The growing popularity of inclusive sports such as boccia is placing increasing pressure on leisure and sports facility managers to cater for new court and playing area set ups.
In some cases marking these out using conventional methods can be time consuming, while in others it may not be possible at all due to the damage conventional line marking tape can do to gymnasium floors. As a result, people playing boccia are often forced to play on make-shift courts with incorrect line markings.
Sports arenas and leisure centres are expensive assets, which is why so many facility managers ban the use of temporary court marking tape on their surfaces. A lot of things can happen, and none of them are good.
Conventional line marketing tape can pull up any lines or decals that have been painted on the gym floor, or peel away layers of the floor’s surface finish making the floor look scruffy and unprofessional.
Removing the surface paint/finish and exposing the wood can also result in additional chipping and peeling of the remaining paint or finish in adjacent areas. In addition, most commonly available tapes contain adhesive resins that can etch or stain the floor finish or even the wooden flooring below the temporary markings.
Temporary boccia line markings that are easy to set up and avoid damage to sports hall floors are now available from Packaworld. These silicone rubber strips are available in the standard bright yellow to provide maximum visibility or, by special order, can be produced in other colours to suit different colour courts.
The special grade of silicone rubber is UV stable, and does not age or fade over time. Its high tack finish, weight and grooved profile ensure the lines stay flat on the court surface, remaining in position even when walked on or traversed by boccia players in wheelchairs.
The Packaline sets were originally developed to mark out court lines for the the sport of boccia - an inclusive sport which is particularly popular among players with disabilities and is also played in the Paralympics. However, they can also cater for a wide range of other sports, including tennis, pickleball, badminton and volleyball.
Although Packalines are best suited and originally designed for indoor boccia line markings, they can also be used on a wide variety of other surfaces, including outdoors on grass and artificial turf, where their weight ensures they stay in position even in windy conditions.
Some key features and benefits of Packalines
Boccia Packalines are fast and easy to set up, maximising game time. For ease of transport the lines are supplied in plastic containers to make them easy to carry and store. These containers can also be used as tubs for cleaning, making it easy for the lines to be washed in warm soapy water to maintain their pristine look.
- Unique high-tack silicone compound profile grips the court
- Easy to lay down – courts ready in seconds
- Cut to length so no measuring required
- No trip hazard
- All sets are uniform size
- Supplied in handy plastic tub for carrying and cleaning
- Memory function ensures they remain flat on the court
- Suitable for most court surfaces
- On outdoor courts Packaline will stay in situ in windy conditions
- UV stable, no degradation over time
- Kits manufactured to BS3734 Class E2 & L1
How easy can it be?
Easy and quick to set up, Boccia Packalines provide endless opportunities to bring the game of boccia to a place near you. Check out the time lapse videos below to see just how easy it is...