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A backyard basketball court from Sport Court fulfills hoop dreams and New Year’s exercise resolutions.

The recent coincidence (or perhaps it’s a cosmic convergence) of the new year and the start of the NBA season (finally, after the long lock-out) has left me with a new dream for the new year: my own personal backyard basketball court. The Hoopman at Sport Court of Oregon (in Southwest Portland) is the go-to court-ordered provider for such grand plans; they’re the local purveyor of Sport Court’s modular playing surfaces.

The low-tech way to fulfill exercise resolutions would of course be to tackle a strict routine of sit-ups, push-ups, and various other "-ups" to get in shape. Or perhaps some zen, centering yoga – downward dog, tree pose and warrior I, II, and III might help. All I’d need is a yoga mat and some discipline.

But since it is a new year – the year of the dragon, no less – I’m dreaming big. A regulation court and modular, quick-draining, low abrasion surface with good traction and patently excellent “lateral forgiveness” are what I want. That’s what Sport Court offers for basketball, tennis, volleyball, hockey, and multi-sport combinations. It’s not cheap, but it’s an investment in health for yourself and your family.

Such an investment is a good excuse to sink the $12,000 – $25,000-plus that a half court basketball deal would cost – including the leveling and asphalt or concrete that would have to be done to my backyard. An investment in health is an investment in life, after all. And the Sport Court surface is kind to the joints – and to heads and limbs should they hit the deck accidentally. A lot more forgiving than the asphalt or concrete would be if we just got a basketball hoop for the street or driveway.

Sport Court’s options can fit even smallish spaces – mini-tennis courts are perfect for youngsters just learning the game. A full size court (78’ x 36’) might not fit, but 60’ x 27’ court is great for beginners. A 36’ x 18’ court is best for smaller children; they play with a special low compression balls and a lower net, but learn the fundamentals and how to cover the entire court, smaller though it is. Stepping up to a standard court is a natural, once they grow and gain skills.

The United States Tennis Association sanctions the “Quick Start” mini-tennis courts for kids. Sport Court has installed its modular systems in numerous community and school sports facilities, both indoors and out.

For my hoop dreams, Sport Court is a no-brainer: even my small 50’ x 100’ Portland lot will allow a 25’ x 30’ mini half court for basketball. I’ll gladly have no excuse not to practice hundreds of free throws and lots of lay-ups. Sure beats push-ups and sit-ups. Plus, it’s a new way to go grass-free in my yard.