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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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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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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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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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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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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 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.
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