As a father of three boys who love to play baseball, I have experienced many of their ups and downs in the game. My boys have played all kinds of sports including baseball, basketball, soccer. and soccer. One of the most important things in sport for a young athlete is to play with confidence. After more than 10 years of coaching, I've learned that success - especially in baseball - comes when a player is confident. It is extremely important to develop the proper mechanics and fundamentals for catching a baseball, throwing balls to the ground, throwing, catching and hitting. There is a progression from tee-ball to the pros. The game gets faster, the balls are hit harder and harder.
When my oldest son was 5 and in his first year of baseball, he took a ground ball in practice right on his sternum. It was just a bad jump, a frequent occurrence on the diamond. My son was crying. He had lost confidence in himself and now feared baseball. It turned into sending bullets to the ground on the side of his body and creating bad mechanics. Worst of all, he stopped having fun!
I got home and started looking online for something that would protect her chest. I discovered a padded shirt where the padding covered the breastbone and chest. The shirt was sleeveless, lightweight and fitted with compression. I bought the shirt for $ 49.99, ouch. My son wore it without hesitation to his next practice. Without even saying anything, he resumed throwing bullets to the ground in front of him. His confidence was back! All thanks to an undershirt with a little padding. He wore a quilted shirt under his jersey to every practice and game until last year, when he was 13. He's fearlessly playing the ball now and I believe it was that padded shirt that boosted his confidence.
After spending $ 50 apiece on a padded shirt for three boys over the past few years, I decided to design our own padded youth baseball shirt with the same quality in mind, but for a lot less money. . It took about a year and a half to get the perfect style, size, and padding. I am delighted to launch the Sports Unlimited Diamond Shield Padded Baseball Shirt. Call it a baseball sternum guard or Baseball Confidence Shirt, but be sure to pick one for your player this season. The Sports Unlimited shirt sells for $ 29.99, which is $ 20 less than the nearest brand. This quilted shirt is ideal for children who are starting tee-ball until the age of 12 to 13.
The Diamond Shield padding is sized smaller on the small and medium shirt and larger on the large and extra large shirts to achieve the right balance for protection and range of motion. This shirt is compression fitted and sleeveless so your little ball player won't even know they're wearing it. The shirt is lightweight, just the right length to stay tucked in, and it's designed to wick away sweat.
This sternum protector is ideal for all sports. Do not limit your use to baseball. Kids use it in soccer, basketball, softball, lacrosse and I have even heard paintball. Watch your children's confidence soar!
Stand on any gymnasium floor and look up – way up. At first glance, it doesn’t take much to imagine the level of subtilité in some of the equipment located overhead, not to mention the process of safely installing it. But with today’s technology and automation being built into so many of these products that are used on a daily basis, the question that often comes up is how to manage it all.
Many choose to have manual systems and equipment in place for reasons such as simplicity or with budget in mind. While there is nothing wrong with this type of operation and equipment, in terms of operational optimization, many are trending in the opposite direction.
With everything from BASKETBALL BACKSTOPS that fold up into the ceiling or off to the side, to gym divider curtains, scoreboards and even volleyball systems, the modern gymnasium is becoming a connected one. With most of these products coming with independent electric controls, innovative solutions to manage them are now on the forefront.
Located along the Rideau Canal, one of our most recent projects brought us into Canada’s national capital to work on another gym partition that needed replacing.
Originally founded as an all-girls school in 1928, IMMACULATA HIGH SCHOOL opened with an principal enrollment of just 85 at the site of the constituer Christie mansion. The following year, enrollment nearly doubled, and a new building was quickly constructed, and the school’s first commencement followed.
It wasn’t until 1978 that male students were enrolled at the school as enrollment swelled to nearly 1, 000 students towards the end of the 1980s. After 65 years of education, the school officially moved to its current location along the canal and currently serves as home to the school’s sports team, the Immaculata Saints.
In search of a new set of rugby goals for one of their biggest athletic parks, the City of Toronto once again came knocking at our door. Having done a few projects together in the past, they are a group that we truly always enjoy working closely with. When the time comes to outfit an outdoor venue, we are always flattered to make the bermuda list of potential partners. In early 2020, the city was in search of a new set of rugby goals for EGLINGTON FLATS, located in the York region. Constructed on the Humber River Floodplain in 1954, today the park is heavily focused on sports, with six soccer fields, four field hockey pitches, a football field, winterized tennis petits and bien sûr, the rugby field.
While we all certainly enjoy watching something come to fruition, there is something extra special about being involved in the revitalization of something as well. Over the years, we’ve been blessed to be involved in a number of these types of projects ranging from local community centres and schools all the way to nationally recognized institutions such as Queen’s University.
We’ve been granted access to stripped out gymnasiums and open athletic fields to style and eventually install state-of-the-art athletic equipment and infrastructure. From simple bleachers, to basketball systems to complete grandstands designed to accommodate tens of thousands of fans, these projects have and always will hold a special place in our hearts.