sporting equipment - storage, care and purchasing advice
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sporting equipment - storage, care and purchasing advice

Do you have kids that are involved in several different types of sports? Do you find that your garage is becoming one giant storage locker for all of their sporting equipment? Are there things that you could eliminate, or do you really need everything that they own? My site is filled with tips and advice about how to manage your kids' sporting equipment. You will learn how to care for the equipment to extend the life of it and how to store it efficiently so that you can reclaim your garage for your vehicles again. Hopefully, you can find the information you need to help your kids succeed at the sports they choose without breaking your bank or the supplies overtaking your home.


sporting equipment - storage, care and purchasing advice

Should That Bench Have A Back?

Louise Morris

If you're going to have players on the sidelines at a sports game, or even at a sports practice, you really want to have a bench for them to sit on, rather than making them stand or sit on the ground. The bench makes it easy for them to stand up after sitting, so you can send players in quickly rather than waiting for them to dust themselves off. Benches come in a few different models that are, for the most part, very similar. A major difference, however, is that some have an attached back while others don't, and they're literally just a very long seat. Whether you want that aluminum team bench to have a back does require consideration.

A Little More Rest

With a back, players can lean back and rest a little more. Being able to take that last load off their core muscles helps them rest up until their next turn on the field. That back can also stop them from slouching forward; it won't stop everyone from leaning forward and hunching over, but it will let others sit up straighter if they prefer, without making them tense up abdominal and back muscles.

Taking the Long Way Around

Assuming the bench isn't up against a wall or fence, you'll be able to simply step over the bench to get to the other side if it doesn't have a back. This makes it easy to talk to a player immediately when you're on the other side of the bench because you just step over it. With a back, you have to walk all the way around the bench. In that seemingly short time, you have your attention off the game and also risk having the player you want to talk to suddenly walk away.

Clearance Behind the Bench

If the bench will be up against a fence or wall, the back will add a couple of inches, at least, to the amount of space the bench needs. These backs are not straight up-and-down planks; they're tilted back, just like regular park benches. That means you won't be able to push the seat of the bench right up along the wall or fence. That's often not a concern, but if you don't have a lot of room, those inches can make a difference. Of course, the wall or fence could serve as a substitute back as well. In that case, a bench without a back would do just fine.

Measure the space you have and take note of how tired your players are or how much they slouch when they're on the sidelines. Having an attached back on that bench, when warranted, can make practice and games more comfortable for you and the team.