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Inside the Park - Mancino & the Phillies

By Tom Gabor May 15, 2018

philadelphia phillies opening day with american flag

Mancino was excited when the Philadelphia Phillies contacted them to replace their stadium padding at Citizens Bank Park. Being a Philadelphia-area company and with many employees here from the city, working with local sports teams is extra special. To outfit the entire field required some extensive R&D and collaboration with the Phillies to determine the best padding to protect our favorite baseball team. The Phillies requested we use a special emerald green material to match past seasons.

Printing and lots of it.

Padding was only half of the task at hand. Outfield padding at any stadium is prime real estate to advertise and that meant extensive printing on the outdoor material. We used the same fabric as the emerald green but in white and printed padded walls for W.B. Mason, Xfinity, Sherwin Williams and State Farm. For durability purposes, the padding that called for a black background was printed on the same material but in black. This required a special 5-color process that puts down an opaque layer of white ink, UV-cured, then a four color process on top to create the colors needed for NovaCare and Giant Food Stores. Another area that needed special attention was the Toyota bullpen. This required a lot of printing and color-matching as the entire bullpen is Toyota red. The doors and the padding that surrounds the bullpen area was printed red on white material.

philadelphia phillies outfield wall padding by mancino

black stadium padding at phillies stadium philadelphia by mancino


Seeing White.

Do you know why the white parts of the graphics on the pads like the text for Xfinity or Sherwin Williams is a shade of gray? Interestingly enough, we were required by the MLB to print all white areas as a shade of gray. The reasoning here is so the umpires and batters can see the ball better. The white baseball against a white background would be difficult to pick up on camera as well!

wall padding outfield at citizens bank park phillies


Welcome to the Yard.

New this year to Citizens Bank Park was the newest family attraction – the Yard. This complex is on the outskirts of right field and includes a rock-climbing wall, a hot dog launcher target game, pitch counters and a wiffle ball field! Of course the field was built to match the main field, and that meant more printing. We shrunk down the graphics and outfield distance numbers to mimic the field and the results didn’t disappoint. Another fun aspect of the Yard are the pitch speed games. We printed out Phillie Phanatics to be the catchers and created padding and a catcher's glove to protect them!

the Yard at citizens bank park wiffle ball field

the Yard at phillies stadium artist rendering

the yard at citizens bank park at night wiffle ball field


Off the Wall.

Moving forward, Mancino will be keeping the pads in tip-top shape and in some cases, replacing the pads entirely. A recent example was when the Phillies centerfielder, Odubel Herrera make a great catch but also “cleated” the wall pad to get his footing. We’re happy to help when great plays like that are made!

Ensuring Athletes Safety Through Outstanding Product Quality Since 1966! Great grab @odubel_herrera! @phillies #phillies #mancinomats #mancinowallpadding
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The most important skill kids learn from gymnastics

By Tom Gabor May 8, 2018

Adapted from a previous blog written for mancinomats.com by Linda Thorberg and Brant Lutska of FLIPPING EDUCATION.

Have you heard the question, at preschools and toddler gymnastics "Are they just playing in there?" It's our job as coaches to help parents understand the importance of teaching children the way they learn best, through play. It’s proven that athletics improve self-esteem while creating healthy habits while developing social and life skills.

In order to teach gymnastics skills to young children they must first be able to do fundamental movement skills and be comfortable with their body in space. When they know how to put their bodies into shapes and can move in different positions, we can teach basic gymnastics skills. The plus side of gymnastics programs is that when children are allowed to physically move to learn concepts they are also learning skills that help them read, write, and understand the meaning of words and sequences. Here are just a few examples of things we can do in class and reasons to share with parents.

Movement

When acted out physically such as; over under, around, through, beside, and near, help children understand the words through active involvement.

Identification

When children create shapes with their bodies to make letters, they are reinforcing letter identification for reading.

Rhythm

Clapping or making a movement rhythm (stomp, jump, slide, etc.) to a word or song helps children with the rhythm of reading.

