Saturday, July 30, 2016

The Benefits of an Indoor Sport Court in a Minnesota Home




Playing basketball outdoors in the summer has it's advantages.  Especially on  a perfect 75 degree day with puffy white clouds, a slight breeze and no humidity. However, in the dog days of summer when the humidity is tropical, the sun is scorching and the mosquitos are rampant, an indoor game might be preferred. 

This made me think of how awesome it would be to have a personal indoor sport court at home...climate controlled throughout all four seasons.  It is not just a dream idea either. Builders do design them into homes throughout the Minneapolis/St Paul metro. An indoor court at home would be a great place to for kids to blow off steam during torrential summer downpours or after school when snow is piled up along the driveway. It would also be awesome for any  aspiring athlete to have the ability to train on a daily basis for team tryouts? 

Scientific research shows that it takes 3 hours of practice daily over the course of a decade to raise a talented athlete to the elite status. Most aspiring players end up spending countless hours away from home training for their sport but what if those hours could be spent at home instead? This is one of the big appeals of an indoor sport court.

Families I know in the north metro have installed backyard batting cages for their kids with baseball and softball collegiate dreams . It's great for those on acreage with abundant space and for three of four season. But it doesn't provide any advantage in the winter. Spring baseball tryouts are usually well before all the snow has melted. There are few options for playing catch or practicing pitching in January and February. And similar situations arise for those who play golf and hockey.

There is one family I know with a couple of daughters in gymnastics and dance. This family repurposed a huge polebarn into a mini gymnastics practice facility complete with a beam and trampoline indoors. But due to lack of heat,  it lost it's appeal during the winter months. It's hard to warm up and perform when the temps are below zero in the barn.

This is a common issue for Minnesota moms and dads of young athletes. Where does a parent bring a child to get in that very important daily practice without jeopardizing time spent on schoolwork and other activities. Having a gym at home is would be very valuable to many sports minded families. 

This leads many to consider the luxury of an indoor sport court whether for our teens to enjoy a friendly afternoon of basketball or to practice and train for baseball tryouts. Indoor courts are can be designed to be very versatile spaces with something for every member of the household. They are fast becoming  a very attractive selling point in the luxury market but can be incorporated into mainstream homes too.

Is a indoor sport court worth the investment cost? That depends. Like any other home feature, it will only be worth it if it is used. But if you have an active family and it's winter in Minnesota, the odds are good that an indoor court could be the favorite room in the house.

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