Common Questions about Construction and Products
We want to build a multi sport game court at our house – how do we get started?

It’s easiest to start by determining how much space you have to work with and what your budget is. Click here for instructions that should help.


Do we have to use a concrete slab or can this just go on the ground?

The base beneath the slab can be concrete, asphalt, or even compacted stone and stonedust. Click here for instructions on using a compacted base.


Do you have cement slab specifications?

Yes, click here


Can I get a court diagram for:


I’m not sure where the basketball goal should be located. Can you help with this?

Yes, click here.


Can you give me any advice on setting anchors for the goal, net post, and light?

Yes, click here.


Can I get instructions for the sports light so my contractor knows what to do?

Yes, click here.


Do I need ramp edges on my court kit?

Ramp edges make the tiled area wheel chair accessible as well as easier to roller blade on and off. For driveway courts, the ramp edges are a nice touch and they certainly give the court a finished look. Click here for a picture of ramp edges


Are the lines painted on the court or part of the court?

Straight lines can be snapped in or painted on. Curved lines and lines on the diagonal have to be painted.  Click here for a photograph of a straight line that's snapped in.

 


Are there line-painting instructions if we want to paint them?

Yes, click here.


Where does the 3-point arc go?

Click here for a basketball court diagram showing all lines.


We want to use your line taping machine. How does this work?

 

We have a Line-Rite Tape Machine available for you to borrow.  The machine includes the 21' rod to create the 3-point line and the arc at the top of the key.  The machine with rod costs about $700 to purchase and we're happy to put you in touch with the manufacturer if you want to purchase one.  

To borrow our machine, you must have a credit card on file with us and are responsible for shipping charges to & from our warehouse.  (For reference, FedEx charges to ship the machine to NY and back were approximately $48).  We'll send you the machine, you'll have a few weeks to get the job done and then you ship it back to us.  It's that simple.  Click here for Line rite Tape Machine Instructions.


If I don’t have time to do the installation, can you help?

Yes. We can arrange for a local contractor in your area to complete any or all of the construction process. We can also arrange for an in-house crew to come perform any or all of the work.  When you contact us we will want to know approximately how large the court you want to build is going to be, your zip code, and the budget you're working with. 


Can you have a local court builder contact me?

It’s best to get an idea of the scope of work and project you have in mind first.


Is this something I could do myself or do I need to hire a contractor?

Most of the work is fairly easy and we’ve had homeowners with no experience build wonderful courts. For specific tasks, like concrete and electrical work, it’s best to hire a professional. We’ll provide you with all the plans and spec’s you’re contractor will need to do the job right.


How does the universal anchor work?

The anchor consists of two large "U" bolts, one slightly longer than the other.  Placing the longer U bolt on the ground upside down, the second U bolt rests perpendicular on top of it, forming an "X".  With one nut on each threaded end of the U-bolt tightened all the way down, place the anchor template over the threaded ends of the "U" bolts.  Now add another nut to hold everything in place while you set the anchor.  Follow the rest of the anchor setting instructions.  (It might be necessary to spread the arms of the U-bolt apart slightly to fit into the template.  This can usually be done by standing on one side of the U-bolt and pulling up on the other side). 

 


The compacted base instructions call for a plate compactor. what is this?

 

There are several versions of plate compactors but they're all basically the same.  They have a flat skid on the bottom, some include a water reservoir to increase the weight of the device, and a gasoline engine.  The engine causes the tool to vibrate and as you move around, the earth beneath the machine compacts.

 

 


Synthetic turf installations call for a powerbroom. What's this?

                       

 A powerbroom is a power tool with a stiff bristle brush attached.  They're used to fluff up the blades of grass in synthetic turf and to assist in working infill, turf filler, sand, or top dressing, into synthetic turf.  There are two styles of powerbroom.  One is designed like a weed whacker and the other is more like a roto-tiller.  The roto-tiller type is a little easier to use as the weight of the machine works with you and with the weed whacker type you're supporting the weight of the machine.  To purchase one new will cost somewhere between $400 and $800.  

 


We're interested in building a batting cage. Do you have plans and is this something you can help us with?

We carry everything you need to build a backyard batting cage, including frames, poles, cables, netting, and synthetic turf.  Batting cages can be constructed in several ways, depending on your space, budget, and the players it's designed for.  

We have easy to assemble kits that can be disassembled in the winter and relocated as needed and we also have plans and materials for more professional systems that can handle years and years of use and the toughest weather conditions.  

The easiest thing to do is email us about the needs you have.  Describe the space you're working with, the age of the players, and your zip code.  We'll present you with pricing and construction information and help you make the best choice.  


How quickly will my order arrive?

Orders typically arrive within 10 business days. In some cases it’s 15 business days but you’ll have tracking information and know where your shipment is at all times.


How does the delivery work?

The dispatcher will call you and schedule a delivery appointment. They’ll deliver the court kit to your house.  Click here for instructions on receiving your order.


What’s liftgate service?

With “liftgate service” the delivery shows up on a smaller truck with a hydraulic liftgate on the back and the driver physically offloads the pallets of tile right onto your driveway. Unloading a pallet by hand only takes about 10 minutes but you might break a sweat. For a large court with multiple pallets, liftgate service is well worth it – for smaller orders it depends on you. 


Do you accept returns?

Yes, we accept returns. You’re responsible for all shipping charges and the items must be in new condition. There’s also a 25% restocking charge and you must request a return authorization.


How is the shipping cost calculated?

When you provide us with your zip code, we run an actual freight quote. For small shipments (less than 300 s/f) we can ship in boxes via FedEx or UPS. For larger shipments, it’s less expensive to use a common freight carrier and ship the tile on pallets.


Who is Gamecourts.com?

With over twenty years in the gamecourt industry, GameCourts.Com's founders decided that if more contractors had access to gamecourt products, there would be more gamecourt builders and customers.  And in this age of free flowing information, it’s easy to walk a first time gamecourt builder through the steps.

All of our products are manufactured in the United States and we gladly share our thirty years experience and trade secrets to help make your project go smoothly! We’ve learned from dealers all over the country what works best and can create an opportunity for you to make 30- 50%.

Having actual in-the-field experience has given us a real competitive advantage.  We know what the sales process is like and we can also help you with construction and installation issues.   Most of the people with our company have had lengthy careers in the game court industry and we've learned the right way to do things.   
  


How long has GameCourts.com been in business?

GameCourts.com was founded in 2001 with over 20 years in the backyard gamecourt business.


Where is your office located?

We have offices in Virginia, Florida, Kansas and Ohio an we have customers all over the world.


Who makes your products?

 We manufacture our products.  Our steel components are fabricated and polyester powder coated at a plant in Ohio.  Our tile are injected molded at a plant in Missouri.  We distribute from facilities in Ohio, Missouri, Virginia, and Florida.


What's the difference between your tile and competitive brands like Sport Court®?

While we're all producing polypropylene plastic modular sports tile, and everyone claims they're using virgin plastic with the maximum amount of UV stabilizers to resist fading, there are specific differences on the design of the tile as well as in the way we price and distribute our products.  Different brands of tile will not typically interlock, both because of the tile's dimensions and proprietary interlocking mechanisms.  

Our GC-75 outdoor tile are 12" x 12" x 3/4" while the competition's tile are different measurements and thicknesses.  Our interlocking mechanism is designed to allow the tile to expand and contract without buckling.  We've also engineered a 3-point suspension system into the underside of our tile, allowing it to truly give like a suspended wooded gymnasium floor, not just absorbing shock because it's plastic.

The texture of our tile provides maximum traction is all conditions, and while efforts have been made to design a smoother outdoor tile with less texture, the reality is that texture provides traction.  Without it the tile can be slick, and particularly when there's any type of moisture involved, including rain, dew, and high humidity.

The most notable differences are in our pricing and distribution.  Our prices tend to be 30-40% less than the competition's because we sell direct.  Bypassing the distributor and dealer model allows us to have lower pricing and because we have lower overhead we can maintaining competitive margins.

 

 


What is your tile's warranty?

Our tile comes with a standard, 30-day warranty.  It gives you an opportunity to inspect the product, feel comfortable that it is what it's supposed to be, and assemble your court.  The life expectancy of our tile is 20-25 years.  

