4th Annual Greatmats National Award Series to Accept Nominations In October

Greatmats Annual National Award Series

Specialty flooring retailer Greatmats is awarding a series of national awards for athletic instructors as well as animal trainers who have made a positive impact in their respective communities. The national awards are designed to honor those positive leaders in the United States that have made a favorable impact on the lives of their students, clients and community through service, integrity and quality.

Click on the contest below to learn how to nominate or vote for someone and see the past winners and nominees for the national awards. In 2018 Greatmats will be accepting nominations in the following categories, starting in October.

Award Categories: (Click category of choice to learn more)
4th Annual National Dance Instructor of the Year
4th Annual National Dog Trainer of the Year
4th Annual National Horse Trainer of the Year
3rd Annual National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year
3rd Annual National Cheerleading Coach of the Year
National Fitness Trainer of the Year (3rd Year)
National Gymnastics Coach of the Year (2nd Year)

Sara Carson, The Super Collies

Sara Carson – 2017 National Dog Trainer of the Year

The first of its kind to recognize such a diverse group of individuals for both their positive professional and community influence, the Greatmats National Award Series began in 2015. Starting with Dance Instructors, Dog Trainers and Horse Trainers the award series has expanded to include Martial Arts Instructors, Cheer Coaches, Fitness Trainers and Gymnastics Coaches. More than 31,700 votes have been cast to honor these great instructors over the first 3 years of the National Awards Series.

Winners will receive:
– $250 in Greatmats Products (or $150 Cash Option) for the winner’s related business
– Profile story
– Greatmats national award certificate

Past Greatmats National Award Series Winners

 

Kelly Murphy-Alley - Striking KMA Performance Horses

Kelly Murphy-Alley – 2017 Greatmats National Horse Trainer of the Year

National Fitness Trainer of the Year
2015 – Jeanette Raichle – Owatonna Tennis and Fitness Center – Owatonna, MN
2017 – Thea Jorgensen – Thea Ward Fitness – Bismarck, ND

National Cheerleading Coach of the Year
2016 – Amy Beth Klopf – Coleman Junior Senior High School – Coleman, MI
2017 – Sherri Andrzejewski – Wilkes-Barre Bears – Wilkes-Barre, PA

National Dance Instructors of the Year
2015 – Rosanne Vavasis – Gotta Dance – Hudson, FL
2016 – John Culbertson – Dance Attack Dance Studio – Miami, FL
2017 – Heidi Sulminski & Heather Gerard – H&H Dance Academy – Millbury, MA

National Dog Trainers of the Year
2015 – Jeremy Joseph Brown – The Complete Canine – Tucson, AZ
2016 – Jeremy Joseph Brown – The Complete Canine – Tucson, AZ
2017 – Sara Carson – The Super Collies – Palmdale, CA

 

Rilee Sauer, Gold Medal Gymnastics

Rilee Sauer – 2016 Greatmats National Gymnastics Coach of the Year

National Gymnastics Coach of the Year
2016 – Rilee Sauer – Gold Medal Gymnastics – Chandler, AZ

National Horse Trainer of the Year
2016 – Jessica Moctezuma – Moctezuma Stables – Woodstock, IL
2017 – Kelly Murphy-Alley – Striking KMA Performance Horses – Wilmore, KY

National Martial Arts Instructor of the Year
2016 – Grandmaster Bryant Harrell – Real World Combat Academy, High Point Neighborhood Family Center – Clearwater, FL
2017 – Master Ron Poholik – Pride Martial Arts – New Lenox, IL

Competition Landing Mats

Competition gymnastics landing mats are essential equipment for any gymnastics program.  Gymnastics landing mats vary in thickness depending on the discipline for which they’re used.  It is recommended that mats to be used under bars be at least 8” thick with the width of the mat dependent upon the width of the bars used.  At the very least, you want your mats to be at least as wide as the bars.  As a rule of thumb, wider is better in case you fall to one side.   (For more information on choosing the right competition landing mats, we recommend you check out this site.)