Action

Using action words in class, (jump, quick, slow) helps them understand the meaning of words with their bodies and their minds.

Sequence

When children combine two or three skills together, they have to remember what comes next. This is like linking words together to make a sentence. When children are learning by doing, they are more likely to retain what they have done!

Nothing is better than seeing our children happy, proud & confident. From building fine motor skills to improving flexibility, to learning retention, gymnastics is a wonderful way for our youngsters to showcase their talentHelp parents realize that coming to gymnastics class helps children learn with their bodies and their minds for "Life Skills" beyond the gym!

Want your gym mats to last? Don't do this!

By Tom Bair May 1, 2018

Your safety mats and padding are a significant investment in your gymnastics or cheer gym. They provide your athletes with safety, confidence, and success. Skill cushions, progressive skill builders, inclines and other shapes are all used heavily at most gyms and see the most “wear and tear”. Constantly replacing these mats can get expensive and most gym want to get the most out of every mat. Here are some quick tips to help prolong your investments!

Don’t drag

Dragging a mat can cause the vinyl to wear much faster. It also puts unneeded stress on the handles and seams. Using 2 or more people to move the mat is the best way to help keep the mat healthy. Dragging mats can sometimes be inevitable and doing so can get them dirty. Follow the steps here to clean and disinfect your mats to keep them spotless and sanitized!

Unnecessary Folding

If a mat is non-folding, avoid folding it. This can cause the foam to break which interns makes the mat unsafe. It also puts stress on the vinyl since there are no hinges.

Avoid Pits!

Avoid using skill cushions shouldn't be used in free foam pits. i.This speeds up the breakdown of the foam. Sting mats and 4” skill cushions can cause injury to athletes in free-foam. (during twisting)

Improper use!

Using a mat from which it was intended can be a real danger. Safety mats are not toys. Don’t use mats in unconventional ways that can damage the foam, vinyl or seams.

Repurposing mats for training different skills is perfect; however make sure the mats aren’t being abused or put in a position that can cause damage. Following the steps will keep your mats looking great and in great shape for years to come!

6 Tips to a better Gymnastics or Cheer Gym logo

By Tom Gabor April 26, 2018

A logo is essentially and extension of your cheer or gymnastics brand! It gives potential customers a feeling that can stay with them throughout the decision process. In any business, a bad logo can be a make-or-break proposition. At its peak, a logo can stand alone without any corresponding text and still be iconic. Think of your favorite sneakers. My guess is if you saw just the swoosh, you’d still know what brand it is. Besides the name of the gym or business, the logo is the most distinguishable trait of any brand.

So you have your gymnastics or cheer team or group and you’re ready for a logo to be created. Awesome! Tastes in how your logo should look will vary with every person, but a good logo will resonate with everyone. Now imagine everywhere in your gym where your logo will be. Is it on the sign out front, the letterhead, wall padding, on the gym mats or uniforms? Chances are your logo will be everywhere and that’s why it’s so important!

Below are some tips to keep in mind when coming up with a concept and design of your cheer or gymnastics logo.

1) K.I.S.S. (Keep it simple, Stupid!)

This mantra can be utilized throughout anyone’s life but even more-so in design. A simple, clean logo will get your point across much quicker than a busy cornucopia of gymnast silhouettes, cheerleading pom-poms or sparkles. Note the girl in the logo to the right. She’s balancing on a beam, did you notice that right off the bat?

2) Every shade, all the time

Too many times I’ve seen logos that look great in full color, only to get lost when printed in black and white in an ad or on a busy background. Making sure your logo is designed right the first time and in all variations should be extremely important to you and the designer. Take your logo and place it in its final form on a white background. How about a black background? What about a pattern? Does it still stand out or does it get lost in one of the iterations? Look at the logo to the right again. How would the rainbow gradient look on a busy background?

3) From billboard to business card

The point being is this - if you have super small text or a design element that is extremely busy, chances are that when it’s inevitably shrunk down, readability will be reduced and could negate visibility. Make sure your logo is readable at any size! The logo on the right has super small “since 2016” text. Would that be legible printed on a business card?

