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The Top 10 Participant Sports Worldwide

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How Many Do You Play?

In the US, most would be able to name football, baseball and basketball as the most popular sports among viewers.

But, take the view outside of the US, and consider participant sports. What tops the popularity list then? You may be surprised how many of them are court-based games.

Here are the Top 10 according to research by RealBuzz.com:

#1 Soccer/Football—It is estimated that 265 million people participate in soccer competition. There are more than 5 million referees alone!

#2 Badminton—This one probably surprises you. It is especially popular in Asia, and 220 million people regularly participate in the sport.

#3 Field Hockey—Field hockey is a fast-paced sport that is played in 100 countries on 5 continents.

#4 Volleyball—Since it originated in America, we are more familiar with this sport. But, it has caught on and there are now 220 registered national federations across the globe.

#5 Basketball—From its American roots, basketball is now played in countries around the world.

#6 Tennis—Tennis is widely recognized as the most popular individual sport in the world. It is estimated that there are 60 million men and women who play it regularly. The doubles version is popular enough on its own to be #10 on this list.

#7 Cricket—We aren’t talking about bugs. Cricket is especially popular in the UK, Australia, Pakistan, India, and South Africa, but it is played in a total of 125 countries.

#8 Table Tennis—This indoor sport may not have as many international organizations behind it, but it is played across the globe in a variety of environments, including schools, social clubs, bars, and rec centers.

#9 Baseball—Another American invention, we are now sharing America’s pastime with 125 other nations.

#10 Golf—60 million people around the world play golf or visit a driving range at least once every year.

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How Much Fun Do You Have Space For?

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The vast majority of Grand Slam clients come to us questioning whether they have room in their backyard to accommodate a court. We’d like to assure you that you probably do!

Courts that combine pickleball and basketball play are the most popular choice today, and some clients choose to add volleyball, shuffleboard or batting cages. Those with enough space for a regulation tennis court can accommodate a full basketball court, as well. If you have an idea for a multi-game court, we will work with you to make it possible.

Most do not opt for a full court basketball design or a regulation-size tennis court. A basketball court with a single goal and complete three-point line is large enough to accommodate a pickleball court. By being creative, we can offer clients options that may not be regulation-size but will provide plenty of space for competitive play.

Here are some examples of courts that Grand Slam has built in the South Texas area and the dimensions of each. Notice the lines on the courts to see the games each court is designed for. To get a customized plan and quote for your backyard court, give Grand Slam Courts a call at 210-496-3399 or use the form here to inquire.

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20x28 Abbreviated Half Court (Basketball Only)

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24x40 Multi-Sport Court (Basketball & Volleyball)

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30x45 Multi-Sport Court (Basketball & Pickleball)

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30x60 Multi-Sport Court (Pickleball & Basketball)

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35x60 Multi-Sport Court (Pickleball & Basketball)

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45x62 Mini Full-Court (Basketball Only)

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40x70 Multi-Sport Court (Basketball, Volleyball & Pickleball)

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42x70 Full Court Basketball (Basketball Only)

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Stay Healthy With Regular Exercise in Your Backyard

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As it becomes more and more clear that COVID-19 is likely to stick around for a while, many people are looking to protect themselves by leading a healthier lifestyle. Good nutrition, refraining from smoking and too much alcohol are important elements. But so is regular exercise—and there’s no better way to ensure that it is easy and convenient to exercise than having your own backyard court from Grand Slam Courts.

How does regular exercise promote good health? The Center for Disease Control (CDC) identifies five benefits:

  1. Immediate Benefits: Mental and emotional health is improved. Children experience improved cognition and adults can reduce anxiety and depression. Better sleep, which promotes both mental and emotional health, is another benefit.
  2. Weight Management: Someone who exercises regularly has an easier time maintaining their weight within a healthy range.
  3. Reduce the Risk of Chronic Disease: Cardiovascular disease and diabetes can both be kept at bay through a regular exercise regimen. The CDC also suggests that the risk of several common cancers, like those of the lung, colon, breast and bladder, is lessened through regular exercise.
  4. Strengthen Bones and Muscles: By improving the strength of bones and muscles, the risk of broken bones and falls is decreased. Physical activity is beneficial for those with arthritis and can slow the progression of osteoporosis. It can generally improve your life and lifestyle as you age.
  5. Longer Life: For many, avoiding chronic illnesses, a sedentary lifestyle, and obesity is enough lead to a longer, better life.

