News from the Court

Check out News from the Court for information about your favorite teams and sports, physical fitness, and the latest updates from Grand Slam and Sport Court®.

Adding Vibrant Color to Your Backyard Court

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Remember when every tennis court was green? Outdoor basketball courts were mostly gray concrete? Such is not the case today. Grand Slam Courts’ clients today can choose from an array of colors to complement their home, their landscape, or to honor their favorite teams.

Sport Court’s surfaces come in a wide variety of colors including yellow, green, blue, purple, red, black, gray and white. Whatever suits your imagination and desire, we can bring to life in your backyard.

Over the years, a number of teams have attempted to get noticed by playing their home games on unusual colors. Think of Boise State University, that began playing football on a blue synthetic turf field in 1986.

Brightly colored courts are common now in the world of professional tennis. That is often an attempt to establish a brand for professional tennis tournaments. But in the years since the first non-green tennis courts were introduced, the USTA discovered that blue and purple courts make it easier for the folks watching on television to see the yellow tennis balls.

Among those building community tennis or basketball courts, we recommend choosing darker colors. Because it is difficult to control the footwear used on the court and the type of play that might take place without authorization (ie, skateboarding or rollerblading), we find that darker colors usually hide marks better.

On the other hand, darker colors will retain more heat, and in Texas that is sometimes a big consideration for our clients.

Grand Slam Courts can offer advice and guidance on colors that would best suit the area where the court will be built. And, yes, we can do an orange court.

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From an Empty Lot to A Lot of Backyard Fun!

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See this recent project by Grand Slam Courts, which transformed this backyard into a place of fun, fitness, and recreation! Building beautiful, durable courts is our business. Making them a part of your family's recreational time together provides an opportunity for better health, entertainment, and lots of memory-making!

Call Grand Slam Courts for a quote on a new court for your home or business.
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Multi-Sport Courts Are Multi Fun!

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Everyone knows that Grand Slam Courts builds basketball courts and tennis courts. Did you know that one of these courts can double—or even triple—as a court for other sports and games?

We know that Grand Slam Courts is installing family fun. Our Sport Courts™ offer entertainment and physical activity for all ages—from the preschooler to grandpa. Many of our clients tell us that their Sport Court has been a great investment because it can be used for so many games—and as the kids grow up, they develop more skill and use it in different ways.

Here is a list of some of the games that can be combined on our Multi-Sport Courts for even more fun. Start with a basketball and/or tennis court. Add markings and accessories for:

Short Court Tennis

Pickleball

Volleyball

Roller Hockey

4-Square

Shuffleboard

Soccer

Futsal

Tennis Drill Backboard

Maybe you can think of other court games that could be added to your backyard Grand Slam Court. If so, give us a call and we can help you with a customized design that will add beauty and value to your backyard landscape.

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Yes! Grand Slam Builds Pickleball Courts!

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Pickleball is one of the nation’s fastest growing sports. Those who play the sport say that it is fun, fast, and easy for all ages to pick up and play well.

Pickleball is played on a court that is like a tennis court, but smaller. A pickleball court is 20 feet wide by 44 feet long. That makes the dimensions of the marked court about 44% of the size of a standard tennis court. Because a pickleball is not as lively as a tennis ball, however, the surface area needed to play pickleball court is closer to 25% of what a tennis court requires.

Pickleball is played with a paddle that is larger than a ping pong paddle and made with a graphite frame and a hitting surface that contains a composite material, often a polymer. The balls look like whiffle balls and are less than 3 inches in diameter. The net has somewhat tighter webbing than a tennis court net and stands 34 inches high at the center of the court.

One fan of the sport described the game this way: Imagine playing ping pong while standing on the table!

There are several places to play pickleball in the San Antonio area. Find some courts here. Try it out. And when you get hooked, give Grand Slam Courts a call about building a pickleball court in your backyard.

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Most Beautiful Tennis Courts in the World

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Those of us who work at Grand Slam Courts tend to think that some of the world's most beautiful tennis courts are right here in San Antonio and Central Texas--and we built them!

But, there are some rather stunning tennis courts in other parts of the world. We know that many of our clients are world travelers, and would enjoy playing on courts like those at Wimbledon and at Melbourne Park, the home of the Australian Open. But, there are other beautiful tennis courts out there that are not as well-known--but are nevertheless stunningly beautiful.

Here are a few examples:

The tennis courts at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel on the Big Island of Hawaii are pictured above. Within view of the Kohala Coast, playing on these courts might be an exercise in trying to stay focused on the game. The surroundings seem rather distracting in their beauty.



Talk about distracting! The tennis court above is found in Tanzania in the midst of the Serengeti. It looks like the competitors might have large animals of many types cross the courts during play.



