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March/April 2008
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Various Fencing Applications Covered in New Standard

fenced field hockey fieldA newly approved and published ASTM International standard provides instructions for developing the chain-link fence design, layout and installation for a wide variety of sports and recreation facilities and other applications. The standard, F 2631, Practice for Installation of Chain-Link Fence for Outdoor Sports Fields, Sports Courts and Other Recreational Facilities, was developed by Subcommittee F14.10 on Specific Applications, a part of ASTM International Committee F14 on Fences.

According to Arthur H. Mittelstaedt, executive director, Recreation Safety Institute, and a longtime Committee F14 member, the impetus for the development of F 2631 came when several task groups working on fence designs for various applications merged.

“The task group merger created a unique standard that can be expanded on by the different sport or recreation interests and provides the format for adding or otherwise modifying a broad area in which fencing is needed and now consolidates an array of opinions and recommendations,” says Mittelstaedt.

The new standard addresses fence use and installation requirements for soccer, nine-man and eight-man football, field hockey, lacrosse, rugby and sports courts including one-wall handball, paddle tennis, basketball, volleyball and badminton. For each sport, the standard addresses fence location, incorporating safety distances from the fence or other barriers to playing and out-of-bounds lines. The standard also has requirements for archery, golf driving, batting cages and track.

In addition to sports, F 2631 covers fencing for waterfront zones, including marina floats, launching ramps, docks, piers, swimming floats and beaches. “Requirements in these areas are to safeguard young children from the hazards of the water as well as to provide for the safety and security of the venues from unauthorized and unprotected intrusion,” says Mittelstaedt. Other water-based areas covered in F 2631 include fences for ponds, decorative impoundments, utility basins and attractions that feature running water, waterfalls and reservoirs.

Participation is welcome in the standards developing activities of Committee F14. Mittelstaedt notes that task groups for above and in-ground skate parks and water spray play areas are under way. In addition, a proposed standard covering the nonresidential pools and spaces found in municipal settings, country clubs, private resorts, campgrounds and fitness centers is being developed.

CONTACT

Technical Information:

Arthur H. Mittelstaedt, Recreation Safety Institute, Ronkonkoma, N.Y.

Phone: 516/883-6399

ASTM Staff: Thomas O’Toole

Phone: 610/832-9739