RPM Athletics

     Track & Field Equipment and Timing


Q: Why aluminum Poles?
A: Many reasons.
-No rusting
-Never have to repaint.
-Best strength to weight ratio
-Lighter poles are easier to install, remove and store

Q: Why rolled curve poles?
A: 
-Rolled curve poles have less distortion than pressed curve.
- 34" offset helps protect your discs. Nets too close to the pole allow your discus to hit the pole damaging expensive equipment.
-Rolled curve disburses weight throughout the entire pole.
-No welding means clean smooth lines.
-Save your expensive disks from hitting poles placed too close the net. Other systems have only 24" offset on their poles.
-Rolled looks better than welded. (ok, my opinion)

 
Q: What type of netting should a cage have?
A:Square netting hangs better than diamond, has a stronger border ,but usually costs more because diamond netting has less waste.
-Knotted Square netting is easier to repair.
-Diamond nets tends to pull in on the sides.
-Nylon should be UV coated to last longer than polyester in the sun. Polyester is not as strong as nylon.
-The higher the # the thicker the twine used, #36 is considered commercial quality. Make sure the number is actual twine size.
-Strength of the net is a better indicator than twine size. Always check the net strength.
-All netting should have a rope border that is sewn on.

Q: Should I use anchored or removable poles?
A: Our system can be both, but removable poles with ground sleeves make it easier to move them to another location or replace poles if damaged.
-Entire cages can be moved to another area in minutes with additional ground sleeves.
-Cages can also be rotated on the same throwing pad to a more favorable wind by adding a few more ground sleeves
-Poles can still be locked in with our unique locking system.

Q: Do I need a pulley system?
A: Not really. Most cages are installed in the spring for 4-6 months and stored away in the Fall and winter.  This helps the nets last longer and keeps the poles from being vandalized over the unused months. When your nets are attached at the top you can lock just the front poles and it would be very difficult to remove any part of the cage system. Net bottoms can be quickly unclipped from the ground and attached higher up on the net for mowing then reattached to the ground anchors in a minute.
-If you plan on removing the nets daily or weekly and you have a locked facility, then I would suggest adding a pulley system.

Q: How do your ground sleeves and net anchors work?
A:
-The ground sleeves are 30" in ground poly vinyl tubes with stainless steel stop bolts and come with covers to keep debris out when the pole are removed. -Our net anchors are 16" in ground poly vinyl tubes with stainless bolts.  The net bottoms attach to the bolts with cinch straps and spring clips to help your net wear better, last longer, and hang straight. The anchors have covers included to keep debris out when not in use.