Beating the winter with an artificial hockey pitch –
With only a few weeks until Christmas and temperatures dropping below freezing this week, winter is finally here. How does the change in the seasons affect your hockey clubs’ match fixtures?
The most common complaints we hear about natural turf pitches are weather related. Be it waterlogged pitches or frozen surfaces, the winter weather can affect pitch playing conditions and can lead to cancelled fixtures. When natural turf pitches can’t drain effectively it’s highly likely that the surface will become boggy. Muddy, boggy pitches can be off-putting for players and when played on, the surface can be damaged immensely which will take a lot of work to rectify when the weather improves.
Uneven ground on a sports pitch can be a big problem across all sports. Hockey pitches need to be relatively flat for the ball to roll effectively, and to prevent injury. A frozen surface will provide almost no cushioning for player’s joints.
Natural grass pitches generally cannot sustain the high levels of use that artificial turf hockey pitches can and need to be ‘rested’ from use regardless of the weather. Some artificial turf surface systems for hockey have a guaranteed playing time of 30,000 playing hours.
If you have experienced postponed matches due to poor weather maiming your natural turf pitch almost useless, perhaps it’s time to consider an all-weather pitch. Artificial hockey pitches can prove beneficial all year round, not only during the winter months. During the warmer seasons, sand-dressed pitches do not require watering and will require less preparation and maintenance than a natural turf pitch.