Dollamur Sport Surfaces (Dollamur), manufacturer of high-performance sports flooring for wrestling, martial arts, mixed martial arts, CrossFit, gymnastics, cheerleading and yoga, launched a new play surface the company is calling GymTurf 365.
Developed in partnership with Shaw Sports Turf, the high-grade, technologically advanced turf is the first its kind, as teams are able to transform any building into a baseball, football, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer, or softball practice field.
Featuring Dollamur’s Flexi-Connect technology, an integrated feature that connects turf sections without additional fasteners or tape, the full set-up takes less than 30 minutes. The patented built-in hook and loop connections expedite set-up and tear down, while ensuring turf will not separate between seams during practice. “No slip, just grip,” the company said.
Another feature of GymTurf 365 is that it requires no messy infill. The low-blade tufted turf means players can wear short turf cleats or regular athletic footwear and still experience the traction they need to perform at their best.
GymTurf365 comes to market in time for unexpected climate changes that might otherwise derail practice. The easy-to-set-up turf is a strategic step for teams to train through the snow and chill, or in the event of scheduling issues.
“GymTurf 365 is a game changer for the sports industry,” said Dave Rossi, Dollamur SVP, “Allowing coaches to maximize time with athletes regardless of weather or field availability challenges. 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.”
At least eight different sports can train or compete on the surface, in addition to physical education classes or sports camps and classes. This versatility is a huge promotional perk for Dollamur, and a feature the company hopes will draw schools and sports clubs to purchase the turf. These clubs and schools, accustomed to purchasing expensive equipment that is only used by a few athletes, will get a greater range of use from investing in GymTurf365.
“Partnering with Dollamur has led to us crafting a cutting-edge product that serves a massive need in the sports industry,” said Dr. 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 is made in accordance with international soccer standards for artificial surfaces. The turf’s “true bounce” also enables baseball, field hockey, lacrosse and softball teams to use official balls indoor 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 full-intensity as an outdoor session.
Based in Fort Worth, TX, Dollamur was established in 1996 and distributes a variety of competitive sports flooring. Along with its turf, Dollamur mats are used in top-level sporting competitions throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa, South America, Asia and the Middle East, including national championships and Olympic-qualifying tournaments.