6 signs that you need new Runners

6 signs that you need new Runners

Did you know that you will eventually wear out your new Running Shoes?
It’s a crazy thought to think that your brand new, bouncy and cushioned running shoes would someday need replacing, but believe us- the day will come when you need to say good-bye and buy some new running footwear.
So how will you know when its time?
Some of you will be super organised and have to kept a running log of exactly how many kilometres you have run in your runners, and know from past experience how far they last (about 500-800kms).
For everyone else, here a 6 tips that you may need new running shoes
1) You can see white foam where you used to see the shoe tread
Congratulations- you have worn through the tread of your running shoes. Running shoes use blown rubber to provide cushioning and traction when running on hard surfaces, such as running on roads or running on concrete. It is also very soft and wears out quickly.
2) The Foam doesn’t “bounce back” any more
The midsole of running shoes is made out of foam materials. Foam of course is essentially little bubbles of air trapped inside. As you run, you compress the bubbles and they bounce back- providing you with cushioning. Two things happen over time- the bubbles get smaller and bounce back slower. That’s why you feel sluggish in old running shoes and need to buy running shoes again.
3) Outer materials are becoming loose on your runners
If the eyelets, heel counters and other parts attached to your running shoes are slowly leaving your shoe- you need new running shoes. These features provide stability and lock your foot down- when they wear through a stretch, you lose support.
4) Linings have worn through
Feel something jagging into your heel. It may be the internal plastic heel counter that is now peering through. This undoubtedly feels uncomfortable in your shoe so you probably should replace.
5) You can see your toes whilst wearing your shoes
Have your toes broken through the mesh upper of your running shoes? Even sewing won’t make your runners last any longer- time for some new ones.
6) They stand up funny or crooked
You may not have noticed becoming lopsided when wearing in your old running shoes, but you sure can if you lay them on a flat surface. If they look slanted – the foam midsole of your shoes have worn out unevenly.

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5 tips for choosing Kids Sports Shoes for School & Sport

5 tips for choosing Kids Sports Shoes for School

When purchasing sports shoes for your kids- you know that it is hard enough holding your kid still to ensure they receive the correct fitting shoes let alone the correct shoe.

Here are tips we here at SPORTSMART have put together to help you choose the correct Kids Sports Shoes


5 tips for choosing kids sports shoes

1) Choose the correct shoe for the correct purpose

What will the shoes be used for? Will they be used for running and will the shoes be used for multiple purposes such as kicking a football or playing court surfaces sports such as Netball & basketball.

Kids running footwear are designed for running, specifically running in straight lines and even more specifically- running forward! They are made with lightweight materials (Such as mesh on the upper and blown rubber outsoles) which are great for running as they are light- however, they are not that durable. If you think, kicking a ball or running around on asphalt playgrounds are pretty abrasive activities so our shoes need to be durable to match.

If you kid is always going through their shoes before they outgrow- you need to choose a more durable shoes such as Cross Trainer. Cross Trainers have a more durable upper and outsole that wears better. Sure- they are heavier – but they will last longer in long run.


Playing a particular sport? It’s always best to choose the correct shoe for the correct sport. Remember- these kids shoes are designed for the particular need of sport. Using them for purposes that are not correct, will wear through the shoes quicker, and also not be as enjoyable for your child/


2) Think about the colour

Does your child’s school have rules about what colour shoes they must wear? Does your child always get their footwear dirty and you do not know how to clean kids sports shoes?

Maybe you need to consider black kids sports footwear option? Whilst black kids shoes are not technically any cleaner, they do hide the marks a lot better than white ones.



3) Consider how well your child can tie their laces?

If you child needs help tying their shoes laces- maybe consider kids velco sports shoes as an option.

Velcro are a great option- they build confidence in your child by making them self sufficient.



4) Does your child need extra arch support in their kids sports footwear?

Have you been recommended to have more arch support for child’s footwear by a podiatrist?

A quick trick to find if a shoe has arch support is to look on the inside side of the kids sport shoe. If the arch is a dark colour- this indicates the shoe has arch support as this part of a sole is a denser piece of foam to the rest of the sole.


5) Fit the shoes for a little bit of growing room- but not too much.

Playing sport is fun for kids. Don’t diminish that fun by having them wear flippers.

Allow about a thumb width (yours) of room at the front of the foot- this allows enough space for a growth spurt – but not enough for the foot to be swimming in the foot. Shoes are designed to be correctly fitting- kids will perform better, and have more fun especially if they are in correctly fitting kids sports shoes.


