Because the requirements for the different surfaces are too different, it is hard to combine a non-contact sport (for example tennis) with a semi-contact sport (for example soccer) or a full-contact sport (such a rugby).
Therefore, the following combinations of multi-sport pitches are possible:
- - Tennis and field hockey
- - Hockey and soccer
- - Soccer and rugby
To create the best surface it is necessary to know what the priority sport will be.
Tennis and field hockey or field hockey and tennis?
When tennis is the priority sport, the starting point will be a tennis surface. Changing to a softer pad (for example the ProPlay-Sport15/215 instead of the ProPlay-Sport15) will complete the job.
When field hockey is the priority sport, the starting point will be a field hockey surface. This cannot be a non-infilled turf (water-based) pitch because then ball bounce will be much lower than the required 80%. The best surface will be a sand filled field hockey turf with a stiffer pad, for example the ProPlay-Sport15/215 instead of the ProPlay-Sport17.
Field hockey and soccer or soccer and field hockey?
When field hockey is the priority sport, the starting point will be a hockey surface. Since soccer is a semi-contact sport and 'sliding' tackles are an important part of the play, a non-filled turf (water-based) will not be a suitable surface. The best surface will be a sand filled hockey turf, but with a softer pad, for example the ProPlay-Ecosport or the ProPlay-Sport20 instead of the ProPlay-Sport17.
When soccer is the priority sport, the starting point will either be a sand and rubber filled soccer turf or a sand dressed 4G soccer turf. The first will need to be combined with either a stiffer/thinner pad (for example the ProPlay-Sport17) or a much thinner pad (such as the ProPlay-EcoSport) than the 'regular' ProPlay-Sport20 pad. The latter will need to be combined with a softer/thicker pad (for example the ProPlay-Sport17) than the 'regular' ProPlay-Sport15/215 pad.
Soccer and rugby or rugby and soccer?
Soccer and rugby are very similar sports with respect to the surface; both sports are contact sports, and consequently need a surface that offers grip and is able to absorb impacts. In rugby, higher impacts are expected than in soccer, because 'flying' tackles are an important part of the game.
When the priority sport is soccer, a 'low' pile height sand and rubber filled soccer turf, combined with the ProPlay-Sport20 pad, already makes rugby possible due to its high critical fall height of more than 1 meter. Installing the ProPlay-Sport23 will increase this critical fall height even towards the requirements of 1.4 meter, without bringing too much deformation.
When the priority sport is rugby, then a sand and rubber filled rugby turf, at the standard pile height combined with the ProPlay-Sport20 pad, already makes soccer possible due to its high (foot) stability. Changing the pad to the ProPlay-EcoSport will further increase its (foot)stability, without loosing too much critical fall height.
If there is no priority between both sports, the surface will be a 'medium' pile height sand and rubber filled turf combined with the ProPlay-Sport20.
Multi Game Areas
Multi Game Areas (MuGa's) are multifunctional play areas. They are typically found in urban districts, for the youth to play ball games like soccer or basketball. These game areas traditionally have a concrete or paved surface, but synthetic turf has become increasingly popular. This solution is typically a sand filled pitch or low-end hockey turf. The sand is necessary to 'balance' the turf and to protect it against vandalism. However, with approximately 20% the shock absorption is very low.
shock pad (multi purpose), with its 18 mm thickness and low density, will raise the shock absorption above 50%. It is a cost effective way to add comfort to synthetic turf multi game areas.