SportsTurf

October 2017

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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www.spor tsturfonline.com 20 // October 2017 Editor's note: Mike Hebrard, owner of Athletic Field Design, Clackamas, OR is a well-known source of wisdom in the sports turf industry, especially for his hands-on knowledge about fi eld preparation and presentation. Here is some advice about painting logos from Mike: F or years I have discouraged schools from painting logos of text in their end zones due to the low angle seats and how many fans can't see past the 20-yard lines, which makes the text diffi cult to read. I always recommend spending your time and money on the 50-yard line, as that is where most of the seats are. But with the advent of branding and lots more drone use, there is an increasing need to give fi elds more distinction as many schools' identities evolve. At fi rst it might seem to be a big challenge for a few grounds staff to do the extra work in painting end zones. But with a couple of simple layout techniques and specialized tools, painting end zones can be fun and create a self-worth. Depending on how much text is used for school or mascot name I usually go with 15-foot high letters. A couple of reasons why: if you have soccer, whether the logo is going to be inlaid or painted, I recommend that you measure from the inside of the 10- yard line back 54 feet to create an end line in the end zone. This will allow for the 18- foot deep goal box to be almost centered in the end zone and allow for 15-feet high text to be unobstructed by the box, with a little interference from the width of the goal and penalty box. Strategic spacing of letters might actually help avoid them, too. I start by running strings at the top and bottom of the letters and marking the center, (80 feet from inside of sideline). I try and keep the letters simple and bold but the painter that likes challenges might want to slant or use a more unconventional font. To create a slant, start one tape ahead or behind the other starting spot and use the same method. You can print out a basic font and copy it onto a fl ash drive and take it to your local offi ce supply store and they can print it to a larger scale and laminate it. If you can manipulate PowerPoint you can draw the grid and Mike Hebrard on painting logos

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