The American Platform Tennis Association are interested in ways to improve the design/build process from a costs/speed/maintenance/safety/enjoyment of play perspective.
Questions/concepts to be considered include:
1.Can a polymer-based or composite material be created with the following characteristics?
- Sufficient thermal conductivity to melt/dry the surface during active precipitation events
- Enough traction during rainy play so that foot doesn’t slip on the surface, BUT, not too much traction during dry play so that the foot locks on the surface”.
- Easier (less abrasive) on the body and less injurious during falls
- Less costly to install than current technologies (~75,000/court)
- Allow for multi-purpose court utilization throughout the year (pickleball, U10 tennis, volleyball, basketball, etc…
2.What improvements could be made to the current aluminum court surface?
- Textured during manufacture such that the highly abrasive grit material is no longer necessary?
- Can a standardized type and amount of anti-skid material be developed that takes into account “foot-lock?” Can we devise a formula to measure “foot-lock?”
- Can shock absorption be applied to make the surface easier on the body?
- Are there value engineering options to bring installation costs down?
3. What improvements can be made or other options to consider for court heating systems?
- More efficient system and less costly to install and maintain.
4. Other potential areas for improvement/cost savings that have not been highlighted
- LED court lights – can they be run on solar power? Other considerations?
- Chicken-wire walls (would utilizing a plexi-glass wall system like the sport of “padel” be an option?) See http://www.thepadelbox.com for information on Padel court construction.
- Snowboards made of something other than wood. Wood snowboards have to be repainted and replaced periodically.