At Greatmats, we carry a variety of different landing mats in two thicknesses: 12 and 20cm.  You can choose either non-folding or single-fold competition landing mats available in standard blue.  We also provide custom competition landing mats made to your specifications by a leading national manufacturer.  All of our competition landing mats are made in the USA.  They are covered with an 18 oz, matted vinyl which is the standard for competition requirements.  There is no loose foam in our covers.
All of our landing mats feature a double-stitched top edge and a number 10 YKK molded zipper.  They come with 2” polyester web handles so you can easily move them.  Hook and loop fasteners come standard on all four sides.  These mats are durable and built to last in school gymnastics programs or in professional training.
Please note that NO gymnastics mats can provide a perfectly risk-free environment for gymnastics training.  Gymnastics is a sport that requires discipline and knowledgeable instructors.  Equipment needs to be checked and maintained regularly.  Excessively dangerous maneuvers or gymnastics moves that are beyond the skill of the gymnast can result in serious injury.  As a rule, the more gym matsthe better.  It is definitely better to have too many mats in your facility than not enough.
Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

Custom Folding Gym Mats

Folding gym mats are a high quality, folding mat perfect for athletic training and practice.  You can design your own unique folding gym mat for school gym use, cheerleading and tumbling, martial arts and tactical training applications.  These mats are fun for young children to romp around on and tough enough for combat training for adults.
Custom colors and sizes are available; choose the combination that works best with your facility.   Gymnastics mats come stock with 18 oz thick, high quality vinyl covers.  These folding gym mats are designed for high performance use and superior shock absorption.
These custom folding gym mats are made in the USA by a leading manufacturing facility that is dedicated to quality and customer service. Use these folding gym mats in schools, universities, or for home use.  They are great for gymnastics training, cheerleading, martial arts and tactical training. These mats are very popular with elementary and middle school gym teachers because of their outstanding quality and value.
Hook and loop fastener information: V2 features hook and loop fasteners on the two short sides of the gymnastics mat. V4 has hook and loop fasteners on all four sides.  Choose V4 for attaching the gym mats together on the long side of the gym mats as well as for side to side placement.  Choose V2 for attaching the gym mats on the short side for a long run.
Discount pricing is available for orders of10 mats or more.  Please request a volume quote.  Custom folding gym mats typically require 2-4 weeks of production lead time.
A Greatmats logo is printed on these mats.  If you do not want a Greatmats logo on your mats, please let your salesperson know when you order.
Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

Crash Pads

Top quality Crash Pads from Greatmats can be used in a number of different applications for several different purposes.  Initially designed as a foam safety mat to protect martial artists from takedowns and high throws, these foam mats are built to last.  They are excellent for drilling students on proper rolling techniques.  In cases such as a diving forward roll, good crash pads can be essential for safe MMA instruction.

Crash Pads come in three thicknesses:
Our 4″ Safety Mats are built for younger athletes where just a little extra protection is needed.  They are great for jumping around, wrestling, and learning the basics of various martial arts.  YMCA-type multipurpose facilities often purchase these mats for basic use.  They’re safer than the floor and, best of all, they’re fun!
Our 8″ mats are the staple of most martial arts programs.  Specifically designed for perfecting take-downs, they can provide a safe landing for adults in combat training of all sorts.  8” crash pads feature breather mesh on the sides that allows air to escape on impact.  This allows for an even landing for the athlete and protects the mat from damage.  These mats feature a double stitched, 18 oz. Vinyl coated poly surface.  These rugged tumbling mats have a heavy duty #10 zipper and feature 2” poly handles on all sides.
Use our 12″ crash matswhere extra protection is needed.  These safety mats provide extra safety for advanced moves, especially on dynamic throws.  In cases where a high release throw is used, this martial arts mat is the best option available. Like our 8” mat, they come with breather mesh, double stitched, 18 oz vinyl, a #10 zipper, and 2” poly handles on every side.
Each of our three thicknesses come in different sizes:  4×6, 4×8, 5×10, and 6×12.   The three largest sizes are also available as a bi-folding mat for easier storage.
All of our Crash Mats meet USAG, NCAA and NFHS competition specifications.
Call Greatmats at 877-822-6622.

Gymnastics Octagon Mats

 

