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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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