These tennis courts are found at Stanglwirt in the Austrian Alps. A "wellness resort," Stanglwirt is in a stunning setting, and players on the tennis courts there enjoy spectacular views of the Alps.

Tennis on world-famous courts like these is a special treat. Our clients' Grand Slam courts may not be set in exotic locations like these. But, the fact that they are right outside the door to their home makes them a convenient place to enjoy the game.

See some of our beautiful tennis courts here.
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Outdoor Play Results in Outstanding Fitness

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Many people associate health and fitness with a gym membership. A fitness club or gym is a great way to get consistent exercise. But, it’s not for everyone. In fact, there are some very good reasons to spend more time exercising outdoors—on your Sport Court from Grand Slam Courts. Or on your bike or wearing your running shoes. For example:

Being Outside Is a Special Pleasure for the Senses

For those who are cooped up inside office buildings or schools during the week, being outdoors can be a special treat. Enjoy the warmth of the sun on your skin. Listen to the birds chirping in the trees. Allow yourself to stop and appreciate trees, flowers, grass, and wildlife.

Get Yourself Some Natural Vitamin D

Called the “sunshine vitamin,” vitamin D promotes calcium absorption and maintaining healthy bones. Your body produces vitamin D when it is exposed to the sun’s rays. Vitamin D is especially important for women, who are at greater risk for osteoporosis.

Exercising Outdoors is a Mood Boost

According to one study of 800 participants, those who exercised outdoors reported increased energy and a greater sense of well-being, while also experiencing decreased anger and frustration. Those who exercised outdoors were also more likely to continue to exercise, compared with those who exercised only indoors.

Exercising outdoors does expose you to some additional inconveniences, though. Make sure you wear sunscreen, for example. Use 2-3 tablespoons over your exposed body and reapply every two hours—especially if you are really working up a sweat. Wear a hat and sunglasses to protect your head, face and eyes.

Dehydration is also a risk when you exercise outdoors in the heat. Make sure you have a water bottle with you, and check the humidity level (or better yet, the Heat Stress Index) before you leave the house. High humidity prevents sweat from evaporating and cooling the body. When the Heat Stress Index is expected to top 95 degrees during the day, schedule your workout during the early morning or in the evening when the air is cooler.

Get the whole family, friends and neighbors out on your backyard Sport Court, and enjoy the special benefits of exercising in the outdoors. There is no substitute for fun in the sun!

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Four Basketball Games for 2 or More Players

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It is probably rare to have a full contingent of basketball players available for play on a backyard basketball court. What do you do if there are just 2-4 players? Everyone loves competition, but HORSE can get boring. Here are four other options for games appropriate for a small group that can improve basketball skills and provide the opportunity for competition.

Knock Out

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The Play:  The first two players line up at the free throw line. Give each a basketball. The first player attempts a free throw. If he or she does not make the shot, the second player has one shot to make a basket and “knock out” the first player. Play proceeds until all but one player has been “knocked out.”

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Needed: One basketball and Two or More Players

The Play: There are several variations of this game, but the simplest is to have the first player begin by making a shot from the free throw line. If they make the basket, they continue by moving along the 3-point line to the mid-point and then to the wing on one side, followed by the same pattern on the other side. When they miss a shot, the basketball is given to the next player to make the same shots. To cut down on frustration, young players can begin in the subsequent rounds where they last missed a shot. The winner is the player who completes the pattern with made baskets.

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Needed: One Basketball and Two or More Players

The Play: Play begins by allowing one player to shoot the ball from a predetermined spot on the court. If they make the basket, they score “1.” If not, they shoot again until they make the basket, and their score represents the number of shots they required for a successful basket. Other players shoot from the same spot and record scores, and then the play moves to another spot on the court. If time allows, the play can continue from a total of 18 different locations on the court.

Musical Basketballs

Needed: Three or more Players and One Basketball Per Player. Also a source of music.

The Play: Place basketballs in the center of the group of players. Start music. When the music stops, each player grabs a basketball and attempts a shot. The last player to successfully make a shot is out, and play continues until only one player remains.

Most importantly, HAVE FUN!

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Hakeem or Manu: Who’s the Greatest?

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Recently Fox Sports’ personalities Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe got into a disagreement over which foreign-born NBA player has made the greatest contribution to the professional game. Sharpe made the case for former Houston Rocket Hakeem Olajuwon, with the Dallas Mavericks’ Dirk Nowitzki in second place.

Bayless made the case for Manu Ginobili as the greatest foreign-born NBA player.

Manu was certainly a Spurs fan favorite for many years. He didn’t have the 20-points per game average that Hakeem had over his career. He made only two All-NBA teams compared to Hakeem’s 12.

However, Manu had 4 championship rings. Hakeem had just two.

Hakeem is generally considered the best defensive center in the history of the NBA. Manu is given the title of the best 6th man in the history of the game.

