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Investing in Your Home and Family with a Backyard Basketball Court

Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021

Nothing brings a family together like quality time spent at home. Though it may be tradition to huddle in the living room and watch your favorite movies together, there’s something about bonding over a pickup basketball game that you just can’t top. Companies that build basketball courts will tell you time after time that they’ve seen just how these courts can help families and friends alike bond in ways that you wouldn’t believe.

It’s important for basketball enthusiasts to see how investing in a backyard basketball court is not only a favorable financial decision when it comes to your home’s value, but a great investment in terms of bringing your family closer together.

Let’s Talk Money

Before we talk about the familiar benefits of investing in a home basketball court, you may be interested to see just how much this recreational addition can increase home value. These courts range in cost, and that mostly depends on size, material, and on any extra goodies you decide to add such as logos, extra netting, lights, and snapbacks.

According to Home Advisor, you can expect a basketball court installation to range anywhere from $11,000 to $76,000; it’s important to view these numbers as an increase to your home property, since basketball courts hold their value extremely well compared to something like a private pool. Long-term, the initial basketball court cost doesn’t even compare to the value that it can bring your home.

Investing in Your Family’s Happiness

In a recent article published on the Gazette, Marion High School’s head basketball coach Pete Messerli talks about how this $15,000 investment has brought his family closer together. The Messerlis had their court tailored by Corby Laube of SnapSports of Eastern Iowa and Western Wisconsin, and Pete says that their court has brought about quality bonding time and countless hours of family fun.

You can renovate your home in the traditional way(s): a new kitchen, bathroom, new landscaping, but what makes a basketball court unique is that it can help families connect through physical activity, it can serve as an outlet for kids and adults looking for an escape via their favorite sport, and it can help kids harbor and nurture new friendships. The way that a home basketball court can bring people together is well worth the investment; added property value is just the icing on the cake!

If you’re on the fence about whether a home basketball court is right for your family, get in touch with us here at SnapSports. We can answer any questions you may have about our products, as well as get you a quote on your dream basketball court.

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Why this SnapSports® indoor pickleball, volleyball, and basketball gym is the height of luxury at Soleil Lofts Apartments

Tuesday, October 27th, 2020

What did a SnapSports® indoor pickleball court plus basketball and volleyball court net Soleil Lofts Apartments? Happy tenants and fast-moving entertainment.

Professional Pickleball player and SnapSports brand ambassador, Tyler Loong, took to the courts recently to test our impressive new multi-sport gym at the ultra-modern Soleil Loft Apartments. This unique complex in Herriman, Utah promises luxurious amenities and the indoor courts live up to that promise; the 7,100 square-foot gym is stunning!

SnapSports announced our first surface engineered for indoor pickleball flooring in June and the Soleil Lofts courts are a testament to our reputation. Just ask our pro, Tyler, who was jazzed to play some pickleball on the state-of-the-art multi-court. Tyler made some killer moves, including his signature “Erne” shot. He also shot some hoops with a good friend, where a striking 12-foot Soleil Lofts logo is the star of the center court. The addition of a volleyball court makes it a triple threat!

If you aren’t familiar with pickleball, it’s the fastest-growing sport ever! Some people have even started calling it the “perfect pandemic pastime.” Players everywhere are grabbing a pickleball, some paddles, and a few friends – all they need is a court! Add a basketball court (finished with our flagship Maple XL athletic surface) and volleyball options, and your residents and employees will never be bored.

You’ll also add value to your own game.

Apartments with indoor basketball courts and indoor pickleball courts are highly requested amenities that attract renters (and players)! The indoor basketball court cost is also lower than many amenities, including swimming pools. Plus, they’re a better long-term investment. People often lose interest in swimming, and the constant maintenance and upkeep cost of a court is much lower than a pool.

SnapSports all-weather surfaces are also safer, so indoor basketball courts and indoor pickleball courts bring assurance along with more bang for the buck. Pickleball courts manufactured by SnapSports are now available in our new Revolution PS (Pickleball Surface) with patent-pending PickleGrip™ technology. If you’re interested in adding an outdoor court, you’re also in good company there. Overstock.com is one of the many happy customers that made a significant upgrade to their employee campus with an outdoor court designed by SnapSports.