To read what the CDC says, visit the agency’s website here.

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Back to School! Back to Sports!

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With kids going back to school now, many of them are also going back to participation in a variety of team and individual sports. Sports practice does potentially take time away from academics, but there are many advantages to building skill in a sport. That’s why Grand Slam Sports is proud of the work we have done for many families and communities to promote physical activity and athletics.

Obviously, participation in sports helps maintain a healthy body. It can also help reduce stress and improve sleep and mental health.

Team sports are a great way to strengthen friendships and learn leadership skills. Athletes often develop greater self-confidence and self-control. Many student athletes learn the discipline needed to successfully balance both academics and athletics. One could ask whether these students would achieve any of these benefits without their participation in sports.

Studies have demonstrated that physically active people are not only healthier but also perform better on tests of cerebral or intellectual ability. Most studies show that the more exercise a student gets, the greater their academic performance can become.

The British universities of Strathclyde and Dundee published a longitudinal study conducted among 5,000 children and adolescents. The study found strong links between exercise and exam success in English, math, and science. The increase in academic performance was estimated to start after 17 minutes of exercise for boys. And in the case of girls, the increase was detected after 12 minutes. Overall, children who exercise regularly are proven to be more academically inclined between the ages of 11 to 16.

Dr. Josie Booth of Dundee University explained: “Physical activity is more than just important for your physical health. There are other benefits and that is something that should be especially important to parents, policy-makers, and people involved in education.”

So, if your children live for school only because they enjoy recess and participating in sports, don’t worry. Physical activity is good for them! Make sure they spend time on your backyard Sport Court. Or give us a call to have a Sport Court installed in your backyard.

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Meet Wyatt Stone—Young Pickleball Champ Sponsored by Sport Court Texas

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Wyatt Stone had played all of the usual sports as a youth—baseball, basketball, football, and lacrosse. He had never played a racquet sport. But, a few years ago, he started to play pickleball at the local rec center courts in New Braunfels. Within weeks, he was hooked. Pickleball was his sport. Now he hopes to become a professional pickleball athlete. Although he is just 15, he is well on his way. In his latest accomplishment, he has also gained a sponsorship from Sport Court Texas.

After winning 3 medals in his first tournament in Oklahoma in 2019, Wyatt has earned more than 30 medals in junior tournaments and is beginning to compete at the adult level. He was the 2019 USAPA Junior National Singles Champion.

“There aren’t many sports that a 15-year-old kid can play with his 80-year-old grandfather, but pickleball is one,” Wyatt said.

Wyatt StoneAnd yet, Wyatt’s greatest desire is to get more young people involved in the sport. He admits that many think of pickleball as a sport for older folks.

“But whenever I have put a racquet in a young person’s hand, they have loved it,” he said. He and his coach organized a clinic to introduce the sport to youth in the New Braunfels area, and he said that all of the kids were leaving with pickleball racquets at the top of their Christmas list.

Wyatt is an IPTPA Certified Level 2 pickleball instructor. He says he typically puts in 30 hours of practice a week. He also has regular workouts with his coach, Matt Laz, a master teaching professional from Horseshoe Bay.

Wyatt is a member of the Pickleball Rocks Team, and has been named their National Junior Player Development Manager, which gives him responsibility for growing the sport among youth nationwide.

Said Pickleball Rocks CEO Rodney “Rocket” Grubbs, “This is an exciting time for the sport of pickleball.  So many great things are going on at both the pro level and the amateur level.  And now with the addition of Wyatt, we have just greatly increased our ability to help the sport of pickleball grow at the youth level. Wyatt already has a great reputation for being not only a very good young player, but for being a great advocate for players of all ages and skill levels. There are kids across the country who are just waiting to be invited to try pickleball and Wyatt will find them and get them on the courts.  I see him leading an amazing youth movement, and he will be great at it.  We are so happy to have him on our Pickleball Rocks Team.” 

In his association with Sport Court Texas, Wyatt will have an opportunity to advocate for Sport Court’s new SportGame PB product, a technological improvement in the typical acrylic pickleball surface. Like other Sport Court tile surfaces, it is designed to provide better shock absorption and lateral forgiveness to be easier on joints and prevent many injuries. It also provides years of play with little maintenance. But, the SportGame PB surface is also specially engineered for better pickleball bounce and traction.