4) Color Your World

Along with your gym name and logo, color is the most recognizable part of your brand. From the gym mats to the spring floors to the uniforms or leotards, These are the colors that you could be seeing for years to come. There are sure to be colors that are hot at the moment, but thinking long-term, will those colors date your gym in 5 years? Again back to the gradient. Is this the color scheme you want representing your teams in the future?

5) Go with your gut

Everyone will have an opinion about what your logo should look like. But by following the above basics, you and your designer should be able to come up with a solid design, that everyone should like!

6) Be Fair

Logo design is difficult and it can take countless options and revisions to come to a final logo design. Without getting into specifics, leave designing your logo to the professionals. And as a skilled artist or designer, they should be compensated accordingly. Too many times I have been approached to design a logo with the promise of “exposure” or a “solid portfolio piece”. If I were to ask a gymnastics coach to teach a class for “exposure” or “it’ll look good on your resume!”, I’d get laughed out of the gym! Be kind to your designer and you could start your brand or gym with a logo you can be proud of.

My name is Tom Gabor and I’m the Digital Media Director at Mancino. My background is in graphic design, and I’ve always felt that branding and logo design were the most important aspects to any company’s identity. I’ll be sharing further thoughts on how branding can take your gym or business to the next level in the coming weeks.

Daily Gymnastics Equipment Safety Checklist

By Tom Bair April 26, 2018

Safety is the number one goal in the sport of gymnastics. Gymnastics equipment checks and inspections are important to ensure our gymnasts are safe when preforming their skills. Everyday checks should become a routine for any gym manager or head coach. This will keep all coaches and staff on the same page when understanding certain areas of the gym that could need attention or upkeep. Here is what to look for.


Download the Gymnastics Equipment Safety Checklist here!

Vault

  • Vault Table
    • Check adjustment mechanisms. Make sure they work properly
    • Vault cover has no cuts/ holes
    • Base padding is secured properly


  • Spring Board
    • Material is properly secured
    • Springs are not wearing through the board
    • Rivets are holding board together
  • Runway
    • Runway tape measure is adhered
    • Runway is taped down
    • No sharp objects are stuck to it


Uneven Bars

  • Uneven bars
    • Spin & Snap locks function properly
    • Cables are not frayed
    • Tighteners function properly
    • Anchor points are secure


  • Single Rails
    • Anchor points are secure
    • Spin & Snap locks function properly
    • If interchangeable- pins are all the way in
    • Bar is secure with safety collars if adjustable


Balance Beam

  • High Beams
    • Check adjustment knobs
    • Suede is not peeling off
    • Leg padding is attached properly
    • End caps are attached correctly
  • Low Beams
    • Suede is not peeling off
    • Leg padding is attached properly
    • End caps are attached correctly


Floor

  • Check that carpet or carpet bonded is Velcro together
  • Check for uneven surfaces
  • Walk over most areas and feel for “dead spots”

Keep this in mind when choosing a gymnastics meet site

By Bob Mancino, Jr. April 26, 2018

As gymnastics meet season comes to an end, many of us rejoice, but gymnastics meet directors are on the prowl, looking for host facilities that can accommodate their dates, and their size. If you are one of those meet directors, or considering the thought of hosting a meet, take a read through the information below.


Seating Competition Area = Your Site.
The seating is ultimately determined by the number of spectators expected while the competition area is dictated only by the equipment needs. A modified capital cup meet will require two sets of uneven parallel bars, two balance beams, two vault set ups, a tumble strip, and a spring floor. The total combined footprint of all of this equipment is 6,350 square feet. So a recommended facility would be no less than 10,000 square feet, with at least 100’ in one direction, to allow for full vault set up.



How's it all getting inside?

Is there a garage door? Only a single door (this could be a problem!) Double doors (can the center bar come out)? A loading dock (dock height?) Most vendors will supply their equipment in a 53’ tractor trailer, sufficient space is required to get a truck close to the load-in point. Consider the parking lot situation in this as well.



