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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Affordable Summer Skating & Hockey on Synthetic Ice!

Summer skating and hockey can be affordable on synthetic ice, for a tiny fraction of the cost of a real ice rink! But when investigating the types of synthetic ice, the news is even better: some synthetic ice costs even less than traditional flooring! 

Consider the following comparison prices, taken recently from a major USA retail home improvement company:

Carpet: $0.38 to $10.55 per square foot
Ceramic Tile: $0.79 to $3.00 per square foot
Laminate Flooring: $0.99 to $2.99 per square foot
Hardwood Flooring: $3.79 to $7.50 per square foot
Marble Tile:  $4.00 to $9.65 per square foot

Now, consider the cost of synthetic ice:

Major USA Brand: $16.00 per square foot

Although this cost seems quite large upfront, it is actually not as exorbitant as the cost of a real rink, which requires expensive ongoing refrigeration expenses. But the news is better when examining the low-cost alternative to synthetic ice, purchased directly from a plastic company!

HDPE Plastic from USA (3/16" Thickness): $2.00 per square foot

Now, consider the following higher-quality solution:

Ultra-HDPE Direct from China: $1.20 per square foot, Including Rink Sideboards

Note that these cost estimates have been made in 2014 and 2015, and may vary over time and with respect to the size of the order. Shipping costs may also vary due to destination and other considerations.

The next question on the mind of potential consumers pertains to the quality of skating on these surfaces. The author, investigating the quality of an 8 foot square HDPE surface, found it suitable for hockey practice, and some figure skating. A YouTube Video Playlist, Skating Science Demos, includes samples of skating on the surface. 

Additional information on the science of ice skating, including both hockey and figure skating, can be found on the blog, Ice Skating ScienceAdditional information on the science of ice skating are available in a free pamphlet from the publisher's webpage. 

The following books from Schottenbauer Publishing contain graphs and data pertaining to the science of ice skating, figure skating, and hockey:

Graphs & Data for Science Lab: Multi-Volume Series
  • The Science of Ice Skating 
    • Volume 1: Translational Motion
    • Volume 2: Rotational Motion (Curves)
    • Volume 3: Rotational Motion (Spins)
    • Volume 4: Jumps
    • Volume 5: Ice Hockey
    • Volume 6: Biophysics
    • Volume 7: Video Analysis
    • Volume 8: Reference Manual
  • The Science of Hockey
    • Volume 1: Force, Acceleration, & Video Analysis of Pucks & Balls
    • Volume 2: Force & Acceleration of Sticks, plus Biophysics
    • Volume 3: Video Analysis of Ice, Field, & Street Hockey Sticks
Anthologies of 28 Graphs
    • The Science of Figure Skating
    • The Science of Ice Hockey
    • The Science of Winter Olympic Sports

    In addition, the following books are suitable for younger children learning geometry:

    Geometry Workbooks
    • The Geometry of Figure Skating 
    • The Geometry of Winter Olympic Sports