Dollamur Sport Surfaces – one of the world’s leading manufacturer of high-performance sports flooring for wrestling, martial arts, mixed martial arts, CrossFit, gymnastics, cheerleading and yoga – has launched a new, portable sports surface. GymTurf 365 was developed in partnership with Shaw Sports Turf.
The high-grade, technological advancement will, it’s developers hope, transform the way millions of athletes train and compete year-round. GymTurf 365 can turn any building into a baseball, football, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer or softball practice field in minutes. With this new product, training no longer has to be interrupted due to climate or scheduling issues.
“GymTurf 365 is a game changer for the sports industry, allowing coaches to maximize time with athletes regardless of weather or field availability challenges,” says Dave Rossi, Dollamur senior vice president. “Our goal in developing GymTurf 365 was to offer an indoor alternative where athletes could perform a full practice and compete at the same level as they would outdoors.”
One of the most exciting aspects about GymTurf 365 is the number of athletes that can benefit from it. Equipment can be expensive and, in many cases, is only used by a few athletes. In the case of GymTurf 365, there are at least eight sports that can train or compete on the surface, in addition to physical education classes and sports camps.
Taking less than 30 minutes to install, GymTurf 365 features Dollamur’s Flexi-Connect technology – a hassle-free integrated feature which connects turf sections without additional fasteners or tape. The patented system, which uses built-in hook and loop connections to join turf rolls, expedites set-up and tear down. It ensures the turf will not separate between seams for a ‘no slip, just grip’ surface.
Another feature of GymTurf 365 is that it requires no messy infill. The low-blade tufted turf performs without the need for infill – players can wear short turf cleats or regular athletic footwear and will still experience the traction they need to perform at their best.
“Partnering with Dollamur has led to us crafting a cutting-edge product that serves a massive need in the sports industry,” says Phil Stricklen, director of research and development for Shaw Sports Turf. “Teams that have the ability to practice indoor will have a definitive advantage during periods of bad weather.”
GymTurf 365 meets international soccer standards for artificial surfaces and provides a true bounce. This also enables baseball, field hockey, lacrosse and softball teams to use official balls indoors and replicate an outdoor field. The low impact, anti-abrasive flooring is engineered to reduce impact and allows teams to train year-round at the same intensity as an outdoor session.
Headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, Dollamur has official partnerships with USA Wrestling, USA Judo, the Atlantic Coast Conference, North American Grappling Association and 12 state high school wrestling championships, among others. Dollamur surfaces can be found in professional, intercollegiate and military facilities nationwide. It supplies mats to more than 130 UFC Gyms across the US and more than 300 sports events annually, including the CrossFit Games.