Follow Wyatt in his quest for pickleball success on his Facebook page   and his website, WyattStonePickleballJunior.com.

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Choose Safety, Comfort and Durability for Your Pickleball Surface

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Pickleball is the newest court craze! A fun game. Fast. Yet easy to learn and improve quickly. Pickleball is also perhaps the ultimate court game that can be played by all ages.

Because the court is smaller than a tennis court and the balls and racquets are lighter, pickleball can be enjoyed by young kids as well as their grandparents. The smaller court size also makes a pickleball court a great combination with an abbreviated basketball court for backyard play.

Pickleball is traditionally played on a hard surface like a tennis court. But, that surface can be slippery and when a player falls, injuries are almost certain. If a backyard pickleball court is being used by both young and old, the new Sport Game PB by Sport Court is a better choice for several reasons. It provides better traction to prevent falls. Even when wet, water drains away from the surface to prevent slipperiness. Sport Court’s patented “lateral forgiveness” reduces joint and muscle strain when stretching to return balls. Additionally, the surface is designed to reduce court heat and is guaranteed for 15 years.

Pickleball is a great multi-generational game. It is fun for beginners and many adults have become addicted to the fast pace and competitive aspects of the game. You can watch professional pickleball tournaments on YouTube.

To see pickleball played live in San Antonio visit the San Antonio Sports and Social Club and Chicken N Pickle. No matter the time of day, you are likely to see pickleball play there. More information about the San Antonio pickleball community can be found at the San Antonio Pickleball page on Facebook.

When you are ready for your own backyard court, contact us at Grand Slam Courts. We can design and build a court for the space in your backyard, and show you how to expand the recreational opportunities of your court with basketball and hockey goals and volleyball nets. Call us at 210-496-3399 to make an appointment for us to visit your home and give you a quote.

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Questions to Ask When Contracting for a Backyard Court

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The team at Grand Slam Courts has built more than 450 courts in the San Antonio area over our 15 years in business. We have met with thousands of people about building basketball courts, tennis courts, pickleball courts, and multi-game courts in backyards, community parks, and for churches, hotels, and schools.

We have answered many questions from these clients. Here are some you may not have thought of:             

Question: How do I know the best place to build a court?

Answer: That is where our experience can be helpful. There are some rules about where you can’t build a court. For example, most properties are subject to setbacks designated by ordinance or building codes. We are familiar with those in the San Antonio area. The property itself may present some restrictions like large trees, tree roots, and septic tanks. Drainage, slopes, and soil conditions may present other considerations, although these can often be overcome in our construction planning.

Question: What are the most popular courts you build now?

Answer: A very popular combination now is an abbreviated basketball court combined with a pickleball court. Basketball courts have always been the most popular choice in South Texas, and it is easy to add lines and a pickleball net, so the courts also offer racquet game play.

Question: How can I make my investment in a backyard court more valuable?

Answer: There are several possible answers to this question, depending upon the client’s desires. Making the court into a multi-game play space is one answer. Another is adding lights, so play can continue after dark. Extending play beyond the hottest hours of the day in Texas is an obvious way to encourage greater usage of the court. Another option is to make the new court part of an overall landscaping improvement project, which can be expected to improve resale value of the home.

Question: Do Sport Court surfaces require lots of maintenance?

Answer: No! That is one of the top selling points for a Sport Court surface. Most other courts are built on a concrete subfloor to which an acrylic surface very much like acrylic paint is applied. This surface must be reapplied every couple of years (depending upon the amount of use the court receives). If these courts are not resurfaced, they become slippery and unsafe for play.

Generally, Sport Court surfaces are maintenance-free. An occasional power wash is usually all that is needed. If a tile is damaged, it can be replaced easily without resurfacing the entire court.

Question: What are the other aspects of the Sport Court surface that make it superior to other options?

Answer: There are many. Sport Court-branded surfaces are highly engineered for safety. Over more than 40 years, Sport Court has developed a unique surface through testing and research. The surface is designed to provide “give” so there are fewer injuries and less-severe injuries. Sport Court surfaces “float,” so water drains, keeping the playing area drier and less slippery. Sport Court surfaces are durable. We know of cases where a Sport Court has served multiple generations of players.

Finally, Sport Court is only installed by authorized and factory-trained dealers like Grand Slam Courts in San Antonio. This ensures that the court is constructed and installed exactly the way that the manufacturer intended for the greatest safety and durability.

