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A Holiday Resolution: Better Family Fitness



Do you worry about the excessive amount of screen time family members get? Would you like to encourage more outdoor time and better fitness? Do you want to improve both the mind and the body of your family members? For all of these concerns, there is no better family gift—and no better way to encourage a successful New Year’s fitness resolution—than a new backyard court for basketball, tennis, volleyball, or multiple sports.

Grand Slam can help you plan a court that is a beautiful addition to your backyard. Best of all your new court will encourage physical activity in the sunshine and fresh air.

Here are some ideas for helping your family develop a fitness habit:

  1. Schedule a time for a family doubles game or basketball competition. You’ll not only have fun but teach good sportsmanship and how to be part of a team.
  2. Use the court as a gathering spot for friends and neighbors. Invite people to come over for an impromptu pick-up game and refreshments. Friendships are certain to grow while you get some exercise.
  3. If your children participate in organized sports, invite the whole team over for some practice time. Your kids will appreciate all the encouragement and support you can provide the team.
  4. In tennis, basketball and volleyball, drills are an important way to develop skills. Drills can also be a great way to develop fitness. Go online to find sets of drills that you can do with the other members of your family.
  5. Outdoor court play is a great way to balance screen time. Consider setting up a rule that for every hour of screen time, kids need to spend an hour playing outdoors. Giving them a second fun activity should make it easier to get them to adhere to screen time guidelines.

Do you have other ideas? Share them on our Facebook page—www.facebook.com/grandslamcourts.

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3 Benefits of Playing Sports for Kids

      1. SOCIAL BENEFITS

Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine reports that out of 14,000 high school athletes, the ones who regularly played sports were less likely to use drugs.

The National Household Survey of Drug Abuse found that students who played sports were less likely to have smoked cigarettes or used drugs and were more likely to disapprove of others using them.

The Women’s Sports Foundation has stated that female high school athletes are 80% less likely to become pregnant than non-athletes.

       2. ACADEMIC BENEFITS

Studies of children in Colorado, Wyoming and Iowa found that playing sports can increase success in the classroom. These studies showed that athletes have higher grade point averages, higher standardized test scores, better attendance records, lower dropout rates, and are more likely to go to college.

       3. CAREER BENEFITS

A survey of individuals who are Executive Vice Presidents of 75 Fortune 500 companies showed that 95% of them played sports in high school.

Playing sports may not guarantee higher incomes, and executive level jobs. But sports can prepare children for the leadership and team work skills, work ethic and determination that are needed to be leaders in the business world and in our communities.

THAT’S WHY YOU ENCOURAGE YOUR CHILDREN TO PLAY SPORTS!

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Mother's Day Ideas for the Fitness Fan



Would Mom like a new Sport Court from Grand Slam Courts for Mother's Day? Probably. But, since Mom's Day is in less than a week, it will be easier to purchase and wrap up these ideas.
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How to Create a Beautiful—and FUN—Backyard

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Having a beautiful backyard does not mean that the only thing you can do there is sit. We have had plenty of clients that longed for a backyard sport court or tennis court that would enhance their fitness and ability to have fun in their backyard. But, they worried that they would end up with a backyard that looked full of concrete.

It doesn’t have to be that way.

With some creative landscaping, including trees, plants, flagstone walkways, and retaining walls, it is possible to create a backyard court that seems to be part of a virtual oasis.

Below are some ideas. But, for a landscaping plan that works in your backyard, give us a call. We can provide a quote on installation of a court and recommend local landscapers to complete the lovely—and lively-- backyard you desire.

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What is Sports Worth to Your Family?

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Youth sports is reported to be a $15 Billion industry annually in the US. That is what parents across the country shell out for registration fees, uniforms and equipment, camps and coaching, travel expenses and facilities fees.

And the dollars are just the beginning of the sacrifices that some parents are willing to make to encourage their children’s athletic prowess. Participating in club teams demands lots of time. Some parents even give up time with their kids to send them to boarding schools that offer specialized athletic opportunities.

Clearly, this is lunacy for most sons and daughters. But, sports does have its benefits. And, when parents and kids can participate in sports together in their own backyard, that is the best possible athletic opportunity for the vast majority of kids. (That’s why we love to be able to install backyard Sport Courts for our clients.)

Time Magazine published an article last year on this phenomenon of youth sports and how it has become a lifestyle for many families. The article features 10-year-old Luke Martinez of San Antonio, who plays for the Alamo Drillers baseball team, which was ranked #1 nationally at the time in the 10-and-under group. In the article, Luke’s dad is quoted: “We have friends and family tell us that it’s too much, too soon. But this is his passion. I’m not going to stomp on it.”

Read the full article here and let us know what you think using the emojis below.
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What Did Outdoor Play Teach You?

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What is the most important thing that outdoor play taught you when you were young? We’d love to hear from you here. Share what you learned with us, and we will share that wisdom with our readers in future posts.

Outdoor play is one of the most important ways to encourage the healthy development in children. In days gone by, enticement may not have been necessary to get kids to play outdoors. But with so many children tethered to their electronic devices now, an investment in a Sport Court will draw your children and their friends into your backyard for hours of healthy playtime. What benefits do outdoor games provide that video games, television and social media don’t?         
  • They encourage healthy development of the mind—and the body!          
  • Children learn to work together, to collaborate, negotiate, share, and resolve conflict.         
  • Outdoor play enhances the development of leadership and decision-making skills.         
  • Creativity is encouraged.         
  • Outdoor games provide an opportunity for children to learn to compete.         
  • They allow children the opportunity to find a sport they can be passionate about participating in.       
  • They encourage parents and children to play together for great bonding experiences.
Share other ideas with us below.
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Why a Sport Court® Benefits Your Family

Check out this 3-minute video with testimonials from happy families who enjoy the fun and fitness benefits of having a Sport Court in their backyard.
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Why Choose Sport Court for Your Backyard

JC Baker, entrepreneur and former professional football running back, tells why he chose Sport Court. And how his Sport Court now benefits his family and his community.

 

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5 Things a Backyard Court Teaches Your Kids

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There is a general agreement that sports offer a great opportunity to teach kids important lessons. Having a backyard court means that the classroom to teach your children is much closer. Here are 5 things we think every child should learn that are enhanced by having a home court.

1. The Benefits of Physical Exercise--After just a few weeks of outdoor play, even your kids are likely to realize that they are getting stronger, quicker, and healthier. If all they do is sit indoors in front of a screen, they can't experience that.

2. The Fun of Competition--The world is a competitive place. Letting young people learn how to deal with competitive situations, and with both winning and losing, while in their own backyard is a great way to help them develop a healthy attitude about competition.

3. The Importance of Teamwork--Playing basketball, volleyball or doubles tennis helps kids learn how to work with others toward a goal.

4. The Value of Hard Work--Kids often idolize sports celebrities, but do not have a good sense of the amount of hard work it takes to develop professional-level skills and physical strength. Giving them an arena to work on developing their skills and talents for a sport is a great way to help them experience what real dedication looks like.

5. The Impact of Parental Guidance--There is no better place for parents and kids to experience bonding time than on the court. Kids learn to trust their parents' judgement and guidance in an atmosphere that is enjoyable and fund for all. It is a great way to teach concepts like honesty, sportsmanship, and responsibility.

Make sure your children have an opportunity to learn these important lessons. Let Grand Slam Courts install a court in your backyard. Call for a quote and to set a time to visit one of our demo courts here.

 

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