Bill Price, The Face of MFMA - Summer 2017

We are very pleased to share our Summer 2017 Face of MFMA, Bill Price. For the past 26 years, Bill has worked in the hardwood flooring industry. He is a fourth-generation wood flooring professional and lives in the Boston area where his family has been in the wood flooring business since 1910. For the past 12 years, Bill has been the National Sport Manager for Bona. He has relationships with many professional, dedicated sport floor contractors across the country. Bill has also worked and consulted for the NBA, numerous NBA facilities, NCAA schools and arenas, Disney and many school districts regarding their athletic and facility programs nationwide.

NCAA Releases New Basketball Court Layout

Please click here for the new NCAA basketball court layout.

NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP) Approves Men's & Women's Basketball Rule Changes Effective for the 2017 - 2018 Season

Below are the changes to the basketball playing rules recommended by the NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee and NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee. The changes were approved by the Playing Rules Oversight Panel (PROP) and will be effective with the start of the 2017-18 season.

MFMA: Your Guide to Quality Maple Wood Sports Flooring

The vision of Maple Flooring Manufactures Association, Inc. (MFMA) is to be the leading worldwide authority for quality maple wood sports flooring around the world while supporting safe, environmentally-sound forestry management. Founded in 1897, the MFMA is the only authoritative source of technical information about hard maple flooring. The association publishes grade standards, guide specifications, floor care recommendations and specifications for athletic flooring sealers and finishes available from MFMA headquarters or for download from the MFMA website. Architects, contractors, school officials and maintenance personnel regularly consult the MFMA with questions about the specification, use and care of MFMA maple flooring. MFMA’s goal is to balance technical standards with practical flooring system design to create uniform standards of performance for competition sports floors.

2017 - 2018 MFMA Scholarship Applications NOW Available

Once again, MFMA is offering five annual scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each for secondary, advanced or trade school education. Visit our scholarship page for additional information and to access the application form.

Hard Maple: Why Basketball's Perfect Surface Has Lasted More Than A Century

And not insignificantly, the gymnasium also had a floor of hard, or rock, maple. From about the mid-1800's onward, maple flooring was popular because the wood was plentiful, so it was also inexpensive, but it was also durable and more stable. Maple flooring is harder than red oak, black walnut or cherry flooring, and its tight grain made it easier to clean and maintain.

Those Dreaded Words…”We Are Behind”

Three words you don’t want to hear in the midst of a facility project. Inevitably, projects get behind for reasons out of our control. Delays in soil testing, production and weather snowball and affect the timeline.If your project is behind, don’t cave into the temptation to rush the process. Pressuring contractors to play catch-up can compromise the project’s integrity.

MFMA Hall of Famer Jim Carr Passes

James Carr, age 82, passed away Friday, January 20, 2017. Beloved husband of Mildred "Millie" Carr, loving father, grandfather and brother. Jim was inducted into the MFMA Hall of Fame in 2014. When Jim was asked why he spent 60 years in the flooring industry, he said the rewards he received were the projects he did, the friends he made and the satisfaction of knowing he did the best he could every day.

MFMA Pioneer and Hall of Famer Carl W. Abendroth Passes

Carl Walter Abendroth, 91, passed away on Thursday, December 29, 2016, at Milestone Senior Living in Woodruff, WI.  Abendroth was inducted into the MFMA Hall of Fame in 2004.   

Hugging The Forest, Rather Than The Trees, Presented by Kathy Abusow at TEDx in Wilmington

Kathy Abusow is President & CEO of the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® Inc. (SFI), a non-profit that plays a central role in strengthening the vital links between sustainable forestry, responsible purchasing and thriving communities. Kathy is committed to raising awareness that well managed forests provide products and benefits that help society at large. These forests store carbon, clean the air we breathe and the water we drink, provide habitat for many species, and produce products that improve our quality of life. Forests certified to SFI Standards span a quarter billion acres from Canada’s Boreal to the US South, and millions of additional acres are positively influenced by SFI Standards and programs for the responsible procurement of forest products. Her talk emphasizes how we need not only to hug the trees, but the forests as well. Click on headline to watch her TEDx video.

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