New resources tackling sports ground conditions
The closures of community turf sports grounds due to adverse ground conditions, and the impact of such closures on the viability of sports competitions, is an ongoing concern.
Sports grounds often need to be closed for asset protection reasons, particularly those most affected by drought or flood. The safety of the ground, especially when considered as ‘too hard’ for play, is frequently given as the primary reason to restrict or prohibit sports ground use.
A Federation University (formerly the University of Ballarat) study* of natural turf sports ground assessment practices concluded that, from a purely injury risk perspective, many of the then drought-affected grounds could have continued to be safely used for some sporting activities.
As a result of the study, the following documents have been created to assist in determining sports ground conditions:
Good Practice Sports Grounds Inspection Form
Good Practice Sports Grounds Inspection Training Notes
Good Practice Sports Grounds Research Overview
Good Practice Sports Grounds Summary Report
Good Sports Sports Grounds Inspection Form Modifiable
These are available to download in the Resources/Policy and Guidelines section of the Smartplay website, www.smartplay.com.au
*Please note while the research was undertaken in 2006 the documents contain the most current information available.