Jason

Jason

Name- Jason

Position at Lifetime Products- Product Marketing Manager for the Sporting Goods category.
 
My favorite products from Lifetime- Our current family favorite is the Big Stuff Hard Roof Play set.  The boys and their cousins LOVE it!  Since our home has the tendency to become a gathering place, we get the most use out of our large array of Lifetime Folding Tables.  We have our eye on the Ace Flyer for Christmas.  I have grand plans for The 60” Lifetime Mammoth Basketball System, I just need to first do a little backyard excavation for the play area. 

Can you make 121 free throws in a row?  We know someone who did!  During the Dick’s Sporting Goods Store grand opening event in Layton, Utah, we had a customer at our booth make 121 free throws in a row to set the record and win a Lifetime Basketball System! We also had a child make 95 free throws in a row.  Pretty impressive numbers. The free throw contest was just one of the many activities Lifetime sponsored at the new Dick’s Sporting Goods in Layton, Utah during its grand opening the weekend of September 16-18.  Since Dick’s Sporting Goods sells our products, they invited Lifetime to take part in the celebration.  This was a great community event that brought out hundreds of people in our local area.  The three-day event started with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday mor... More

With the start of a new school year, parents tend to have a lot on their mind. One topic that seems to come up a lot is playground safety. Although Lifetime doesn’t influence school ground safety, Lifetime does make a variety of home playground equipment built specifically with your child’s safety in mind. We have rubberized chain grips on our swing sets and playsets to prevent little fingers from being caught or pinched, and all hard edges have been rounded or covered. Our UV-protected, powder-coated steel and high-density polyethylene are heat resistant and will not burn kids on a sunny day like many metal or plastic outdoor toys. Our playground equipment passes all playground safety standards to ensure your child’s safety. Our playground equipment is built durable and safe; however, it is also important ... More

Last week, Lifetime spent more than three days participating in the Outdoor Retailer’s Summer Market Show held at the Salt Palace in Salt Lake City, Utah. From small shops and regional chains, to the largest national and international retailers, Outdoor Retailer attracts thousands of buyers and decision makers that are looking for outdoor specific products, services, brands, fresh idea, and outdoor innovation. With our recent developments in the water sports industry, Lifetime was well represented at the show and was able to show off some new products and designs. We are excited to continue innovating and moving forward in kayak and paddleboard development. While attending the show, I couldn’t help thinking about how great it is to be a company headquartered in Utah. Thousands of businesses from all ov... More

One of the coolest things about working for a manufacturing company is that I get to make products that people love and use in their everyday lives. Having our headquarters in Clearfield, Utah gives Lifetime the opportunity to use our products and resources throughout the community. I am always happy when we can help someone out. We recently had the opportunity to do just that. This basketball story below is from our friend Anthony, from the Department of Corrections facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. I am grateful to Anthony for sharing this experience and hope they are enjoying the new basketball system! “I bought a hoop in 2002 for our officers to use as a way to get in some exercise while at the office. We had no idea at the time it would transform into what it did. We used the hoop for some great interoffice ... More

The fast-growing sport of stand-up paddleboarding is an easy, exciting way to play and explore on water. It offers a great full-body workout and is quickly becoming a favorite for people of all ages. With minimal equipment required, paddleboarding is perfect for ocean surf, lakes, ponds and other flat-water paddling. The new Lifetime Freestyle™ Paddleboard is surfing to shelves nationwide and making waves in the competitive water sports market with its low price point and beginner-friendly design. Engineered to provide great stability and tracking, the wide hull design offers safe and stable performance in both surf and flat water. Our paddleboard features two adjustable fins that allow the board to easily slice through various water conditions. In addition, the extra-large Ethylene Vinyl Acetone (EVA) foam pads provid... More

On occasion, I have been asked whether I prefer a straight or an angled pole when selecting a portable basketball system. At first glance, an angled pole may appear to have performance or safety advantages, but when looked at from an engineer’s perspective, some deeper insights can be gained. I sat down with one of Lifetime’s head engineers to discuss why Lifetime chooses to use straight basketball poles on our systems. Ed has been an engineer at Lifetime Products since 1993 and has played a large role in developing our basketball systems over the years. Here are some of his insights on angled vs. straight basketball systems. Are basketball systems with an angled pole less likely to tip over than ones with a vertical pole? The stability of a portable system has to do with the weight of the backboard and the we... More

