach to the FSB trade fair: they elected to forego the large display booth in order to hold two by-invitation-only meetings and private dinners with their dealer and distributor network. This meeting format allowed for the SnapSports team to make presentations, offer training and advice, as well as discuss forthcoming expansions to the product lineup. The dinner and meeting approach was well received by SnapSports’ dealers and distributors, offering them additional time for questions and undivided attention.

As the trade fair is winding down in Germany, the SnapSports team and dealers are heading home with fresh ideas, inspiration and renewed vigor. SnapSports will continue to innovate and lead the industry, and looks forward to the meetings in Cologne in two more years.