New Popularity of Pickleball

Pickleball is one of the fastest growing racquet sports in the country and Flex Court is proud to be one of the largest suppliers of pickleball court surfaces. You may be wondering; what is pickleball and what do we need to begin playing pickleball.

Pickleball is a paddle sport created for all ages and skill levels.  Pickleball is a combination of tennis, badminton and ping-pong that can be played indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court.  Pickleball is played with a paddle and a plastic ball with holes.  The rules are simple and the game is easy for beginners of all ages to learn, but can develop into a fast-paced competitive game for experienced players.  Pickleball is being taught to school children in physical education classes, retirement communities are adopting pickleball as a sports activity for their residents, families are installing courts in backyards, and YMCA organizations and community centers are increasing memberships by offering pickleball.  According to the Sports & Fitness Industry Association’s (SFIA) 2016 Participant Report, there are more than 2.5 million pickleball participants in the United States.

Pickleball was “created” in 1965 by Joel Pritchard, a congressman from Washington State and Bill Bell, a businessman.  After a round of golf, the men returned home to discover their families sitting around with nothing to do. The property had an old badminton court so Pritchard and Bell looked for some badminton equipment but could not find a full set of rackets. They improvised and started playing with ping-pong paddles and a perforated plastic ball. The following weekend, Barney McCallum was introduced to the game at Pritchard’s home. Soon, the three men created rules, relying heavily on badminton. They kept in mind the original purpose, which was to provide a game that the whole family could play together.

PICKLEBALL TILE COURTS

So, how do you get started on your own pickleball court?  The good news is, Flex Court’s all-weather pickleball courts can be installed in a matter of hours at any residential or commercial site given that you have the required space.  A pickleball court is roughly the size of a doubles badminton court. In fact, one tennis court can be divided into four pickleball courts. One of pickleball’s attractive qualities is that you need about a quarter of the space required for a full tennis court; so many home owners can fit one in their backyard.  Flex Court’s patented interlocking tile systems interlock securely into place piece-by-piece allowing for easy and fast installation. If you already have a concrete pad, you can install your court in less than an hour, or have it professionally installed. We can even provide pickleball court accessories such as; perimeter fencing, outdoor lighting systems and pickleball nets and posts.  Flex Court’s tiles are engineered based on an orthopedic design, making our pickleball courts an ideal choice for young children, adults, and seniors.

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Benefits of Youth Sports

As parents we all want the best for our children.  A youth sport not only plays an important role in exercise, but promotes mental and psychological advances as well.  It is well-known that children who participate in sports are more likely to do well in school, and not use drugs or alcohol.  Below is a list of benefits to having your child involved in youth sports.

Socialization skills: Learning to share is a skill children are introduced to very early on, but being socialized and “playing well” with others requires a lot more than that! Sports give children a way to practice a range of critical social skills including effective communication and conflict resolution; all while making new friends!

Builds character – Playing sports at a young age enables children to participate in social interactions and build skills such as teamwork, leadership, and responsibility as they learn to work with others to achieve a common goal. This type of setting allows children to develop and practice different mental and moral qualities they acquire from their surroundings on the field, at the school and at home.

Promotes healthy competition – While naysayers like to claim youth sports are becoming too competitive, it is inevitable that as they grow, children will face competition in school, the workplace and their personal lives, so they must learn how to interact in competitive environments. Participating in sports will teach children how good sportsmanship and that trying your hardest will often yield great results.

Develop teamwork skills – Teamwork is a skill you are going use for years to come, so it is important to learn the basics early. Youth sports provide children important lessons in team dynamics. Everyone must work together to achieve their goals, and sports allow children to sort through each others strengths and weaknesses to decide what  strategy works best for the team.

New friends: Not for the kids this time…but for the parents! New to the area? Stay-at-home-mom? Busy professional?? Youth sports are beneficial to parents also because they provide parents an opportunity to meet other parents in the community, and those parents who share a similar interest of engaging their youngsters (an added benefit!)

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Academic performance: Sports equals discipline, and good discipline equals increased school performance. When children learn the essence of being rounded, it’s easier for them to apply the same principles in other areas such as work, school, and personal life.

Aids in weight control – Several studies have shown that childhood obesity is a growing problem in our society.  Playing sports, however, will keep children active and aid in the fight in combating this problem. Having a controlled weight leads to happier children and decreases the risk of diseases that comes from being overweight in their lifetimes, such as heart disease and diabetes.

Energy Aversion: Too much energy and hyperactivity are some of the most common gripes of parents to young children; but children sometimes only need more options for applying their endless energy…or more challenging options. Sports are a great solution. The physical demands of training, practices and games, can return children home feeling accomplished, yet tuckered out and ready for a good nights rest! Physical fitness: With physical fitness programs being cut in many schools, the need for extracurricular sports activities is even more important. Kids get exercise benefits through sports without even realizing that it is exercise!

