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Sport Courts: Not Just for the Rich and Famous Anymore

Posted by garth melville on Thu, Jun 06, 2013 @ 04:05 PM

Have you often dreamed of having a backyard game court to play basketball or tennis? Do you feel as if sport courts are only for the ultra-rich, pro athletes and celebrities in Hollywood? It's true that many celebrities, and especially professional athletes, have put a sport court in their backyard. But many parents in New York's suburbs have also opted to improve their homes with a sports court, encouraging their kids (and their children's friends) to stay home, go outside, and play sports.

What could be better? Your kids are safe, you know where they are, and you know they're getting the physical activity and exercise they need in a fun way. They are not hanging out at the mall, or stuck in someone's basement playing video games, or even at a park with no adult supervision and no one around in the event of an injury on the concrete playing field. They are home, on a playing surface that is proven to be safe, with a very low abrasion factor, which means that even skinned knees will become the exception.

But let's get back to those celebrities who also decided a sport court was great, safe fun for their whole family. From TV and movie stars to NFL, Major League Baseball and golf celebrities, more than 200 celebrities (that we know of here at Sport Court East) enjoy all the benefits of a sport court in their yard.

Ray Romano - Native New Yorker (born in Queens), diehard sports fan, and the quintessential TV dad, Ray Romano enjoys a sport court for games with his family in his Malibu home.

Ben Affleck - Before he sold his Beverly Hills home, formerly owned by Drew Barrymore, in 2003, the sporty Ben Affleck had converted the tennis court on the 2.5-acre property to a low-shock, low-abrasion basketball game court for healthy pick-up games.

Sylvester Stallone - The legendary action movie star has a $15 million dollar, 15,000-plus square foot home in Beverly Hills that includes a tennis court. 

Justin Timberlake - The teen star recently had a regulation size NBA basketball court with full markings installed, to complement the pool and five-hole putting green on his property. If your son is amped to get a game court but your daughter couldn't care less, knowing her favorite pop star has one could help change her tune.

Jack Nicholson - Proving you're never too old to stay fit with a good workout right in your own backyard, one of the 76-year-old actor's many Malibu homes has not one, but three sport courts: one for basketball, one for tennis, and a putting green.

Is a Sport Court for You?
The list of celebrities could go on and on, but, make no mistake, today's sport court models are available at prices that make them accessible to many New York area families. Having a backyard basketball court, tennis court or modular game court for a variety of sports will just look and feel like a luxury investment.

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Great Article on the benifits of short workouts thoughout the day

Posted by garth melville on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 @ 07:22 AM

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Sport Court - building the highest quality Game Courts since 1974

Posted by garth melville on Thu, Jun 14, 2012 @ 12:43 PM

Trekking ten blocks to the nearest basketball court or standing in line to wait for a tennis court often takes hours with little actual playing and exercise time.  Gyms are crowded and have limited possibilities, often leaving athletic hopefuls simply feeling frustrated. 

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Teaching Good Sportsmanship at home on a game court

Posted by garth melville on Thu, Jun 07, 2012 @ 02:33 PM

"I'm not going to play anymore!  You're cheating!"
"Am not!  You're just a sore loser!"

Learning how to be a good loser may be even more important in the long run than learning how to be a good player.  One of the best aspects of having Sport Court Game Court at your home is that your home will be the place kids in the neighborhood come to play, and you will have a chance to help your kids understand what good sportsmanship is really all about.  Research has shown that teaching good sportsmanship with a Game Court is one of the primary, unexpected side benefits that parents gain when they install one in their home or backyard.

What is Good Sportsmanship?
Sportsmanship is about having respect for other people, and showing courtesy and good manners no matter whether we win or lose.  Even more, sportsmanship is enjoying an activity for its own sake, regardless of whether we win or lose.  Moreover, a person who is a "good sport" knows how to cheer for the success of others, and is not always worried about themselves.  

Sportsmanship is an invaluable life skill
Competition is a fact of life in not only sports, but in school, and later in work.  So learning how to be a good sport and how to win or lose gracefully is a skill that carries on in many circumstances.  Whether your child faces the challenge of being thoughtful in responding to a friend who failed a test, or handling the congratulations from the losing baseball team, they will draw upon what they have learned about good sportsmanship from their parents when playing on the family Game Court.

How does a Game Court Help in Teaching Good Sportsmanship?
There are rules to any game and a home gaming space is the perfect teaching tool to develop "rules" into Sportsmanship. Moreover, sportsmanship is all about our relationships and how we treat one another.  When families install a Game Court, they spend more time talking and playing together, which gives parents many more opportunities to teach by example and through words.  The rewards come when you overhear your kid's conversations with friends:

"Great game! You sure outplayed me this time."
"I just got some lucky shots today.  Want to play again tomorrow?
"Sure!  See you on the Game Court after school!"

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Keep your kids active with a Game Court

Posted by garth melville on Wed, May 23, 2012 @ 10:48 AM

"Hey, Mom, can Josh and Daniel come over to play after school?"
"Sure, what are you going to do?"
"We were going to play some basketball.  Daniel's brother is on the high school team and taught him some great plays.  Now Daniel's gonna show them to us!"

Do you wish you had more conversations like this at your house?  Having neighborhood kids play together outside until the moms all called everyone in to dinner used to be a part of every kid's life.  These days, children sometimes rush home from school and run straight to a video game console instead. How can you help get your family to spend more time playing outdoors?

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