There are many reasons coaches may need temporary game lines including practice drills, group formation spacing, or phys. ed. exercises such as four-square or pickleball. However, proceed with caution or it could lead to an expensive repair.
Many adhesive tapes can peel away your gym floor finish and expose the maple wood. If not remedied, the exposed area can lead to additional finish damage in adjacent areas. Additionally common tapes have resins that will seep into floor-finish and stain the underlying painted game lines and wood.
Safety is another reason for not using tape for temporary game markings. According to the Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association “most tapes used for temporary markings have a different coefficient of friction than finishes applied to the maple playing surface”. Thus, athlete safety is compromised as tape can affect a player’s ability to pivot or stop-and-go.
The Maple Flooring Manufacturers Association recommends against using the following adhesive tapes:
- Masking Tape (Painter’s Blue Tape)
- Construction Tape
- Electrical Tape
- Duct Tape