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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)

24x40 multi use court in Shavano Park2

24x40 Multi-Sport Court (Basketball & Volleyball)

30x45 multi use court in NW SA Tx.3

30x45 Multi-Sport Court (Basketball & Pickleball)

30x50 multi use sport court in SW San Antonio 4

30x60 Multi-Sport Court (Pickleball & Basketball)

35x60 multi use Sport Court in Blanco5

35x60 Multi-Sport Court (Pickleball & Basketball)

45x62 mini full court for Northside SA Tx. HOA6

45x62 Mini Full-Court (Basketball Only)

40x70 multi use court in Seguin Tx.8

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

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42x70 Full Court Basketball (Basketball Only)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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

Needed:  Two Basketballs and Two or More Players

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.”

Around the World

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.

Golf

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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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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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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Who is Your Favorite Spurs Rookie?

The Spurs 2017-18 season is underway with a perfect season so far. We know that fans of Grand Slam Court, San Antonio’s official Sport Court® dealer, are also huge NBA fans. Which of the Spurs new rookies do you think has the qualities needed to become an NBA star?

  1. Derrick White, Guard, from the University of Colorado
  2. Matt Costello, Power Forward/Center, from Michigan State
  3. Brandon Paul, Guard, a Mr. Basketball award winner in Illinois
Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Enjoy this scouting video of Derrick White:

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