Choosing a new basketball system can be overwhelming, especially if your buying for the first time. This is a guide to help assist you in choosing the basketball system that is right for you and your family.

By remembering the following 2 simple steps allows you to gain a greater understanding of what the differences are between the systems we available/ the differences between backboards/ correct basketball sizing aswell as frequently asked questions when it comes to choosing a basketball system.



When choosing the type of basketball system that suits your needs you will need to consider the following.

Consider where the system will be, and who will be using it.

In-ground basketball systems

Best for:

Where – Premium performance usage in a permanent paved/ concreted area

Who – Competitive or professional players, casual but regular players, families, teens. Standard in-ground basketball systems secure the basketball pole in concrete. These types of basketball systems offer the best level of stability. The pole cannot be removed or adjusted without damaging the concrete, but some systems can be removed using a ground sleeve. The height of these systems is adjustable.

Portable basketball systems

Best for:

Where – Anywhere where portability is important or where the system will be moved

Who – Portable systems with an acrylic or polycarb backboard are best for casual players, young kids and families. Portable systems with a glass backboard are ideal for competitive players. A portable basketball system allows you to play basketball almost anywhere. These standalone units feature a base with wheels, backboard, pole and rim. For stability, fill the base with water or sand. These basketball systems are convenient and easy. Portable basketball systems offer a similar amount of stability as in-ground systems, and are a great option for those who are deterred by basketball system installation. These basketball systems make great Christmas gifts as they are enjoyable for the whole family. They are also adjustable; helpful for teaching young kinds to play. Sportsmart stocks the largest range of portable basketball systems in Australia.

Wall-mounted basketball systems

Best for:

Where – Tight spaces or areas where there is no fixed place for a pole/bar

Who – Casual but regular players, families, teens. Wall-mounted basketball systems can be attached to a garage/carport, wall, side of the house etc. These types of basketball systems will need to be installed, and generally include a backboard, hoop and net. Backboards require the mounting kit/connections to be purchased separately, and they can be either fixed or adjustable. Sportsmart sells suitable mounting equipment in store and online. When purchasing a wall-mounted basketball system, it is important to consider the area in which the system will be placed. Different types of roofs may have trouble holding the backboard straight. When considering this option, ensure you make staff aware of where your basketball backboard will be placed so they can offer installation advice. Basketball rings need to be mounted to 10 feet.



Size considerations:

The main factors affecting the size you choose are the size of your playing area and the skill level of those who will be using it.

Sportsmart offers a fantastic range of basketball backboards that come in 8 sizes: 24”, 32”, 42”, 44”, 48”, 50”, 52”, 54”, 60” and 72”.

–       The 24” and 32” are junior basketball systems are generally best for young kids from 3 years old.

–       The 42” and 44” backboards are most suited to young children playing casually or for fun.

–       Backboards sized 48”, 50” and 52” are best for a small playing area, and can often be a good option to suit budgets.

–       For a playing area the size of a 2-car driveway, a 54” or 60” backboard will suit best.

–       For more professional players who want to best replicate actual playing conditions, and who have the space and budget to suit, a 72” backboard is ideal.

Material type:

The materials used in the backboard affect the bounce or rebound factor.


Glass backboards feature the best rebound performance and are ideal for highly competitive play. Glass backboards also stay crystal clear for the life of the basketball system.

Best for: heavy use; competition or professional players


Acrylic backboards feature very good rebound performance and are ideal for competitive play. Acrylic backboards are lighter than glass boards, so they don’t require as large of a pole to support them. While acrylic boards can dull from scratches, this is a cheaper option than glass backboards.

Best for: casual-heavy use; families; teens and children


Polycarbonate backboards feature good rebound performance and are ideal for recreational play.

Best for: casual use; children


Composite backboards offer a recreational level of play and a large variety of colour options.

Best for: young children playing for fun


There are a number of other considerations that will affect your decision such as your preferred method of height adjustment, which can vary between different systems, ring type, and which basketball systems fit within your budget. But if you follow the 2-step process, you really can’t go wrong!


Below are frequently asked questions our staff get asked relating to choosing the right basketball system.


What size backboard do I need? 

Sportsmart stocks basketball systems with backboards ranging from 44” to 72”.  For schools and clubs the most common size used is 60”.  For beginners and people just wanting to have fun 44” is a great starting size with the focus on the shooting square to provide guidance for the younger players in becoming a better player.

The most popular size across Sportsmart range is 54” which allows for a balance between great play and practice. Weather it may be layups, shots from the perimeter or free throw shooting.