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Building a Legacy Dream Court for the Boys and Girls Club

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Grand Slam Courts is proud to have built its second NCAA Legacy Court in San Antonio. The latest court was unveiled April 1 at the East Side Clubhouse of the Boys and Girls Club on Martin Luther King Drive.

The project was funded with contributions primarily from the NCAA, Nancy Lieberman Charities, the Santikos Foundation and San Antonio Sports.

Each year, the NCAA leaves behind Legacy Courts in the cities that host the Men’s and Women’s Final Four. In 2018, the NCAA’s Legacy Court for the Men’s Finals was built by Grand Slam Courts at the Higgs Carter King Gifted and Talented Academy on San Antonio’s West Side. Grand Slam Courts was chosen to build the Legacy Court commemorating the Women’s Final Four this year.



“Because Nancy Lieberman Charities joined forces with the NCAA for this latest project, the court at the East Side Clubhouse is called a Nancy Lieberman ‘Dream Court.’ That organization, founded by WNBA Hall of Famer Nancy Lieberman, has built basketball courts for disadvantaged communities all over the nation,” explained Brent Poss, the owner of Grand Slam Courts.

“Nancy Lieberman herself said she thought the Sport Court that Grand Slam built was the most beautiful transformation she had seen among all of those courts her charity has funded,” he added.

The new court replaces two asphalt tennis courts that Poss said probably had not been used in years. “The asphalt surface was crumbling, and did not provide a safe place for play,” he said.

Now the Boys and Girls Club and the surrounding community can enjoy playing on a beautiful Sport Court surrounded by artificial turf and a fence. A group of children served by the Boys and Girls Club put their mark on the new play area by adding their handprints to a mural attached to the fence.

The group behind the project began talks with Poss and the Grand Slam Courts team in October of last year, Poss said. “We knew that with the restrictions surrounding COVID-19, we might have to be flexible and ready to complete the project quickly. With the NCAA deciding to hold the entire tournament in San Antonio and Central Texas only in early February, that gave us the go-ahead to begin construction. We had no problem completing the project in time for the Grand Opening April 1.”


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Choose a Locally-Based Court Builder with a Superior Product

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Grand Slam Courts is a locally-owned and operated court builder that installs the most popular modular court system in the US—the Sport CourtTM brand. We think that adds up to a trouble-free building process and superior court surface for our clients.

Brent Poss, the owner of Grand Slam Courts in San Antonio, has been in the court-building business for almost 15 years. His passion is giving San Antonio area families, businesses, and communities durable courts that encourage fitness, fun and competition.

Building a court for a backyard or a public area is not just a matter of laying down some concrete and painting some lines on it. That kind of court construction results in a playing surface that will soon be dangerously cracked and an eyesore.

The Grand Slam Courts team of court builders is factory trained, licensed, insured, and ready to provide you with the customer service and expertise that is synonymous with Sport Court.

To get started, contact Grand Slam Courts using our Request a Quote form. We will schedule a time to visit your location and offer guidance on the best place to build the court and the sizes that could be accommodated by the space available. You tell us the games you want to play on the court, and we will come up with a plan to maximize your fun.

Once the client’s decisions are made, we will take care of getting any permits needed and schedule a time to begin construction. In creating the plan for construction, we take into consideration any drainage issues, slope, and the likelihood of the soil shifting. We will construct the subfloor based upon the size of the court, its use, and the requirements of the space. Then the Sport Court surface is applied, and goals, nets, and lines are added. We can also bring in landscape experts, so the court is integrated into the overall design of the space.

One of the most important services Grand Slam Courts offers is service after the sale. Although Sport Court surfaces are extremely durable, court maintenance is sometimes needed. Grand Slam Courts’ long history in the San Antonio area means that you can count on its team to be available when you need help—whether next year or ten years from now.

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How Much Fun Can You Have in Your Backyard?

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Sometimes the measure of how much fun is possible IS based upon the size of the backyard. Grand Slam Courts builds a variety of courts. Single game courts for basketball, tennis or pickleball. Or, multi-game courts that offer a combination of these three with options for volleyball, badminton, roller hockey, futsal, shuffleboard and four square. It all depends upon the size of the backyard and the court chosen.

For example, a full-sized tennis court, which is generally at least 120’ x 60’, can also accommodate an NBA or college regulation-sized basketball court, pickleball, and more.