For Spurs fans, there was no one who could change the game more quickly than Manu could. The energy he brought to any competition was unmatched.

Do you remember how powerful Manu’s presence was on the court? How he could change the trajectory of the game in ways that no one else could? See this article to remind yourself of how Ginobili “shocked the world.” Then let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Can Grand Slam Build a Court on My Property?

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This is a common question from interested clients. They question whether their backyard is big enough. Or flat enough. Or whether a new court would interfere with landscaping or drainage or SOMETHING!

Our team at Grand Slam Courts has years of experience constructing courts of all kinds on properties that often create challenges and offer outright obstacles to success. Shifting soils cannot prevent us from giving a family a backyard court!

The good news is that with the variety of sizes and types of courts and half-courts that Grand Slam builds, there are lots of options for clients.

The gallery found here shows a sample of the many court designs we have completed over the years. For even more options, use the Court Designer link that appears at the right side of that page to create a customized court design for your backyard—or a commercial property or public park.

The best way to get a firm answer to all of your questions is to give us a call and request a site evaluation and estimate. We’ll come out to your property and recommend options that meet your needs and the parameters of the space available. Call 210-496-3399. The beginning of a new year is a great time to begin a new court building project!

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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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Safety is #1 with Sport Court

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One of the things that makes Sport Court a leader in outdoor courts is the company's dedication to testing. Sport Court tests its courts for safety in-house and then uses independent testing labs to verify the results.

Kids and adults who play outdoors will fall and scrape a knee. Sometimes the injury is more severe. Head injuries, damage to joints like knees, ankles and elbows, and broken bones can often be avoided with a springier surface like Sport Court.

Sport Court has been investing in research and development for more than 40 years. In that period of time, they have made major improvements in both indoor and outdoor court surfaces.

Download this pdf about the Safest Court in the World to learn more about the safety benefits of Sport Court.
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Add Value to Your Home with a Sport Court

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A backyard court is a great way to encourage family recreation and fitness. But, does it add property value to the home?

Many say yes. For buyers with children, it can be very attractive, especially if the yard's landscaping is designed appropriately to enhance it.

For those with expansive backyards, a Sport Court offers another benefit--less grass. Reduce water usage and lawn maintenance by replacing some of that grass with a court surface. It is eco-friendly and fun friendly.

Having a backyard court for basketball, tennis or multi-sport purposes can make your home THE gathering place for your children and their friends. For many parents, this is a benefit that is invaluable. Knowing that kids are safe and engaged in healthy activities offers a peace of mind that is priceless.

But it isn't just families that appreciate the value of a backyard court. There are many adult sports and fitness enthusiasts who consider a private backyard court a real bonus. You may know someone would prefer to live with a ball in their hands at all times. For those people, a home with a private court is worth a premium price.

Of course, not everyone wants a backyard court. Not everyone wants a swimming pool, a man cave, or even lots of bathrooms. A backyard Sport Court can make a property stand out, though. And, experts say that a well-maintained Sport Court in a well-groomed backyard can increase a home's property value from $10,000 - $20,000.

If you are longing for a backyard court, don't wait to find a home that has one already installed. Give us a call at Grand Slam Courts at 210-496-3399 for a quote and some design options. You could be playing in your own backyard soon!

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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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Sport Court Attends Men's 2018 NCAA Final Four at the Alamodome


The whole country will be looking to San Antonio on March 31 and April 2, when the Men's 2018 NCAA Final Four will be played at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

In advance of the event, Gerflor, the parent company of the Sport Court® brand, will be installing new maple hardwood floors for the competitors at the Alamodome and Sport Court synthetic modular flooring for a fan area designed to engage visitors in a variety of basketball-themed skills activities.

The video shown here shows part of the process that Connor Sports uses to construct the portable floors that will be used for both the Final Four competition at the Alamodome and the Women's Final Four in Columbus, Ohio.

Which team do you expect to win the Men's tournament? Which team would you like to see win?
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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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Multi-Sport Courts from Grand Slam Courts



You have a sport-loving family. But, they love different sports. Daughter plays volleyball. One son lives for roller hockey. Another dreams of a career in the NBA. A backyard sport court can make all of them happy.

Grand Slam Courts can design a court that provides space for all their games on a surface designed to curb injuries.Listen to these Sport Court customers across the country talk about what their backyard Sport Courts have provided to their kids.[
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Why Choose Sport Court?



The short answer? Safety!

In the "olden days," a backyard concrete or asphalt slab was the norm. Many of us have the scars to prove it!

Our goal is the safety of your children--and the adults that play with them. There is no outdoor sports surface that delivers a better combination of shock absorption (protection from injury), ball response, traction, and playability than our PowerGame™ outdoor modular court surface.

You could choose concrete. But why would you trust the safety of your children to a surface as unyielding as concrete?
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