Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Council May Change Ruling on Spiked Shoes

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Council May Change Ruling on Spiked Shoes

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After hearing from Peters Township School District cross country coaches and parents, Peters council members said Monday they may reverse course and allow athletes to wear metal spikes on the new $1.2 million athletic field in Peterswood Park.

Last month, council voted to ban metal spikes on the field, fearing that their use would void a warranty on the nearly $900,000 worth of artificial turf recently installed by United Civil Contracting and Developers of Ohio.

The field is used primarily by the township's youth soccer groups and lacrosse teams, which wear shoes with rubber spikes, but the school district's cross-country team has always used metal spikes. Ceramic spikes, coaches said, are more expensive and less reliable over rocks and rough terrain.

Team officials told council members that damage to the turf depended more on the length of the spike than the material they were made from.

Coaches suggested that metal spikes be permitted up to a length of three-eighths inches, and council directed township Manager Michael Silvestri to determine whether such a requirement would be feasible. …

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