Flooring matters.

Will the facility require a cover to be put down on the floor? Mancino meets are set up using weights on a pallet system; some other vendors will use water. A small leak in a water jug that goes unnoticed could do permanent damage to a hardwood floor.



It's Electric
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This is important for your scoring, judging, and music. Consider is there enough amperage to support all of what you will be plugging in, and are there outlets in accessible locations.



Lighting up the competition.
Your athletes need have good lighting to safely perform, and your judges need good lighting to see that performance. Also consider natural lighting. This can be a plus but also a negative if a shadow is created or the sun shining through a window makes it difficult to see.



Hot Seat.

Bleachers or chairs. Does the facility supply your tables and chairs? Or will you have to rent?


Who's keeping score?
Will there be a two judge panel or four judges? Even in the early stages of vetting site selection, these are important things to keep in mind.


The best advice we here at Mancino can give; Have a plan going in, preferably a layout drawing of your meet with measurements in advance. This way you know everything will fit the way you want it to, and know who will be there to help make your gymnastics meet run smooth.

If you have any questions about your gymnastics meet, or would like to be quoted on a Mancino Meet, email christine@mancinomats.com

When you need it in your gym...yesterday.

By Bailey Thomas April 10, 2018

Here at Mancino, we aim to get your gymnastics shapes, wall padding, cheerleading mats etc. to you as quickly as possible.

While we can’t keep EVERYTHING in stock, here’s a list of items that are frequently on our shelves and can be shipped to you within a few days of your order!

Fluffy Mats 6' Foam Training Beams
Back Handspring Trainers Spotting Blocks (sizes 0-4)
Tumble Trainers Trapezoids & Babyzoids
Cartwheel Mats Sting Mats
Cartwheelinators 1-3/8" Folding Mats (in select colors)
Fun Tunnels Octagons (in select colors)
Catnastics Mats Inclines (in select colors)
8' Suede Low Beams Beam Throw Mats


Didn’t see the item you were looking to purchase? We occasionally have a few other items on the shelves as well. If you are curious to see whether or not an item is currently in stock, feel free to call Bailey in customer service at 800-338-6287 ext. 200!

Choosing the right Martial Arts Flooring for your Gym

By Christine Tartaglione April 3, 2018

Mancino offers multiple options – both semi-permanent & folding mats – to fit your specific need & working area.  Standard sizes are  4x8’ , 5x10’ or 6x12’… custom sizes also available to fit perfectly into your space!

Option # 1:

The Mancino Martial Arts Gym Mat Series 100 is an excellent mat for throws, takedowns and grappling. The firm-top surface maintains "quick" working area while the bottom layer insures maximum rebound and shock absorption. Mat thickness is over 2" inches comprised of two premium foam grades laminated together for optimal performance and protection. The top layer is 1 - 3/8" thick 2 lb. density cross linked polyethylene. The bottom layer is 3/4" of "Aerobic Grade" 2 lb. density EVA added cross linked polyethylene.


Option # 2:


The Mancino Martial Arts Gym Mat Series 200 This deluxe mat is 2" of solid 2 lb. density cross linked polyethylene foam. Perfect for throws, take-downs and "Peace of Mind" training.


Option # 3:

The Mancino Martial Arts Gym Mat Series 400  Mat thickness of 1 3/8" and is filled with 2 lb. density cross linked polyethylene foam. This "Traditional Martial Arts Mat" provides excellent protection at an affordable price.

Some more thoughts:

- All of our folding mats are covered in premium 18 oz vinyl coated nylon in your choice of color

- Industrial grade "hook and loop" fastener on all four sides for easy set-up and portability. Accordion style folding 2' panels.

 

Option # 4:

The Mancino Series 500 Flooring Create your own semi-permanent martial arts or MMA floor with top quality Mancino components. We provide the cross-linked polyethylene foam, available in roll and sheet form. We custom manufacture a premium 18 oz. vinyl coated nylon cover to your size specifications. All edges are hemmed and have brass grommets for affixing to the frame you prepare. All vinyl seams are heat-sealed providing a one-piece, seamless work area.