If you choose an NBA/college regulation-sized basketball court (94’ x 50’) or a high school-sized court (84’ x 50’), you can also have a pickleball court, badminton, volleyball, shuffleboard and roller hockey.

Choose a regulation-sized pickleball court (44’ x 20’) and you can also play badminton and add a basketball goal. Or increase the court’s width from 20’ to 50’ and you can have both pickleball and a half-court basketball court with full width three-point shot lines.

There are smaller courts for basketball play, of course. Take a look at the Sport Court Court Builder App and you will find options for courts as small as 30’ x 30’.

Add LED lighting, and play can be extended long into the night.

Even if you have the overall space for a larger court, you may think that the terrain prohibits building the court of your dreams. Give Grand Slam Courts a call. We will visit your property and give you options that help you make the most of the square footage and terrain.

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A Durable Court for Multi-Generational Play

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A Janesville, Wisconsin family installed a Sport Court basketball court in their backyard back in 2003, when their oldest son was in high school. Now, almost 20 years later, the boys have left home, but the court continues to offer fun and fitness to new generations of basketball players.

“I’ve let everyone know it’s a park, and anyone is welcome to use it at any time. I’ve got a little mini fridge with water and ice pops for them, and there’s kids there all summer long just playing,” said homeowner Barry Badertscher.

Barry played hoops with his sons Cy, Chance and Cade when they were in public school in Janesville. The court was a big upgrade from the driveway hoop they had played on previously. Recently LED lighting was added, so the neighborhood kids can continue play after dark.

Although there are no grandchildren yet, the Badertscher family has fun times waiting for the next generation right in their backyard. The durability of the Sport Court surface ensures that a backyard Sport Court will last for years with little maintenance. Get a quote on a Sport Court for your backyard or community recreation area here.

See the entire story about the Badertscher’s court in the Janesville GazetteXtra here.

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New Pickleball Surface from SportCourt

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Sport Court Introduces a New Surface Designed for Pickleball Play

Sport Court just introduced SportGame PB, the company’s newest sport surface specifically engineered for pickleball. The new surface is designed to last more than 15 years with little or no maintenance. Both recreational and serious competitors will enjoy playing on SportGame PB. Like all SportCourt surfaces, it maximizes safety and reduces the risk of injury.





Best of all, even though this new surface is engineered for pickleball, it is equally appropriate for basketball play. So, those who wish can opt for a multi-game court. Combining pickleball with a large half-court basketball court is one of the most popular choices that Grand Slam’s clients have made in the past year.

Pickleball continues to grow in popularity. It is a great game for all ages. The racquets are smaller and lighter than tennis rackets, so even young children can play. And the court itself is smaller than a tennis court, so strength and mobility are not as important to competitive success. For those who enjoy court games, a pickleball court is a great option, since the space required for the court is more common in homeowners’ backyards.

Learn more about SportCourt pickleball courts here Then request a quote from Grand Slam here.

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Reduce Your Stress with Exercise

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2020 has been a stressful year. If you aren’t worried about COVID-19, maybe it’s job security, paying your bills, or even politics that has filled your life with anxiety.

The easy answer is exercise, and it’s especially easy if you have a Sport Court in your backyard or neighborhood recreation area.

Exercise is a great stress reducer. It gives you a sense of overall health and well-being and just makes you feel better about yourself. Here’s how:

  • Exercise increases the level of endorphins in your body. Endorphins are the feel-good neurotransmitters produced by the brain when you engage in aerobic activity.
  • Exercise not only reduces stress in your body, it protects your body from the effects of stress on the cardiovascular, digestive and immune systems.
  • A fast-paced game of tennis or pickleball takes your mind off the problems of the day. The effect is almost like meditation or mindfulness techniques that force a person to focus on the response of their body instead of their worries.
  • Exercise can improve your sleep, which in turn improves your mood, your energy levels, and your productivity.

The best thing about exercise as a stress-relief technique is that it can be fun! Do what you enjoy—basketball, volleyball, swimming, tennis, running, bicycling, or whatever. Here are some suggestions for making your exercise routine more enjoyable:

  • Invite a friend or family member to join you. Exercise does not need to be a solitary activity.
  • Set goals for yourself. You will find that your sense of well-being is enhanced when you meet your goals. Goals can be as simple as a set number of days a week of activity. Or your goal might be to lower your pulse rate or meet a weight target.
  • If you find yourself getting bored with your exercise routine, it is easy to make changes. Try a new sport. Buy or borrow some new equipment. Try changing your schedule to do more different activities for shorter periods of time.