Mentoring: A great coach not only motivates a team, but also is a great role model. Be sure that when you are choosing a youth league, that you also take the time to choose your coach! Send your coach an email introducing yourself, attend any meet-and-greets offered, or…volunteer to be a coach! Who know how to be a great coach other than you?

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Promotes healthy competition – While naysayers like to claim youth sports are becoming too competitive, it is inevitable that as they grow, children will face competition in school, the workplace and their personal lives, so they must learn how to interact in competitive environments. Participating in sports will teach children how good.

Fun: surprisingly, ‘winning’ doesn’t make the cut, but come on…Winning is fun–when it happens!   And the overall, experience of being on a youth athletic team is fun; so if you haven’t already, go register for something!

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles X Melo and Macys team up with Flex Court for Event in downtown New York

Flex Court was the highlight of the TMNT X Melo event for the reveal of Carmelo Anthony’s new clothing line. The even took place in the front of Macy’s in Downtown NYC, and the entire city block of 34th st was closed down for the event.

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The party stared on a Custom Built stage with DJ Spinning music all event long, and the court was the center of attention with the acrobatic dunk team performing mesmerizing dunks on the court. Not to be shown up by the DJ, the Brooklyn United Marching band showed up and showed off their talent by performing on the court.

The event was capped off when Carmelo Anthony came out and talked about his new line of clothing that is exclusively at Macy’s stores. It wouldn’t be a complete event unless the Ninja Turtles were there to pump the crowd up, and they took a moment from fighting crime to be a part of the event.

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Flex Court® is extremely excited to have partnered with Macy’s, Nickelodeon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Carmelo Anthony to make this event a real success.

We can design and install a custom court for your event, city, park or even your backyard so you can play on the best courts in the industry.

For more information call us at 800-847-4404 or email us at sales@flexcourt.com

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Flex Court Outdoor Basketball Court main attraction at Cleveland Cavalier Fan Fest

Flex Court was the official court provider for the Cleveland Cavaliers Fan Fest and Outdoor Watch Party.  The Cleveland Cavaliers will set up the Fan Zone experience at every home game while the Cavalier’s are still competing for an NBA Championship.  The Flex Court Basketball Court was a great backdrop for the Fan Fest attractions which included Playoff Bracketball, Pop-a-Shot Basketball Hoops, Kiosk where you could compare your height, Hand Size and Shoe size against Lebron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love, and even show your support for the Cavaliers with free Face Painting or Airbrush Tattoos of the Cavs logo.  There was a Main Stage with live band and Performance and Video Screens where you could watch the game from outside the Quicken Loan Arena.

Martin Sport Production said “The Flex Court Outdoor Basketball Court was a great addition to the event and we are glad we went with Flex Court because they have the best court in the industry”

You can come play on the court and join the Cavaliers fans at every home game outside the stadium for all home game durring the playoffs.

#allin216 is the official slogan for the 2016 playoffs.

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Flex Court provides outdoor courts for S.T.O.N.G airing on NBC

Flex Court teamed up with NBC to provide flooring for their new show STRONG.  This is a competition show like no other.  Hosted by Professional Volleyball player and Fitness Expert Gabrielle Reece, ten women are teamed up with 10 of the most elite male fitness trainers in the nation to help the contestants embark on a transformative journey to reach their full potential.

In every episode, each two-person team will train together and test the limits of their abilities against challenging obstacles.  Each week one team will be eliminated, and like other weight loss shows, their transformation will be shown at the end of the episode.  The team who makes it through all the challenges will win a cash prize of $500,000.

Find out what is means to be STRONG  4/14/16 at 9/8 cst.

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“STRONG” is produced by 25/7 Productions in association with Sony Picture Television

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Flex Court Tennis Provides Court for Exhibition Event with Rafael Nadal and Victor Estrella

Flex Court International, Inc. teams up with JB Group, Inc. to provide a Flex Court Performance Tennis Court at the Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot, in San Juan Puerto Rico for an exhibition event with #5 ranked Rafael Nadal vs. #66 ranked Victor Estrella  Burgos on March 21st 2016.

The Coliseo was transformed from bare concrete floor to a State-of-the-Art tennis complex centered around the Flex Court Tennis Court.  Flex Court provided the only modular  court surface capable of handling the high intensity match played between these very competitive players.  Rafa and Estrella played a 3 set match where Rafa prevailed over Estrella Burgos 6-4, 6-4 and won the Exhibition.

 

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It was a truly tremendous opportunity for Flex Court to work with JB Group, Inc to provide a Flex Court Tennis Court with the perfect play-ability that would support the caliber of play that only Rafael Nadal and the other top-ranked players could provide.

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Tennis Court Resurfacing – The Truth on Acrylic Coatings

Most Acrylic coating suppliers recommend “Resurfacing” your outdoor tennis court every 3-5 years depending on the amount of usage and environmental exposure. This resurfacing can range from a simple low cost color finish system to higher level cushioned coatings over full overlay(s).