When talking about the size of the backboard, the size is taken across the top of the board. One of the main benefits of any backboard size is the shooting square and the ring size. The square and ring size stay the same on every system –  meaning you can take your skills the practise court to the real thing.


What type of backboard do I need? Do I need to buy glass? 

Sportsmart stocks 4 types of boards. Eco-composite, polycarbonate, acrylic and Glass. The distinguishing factor is the rebound provided by each backboard.

Glass provides the best rebound and is what is used by most schools and clubs on their courts.

Acrylic is a great option for the player that considers themselves competitive. The acrylic backboard provides a great rebound and ensures the players shots have a very close feel to the glass backboard they may use at their local club and school.

For all beginners and younger players, the eco and polycarbonate are a recommended highly. They are a great option to get the players onto the court and learning how to shoot whist at a price that won’t break the bank.


What size basketball do my kids need? 

Basketballs come in 4 sizes 1(mini) 5,6 and 7.  Depending on the ages of the kids using them the standard sizes are as follows:


9 AND UNDER – SIZE 5 (27”)

MALES 9-13 – SIZE 6 (28.5”)


MALES 13 AND OVER – SIZE 7 (29.5”)

Australian basketball players use the sizing chart of 5,6 and 7 while Americans use sizing charts shown in inches of 27, 28.5 and 29.5.  Please note that this is only a guide to choosing the right basketball be sure to check with your local club as your local club may differ to suit their relevant coaching programs.


Are your basketball system heights adjustable?

All our systems are indeed adjustable. Adjustable heights range from 7.5ft (2.3m to 3.05m) with height increments of half an inch.

Each basketball system uses different adjustment mechanisms ranging from a push pin to a screw jack handles. Each mechanism allows easy adjusting when needed.

The purpose for having adjustment systems is to allows the younger players to learn the skills at there own pace, gradually increasing their height as their skills improve or they go up in age group.

A recommendation for all systems is to lower the height of the backboard during strong weather / windy conditions to avoid damage to your basketball system.


Do we need to assemble the system when we get home?

Yes, you will. All our systems require assembly and normally require the participation of 2 capable adults.  All the systems come with a detailed step by step instruction manual which is easy to follow to ensure the correct assemble is achieved.

We also provide assembly personal who can come to your house and assemble the systems at your convenience (this does require an extra charge).


  • Using the correct lifting techniques when moving the box containing your basketball system. These systems can be heavy and awkward while in the box.
  • Thoroughly read the instruction manual paying special attention to all warnings.
  • Write your model number on the manual in space provided and retain for future reference after completing the assembly process. (Receipt should also be retained.)
  • Make sure you have all the proper tools available to assembly the system.
  • Make sure sand or water, for the ballast, is available before beginning the assembly process.
  • Remove all parts from the box and using the parts list make sure all parts are present before beginning the assembly process. If parts are missing please contact place of purchase to obtain missing part.
  • As stated in the manual, certain holes need to be reamed out using a bolt, clearing excess paint for a proper fit.
  • Typically, two capable adults are required to properly assemble a basketball system. In some cases more people may be needed. Please refer to the safety instructions.
  • If you have a clear board option, make sure you peel the protective film from the board surface before assembling the Rim.
  • Do not over adjust the height of your goal. This may cause damage to your system height adjustment lift.
  • When assembling poles, make sure they are properly marked before assembly and it is very important that the poles not be over assembled or over swaged.
  • Do not over tighten fasteners.


When it comes to choosing the right basketball systems for you we have you covered this holiday season! Sportsmart has a wide range of basketball systems suited to all types of players.

Feel free to visit us in store at our 3 store locations Moorabbin, Northcote & Kilsyth and one of our friendly and enthusiastic staff members they will be able to assist with any additional advice and information you may require.

Alternately why not contact our online team for more advice on finding the right basketball system. All online orders placed before December 14 Sportsmart guarantees delivery before Christmas!

Click here to view our range of basketball systems.






As we warm up coming into summer many families are wondering what activity the whole family can enjoy over the holiday period. A table tennis table is the answer! Nearly everyone at some point in their life has played a fun game of table tennis. Whether it be at school, home, at a friend’s house or even competition, table tennis is fun that can be enjoyed by the whole family regardless of age and skill.

If you have never owned a table tennis table, you probably have many questions. Below you will find frequently asked questions relating to your table tennis table purchase. This is a simple guide designed to help you make the right decision when buying your table tennis table.


What are the main features to consider when choosing a table tennis table?

When choosing a table tennis table you will need to consider where you will be using the table. There are two main types of table tennis tables; indoor and outdoor.

