Strategies to preserve your sportsgrounds
Sportsgrounds can only tolerate a certain amount of use/wear before they will deteriorate to a point where short term recovery is not achievable because it is greater than the potential rate of recovery.
A balance must be struck between allowing as much use as possible, preserving the surface and minimising the risk of injury. It is recommended that training on sportsgrounds is minimised as much as possible to limit surface damage and to extend its 'life' for matches.
Ways to reduce on-ground use
Clubs need to adopt strategies to reduce on-ground usage to limit surface damage.
It is recommended clubs try to:
- Conduct rotating repetitive drills and activities on different areas of the sportsground to minimise high traffic area wear (e.g. goal squares, centre corridor, in front of the pavilion).
- Avoid training on areas that are beginning to show signs of damage. Once damage has occurred, it is often irreparable, and more easily damaged to beyond repair.
- Use the entire sportsground rather than small areas.
- As soon as one area starts to show signs of wear, shift the training to another area so that the area can recover.
- Avoid shots at goal from the same point; instead move around to spread the wear.
- Do not use the main turf wicket for cricket training.
- Rotate the practice cricket wickets to avoid irreparable damage to both the run-ups and the creases.
- Avoid training on a wet surface or during wet weather as any damage will likely be greater and often irreparable.
- Avoid running around the boundary line, move in and out on different nights.
- Where limited lighting exist, use other areas during the daylight savings period that are not normally used.
- Where possible conduct activities off the sportsground.
- Utilise lighting around the entire sportsground to assist spreading wear.
- If possible avoid training on sportsgrounds that are used for matches to allow them to recover and to extend their 'life'.
Use altnernative venues
Use alternative venues for training and alternative training methods. For example:
- Outdoor gym equipment use.
- Cycling, swimming and running.
- Gym based cardio work.
- Hill runs and stair work - the Moonee Ponds Creek Trail around Gowanbrae is great for this!
- Alternative sports, ie. Futsal, Bubble Soccer, netball, basketball, tennis.
In cases where more skills or technical work outs are required for training rather than basic fitness consider training on: