For many parents looking to get their kids involved in sporting activities, tennis is a great choice. It’s not only fantastic exercise and lots of fun, but offers an individual environment for kids who might not enjoy traditional team sports as much as others.
At Courts Unlimited, we’re proud to offer a variety of tennis court options, including several that are perfect for scenarios where young kids or teens will be playing on them regularly. In today’s blog, we’ll go over some of the most important areas to consider when installing a tennis court for common use by the younger generation, including multiple court areas and some related factors.
For starters, you want to ensure you have the proper court size for the age group you’re building the court for. This can vary – per USTA regulations, court dimensions can range from 36 feet by 18 feet all the way to 78 feet by 27 feet, depending on the age of the kids who will be using it.
One tactic many choose, particularly if the court will be used by a variety of kids at different ages, is to build a larger court size and then add blended lines of different colors. This allows a full range of kids to use the court, but also allows for smaller dimensions to be adopted when younger children are utilizing it. Standard lines will remain white while additional lines will be a shade lighter or darker than the court’s surface.
You’ll also have your choice of several surfaces, and which you choose depends on several factors. This is an area where our pros will work with you to evaluate your precise needs – do the kids playing on your court require a cushioned court, for instance? Do you worry about wear-and-tear on the court, possible necessitating a highly durable Deco Turf or Premier Court option? We’ll help you assess all these factors to choose the right surface.
Especially if you are building the court in a public area or one near a public area, installing a windscreen is good for both wind blockage and noise blockage. Kids tend to make quite a bit of noise, especially while they play sports, and a windscreen helps shield this from neighbors or others who should not be bothered by it.
Finally, ensure you provide the proper gear to kids who will be playing on your new court. Kids under 10 need shorter and lighter rackets, plus lower nets and larger balls that are easier to hit. Observing these needs will help younger kids develop properly and keep them improving at the sport for years to come.
For more on building a tennis court for kid use, or to learn about any of our tennis courts, basketball courts or court resurfacing options, speak to the staff at Courts Unlimited today.