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Local Boy is a Rising Star in Professional Pickleball

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Wyatt Stone will celebrate his 17th birthday next month. In three years, he has gone from a beginner player who first picked up the sport at the New Braunfels Das Rec to setting his sites on a spot among the top 10 professional players in the US.

Wyatt is a young man whose aspirations for pickleball greatness, we are proud to say, are supported by a sponsorship from Sport Court Texas.

Wyatt says that even though tournaments are played largely on concrete surfaced courts, he likes Sport Court’s SportGame PB surface, designed specifically for pickleball play. “I like the surface a lot,” he said. He added that before he played on the surface, he expected the ball to slide or "skip" more.

“But that really didn’t happen,” he said. “It is a great surface for backyard play for beginner and intermediate players. It is lots easier on the body than concrete.”

Keeping injuries and stress on the body at a minimum is important for Wyatt. His schedule is grueling. He practices 4-6 days a week with players of similar skills, as well as working on physical conditioning and general fitness daily. He is homeschooled, which allows him greater flexibility for travel to tournaments.

Last year, he competed in Professional Pickleball Association tournaments including the Orange County Cup in California, the Rocky Mountain Championships in Denver, the Texas Open, Pickleball Hall of Fame, Major League Pickleball Festival, and Aggieland Tournaments in Texas, the Palm Desert Amateur Open and PPA Masters in California.

All told, he played in 18 tournaments and won a total of 31 medals in singles and doubles play. He has reached the 5.0 skill level and has a goal to play exclusively in pro tournaments this year. In 2022, his schedule includes 20 tournaments.

Wyatt’s mom, Ashley, says that Wyatt has benefited in many ways from his involvement in pickleball. For one thing, he has made many friends among the players. “The pickleball community is almost a family, “ Ashley said.

Wyatt’s busy schedule also helps him learn time management skills. Ashley said he is very self-motivated and dedicated to the sport. Pickleball has also afforded him community service opportunities.

When Wyatt was first getting serious about pickleball, he offered classes in pickleball at the rec center in New Braunfels for other young people. At the time, most of the pickleball players were middle-aged or retired adults. So, he taught pickleball classes to other young people. He now reports that he sometimes sees these previous students at tournaments. He also recently had an opportunity to introduce pickleball to kids with disabilities at Wheelchair Camp Extreme.

Pickleball is known as the fastest growing sport in the US. Wyatt has seen that growth first-hand. When he attended his first National Juniors Championship in 2019, there were a total of 41 young competitors. Now there are hundreds that compete at the junior level in the US.

Central Texas is a major hub for pickleball action. Get in on it with a backyard pickleball court from Grand Slam Courts. You can follow Wyatt's progess by visiting his website, https://www.wyattstonepickleballjunior.com/ or his Instagram page, https://www.instagram.com/wyattstonepickleballjr/

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Do You Love Soccer? Try Futsal!

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Soccer is a very popular sport in San Antonio and South Texas. Thousands of kids play--from beginner YMCA teams to competitive club soccer. There are also many leagues for adults. One of the best ways to improve soccer skills is futsal.

In northern climes, futsal is often an indoor game played during the winter off-season. But in Texas, futsal can easily be played outdoors all year round. The video here shows how Oklahoma City has invested in 16 futsal courts to encourage youth sport and fitness.

How does futsal differ from soccer? And how does that make it an especially good addition to your backyard?

Futsal is typically played 5 on 5. It is usually played on a hard court called a mini pitch that is slightly smaller than a basketball court. A Sport Court surface is perfect! Futsal balls and goals are both somewhat smaller than those used in soccer.

Because it is played on a hard surface, futsal is a fast-paced game. Because it is played on a smaller court instead of a large, grassy soccer field, foot speed and ball-control skill get significant practice and are the key to futsal success.

Many soccer players are also futsal players. They credit futsal for their success in soccer because their futsal play has helped them develop skill in winning in those close one-on-one matchups during a game.