These days, the hottest sport for young kids is gymnastics and the demand for gymnastics instructors and safe gymnastics flooring has never been higher.  Successful Olympic athletes like Shawn Johnson and Gabby Douglas have made the sport’s popularity skyrocket.  Today, more children between the ages of 6-12 participate in gymnastics than any other sport and more gymnastics mats are sold now than at any point in history.
Interestingly, gymnastics itself is not new.  According to “Nike is a Goddess: The History of Women in Sports,” rhythmic gymnastics was not officially recognized as a sport until 1962 and not considered a part of the Olympic Games until 1984.   However, the sport dates back to at least 1904 when some elements of women’s gymnastics debuted at the Olympics.  The athletes wore long skirts and high collars and used props, including clubs, canes, wands, ropes, and barbells in their group exercises.  Gymnastics mats and octagons as we know them did not exist and athletes took safety risks that would stun today’s parents.
Greatmats Gymnastics Octagon MatsHowever, because of advanced technology in safety equipment, athletes are able to perform moves that earlier competitors would be awed by.  (The leotard would probably cause a few gapes as well.)  Learning the complicated gymnastics moves of our day requires dedication and a solid instructor as well as the right safety equipment.  Being sure that you have the right gymnastics flooring for the job is critical for today’s instructor.
Our Gymnastics Octagon is a perfect example of equipment that can assist an instructor in teaching the art to young students.  It can be used to develop coordination and balance as well as basic moves such as walkovers and handsprings.  The octagonal shape keeps the mat from rolling around.  This provides stability and builds confidence in athletes who are working on range of motion, flexibility, and balance.  They are great for teaching dive rolls as well.
Contact Greatmats at http://www.greatmats.com – 877-822-6622.Greatmats Gymnastics Mats Octagon Mats

Discount Gym Mats

Perfect for cheerleading and gymnastics training, Discount Gym Mats are manufactured to the highest quality of workmanship.  They are made of top of the line, cross-linked or PE foam core making them tough enough for professional or home use.  These mats are commonly found in high school and university gyms across the country and around the world. Designed for durability and superior shock absorption, these are excellent multi-purpose mats.
Not only can you use these mats for home tumbling and cheerleading practice, they are also great for gymnastics or martial arts studios.  Use them at home for pilates or floor exercises.  They are lightweight and waterproof so you can bring them with you wherever you need an exercise mat to spread out for your exercise needs. These mats feature 2-foot panels and fold accordion-style for easy storage and transportation. You can also use these gymnastics mats as wall padding.  Simply screw the external flange on the long side of the mats to a firing strip attached to the wall and you’re done.
All of these discount gymnastics mats have hook and loop fasteners on all 4 sides and come with a thick, industry standard 18 oz vinyl cover. Each discount gym mat is hand-crafted with double stitched seams. Because they come with fasteners on all four sides, you can create an end-to-end run or build an entire floor by attaching mats at the sides as well as at the ends.
At Greatmats, we stock Discount Gym Mats so they are available for next day shipping.  All of our Discount Gym Mats are currently on sale and some sizes and thicknesses are available with free shipping.  Please contact one of our friendly customer assistance representatives to determine which products will best suit your needs.  Depending on the color and thickness, Discount Gym Mats come in either blue or black.  Volume discounts are available.
A quick note on safety:  Tumbling mats and protective equipment are not a comprehensive solution for eliminating or reducing all tumbling injuries.  Please understand that no mats are fail-safe. There is no substitute for proper instructions, spotting, and common sense when it comes to teaching tumbling or other forms of gymnastics. Landing on the head or in an out-of-control position can result in injuries despite the extra padding provided by mats.

Contact Greatmats at http://www.greatmats.com – 877-822-6622

Folding Gym Mats – Custom Sizes and Colors

When it comes to athletic training and practice, nothing can compete with our folding gym mats. Originally designed specifically for use as gymnastics mats, they are excellent for cheerleading and tumbling, martial arts, and tactical training applications.  These gymnastics mats are very popular with gym teachers across the country for their quality and value.  They are designed for high-performance use and deliver a long-lasting durability as well as superior shock absorption. 

Design your own unique folding gymnastics mats.  We offer a variety of custom colors and sizes all with 18 oz durable, high-quality vinyl covers.  You can choose either V2 or V4 attachments. (See below for hook and loop fastener information.)   Folding gym mats are offered in three thicknesses so you can select the one that works best for your application.  Our folding gymnastics mats are made in the USA by a leading gymnastics equipment manufacturer.

Hook and loop fastener information: V2 features hook and loop fasteners on the two short sides of the gymnastics mats. V4 has hook and loop fasteners on all four sides. Choose V4 for attaching the gym mats to each other on the long side of the gym mats – for side to side placement. Choose V2 for attaching the gym mats on the short side for a long run.

A note about safety:  Mats and protective equipment are not the complete answer to eliminating or reducing injuries. Mats are not fail-safe. Nothing can substitute for proper instructions, spotting, and common sense in the teaching of gymnastics. Landing on the head or in an out-of-control position can result in injuries regardless of the amount of mats you use.

A Greatmats logo is printed on these mats, if you do not want a logo on your mats, please let your salesperson know when you place your order.  Discount pricing is available when you purchase 10 gym mats or more.  Please request a volume quote.  Expect a 2-4 week production lead time.  Custom Sizes Available: Call us for more information.

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