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Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

WHAT'S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN 'DO-IT-YOURSELF' & 'DO IT FOR YOU' COURTS'?

We are the world leader in DIY courts, but don't worry, we are with you every step of the way during the installation process. We can work directly with you, or your own contractor, through each step of the installation. Or we can have our expert builders come in and provide you with a turnkey installation solution. Typical installations take only 6-10 days. Nobody makes it easier to build a premium backyard court than DunkStar®.

WHAT MAKES A DUNKSTAR® OUTDOOR MULTI-COURT OUTPERFORM OTHERS?

DunkStar® patented all-weather sports flooring delivers a resilient, shock absorbing technology, engineered with performance and safety in mind. DunkStar provides unmatched shock-absorption to players during aggressive play.

We have the most knowledgeable outdoor court experts in the industry, with over 40 years experience in building premium outdoor game courts.

DunkStar® 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.

DunkStar® high ASTM rating for sport performance and safe play by an approved independent laboratory.

We proudly manufacture all of our sport surfaces in the U.S.A. in our ISO Certified manufacturing facility.

WHAT ARE THE TOP REASONS PEOPLE BUY A GAME COURT FOR THEIR FAMILY?

To provide a clean, safe place for their children to play sports with friends and family.

To make their home a place for a healthy lifestyle with regular, fun exercise.

To divert kids from video games, the Internet, televisions and phone texting.

To develop and hone sports skills.

To invest in their home and family

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO BUILD AN OUTDOOR MULTI-COURT

No two backyards are the same and since each backyard court is custom designed, it is difficult to say with certainty how long it will take. Building an outdoor multi-court depends on many factors, such as, weather, access, terrain 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. Asphalt can also be used as a less expensive option for tennis courts. Unusual conditions may require custom base options, in which case your DunkStar court expert will help you choose the right base for your needs, however steel-reinforced concrete is generally the best option.

WHAT SPORTS, GAMES, AND ACTIVITIES CAN TAKE PLACE ON A MULTI-COURT

Basketball, Street/Deck 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, Whiffleball, Tot Play, Scooters/Trikes, Skateboarding, Parties, Dances, Soccer Tennis, and more…
In cold climates, many families design their courts so they can be flooded in the winter and made into personal ice rinks!

WHAT ARE THE STEPS OF THE COURT BUILDING PROCESS

Please call us to go over the site, or area you are considering putting a court in. We will work with you every step of the way. We make it easy!

1. Determine size and component options.

2. Determine color scheme and line design.

3. Finalize and approve proposal, design, and contract.

4. Place component order.

5. Schedule construction work after all permits and approvals are secured.

6. Clear vegetation.

7. Prepare site base.

8. Determine drainage slope and direction.

9. Form, pour concrete and set anchors or sleeves for poles.

10. Install components, surface.

11. Clean up site.

12. 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

Either you or your contractor or an authorized DunkStar® Builder, contractor(s) and/or company trained installer(s) 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.

For the "do-it-yourselfer" we are glad to help you with each and every step of the installation.

WHAT IS A MULTI-COURT

A multi-court is designed to accommodate all your favorite sports and games in a space 1/4 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? WHAT SIZE 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 tennis, 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 1/4 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.

IF WE JUST WANT A HALF COURT FOR BASKETBALL DOES DUNKSTAR® OFFER IT?

Yes, DunkStar builds half and full court basketball courts. Our most popular half court sizes are 30' x 30', 30' x 40', and 30' x 50'. Our most popular full 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 sits 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.