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3 Tips for Schools Who Want to Build a Quality Athletic Track

“The key is not the will to win. Everybody has that. It is the will to prepare that is important.”
Bobby Knight, Olympic Coach
USA Men’s Basketball, 1984 gold medal

Among the many inspirational sports quotes that you will find, this one has a resounding message for us at General Sports Surfaces. Experienced in the sports construction industry, we don’t promise our clients that the track we create is one that will ensure that their team, school or athletes will win. We create a track and field that will help them develop the will to win.

When it comes to running track construction for schools, we like to keep things real. We follow the principles of the Project Management Triangle and ensure that Quality, Cost and Time are at a balance. After all, your running track is there not just to experience wins, it is there to withstand the test of time and the test of the students’ will in their effort to achieve the win.

If you want to build a new track and field, here are some advice that we give our clients:

1. Specific and Sensible

We often come across clients with a long wish list on the things that they want for their track and field. But great customer service is not about giving clients what they want. It’s about giving them what they need. It’s about making a compromise between want and need. At the end of the day, it’s not about what the institution wants, it’s about what is best for its students – it’s athletes who will be using that track each day in preparation for their careers as professional athletes.

Although we provide our clients with our knowledge and experience in sports construction, we also encourage them to know what they want and the specifications needed for a quality track and field. The head of Mondo, the Italian company that designed the running track for Rio 2016, shared that they listened to feedback from the athletes who had competed at the Beijing Olympics, because they wanted to build a track that could cater the needs of the athletes better.

We also share our credentials and completed projects, because it is important for a running track field construction company to have the proper credentials and certifications, for you to be sure that they can help you in achieving that professional and high-standard track that your institution deserves.

2. Cheaper is Costlier

Yes, you want to make sure that you make the most out of your buck, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should scrimp on your budget. Although it is natural to prefer the lowest bids, our years of experience in running track field construction has taught us that this will only lead to more problems in the long run.

Think long term. You need to consider quality materials that are within professional standards and specifications that will last generations of students. As an educational institution, your role is to make your students ready for the big leagues. You want them to be ready for high-class facilities built for professional athletes. Let’s face it, a low-budget field will not help you in achieving that at all.

3. Quantify Quality

More often than not, schools and other educational institutions prioritize cost over quality. They compromise on important things to complete a specific project. However, this shouldn’t be the case when you are building an athletic track. You want to design and build a track with components of the highest qualifications or standards as possible. You want to come close to the bar or standard set by professional facilities, because that is exactly where your students will be in the future.

As much as we would like to begin to use terms that sound like rocket science to you, such as storm drainage specifications, track surface, channel drain paved D-areas, etc. to prove that we are experts in the running track field construction industry, we will allow our completed projects and testimonials of our satisfied customers to speak for us instead.

One thing we, at General Sports Surfaces, believe in and ensure you is that we are willing to run a mile with you. We are here to build high quality running tracks that will help prepare your students for the what’s to come, because that’s exactly what it’s about… strengthening their wills for the future.

Would you like more information about running track and other sports surfaces? You can send us an email through this form or call us at 817-295-6616.



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