Archive for the Tennis Category

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.

SnapSports® Athletic Surfaces to be Featured on DIY’s Hit Series ‘The Vanilla Ice Project’

Tuesday, April 9th, 2013

The Vanilla Ice Project

SnapSports®, the world’s leading manufacturer of modular sport flooring and outdoor courts, will be featured on the upcoming episode of DIY Network’s Hit Series, The Vanilla Ice Project, set to air Sunday, February 24, 2013 at 10PM Eastern Standard Time. The episode includes a complete renovation of a backyard space with the install of SnapSports backyard multi-game court.

The Vanilla Ice Project follows the 90’s pop icon and his crew of contractors as they conduct a massive room by room home renovation, transforming the less than impressive space into lucrative real estate. Sunday’s episode of the hit TV series, now in its third season, will feature a full backyard renovation, replacing an old washed out tennis court with a world class multi-court using the SnapSports® patented outdoor sports surfacing.

“We turned an old, rotten and cracked tennis court into something new with state of the art technology. If you want the best, then this is the court for you.” – Rob Van Winkle, Vanilla Ice Project.

SnapSports® outdoor game courts are the safest and most durable outdoor multi-courts on the market. SnapSports athletic surfaces are Built for Life™ engineered specifically to withstand all the elements, throughout every season, while delivering healthy sports fun to families worldwide. SnapSports patented outdoor courts provide a versatile and seamless surface for a wide range of sports including, BounceBack® , DuraCourt®, and the BounceBack ShockTower®, the most shock absorbing outdoor surface in the world.

“We’re excited for the opportunity to continue our relationship with the DIY Network and the Vanilla Ice Project by having an all-star home court installation for this incredible backyard remodel.” – Jorgen Moller, CEO, SnapSports, Inc.

SnapSports® Gains International Tennis Federation ( ITF ) Classification

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

SnapSports, the industry leading manufacturer and provider of premium courts and athletic sports flooring, announced today the recent classification of their tennis surfacing by the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the sport’s world governing body.

SnapSports received notice of the ITF classification for two of their multi-patent & patent pending outdoor tennis surfaces, the BounceBack® and DuraCourt®. These surfaces are considered the top performing modular sports surfaces in the industry, based on combined results of a independent laboratory test on performance, slip resistance, impact, and abrasiveness.

The ITF is recognized as the world governing body for the sport of tennis. The ITF Court Pace Classification Program has been developed to assist purchasers of tennis court products to determine the type and speed of surface most suited to their specific requirements. The ITF Court Pace Rating (CPR) measures the effect of ball-surface interaction. This concept includes: friction, which primarily determines the reduction in the horizontal component of post-impact ball velocity; and vertical restitution, which determines the time between successive bounces.

SnapSports® Sports Surface is Featured on The Early Show on CBS with Serena & Venus Williams

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Salt Lake City, UT (PRWEB) August 24, 2008 — SnapSports®, the industry leading manufacturer and supplier of premium sports surfacing and outdoor athletic courts, was chosen by CBS to provide their top rated BounceBack™ outdoor surface to welcome home Olympic Gold Medalists Serena and Venus Williams. After winning their second gold medal in women’s doubles, Serena & Venus Williams and The Early Show co-host, Harry Smith are seen talking and even volleying a couple balls in front of the CBS studio on SnapSports’s® BounceBack™ court.

“Everyone at SnapSports was beaming with pride to see US Olympic athletes standing on the very products we manufacture right here in the USA,” said Jorgen Moller, CEO of SnapSports®

The Williams sisters are 9-0 in Olympic and Grand Slam doubles finals. They’re the top rated women’s tennis players in the world, winning both the singles and the doubles at Wimbledon this year. The Early Show on CBS, is the fastest growing network morning newscast on TV today. SnapSports® is proud to have been chosen for this venue.

About BounceBack™
The SnapSports® BounceBack™ featured on the show is the top performing wet & dry out door athletic surface for both residential and professional athletic uses. It has the highest level of shock-absorption and coefficient of friction to offer a safe playing surface.