Indoor table tennis tables are for indoor use, they provide a more natural bounce. Where the table will be used can play a major part in your decision as to what table to buy.

Moisture and sunlight can cause damage to your table.

To help protect your table a cover is recommended, this can assist with the elements. Table Tennis covers are also available at all Sportsmart stores.

If the table is to be used outdoor or may be subjected to Moisture and sunlight we recommend you consider an Alliance Tornado outdoor table.

Our staff our more than happy to assist with any questions to help you choose the correct table.


What is the difference in table top thickness mean/ translate into?

There a variety of thicknesses that are available at Sportsmart. The different thickness in tops and frames give a truer and more consistent bounce. ITTF approved tables need to be 22mm or greater to get an ITTF approval. Our staff would be happy to show you the difference in order to select the correct table for your family.

Our indoor table thickness available: 12mm, 15mm, 18mm, 22mm and 25mm.

Our outdoor table thickness available: 6mm

Frame sizes vary according to the Table thickness.


Can you use an indoor table outside?

Indoor tables are best used indoors. The table tops are generally made from MDF and should not be exposed to moisture and Sunlight. If you plan on using the table outdoors where the table maybe exposed to moisture or sunlight it is best to buy an outdoor table that has a special top made from a mixture of Plastic, resin or Fibreglass.


Do they come in a variety of colours? 

Standard competition colour in Victoria is a Dark Blue top. There are no rules or regulations on colours of the tops

for leisure use. Sportsmart have a few different options for you to choose from.


Sportsmart recommendation for a family table. 

Sportsmarts most popular selling tables are 15mm / 16mm tables.  Alliance whirlwind or a Stiga Cyan


Sportsmarts recommendation for the more skilled player. 

18mm, 22mm and 25mm will suit the more skilled player. You will appreciate the natural and true bounce these tables offer.


What is the best brand?

Stiga still rates up there with the best brands. We buy tables from 2 companies that manufacture for the most of the major brands in the world. Stiga, Alliance and Lion


Will my table fold and store easily.

All tables available from Sportsmart come in 2 pieces and can be folded for compact and easy storage. This also allows the table to be used in the playback position for solo practise.


If I purchase a table from Sportsmart will it come with accessories?

The majority of tables don’t come with accessories, however any table tennis purchase at Sportsmart entitles you to 20% off all table tennis accessories. We have a large range of bats, balls and nets to help you get started and our staff would be more than willing to discuss the best accessories for you based on your needs and table purchase.


Are they easy to set up?

All Sportsmart tables come in a flat pack –they are 90% built in the flat pack. Very little assembly and knowledge is needed to set your table tennis table up and start playing!


Is the table size regulation/ What is regulation sizes?

Sportsmart table tennis tables are all of regulation size.

SIZE (IN MM) Length: 2740 mm Width: 1525 mm Height: 760 mm Net Height: 152.5 mm

SIZE (IN FEET) Length: 9.0 ft. Width: 5.0 ft. Height: 2.5 ft. Net Height: 0.5 ft.

SIZES (IN INCHES) Length: 107.87 inches Width: 60.0 inches Height: 29.92 inches Net Height: 6.0 inches


Will the Table Tennis Table fit in my car?

The table will not fit into a car. It will need to be transported in a Trailer, Ute, or large van.

It can be placed on roof racks of a car providing there is adequate tie downs available.


If its range, value or an early present for the family over the Summer Holidays Sportsmart has you covered.

We have more than 10 table tennis models to choose from, to suit a variety of needs and preferences. Brands that we stock include Stiga, Alliance & Lion table tennis tables and sizes that range from 16mm to 25mm.

Still have more questions about choosing a table tennis table? Feel free to visit us in store at our 3 store locations Sportsmart Moorabbin, Sportsmart Northcote & Sportsmart Kilsyth and one of our friendly and enthusiastic staff members they will be able to assist you with your needs.

Alternately why not contact our online team for more advice on finding the right table tennis table. All online orders placed before December 14 Sportsmart guarantees delivery before Christmas!

Click here to view our range of Table Tennis Tables.





by Josh Cassap, Golf Manager

Of the four ‘majors’ in professional golf, the PGA Tour owns none of them. The US Open belongs to the USGA; The Open Championship to the R&A; the Masters to Augusta National; and the PGA Championship to the PGA (which is a separate entity from the PGA Tour).

That is presumably why the Tour started the Tournament Players Championship in 1974 – and why they have spent so much time and treasure promoting it as the ‘Fifth Major’.

The purse for the Players Championship was $9.5 million in 2010, making it the richest regular event. The tournament also counts for as much as the traditional four Majors in the FedEx Cup points standings. It is worth 40 points in the World Golf Rankings; only 10 less than the big four.

