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Three The Hard Way

March 25, 2013

Is there such a thing as a floor that has too much traction?

Image courtesy of Bruce Ely and The OregonianAside from maintaining floors to achieve high-gloss cleanliness, our efforts largely focus on creating slip-resistant surfaces that ensure sure footing.

But, I am curious if there is a threshold where the amount of friction between shoe bottoms and a floor surface becomes a hindrance.

I never pondered this prior to the 2013 NCAA Tournament, but I am witnessing a phenomenon on the hardwoods that was not present during the regular season: Players running, jumping and jooking out of their shoes.

While I haven’t watched every game — I am exhibiting great willpower by not watching the live streaming coverage on my computer — I have seen, in some capacity, at least a half-dozen players lose their shoes.

Rather than balling their butts off, players' shoes seem to be the items of loss.

My observation comes only days after Hillyard’s SureFoot Game Day Mop was named the official floor mop of collegiate basketball.

I am not saying there is a direct correlation between the use of the new mop and the increasing incidence of players losing shoes, but I am also not claiming there isn’t.

official mop of ncaaSo, the question I have been qualifying with the above verbiage is, “Does the SureFoot Game Day Mop clean too well?”

Is this mop’s uncanny ability to remove soils and moisture from basketball courts the catalyst, or can the finger be pointed to a particular floor finish or traction-enhancing treatment?

Maybe there is no one single reason for the phantom footwear.

It is also possible that I am giving too much credit to the student-athletes’ abilities to properly tie their shoes.