The August 2012 installation of artificial turf in the GBS stadium field will enable our athletes to keep up with the competition.
“A lot of schools get a jump on us (in spring sports) because they have turf and can start practice right away on a full field, usually by March” according to GBS athletic director Steve Rockrohr.
The District 225 report on Artificial turf counted 130 Illinois high school fields with turf, among them nearby Deerfield, Maine South, Evanston, Niles West, Niles North and Loyola Academy.
“It’s not a luxury anymore. So many schools have them now” states Brian Robinson, GBS head athletic trainer.
According to GBS head boys soccer coach Paul Agombar, “In other soccer prorams that have installed turf, there has been improvement in results, as the players know what to expect each time they play. That is not the case with a grass field that is used for multiple sports.”
Likewise, GBS head girls lacrosse coach Annie Lesch notes “It will be great for girls lacrosse. It will allow us to get outside at the start of our season as opposed to playing in the gym. And therefore, we can work on our spacing on the field. It will also allow us to host games earlier in the season.”
In 2011, the GBS football team played four of its five regular season away games on turf. And, in preparation for their playoff game at Lyons, which has artificial turf, the Titans had to travel to Wheeling High School to practice on their artificial turf.
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