A while back I talked about my struggles to get Goaltimate to work on turf fields that you couldn’t physically anchor “into”, and documented a bit about how I thought I’d overcome those problems in “Turf Goaltimate Kit Reborn!“. Well, it’s been 9.5 months since then and we’re still using and happy with that same system, so it’s probably about time I illustrate it a little better. If you want the full part’s list, check that earlier post.
Flange attached to half of shelf:
Attach reducer to the flange/shelf assembly:
Take the bushing, and put it on one end of the pipe:
Insert the bushing/pipe assembly into the base:
Voila, a completed support (repeat for the other side):
Now assuming that you have an actual Goaltimate arch (generally out of PVC pipe) you can insert each end of the arch into one of these supports, add an Ulti bag, sandbag or some other “weight” to the extended portion of the shelf to provide additional stability. Ideally use something soft, or at least without any dangerous edges in case someone runs into it. It should be possible to run into the completed assembly and have the weight move and/or the arch fall down and/or the support come apart. All of those are definitely preferable to having a broken person. In almost a year of use, these mechanism has survived tumbles and collisions, has been responsible for zero injuries, and has not needed to have any components replaced.
Good luck, and let us know if you’re using it, or if you improve upon the design.