The other benefit of futsal play is the promotion of fitness—especially cardiovascular fitness. Those who play both soccer and futsal admit that in the typical soccer game, players are only engaged about 5-10% of the time. You can’t stand around in futsal! The field of play is too small and the ball is moving too fast!

Futsal is a great addition to a multi-sport Sport Court. Get a quote today on a court that combines basketball, futsal and pickleball. Play hoops, mini soccer, and a racquet sport on the same court. You will be the envy of the neighborhood!

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Why Work with a Sport Court CourtBuilder?




Sport Court dealers are experts in outdoor recreational court construction. We know that a Sport Court is an investment in fun and physical fitness. But there are many questions that need to be answered so that each client receives a court that will best serve them.

How Big Should the Court Be?

One of the first questions we will ask is “How do you want to use the court?” Depending upon the sports that you want to play and the area available for the court, we can help you choose the best size for your needs.

Where Should We Put the Court?

There are many variables to consider. Some of these include any slope to the yard and the type of soil there. Also, we will take into consideration sunlight/shade, trees and other vegetation that would affect the playability of a court in a particular area.

Will We Need a Permit or Other Authorization to Build?

Some communities will require a permit for construction. There are also HOAs that may need to sign-off on the addition of a Sport Court to your yard. If so, an authorized Sport Court dealer like Grand Slam Courts will know how to navigate that kind of red tape.

Are There Different Sport Court Surfaces Available?

Yes. Depending upon the sports played on your court, we can recommend the best Sport Court surface to promote safety and playability. For example, Sport Court recently introduced a special surface that is ideal for pickleball play. Pickleball balls are lighter than basketballs. And pickleball courts are smaller, so players need the traction to make quick stops and starts. The new SportGame PB surfacing is the ultimate in pickleball technology. Just ask us, and we can recommend a Sport Court surface that meets your needs and budget.

The video above presents a testimonial from a Sport Court client in Florida. It will give you an idea of how Grand Slam can seamlessly guide you through the decision-making process and deliver a court that your family will enjoy for years to come.

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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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42x70 Full Court Basketball (Basketball Only)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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10 Questions to Ask When Choosing an Outdoor Court Builder

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An outdoor court is a great addition to any backyard or community space. But, it is also a major investment. Choosing the court builder should be done with careful consideration of many factors.

We believe there are 10 questions you should ask yourself and the court building contractors you contact before you begin the project. Those questions include things like:

  • What sports would you like to be able to play on the court?
  • Do you have the space needed for the court you desire? And, does the property pose any challenges to construction?
  • Does the contractor have the experience, licensing and insurance needed?
  • What kind of surfacing is best for your purposes? Is the manufacturer reputable and are there any warranties?

These are just a few examples of the questions that should be answered before you choose a company to install your outdoor court. Download the pdf Top 10 Tips Before Buying a Game Court for Your Backyard” here. Then give Grand Slam Courts a call at 210-496-3399 and let us help you get answers to all of your questions.




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Build a Sport Court to Build Community

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Grand Slam Courts believes that the single most important element in any housing development, apartment complex or condo community is a Sport Court.

It is as important as broad walkways and manicured green spaces. It is more important than a pool.

Swimming pools and nice landscaping help attract residents. But, Sport Courts build community.

What better way to help families meet their neighbors and have fun than to make available facilities for playing tennis and basketball? Or pickle ball and roller hockey? Kids and adults of all ages can enjoy a Sport Court. A court encourages fitness and healthy living. And because a court promotes team play in ways that a pool doesn’t, it is a great way for residents to build friendships and camaraderie among those who live in the same community.

Pickup games are always fun. But communities with Sport Courts can facilitate play by having a sign up sheet available for those who are looking for partners for tennis or teammates for basketball and other court play.

What would it cost to include a Sport Court in a community’s development plans? Or to add one in a community recreation area? Give Grand Slam Courts a call at 210-496-3399. To see a list of many of the corporations and communities we have built courts for in the San Antonio and South Texas area, visit our Commercial Courts page.

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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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