The most common problem with outdoor tennis courts is cracking which is caused, in part, by the natural tendency to shrink as it weathers and ages. Asphalt Courts have a tendency to crack more easily due to weather exposure while Concrete Courts will crack less over longer time but they are more difficult to apply proper color systems on and therefore also more expensive to recolor.

There are a multitude of Crack Repair materials and systems for various sizes and types of cracks some lasting longer than others and therefore it is important to choose the right repair material for each court condition and geographical location. Once a court begins to develop structural cracks, there is a very good chance the existing cracks will grow in width and length and more will develop over time. Choose the Right Crack Repair System for your court.

The Truth on Acrylic Coatings is that there are a multitude of Acrylic Coating options requiring careful selection. Here is a simple snapshot:

Low Grade Acrylic Coatings – Cost range from $3,500 up to $5,000 per Court application and will last 3-5 years

High Grade Acrylic Coatings – Cost range from $6,500 up to $8,000 per Court application and will last 8-10 years

Cushioned Acrylic Coatings for Tournament Play – Cost Range from $12,500 up to $20,000 per Court application and will last 5-10 years depending on Acrylic Grade

FLEX COURT® Surface – Cost range from $22,000 up to $27,000 per Court application depending on each court crack repair requirements and will last for 25+ Years with a high grade crack repair system before new crack repair is needed, hence, remove the FLEX COURT® surface, repair cracks and re-install the FLEX COURT® surface for another 25 years use. Why does FLEX COURT® last so long? The FLEX COURT® surface contains a Composite Material selection with High Level UV Stabilizer System incorporated throughout the entire product and rated at a 1% annual color loss system as of 2013 material compositions. FLEX COURT® is a Cushioned Fast Dry Surface is Rated as Medium Fast by ITF and USTA. For more information call 800-847-4404.

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Flex Court and University of Pittsburgh Host Midnight Madness Event

Following the conclusion of the Homecoming Fireworks and Laser Show on  Friday, Oct. 12th at 10 pm ET, the Pittsburgh Panthers hosted the Outdoor Midnight Madness on Bigelow using a SOFT STEP™ All-Weather Outdoor Basketball Court by Flex Court®.

several contests and promotional activities where conducted and both the men’s and women’s basketball teams were introduced to the crowd.

The event was broadcast in its entirety on ESPN3 and ESPNU’s Midnight Madness special provided live interviews and updates.

Flex Court® is extremely excited to have partnered with the University of Pittsburgh to make this event a real success for their entire basketball program.

Flex Court®’s outdoor court tiles are currently used in a large number of academic institutions, as well as a large number of parks, training facilities, hotels and resorts. Often chosen because of it’s relatively low installation and maintenance costs, there are many other reasons to choose Flex Court.

Contact Us for more information.

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Before, During and After Court Resurfacing

Faced with a court that was in poor repair, this Flex Court customer was faced with the following choices.

1 – Shut down and Demolish the courts a 3 day

2 – Demolish and Rebuild the courts, which would be 3 to 4 week process at 2 to 3 times the cost of just the demolition.

3 – Repair the existing court and resurface with Flex Court at the same cost as demolition, and only a few days of downtime.

What went on during those few days?

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Day 1 – The Prep

Day 2 – The Resurfacing

That was it. For less than half of what it would have cost to completely replace the courts, and just 2 days, not only did they get new courts, but they managed to get a longer lasting, lower maintenance surface that

In the end, what sold them on Flex Court was the Flex Court sales and support team’s complete honest and open presentation of cost numbers and that the Flex Court all-weather, cushioned surface characteristics and appeal were better than what the customer was originally looking for.

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Flex Court underfoot at Basketball on Bigelow

University of Pittsburgh’s Homecoming and 225th Year Celebration this weekend!
Outdoor Midnight Madness / Basketball on Bigelow
Friday, Oct. 12th at 10p.m. EST

Outdoor Midnight Madness / Basketball on Bigelow will begin at 10 p.m. ET immediately following the conclusion of the Homecoming fireworks and laser show. The Pitt men’s and women’s basketball teams will be introduced on the FLEX COURT® All-Weather Outdoor Basketball Court on Bigelow Boulevard between the Cathedral of Learning and William Pitt Union. Should inclement weather occur, the event will move indoors to the Petersen Event Center.

ESPN3 will broadcast the entirety of the event and ESPNU’s Midnight Madness special will provide live interviews and updates. Bob Picozzi (play-by-play) and Bill Raftery (analysis) will provide commentary for the broadcast.

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9:15 pm ET – Spectacular Fireworks and Laser Show at Cathedral of Learning

10:00 pm ET – Outdoor Midnight Madness/Basketball on Bigelow (ESPN3/ESPNU) – on Bigelow Boulevard

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