Last week, 49 of 50 states in America had snow on the ground in at least some part of the state. Florida was the only state to escape the big snow storms hitting the rest of the country.  With cold temperatures upon us, there are many questions that come up about winterizing basketball systems and what steps should be taken to ensure your system is ready for next spring. Here are some FAQs that will hopefully shed some light on questions you may have concerning your basketball hoop. Q:  Should I use antifreeze in a Lifetime portable base during the winter months? A:  No, antifreeze is not necessary. Lifetime bases are made out of high-density polyethylene plastic that is flexible enough to expand with the water when it freezes. Q:  What other maintenance is required to weatherize my basketball sy... More

Since our beginning in 1986, Lifetime has revolutionized the sporting goods industry by inventing the first basketball system that could be adjusted in seconds. Today, Lifetime is the world leading manufacturer of residential basketball systems and continues to bring new, innovative products to the market. We are excited to tell you about two new height adjustment mechanisms for our basketball systems. The first is the Front Adjust®. As its name suggests, this adjustment mechanism allows you to adjust the height of your basketball pole from the front of the basketball system, instead of from behind. With this convenient new location, there is no need to walk around to the back of the system, and it is easier for people of all ages and heights to adjust their basketball hoop. It has a two-handed grip that easily allows yo... More

Occasionally our family likes to take a time out from our usual dinner routine and enjoy something unique from a culture different than ours.  Last week, since Chinese New Year was in full swing, we thought it would be a great opportunity to enjoy a part of the rich Chinese culture.  Oftentimes we celebrate with extended family or a couple of families in our neighborhood but this year we decided to try something a little more trouble-free and just celebrated with our little family.  We started by bringing one of our Lifetime 6 foot folding banquet tables up from the basement and placing it (with the legs unfolded) on a couple of short storage bins.  This allowed the table to sit about 18 inches from the ground.  Although sitting on the floor isn’t necessarily a dining practice in the Chinese cul... More

Is there anything more fun in the wintertime than coming in after an afternoon of fun in the snow and enjoying a cup of hot cocoa?  It is definitely something we look forward to . . . especially if we are hosting family or close friends.  We have a delicious hot chocolate recipe we use that I would like to share.  Offering an assortment of fun additives to your cocoa makes it even more memorable!  You may also want to consider serving the hot chocolate outside.  A Lifetime adjustable-height folding table makes set-up quick and easy whether you are setting it up inside or out.  Most of us don’t have a thermal Airpot dispenser kicking around the house, so a large thermos or a crock-pot set to low will make sure that your cocoa will still stay warm so you won’t have to miss out on that l... More

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Holiday Entertaining—Hosting an Open House
The holidays always stimulate the desire to connect with people in my life that I have been meaning to spend time with all year long. A holiday open house is a drop-in event and is the perfect solution to have family, friends, co-workers and neighbors over for an afternoon of good food and warm hospitality. An open house gives your guests the option of choosing a time in the afternoon that fits into their busy holiday schedule and gives you the opportunity to catch up with many near and dear in one casual event. Follow these guidelines for the easiest and most delicious open house yet! Happy Holidays! Send your paper invitations 3-4 weeks in advance as social calendars around the holidays can fill up fast. Or send an e-vite via the internet. Guests can get all the information to your open house including a map to your hom...
Tetherball Comes Around Again - In a New Portable Version
My son is in kindergarten this year and I love hearing what fun things he does in school each day since its all so new to him. Last week he came home and couldnt wait to tell me about gym class - they had played tetherball! Wow, does that bring back some memories. Apparently, Im not the only one that remembers standing in line during school recess waiting for my turn to take the big swing. A few weeks ago, one of the popular Twitter topics was #whenwewereyoung. (BTW, you can follow us on Twitter @Lifetime 365!) I was surprised to read how many people tweeted about tetherball memories! Some fond, some not so fond...guess it depends on if they were hit by the ball!?! Well, good news! Tetherball is no longer limited to school playgrounds! Lifetime has made a new portable tetherball you can have in your own backyard or drivew...
August Profit Sharing
Twice a year, we at Lifetime get togethertohearcompany updates, seenew products, andshare company profit from theyear.Profit Sharingis aLifetime tradition where the company shares a tenth of it's profits with allemployees. Call it a summer bonus celebration--everyone is excited to see how our hard work has paid offand how that works into our share total. Thismeetingwas as great as ever, with 20 new products shown and good news on our sales totals for 2010. Lifetime is healthy, growing strong, and innovating exciting newproducts for the home. Keep checking this blog and our Facebook and Twitter account to get the first word when these products are released!