We also make a 10-year warranty available for an additional cost, typically .35 per piece.  The industry standard is a pro-rated warranty, similar to the a car battery or tires.  Failure within the early years is covered by 100% replacement and as the tile gets older that coverage decreases.  Depending on the quantity of tile purchased, the warranty adds about 15% to the cost.

 

 


Why do some companies offer a ten or fifteen year warranty?

 Most warranties cover failure in materials or workmanship but not fading, which is one of the biggest concern buyers have.  Read the other guy's warranty and ask specifically, if it covers fading.  Most likely the fine print says something like "replacement tile may not match tile that has been weathered and aged".   Weathered and aged are code words for faded.

The best way to judge a products warranty is to ask for references of customers who've had warranty claims handled by the company.  You'll quickly find out what issues those customers had and how the company handled them.  If the company can't provide any warranty references it either means there aren't any product failures to worry about or there aren't any customers who are satisfied with the way their claim was handled.

 


What is the warranty on your steel components (hoops, lights, etc.)?

 Our steel components, all manufactured in the USA, come with a standard 10-year warranty.  


What's the difference between your indoor tile and your outdoor tile?

 Both tile are made of polypropylene plastic and measure 12" x 12".  Our GCI-50 indoor tile are smooth, solid top tile, and 1/2" thick.  Each tile weighs just over 15 ounces.

Our GC-75 outdoor tile are 3/4" thick and have an open design to allow dust, pollen, and dirt to fall through and get washed away.  Our outdoor tile also contain UV stabilizers to resist fading. 


Why do you use acrylic for your backboards and not glass?

 Our backboards are made of 1/2" thick cell cast acrylic.  This makes them considerably stronger than extruded acrylic, or even glass - considering the weight.  The cell cast acrylic we use for our backboards can handle extreme temperature variations form -40 to 200 degrees F., and is guaranteed not to yellow, or lose more than 3% of light transmitting ability in a 10-year period (get cloudy).  

In addition, the weight to strength ratio allows us to create a clear backboard, without bracing behind the hoop, the way some manufacturer's do because of dead spots.  For an overview of more of the features we believe make our goals the best in the business, click here.


How many lights do I need for my court?

 Lighting is a funny thing.  Some people are content with a dim light bulb over the garage hoop while others want to eliminate any shadows and illuminate the area off the court too.  

Where you position the light will have a lot to do with how bright your court is.  For courts in the 30' x 50' range, placing a triple head light at mid-court will allow you to direct a 1500w lamp at each end and one in the middle.  

You can always stub out the electrical wiring for multiple light placement to give yourself options as you get to know your court.   


Will my light come with everything I need?

 Our lights ship with the universal anchor, base plate, poles, light trough, and light units.  You electrician will provide the wiring and conduit to run from your power-box to the light heads.  We also don't ship the bulbs with the light.  We sell and ship the bulbs separately so that they don't arrive broken.  The bulbs last approximately 3000 hours and are usually available locally for about $10 a piece.


What are my options for ball containment?

 Standard ball containment comes in 5' and 10' heights.  Typically, these systems are designed like fencing, but use soft netting instead of chain link.  while the netting won't stop a 200 pound player from crashing through, it will stop balls and is considerably less visible than fencing.

5' ball containment systems are typically constructed with vertical posts every 10' and a top horizontal rail.  10' ball containment uses the same 10' post spacing, but includes a second horizontal rail, either at the middle or the bottom for structural stability.

A third option for ball containment is to create a custom system using steel cable between two points (an existing fence post, a building, trees, etc.) and hang the ball containment netting like a shower curtain.  This will still stop the balls, is less expensive, and can be pulled back when not in use.   Click here for our basic ball containment information.


I'd like information about your solid top tile for indoor gymnasiums, church gym floors, roller hockey, volleyball, futsal, and basketball.

Here's a link to the Product Information Sheet for our MP-5000 solid top sports tile.  We manufacture our tile in the USA using virgin polypropylene (although a 100% recycled content version is also available).  Our tile has been in production for almost a decade with an excellent performance history.


What sports can your solid top tile be used for?

 Our solid top tile are perfect for the sports you'd expect like basketball and volleyball but our tile are also being used for roller derby, indoor soccer, fencing, and laser tag.  Anywhere you need a durable, low maintenance, easy to install, suspended floor is a great application for our tile.