The Face of MFMA Spring 2018 Is Chuck Maricle

We are very pleased to share our Spring 2018 Face of MFMA, Chuck Maricle. Below are a few questions we asked Chuck to share, giving us some perspective on his job, organization, daily life and how he is making an impact on the sports flooring industry. 

MFMA Hall of Fame Inducts Two New Members

The MFMA honors those members, past and present, who have made a lasting impact on the maple flooring industry. Inductees into the MFMA Hall of Fame have accomplishments ranging from founding mills, to educating architects and specifiers, to developing innovative milling and installation techniques. These outstanding members helped MFMA become the recognized leader in quality product and technical expertise, and their legacy lives on in the work the association does today. We are proud to have  two new members inducted into the MFMA Hall of Fame – Lewis Bosco and John Olson.    

Connor Sports® to Provide Official Courts for 2018 NCAA® March Madness

As the Official Court Supplier of NCAA March Madness® since 2006, Connor Sports will provide the court for the 2018 Men’s Final Four® to be played March 31 and April 2 at The Alamodome in San Antonio, and for the Women's Final Four® on March 30 and April 1 at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.  In addition to the Men’s and Women’s Final Fours®, Connor Sports will provide new courts for the Men’s and Women’s regional games and for the showcase court at the Men’s Final Four Fan Fest Presented by Capital One®.  

How Not to Ruin Your Wood Floors and Other Lessons Learned

Daniel Heney, the MFMA executive director, sat down with Campus Rec Magazine to answer questions on MFMA and lessons he’s learned having been in the industry for over 25 years.

MFMA 2018 Conference Registration Is Now OPEN!

In March 2018, the Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association will present an educational conference unique in the flooring industry. It is designed to give your career skills the boost you’ll need in the sports flooring market. We have developed a sensational program with top industry professionals and hope you’ll join us in La Jolla, for a world-class conference. Exciting and relevant industry educational programs, the NEW exhibit hall Passport Program, peer networking opportunities, product and service exhibits, a fabulous location and first class facilities are waiting for you. Take time now to make your hotel reservations, and register yourself and your staff for MFMA’s 2018 Conference.

Facts About Floors: Detailing the process behind NBA hardwood courts

Tromp through the forests of the Upper Midwest—think Wisconsin and Michigan, specifically—and you’ll run across plenty of acer saccharum or hard maple, the kind that makes up 29 of 30 NBA hardwood courts.   “This is where the greatest density of that particular specie of maple is grown,” Doug Hamar, Horner Flooring president, tells SI.com. “It is selected over others because it is harder than other hardwoods, is a tighter grained product, and is light in color.”

Maintaining Proper Environments for Maple Sports Floors

What is excessive shrinkage? No, it’s not George Costanza, “I was in the pool” kind of excessive shrinkage. If you can fit a quarter between the side joints of the maple flooring strips, you can consider that excessive. Excessive expansion is harder to measure, but easy to identify. Check the perimeter of the floor system to ensure the floor system is not in contact with the walls or other vertical obstructions. Excessive expansion can lead to cupping or buckling of the maple sports floor.

2017 – 2018 MFMA Scholarship Winners Announced

The MFMA Scholarship Program encourages educational success in the fields related to the sports flooring business. We appreciate and understand that it takes many trained professionals to make our industry run. The process of turning trees into high-end sports surfaces encompasses numerous skilled hands. And once the sports floors are installed, even more trained professionals use the floors in their careers.  We want to support all levels of this process in their educational and career goals.

High School Basketball Rules Changes 2017 - 2018

1-13-2: The coaching box shall be outlined outside the side of the court on which the scorer's and timer's table and team benches are located. The area shall be bounded by a line drawn 28 feet from the end line towards the Division line. At this point a line drawn from the sideline toward the team bench becomes the end of the coaching box going towards the end line.

Do You Have A “Dead Spot” On Your Gym Floor?

In layman’s terms, “dead spots” are locations on a sports floor where ball rebound is markedly less than on the majority of the rest of the surface. Many flooring systems exhibit vibrations and sound variations when a basketball is bounced at different locations. Often, areas where vibrations and sound variations are observed are mistakenly termed “dead spots.” Provided the ball rebounds to a reasonably consistent height in comparison to other locations on the floor, areas where vibrations and sound variations are present do not typically qualify as true “dead spots.”

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