During offseason training, coaches encourage their players to break personal and team strength records on the daily. If you’re tracking these records, it wouldn’t make sense to have a athletic record board that requires a new update to be printed every time your star player smashes a dead lift record.
But with so many different kinds of record boards, finding the specific board that matches your school’s needs can be a daunting task. Narrowing down your options with some simple questions can save you significant time and easily help you reach the right decision. Here are a few questions that can help get the purchasing process started!
1. WILL YOUR RECORD BOARD BE INSIDE OR OUTSIDE?
This may seem like common sense, but determining where your board will be displayed is crucial when identifying which record board will work best for your team. Our record boards are made to last, and that quality starts with making sure your record board is made with the right materials.
If the board is outside it will have to stand up to standard weather conditions which vary between 120 degrees and -50 degrees Fahrenheit. Sturdy, aluminum-based Laid-Vinyl Record Boards are perfect for all outdoor sports with their all-weather design and UV-proof laminate finish. If the board will live inside, you won’t have as many climate concerns, but you still want to make sure the surrounding conditions meet the quality of the materials.
2. HOW OFTEN WILL YOU BE UPDATING YOUR RECORDS?
Ideally your student athletes will be breaking records right and left, but it is important to identify how often you will actually be updating your boards. Like our example at the beginning of the article, when the board is changed by the season, or multiple sports are using the board, you may want to look for an easily updatable Dry Erase Strength Board or a Slide-in Record Board (our most popular option).
3. WHAT SPORT IS YOUR RECORD BOARD FOR?
Understanding the primary sport for the record board can further guide your decision making process. For example, boards used for swimming & diving must be made to withstand the high temperatures and humidity found in natatoriums. While on the other hand a Large-Format Velcro-Panel Board with it’s aluminum base and UV-protected laminate is perfect for an outdoor track & field team.
Not only do we want you to find the right record board, we want the board to stand the test of time, just like your school’s legacy. If you have more questions about the buying process for record boards, check out our comprehensive Record Board Buying Guide that you can download below. For any other questions, please contact a Team Fitz Representative today!