The winner of the tournament receives a five year exemption on the PGA Tour, a three year invitation to the Masters, a three year exemption to the Open Championship, and same year invitations to the US Open and PGA.

Consequently, the Players attracts one of the strongest fields in golf, bringing in all but a handful of the top-ranked players. It arguably has a stronger field than any of the other majors, as there are no amateurs or club professionals invited; every player there is a professional tournament player.

The inaugural Players Championship was held in 1974 at the Atlanta Country Club, and was won by Jack Nicklaus. It moved to the Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth in 1975, and then to the Inverrary Country Club in Ft. Lauderdale in 1976.

In 1977, The Players Championship found something of a permanent home in Ponte Verda Beach, Florida. It was held at the Sawgrass Country Club’s Oceanside Course until 1982, when it was moved across the road to the Tournament Players Club at Sawgrass.

The TPC at Sawgrass has given the Players an identity because that course boasts what is arguably the most famous hole in golf – the island green par 3 seventeenth.

For the first 33 years of its existence, the Players Championship was held in March. With the PGA Tour’s 2007 restructuring surrounding the FedEx Cup championship, the Players was moved to May. This gives professional golf (and television) a signature event in each month running from April to August.

Nicklaus has won three times: 1974, 1976, and 1978. Other multiple winners have been Tiger Woods (2001 and 2013), Fred Couples (1984 and 1996), Steve Elkington (1991 and 1997), Davis Love III (1992 and 2003) and Hal Sutton (1983 and 2000).

Greg Norman holds the tournament record, with an aggregate score of 264, -24 to par.

Who tuned in to watch the best players in the world doing battle?


by Josh Cassap, Golf Manager

Hitting your driver well is a combination of physical skill, mental concentration and confidence. It is easiest to master this on the driving range, then move it to a non-competitive playing environment. Here are some tips for working on your driving …

1) Start with mini-swings, then proceed to full swings when you begin making solid contact.

2) Hit golf balls with your feet together.

3) Take full swings at 50 per cent power.

4) Concentrate on this counting sequence during your swing: 1-2 going back on the backswing, and 3 on the downswing.

5) Concentrate on extending your clubhead down the target line with a high follow-through position.

6) Keep your grip pressure light and body tension free both at address and during the swing.

7) Hit balls with your driver only to the 100-yard flag or marker, then 125 yards, then 150, then 175, gradually moving to a normal distance for your driver.

8) Swing thought: Tell yourself, “Swing through the ball, NOT at the ball.”

Another swing thought is to have your backswing at a slower speed than your forward swing, with your maximum speed obviously being through the impact area. So many players waste their maximum speed on the backswing. Your overall tempo on the downswing should be between 70-80 per cent of your full power – this speed will increase your chances of better ball striking.

Follow through drill: Hit balls or take practice swings where you concentrate on completing your swing so that your body faces the target on the follow-through. Your hands should finish high – up and around behind your head. Also, have your right foot up on the follow-through so that you may tap it on the ground. This will ensure completion of the follow-through and weight transfer. When you focus on swinging through the hitting area and completing the swing, your golf shots will improve dramatically.


by Josh Cassap, Golf Manager

Putting is a mental game, where scores are made and lost. It’s really important that you find the best putting drills to test yourself whenever you practice putting.

Here are a few putting drills that should improve your golf game.

Pressure putts

Aim: To put your putting under pressure by having a consequence for missing

  1. Start 6ft from the hole and try to hole that putt
  2. If you hole it, you move on to the next hole (9 holes in total)
  3. If you miss it, move the ball back from where it finished by one club length and repeat the process
  4. Consider each hole a par 2 and total your score for the nine holes
  5. Try to beat your best score each time

The sound of success

Aim: To focus on making a solid putting stroke, not where the ball ends up

  1. Pick a spot 3ft from the hole
  2. Aim at holing 10 putts in a row with your eyes closed, after you’ve gone through your pre-shot routine
  3. If you miss a putt or at any time open your eyes, start over 

Make the hole look bigger on the course

Aim: To gain confidence on the golf course by making the hole seem bigger than it is

  1. Put 2 tees in the ground just in front of the hole, so they make the hole about half its actual width
  2. Try to make 5 putts from 4ft
  3. If you miss, start over


Sportsmart Golf at Moorabbin has very knowledgeable golf staff. We are experts in customising golf clubs to suit your individual needs. We also offer services of club fitting and repairs. With a fitting net and launch monitor in store, we have you covered for all your individual golf needs.