FREQUENTLY ASKED RESIDENTIAL QUESTIONS
How long has the family at SnapSports® been around?
Just about 40 Years—the family of SnapSports pioneered the outdoor backyard court and modular sports flooring industry nearly four decades ago. We are a family owned and operated company that produces the highest quality USA made products. Unlike many other companies within the industry, we engineer & build our own molds as well as manufacture all of our own flooring products in-house here in Salt Lake City, Utah. No other company can make this statement, at least not truthfully.
What makes a SnapSports outdoor residential multi-courts and athletic surfaces stand above all others?
With 29 patents and dozens more pending, SnapSports offers the top performance and safe play line-up of quality modular sports surfaces & game components in the industry
We manufacture the most extensive line-up of quality modular sports surfaces & game components in the industry. From the DuraCourt® outdoor surface, to the industry leading multi-patented ShockTower® sport surfacing, a patented, resilient, shock absorbing technology, engineered with performance and safety in mind. The shock deflection offers excellent impact control and ball response while providing unmatched shock-absorption to athletes during aggressive play, no other sports flooring product even compares.
We are the family who pioneered the modular sports flooring industry today. With nearly four decades of inventing, engineering and providing premium athletic flooring and outdoor game courts, no other company has more hands-on experience within their team as does SnapSports You can be assured you are getting the best products for the best value.
SnapSports sports surfacing has been independently tested by USSL, The official testing facility for the famous DIN standard; the most stringent standard for sports flooring systems.
SnapSports top ASTM rating for sport performance and safe play by an approved independent laboratory.
We are not owned by a faceless investment group with short term goals, we are family owned and operated with nearly 100 team members at our corporate ISO Certified manufacturing facility in Salt Lake City, Utah and supported by a global sports dealer network.
What are some of the biggest reasons people buy a court for their family?
- To provide a safe place for their children to play sports with friends and family
- To have a convenient, healthy lifestyle with regular, fun exercise
- To divert kids from video games, the internet, televisions and phone texting
- To develop and hone sports skills
How long does it take to build an outdoor multi-court?
No two backyards are the same and each game court is custom designed, it is difficult to say with certainty how long it will take. It depends on weather, access, terrain, permits, HOA approvals, and so on.
Once the designs, colors, and plans are finalized, components are ordered and construction schedules are set, most courts are ready to go in under two weeks.
What kind of base do you recommend for a multi-court?
We recommend a 4″ court base of steel-reinforced concrete because it offers the best long-term performance. For unstable soil, compaction or water table concerns, we recommend post-tension concrete reinforced with cables. Asphalt can also be used as a less expensive option for tennis courts. Unusual conditions may require custom base options, so your personal SnapSports expert will help you choose the right base for your needs, but steel-reinforced concrete is generally the best option.
What if a concrete base not suitable or allowed to be installed?
Our team has installed hundreds on non-concrete EcoCourt™ outdoor athletic sub sport surface systems over the 35+ years. EcoCourt offers an eco-friendly alternative to concrete sub-base system, providing unmatched performance and safe play when used with our multi-patented outdoor sport surfaces. In areas where there are HOA restrictions, easement regulations or environmental impact concerns, this is the answer.
Which sports, games, and activities can take place on a multi-court?
Basketball, Street/dek hockey, tennis, Futsal, Volleyball, Inline/roller hockey, Paddle tennis, Soccer, Badminton, Floor hockey, Pickleball®, Dodgeball, Speedminton®, Roller skating, Foam tennis, Kickball, Shuffleboard, Hopscotch, Four square, Handball, Whiffle ball, Tot play, Scooters/trikes, Skateboarding, Parties, Dances, Soccer tennis, and more…
In cold climates, many families design their courts to be flooded in the winter and made into personal ice rinks!
What are the steps to building a court?
Please call SnapSports so we can put you in touch with a local dealer who will provide a site analysis and estimate. An authorized dealer, determine the best location for the court according to your needs.
- Determine size and component options
- Determine color scheme and line design
- Finalize and approve proposal, design, and contract
- Place component order
- Schedule construction work after all permits and approvals are secured
- Clear vegetation
- Prepare site base
- Determine drainage slope and direction
- Form, pour concrete and set anchors or sleeves for poles
- Install components, surface, and line court
- Clean up site
- Call friends, neighbors and family to get out the sports gear and Have Fun!
Who builds the outdoor game court once we decide to go ahead?
Authorized SnapSports dealers, contractors and/or company trained installers will install your court. Our multi-game residential courts are built to specifications calculated by our engineering department and construction teams. Many of our professional installers have nearly four decades of court building experience in all types of climates, soil and water conditions, topography, and limited or restricted access areas.
We can work with your contractor on base preparation, orientation, concrete specifications, setting anchors or sleeves, electrical, and other issues. We can also provide a professional to install your sport surface, lining, basketball hoops, ball containment, rebounder and lighting assembly (hook-up needs to be done by a licensed electrician) once the pad has been poured.
If you are looking to do it yourself we are glad to help you in any way we can. We do like to recommend professional installation because of variations in climate, frost levels, soil types, water runoff or tables, slope, neighbor considerations, Home Owners Association Guidelines, city, county, or township requirements (setbacks, easements, or other considerations) underground or over-ground utilities, septic systems and drain fields, landscape aesthetics, safety, orientation, sun direction in relationship to the court, optimum use or cost to build the court, athletic team sports activity interest and budget. Our court experts can build the ultimate recreational area for your home, HOA, school, multi-use rec center or sports training facility to promote an active and healthy lifestyle. SnapSports is your complete turn-key source for all your indoor and outdoor sports projects.
