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Have you decided to keep your kids safe, healthy and entertained at home with a backyard game court from Sport Court? Now the question might be: Which one?
Sport Court East is the official exclusive Northeast distributor of Connor Sport Court International (CSCI) game courts and, when you call one of our exclusive dealers, you have many choices in the style, size and color of Sport Court surface you want.
Your decision should begin with a few questions:
- How old are your children?
- Will you be using the game court, as well as your kids? With them or after hours?
- What sports do your children play now?
- What sports do you think they will enjoy in the future?
- How big is your yard?
- How much flat, level space is available in your yard, away from large trees and septic tanks?
Right-sizing Your Game Court (Sport Court dimensions)
First, let's look at the size courts available and what games you and your family might play on them.
Basketball - Basketball is one of the most popular sports played on game courts in the U.S. While a full-court, NBA regulation size court measures 50 X 94 but few people (other than Justin Timberlake) have that kind of space in their yard or want to devote it to a Sport Court surface. A 25 X 45 foot court is plenty for half court games with a three-point line.
Volleyball - Volleyball and other net sports are typically played on a court of 30X60 feet. Your volleyball court can easily double as a basketball court by placing the hoop in the center of the court, lengthwise, where it doubles as the volleyball net post.
Soccer, Lacrosse and Hockey - Many of today's most popular sports can be played on a Sport Court surface, most games can be adapted based on the size of your court. We can also create custom size courts for your backyard, which can be used for soccer, hockey, lacrosse, jogging, gymnastics, rollerblading, skateboarding, BMX bikes and more.
Tennis - A tennis court is even larger, spanning 36X78 feet, although you can halve the size of the court for singles tennis only if space is a consideration. A doubles tennis court will offer more versatility, being large enough for virtually any game.
Choosing a Model of Sport Court Game Court
Once you've decided how large of a game court your yard will accommodate and your family would like to play their favorite games, it's time to decide on a model of game court from Sports Court. Sport Court East offers three different models of Sport Court surfaces, each with different benefits and at different price points.
PowerGame - Our PowerGame court is the state-of-the-art, top-of-the-line Sport Court surface, frequently used in commercial gyms and pro sports facilities. With the highest ratings for traction and shock absorption in the industry and the lowest abrasion index, PowerGame is the safest, longest lasting Sport Court surface you can buy.
SportGame- Sport Court understands it's important to balance your desire for safety with your family's budget. Ranking high in traction and shock absorption tests and with excellent anti-abrasion characteristics, SportGame is a popular choice for families looking for a game court surface that is suitable for a variety of sports.
SportDeck - Specially designed for tennis, but suitable for a variety of sports because of its shock absorption and lateral forgiveness, the SportDesk is designed as a long-lasting tennis court for your family to enjoy for years.
Once you select the Sport Court surface that fits your family's needs and budget, it's all in the accessories you add, from nets to hoops, and the lines that are painted to fit a variety of sports. Because it's easy to re-paint lines, your game court's specialty can change as your children grow and their interests change. Your game court, unlike that swing set, sandbox or playhouse, is an investment your children won't outgrow.
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.
See how your family can enjoy a game court! Play basketball in your backyard, plus many more fun sports for the family and friends.
You've finally made the decision that your family needs a Sport Court in your backyard. Sport Courts provide a safe place for your family members to get the exercise they need, and a place where neighborhood kids (including your own!) can play safely all day. But how do you choose the right game court for your needs? And how do you know you're dealing with a trustworthy manufacturer and dealer?
Here are some questions to ask game court dealers before you buy to ensure you're getting a quality product.
1. Where are your game courts manufactured? - Sport Courts are manufactured in the U.S., and warehoused locally, reducing the carbon footprint and ensuring that manufacturing materials and processes stand up to rigorous U.S. standards. Sport courts are also eco-friendly, made from 100 percent recycled rubber in a zero-waste facility.
2. What sort of warranty is available? - A good modular game court should be warranted for 10 years or more, often pro-rated after the first three years. Make sure your dealer/installer has been in business longer than the length of the warranty. This is a good rule of thumb to determine that you're not dealing with a “fly-by-night” company and that, if anything happens, they will honor the product's warranty.
3. How long has the manufacturer been in business? - When you're choosing a long-lasting product like a game court, you want to go with proven technology and a proven manufacturer. Longstanding companies have the network, revenue and technology to innovate the best products, with the experience to select a dealer network that will get the job done right for you. Connor Sport Court International, makers of Sport Court brand game courts, have been making indoor and outdoor Sport Courts since 1974. You can be assured they will honor their warranties and support their dealer network.
4. How much experience do your dealers have? - How many courts has your dealer network installed? - Equally important as the manufacturer's reputation is the reputation of the dealer network. Sport Court East's dealers have installed more than 100,000 indoor and outdoor game courts since 1974, and Sport Court East is the exclusive distributor of Sport Courts in the New York tri-state area. We have an extremely low turnover rate; many of our dealers have been in business as long as we have.
5. Are dealers licensed and insured? - As with hiring any contractor who will be working on your property, you want to make sure the firm is licensed and insured. All of Sport Court East's dealers are licensed and insured.
6. Can you show me samples of other yards like mine with sport courts? - In sports and business, there's a saying about knowing how to “walk the walk.” An extensive portfolio of game courts like the one you want for your backyard speaks volumes about a dealer's experience and skill.
"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!"