Overhead view of the Overstock.com multi-court with custom logo

Overhead view of the Overstock.com multi-court with custom logo

If you’ve never played pickleball yourself, the game is fun to play and simple to learn. Tyler recently provided a guest post, How to Play Pickleball, that covers basic rules and will ensure everyone can jump on and start having fun on the court right away. The most important rule, according to Tyler? Have fun!

Are you ready to schedule a multi-game, pickleball, or basketball court installation indoors at your property? Check out the installation photos of the gym at Soleil Lofts Apartments, or try your hand at designing a court.

Photos from the Soleil Lofts multi-court gym:

What Is Paddle Tennis?

Friday, January 6th, 2017

The Game

With Paddle Tennis quickly becoming the go-to sport for serious tennis players in the off season, I wanted to take a few minutes to explain what it is and why it is such a great game for keeping your tennis fundamentals in check.

Paddle Tennis is like traditional tennis, but is played on a court that is relatively shorter. The smaller footprint makes it the ideal alternative for homeowners who love tennis but lack the space for a full tennis court in their backyard. Paddle Tennis involves the same techniques and movements as traditional tennis and engages the same muscle groups. Side-to-side movement is emphasized along with precision racket skills and the ability to play at the net.

The Equipment

SnapSports® outdoor tennis court flooring is a great surface for Paddle Tennis. The court measures either 50 or 44 feet baseline to baseline and 20 feet across, with the service line 3 feet in from the baseline. This creates a service box of 10′ x 22′. A SnapSports multi-game net is placed at 31 inches. On the west coast, a restraint line is drawn 12′ back parallel to the net. When in use, all players must keep both feet behind the restraint line until after the player receiving the serve has struck the ball. All paddle rules are similar to tennis.

Paddle Tennis uses a standard tennis ball with a reduced internal pressure so that when dropped from a height of 6 feet, it bounces to between 31 and 33 inches. You can purchase regulation Paddle Tennis balls through SnapSports or you can find them online. All paddle rules are similar to tennis rules.

The paddle is made of solid material such as wood or a composite of a rubberized or titanium core covered with graphite and contains no strings. It is usually textured or perforated and may have a metal rim around the head. Its dimensions are limited to 18″ in length and 9.5″ in width.

SnapSports is proud to supply top-of-the-line sports surfacing and we hope to see you out on the court!

Why a Backyard Court is More Popular Than a Backyard Pool

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

What is a backyard court? Typically, it’s an area in the backyard where you have a concrete slab poured to the size of game court with a modular athletic surface on top for safer play, performance, and all-weather playability. There are several companies who manufacture and provide these surfaces, but SnapSports® Athletic Surfaces of Salt Lake City is the clear leader.

An outdoor multi-purpose court is much more practical than a pool, which kids typically stop using after a few years. Then there is the costly maintenance and constant upkeep with a pool, unlike a backyard court.

Typically with companies like SnapSports, you can easily convert your court from just basketball to include any additional sports such as volleyball, inline hockey, pickleball, paddle tennis, shuffleboard, and many other sports and activities.

So why are these backyard courts becoming so popular?

  • Convenience – What’s better than having your own custom backyard rec center?
  • Safety – You’ll always know where you kids are and who they are with.
  • Health – Promotes a lifelong habit of healthy sports fun

With the advent of these safer all-weather sports surfaces being adopted by not only families around the country, but top level sports organizations like NBA, AAU, FIBA, US Futsal, Volleyball associations and more, it is safe to say that you will see many more backyard courts in your neighborhood soon.

How to Build a Backyard Basketball Court: Choose Your Base

Friday, November 27th, 2015

Many of us grew up shooting hoops in the driveway, chasing the basketball as it bounced into the street, or inevitably cowering when the ball bounced off the hood of our mom’s new car. Nowadays, families have a better choice for improving their skills on the court: building their own backyard basketball court. Where to begin? How to build a backyard basketball court? As with many things in life, the foundation is key to your basketball court’s triumph. (more…)