On And Off The Court

Lighting is not required on recreational courts for either tennis or basketball; however, lighting is a great amenity and allows courts to host more games. Court lighting, like all other types, will wear out over time. Lamps can burn out or produce less light. Invest in a light meter and track the output. Remember that energy-efficient fixtures can result in cost savings, as can various types of on/off devices like timers and motion sensors.

Drawing A Line

Eventually, playing lines on basketball and tennis courts can start to look faded or worn. In some cases, the contractor may be able to restore them to a like-new condition. It’s an inexpensive fix, but can make the court look great.

If you’re contemplating new lines on a tennis court, consider adding the “10 and Under Tennis” specifications being promoted by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). These guidelines encourage tailoring tennis courts so they are sized appropriately for children, helping to build a new player base and increase programming. As of Jan. 1, rules now state that all USTA-sanctioned tournaments for kids 10 and under are to be played using the nets and new specifications. Visit www.10andundertennis.com to learn more.

Mary Helen Sprecher has been a technical writer for more than 20 years with the American Sports Builders Association. She has written on various topics relating to sports-facility design, construction and supply, as well as sports medicine, education, and health and industrial issues. She is an avid racquetball and squash player, and a full-time newspaper reporter in Baltimore, Md.

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