Custom Column and Corner Padding - The Mancino Difference

By Sherry Everett March 6, 2018

Mancino wall padding provides a protective layer of cushioning to help prevent serious injury from occurring when athletes collide into a hard surface, most typically walls, columns and corners. Any product that’s main purpose is for safety and protection must be manufactured with workmanship and quality in mind. That’s why at Mancino we combine the element of craftsmanship and making a top-quality product with the mentality that short-cuts are not worth the risk of putting an inferior product in the marketplace. In addition to each wall pad made, “The Mancino Difference” can be seen in every column and corner manufactured.

Every column and corner pad is custom-fabricated to a customer’s exact dimensions. To understand the importance of this, we need to explain what short cuts other manufacturers can take. The easiest and fastest way to make a corner is by making it from a constructed wall pad by cutting out the wood and foam to form a 45 degree angle and then wrapping that wall pad around a corner.

Incorrect way to create a 45 degree angle on column wall padding

At Mancino we believe a top quality corner can only be made by using a customer’s exact corner or column dimensions and prefabricating the corner here at Mancino. Every wall, column and corner pad begins with precision cutting of the OSB (oriented strand board) backer board and foam utilizing computer numerical control (CNC) automated tools. The foam is then adhered to the backer board with spray adhesive and pieces nailed together to form a right angle corner.

fabrication of 45 degree angle in column padding

The process creates a strong and structurally stable corner that is ready to be covered with impact-rated 16oz vinyl. Since the cover is custom-fitted to the corner and not stretched around the corner, there is no stress point created.

fabricating corners for wall padding

Workmanship in creating corners extends to even how the vinyl is uniquely covered at the corner providing aesthetic appeal and longevity.

The end result is custom prefabricated corner that is made to a customer’s exact dimensions that will have a longer life and better impact and abrasion resistance. Visit www.mancinomats.com/wallpadding to see the full spectrum of products available and experience the Mancino Difference!

Protect Walk-through Metal Detector Covers

By Sherry Everett February 5, 2018

Protect Your Magnetometer Investment with Metal Detector Covers by Mancino Manufacturing!

Efforts to improve fan safety at major sporting events have resulted in new public safety measures being implemented. Three professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB and NHL) have mandated the use of walk-through metal detectors (also known as magnetometers or mags) to enhance security at sports stadiums and arenas they oversee.[1] Permanent outdoor walk-through metal detectors (WTMDs) that are installed at stadium gates are subject to the weather elements and should be protected during periods of inactivity in order to enhance the life of the product. Metal detector covers manufactured by Mancino Manufacturing are just the ticket!

WTMD covers manufactured by Mancino are designed to protect permanently installed outdoor metal detectors during periods of inactivity. Exposure to harsh weather elements including the sun’s UV rays, humidity, rain, snow, ice, dust, etc. can increase the need for maintenance over time. Mancino covers are manufactured using 18.5 oz. vinyl-coated polyester that is specially treated to be bacteria, mildew and UV resistant. These protective covers are specially designed for ease of use and come in a multitude of colors to match any theme and can include graphics.

Mancino’s protective covers are designed with air vents allowing for the material to be breathable. Grommet holes on the bottom of the covers enable them to be secured. Hook & loop fastener connection up and down the height of the cover enable easy access to the magnetometer without having to remove the entire cover. When not in use, Mancino metal detector covers are easy to remove and fold for storage.

Mancino Manufacturing Walk-Through Metal Detector covers are available now for introductory price of $179 each. Contact Sherry Everett, Product Manager at Mancino Manufacturing at sherry@mancinomats.com or 1-800-338-6287 ext. 263 for more information and volume discounts that are available.

[1] http://ccicada.org/2016/05/18/how-to-protect-large-gatherings-from-paris-style-terrorist-attacks-is-focus-of-ccicada-workshop-at-metlife-stadium/