What are the electrical hook-up requirements of each system? Do both work on a 110 v hook-up?
Metal-halide lights hook up to either a 110V or 220V. Quartz-iodine lighting requires 220V.
Can we just buy the components but pour the concrete and do the installation ourselves?
Yes, SnapSports is happy to work with customers in whatever way works best for them.
Typical options include:
- You buy components from us but install them and pour the concrete yourself
- You buy components and installation service from us but find a builder for the concrete
- A complete, turn-key project by an authorized SnapSports dealer
How do you get concrete to my backyard if there is not access for a concrete truck?
In these cases, we use a line or boom to pump concrete from the street or wheel it in using a motorized concrete buggy (think of it as an oversized wheelbarrow with a motor).
What is a multi-court?
A multi-court is designed to accommodate all your favorite sports and games in a space ¼ the size of a tennis court. A standard tennis court is 60′ x 120′ (7200 sq. ft.), while an average multi-court is 30′ x 60′ (1800 sq. ft.).
What size are multi-courts and what size of space do you need?
Lining and color design are usually a family decision, but our multi-courts most often have one set of game lines for paddle tennis, pickleball, foam tennis, tennis, badminton, speedminton, and volleyball. The perimeter playing lines are 20′ x 50′ (a scaled down singles tennis design) on courts over 60′ and 20′ x 44′ on courts under 60′ in length. On courts more than 30′ wide, a 2′ doubles line may be added on each side for foam and short tennis doubles.
What are the playing lines of common paddle and racquet games?
(i.e. paddle tennis, pickleball, short mtennis, foam tennis, badminton, etc.)
Multi-courts are custom designed to fit any space, sports interests, and family budget. The dimensions that best accommodate the widest range of sports and games (12+) range between 25′ x 60′ (1500 sq. ft.) and 35′ x 75′ (2625 sq. ft.). We can build many smaller and larger courts. A popular size is 28′ x 46′ (1280 sq. ft) but the average is about 30′ x 60′.
Families with a favorite paddle or racquet sport may want only the official lining of that sport installed, and we are happy to accommodate. Pickleball lines are 20′ x 44′, badminton doubles are 20′ x 44′, short and foam tennis are 20′ x 50′, and paddle tennis are 20′ x 50′.
What are the official dimensions of a tennis court?
60′ x 120′ (7200 sq. ft.) overall. Play lines for singles are 27′ x 78′ and 36′ x 78′ for doubles.
How do you play tennis on a multi-court ¼ the size of a tennis court?
By using a low-energy tennis ball that compresses on impact restricts the velocity and distance. These balls let players enjoy the same experience they would have on a full-sized tennis court with a high-compression ball. Low-energy tennis balls are used by USTA professionals to teach tennis to young children.
You can use regulation tennis racquets on our multi-courts but our customers find the game more enjoyable with 21″ – 24″ junior tennis racquets. Two 21″ racquets are provided in the SnapSports Fun Gear Pack along with low compression tennis balls.
If we just want a half court for basketball does SnapSports offer it?
Yes, SnapSports builds half and full court basketball courts. Our most popular half courts are 30′ x 30′, 30′ x 40′, and 30′ x 50′. Our most popular courts are 35′ x 55′, 30′ x 60′, 35′ x 65′, 40′ x 70′, 46′ x 75′, 50′ x 80′, 54′ x 94′ and 56′ x 104′.
What fencing do you recommend for a residential tennis court?
We do have some general suggestions, but in the end, it depends on how the court lays in the yard, the adjacent topography, proximity to neighbors, and skill level of players who will use the court.
Unless there is a safety concern or nearby hillside we encourage customers to use a 10′ high containment on both ends of the court and a 30′ return, 10′ high, along the sides of the court. This arrangement uses about 30% less fencing than a full enclosure. For example, a 60′ x 120′ court fenced this way uses 240 linear feet of fence, while a full enclosure uses 360 linear feet. This design reduces costs yet contains most errant shots. Also, open sides make the court look better and feel less confined. If there is a severe slope or close neighbor on one side, you can use 10′ fencing on that side only.
Another option for full enclosures is to use 10′ high fencing on the ends and a mix of heights on the sides. Sides that are 10′ high at the ends, but drop to 5′ high toward the middle of the court (about 30′ from each end) look great.
Does SnapSports offer indoor multi-sport gym flooring?
YES! We offer the top rated modular sports surfacing on the planet today. Out patented systems deliver professional level performance and safe playing surface for athletes the world over.
- A FIBA Associate Manufacturer, The International Governing Body For Basketball
- The Official Playing Surface Of The United States Futsal Federation (USFF)
- The Official Playing Surface Of Usa Team Handball
- The Official Basketball Flooring Of AAU’S All Under One Roof And Jam On It Basketball
- The Official Flooring Of National Veterans Wheelchair Games
- The Official Playing Surface Of The The Special Olympics
- The Official Sports Surface For The World Fire & Police Games
- The Official Basketball Court For Gus Macker, America’s 3 On 3 Basketball Tournament
- The Championship Court For The Volleyball Festival, The World’s Largest Women’s Volleyball Tournament
…Just to name a few