If you don’t have a Sport Court available for your use, give Grand Slam Courts a call for a quote on adding one to your backyard.

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San Antonio is FitCitySA

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Clients of Grand Slam Courts who have a backyard Sport Court have lots of physical fitness opportunities right outside their door. The Office of the Mayor of San Antonio is interested in providing a variety of opportunities to the whole citizenry for physical exercise, dietary wellness, and mental health resources. The website FitCitySA.com is a one-stop source for information about these topics and for local resources.

Although COVID-19 has had an effect on the volume of information on the website, the calendar is being kept up with events and classes of various kinds. Many of them are now virtual, online classes. Join a cooking class for diabetes patients. Or a Zumba class for seniors. Or a class on the benefits of acupuncture. There are also links to events sponsored by San Antonio organizations like the YMCA and the Witte Museum.

Next time you are trying to fight the boredom of COVID restrictions, visit the FitCitySA.com website for some healthy ideas.
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Tips for Making a 3-Pointer from Asher Angel


Disney film star Asher Angel loves to play basketball on his home Sport Court. Here he shows fans of the game how to successfully launch a 3-point shot.
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Take a Tip from Aaron Gordon

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Aaron Gordon, forward with the Orlando Magic, has a tip for all those basketball fans that want to be more than spectators. Watch him demonstrate a jab step in this video from the National Basketball Players Association. Notice the demonstration is being done on Sport Court's high-tech surface. Enjoy!
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Make Your Home Your Castle

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COVID-19 has caused many of Grand Slam Courts’ clients to consider making improvements to their home. If we are going to have to spend more time at home than in the past, why not make it as comfortable, relaxing, and entertaining as possible? Plus, if you are restricted from using public outdoor facilities, why not make your own backyard a place that offers greater enjoyment?

A backyard home improvement project is a great investment for your family. Fresh air and sunshine promote a healthy mind and body. Surrounding yourself with natural beauty will increase your enjoyment of the outdoors. And having something to do in the backyard that gets your heart beating and puts your competitive spirit in gear is also important for physical and mental health.

As all of us have learned in recent months, having a home that is also your castle is a big plus when you must spend nearly all your time there.

When you view photos of the world’s most beautiful castles, you will undoubtedly see that they are surrounded by beautifully landscaped lawns and gardens. Your yard may not be as large as that of most castles, but your backyard can become an oasis of trees, shrubs, flowers, and lush, green lawn.

If your backyard just needs a little sprucing up to be a more welcoming space, you may be able to avoid hiring a landscaper. Remove old overgrown plants. Replace them with new plantings. Add some new plants, edging, and other outdoor décor. You will find a large selection of everything from bird houses, fire pits, planters, outdoor lighting, trellises, border edging and much more from San Antonio online retailers, GardenGateDecor.com.

But, to make sure your backyard is not just a serene place to relax, you need to add some recreation. A sport court from Grand Slam Courts will complete your castle set-up. The client shown above added both a half-court basketball court and a court for racquet sports. Great idea!

Once your “castle” is complete, enjoy it! And, when COVID-19 is a thing of the past, invite all your family and friends to enjoy your custom-designed backyard/recreation area. Biggest problem? They may want to move in! Give us a call to get a quote on completing your castle with a new backyard court from Grand Slam Courts.

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Add Pickleball to Your Repertoire

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Many Grand Slam clients building half-court basketball courts in their backyard know that they want multi-sport capability. Today, one of the most popular options is adding boundary markings and a net for pickleball.

A standard half-court for basketball is 30’ x 50’, so the 20’ x 44’ standard pickleball court fits nicely within that space.  Add a low net similar to one used for tennis, and you are in business.

Why is pickleball so popular? There are several aspects of the game that make it a favorite.

It’s a Racket Game that Requires Limited Space—You could fit four pickleball courts inside a standard tennis court. Those who enjoy racket games do not need a lot of space for a pickleball court.

It’s a Social Game—Two to four players can enjoy playing together.

It’s a Game for All Ages—The rules are easy to learn, and because the court is small everyone from children to seniors can play—and play together! The game can be fast-paced and fun when the players have honed their skills. But, it can also be played at a slower pace. The rackets are small enough and light enough for kids, and you don’t need a long stride to cover the court. The game is played with a “wiffle” ball, so it’s not as likely to sail into the neighbor’s yard.

Having a pickleball court in your backyard may make your home a popular neighborhood hangout spot, but there are now many communities with pickleball leagues that typically meet in parks and recreational areas. If you want to see what this sport is all about, search online for pickleball courts near you. Once you experience this game, you’ll want your own pickleball court in your backyard. Give Grand Slam a call for a quote.

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Fitness When the Gym is Closed

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Going to the gym is an important fitness routine for many people. It is also a social outlet for many—one that is sorely missed in this time of “social distancing.”

Although it may be impossible to replicate all of the benefits that a fitness center provides, it is possible to get or stay fit at home—even without a lot of equipment. If you have a backyard Sport Court from Grand Slam Courts, it is even easier to stay fit at home.

Exercise physiologists identify five elements contributing to overall fitness:

  1. A warmup
  2. Some kind of cardiovascular or aerobic workout
  3. Resistance (strength) training
  4. Flexibility exercises
  5. A cooldown

A warmup could be as simple as an easy walk around the yard or an easy bike ride around the neighborhood. Or try shooting hoops for a few minutes, changing your position with each shot.

For a cardiovascular workout, jumping rope on your SportCourt or doing sprints across the tennis court will suffice. Or up your tennis or basketball game enough to get your heart rate up. That is the most important element in cardiovascular fitness.

There are many ways to create a resistance training effect. Use the weight of your own body and do squats, crunches, or lunges. Or use resistance bands to build strength and muscle tone.

Floor stretches or yoga poses are great for building flexibility. These can be done anywhere, but the surface of a Sport Court offers enough cushioning to be ideal if you do not have a mat.

The cooldown should be similar to the warmup and should continue long enough to bring your heart rate down to its resting level.

Exercise experts recommend that beginners aim for about 30 minutes of cardiovascular work 3 times a week, and 20-30 minutes of strength training 3 times weekly. You do not need to do both cardiovascular and strength work on the same day.

Start slowly and build the amount of time and the intensity of your workout. If you begin to experience pain in joints or muscle groups, back off your routine to give your body a chance to heal.

One of the challenges to working out at home are distractions. The phone, kids, TV, Internet, etc. can all pull a person away from their exercise routine. If so, try exercising in the backyard, or on your backyard Sport Court. The distractions can be kept at a minimum, and you can enjoy the extra benefit of sunshine and fresh air.

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Use Your Backyard Basketball Court for Birthday Party Fun

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Three Games for Groups of all Ages

A basketball-themed party is a great idea for birthdays, whether the honoree is 6 or 60. Here are some basketball party games you can play on your backyard basketball court.

Basket Toss

Who says that playing with a basketball hoop requires using a basketball? Gather up an assortment of household items that could be tossed into a hoop. Examples are sponges, tennis balls, football balls, soccer balls, wadded up paper, a plastic sports bottle, a plastic flower pot, a small pillow or stuffed animal or a water balloon. Use your imagination!

Put each item in a paper lunch bag marked with an appropriate number of points based upon how difficult, generally, it would be to score a basket with the item. Allow each player an opportunity to draw one of the lunch bags out of a larger basket and give each 3 chances to make a basket with the item inside. Depending upon how many players and time you have, you can do several rounds of the basketball toss competition.

Give the player with the most points a prize. (You may have more than one winner if there are ties.)

Musical Basketball Bounce

Have players form a circle large enough for an arms length of distance between each. The game is played like musical chairs, except the players stand in one position and bounce pass the basketball or toss it around the circle while the music plays. The person holding the ball when the music stops is given one chance to make a basket from the free throw line. If they are not successful, they are out of the game. Otherwise, they join the rest of the players for the next round. The play continues until just one person remains. That person is the winner.

Basketball Relay Race

Here is a game that can by played on your backyard court by teams. You will need two basketball jerseys large enough to fit over all participants’ clothes and two basketballs.

Divide the participants into two teams and line up each team as far away from the basket as possible. At the blow of a whistle, the first member of each team puts on one of the jerseys and dribbles down to the basket. They toss the ball up until they make a basket and then retrieve the ball and dribble it back to the next player. The jersey is switched to the next team member and the relay continues in this way until all teammates have scored a basket. The first team to complete the relay wins.

Hope you have lots of party fun on your backyard basketball court!

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