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Backyard Sports Courts, MA

Over the last few years, we have seen, the demand for backyard sports courts or game courts increase dramatically.  We are installing more and more Bocce Courts, Horseshoe Pits, Volleyball Courts and a new trend is for in ground trampolines here in MA.  Homeowners are realizing that lots of fun can be had right in their own backyard!

See some further details of our sport and game court installations below:

Bocce Ball 

Bocce Court backyard Bocce Court with PT timbers and Stonedust web

 The popularity of this old world Italian game is making a huge comeback. The long and narrow court surface consists of a material that provides minimal bounce, such as stonedust, decomposed gravel or crushed oyster shell.

The standard size of a bocce ball court is 90 feet by 13 feet. However, depending on your yard constraints  a court can be constructed one as short as 60.  Proper drainage is a critical part of installation to avoid pooling in the court.

We generally construct the perimeter game walls 6-18 inches high using rail ties or Segmental retainer wall block to keep the balls on the playing field. Because of its long, thin nature a bocce court is well suited to side yards. Another good place for a bocce court is along a fence or wall.  The Courts can be built on a slope as the walls for court can act as actual retainer walls as in the picture here.  The project pictured above was actually a sloped backyard and the timbers on one side act as a retainer wall and as a backboard.

Backyard Horseshoe Pits

Horseshoe Pits no lawn Horseshoe Pits out of Wall Block

Horseshoes can be played on lawn, gravel and sand. The standard play consists of 2 stakes 40 feet apart. Rebound boards can be set behind each stake and built of 2-3 courses of rail ties or pressure treated lumber.

Our permanent horseshoe pits are typically built by anchoring the stakes, building a pit area, pitching platform and installing a backboard.

Each horseshoe pit is custom designed and built at the requests of the homeowner and space constraints of the yard.

Volleyball Courts

Backyard volleyball court and horseshoe pit construction, MA Backyard Volleyball Court with Sand, MA

Creating a volleyball court transforms even ordinary backyards into useful and entertaining spaces. Volleyball offers great workouts from beginner to advanced players. Whether it’s a son or daughter who has taken to the sport, or your own personal passion to play, putting a permanent volleyball court in the backyard is sure to please the whole family and make your yard entertaining central.  Great way to keep the kids at home!

Our volleyball courts are installed by excavated to proper grades, installing an edging material, anchoring posts for the net and installing a bedding material whether it’s sand or wood chips.  Generally courts are 60′x30′ but we generally recommend a 10′ buffer for “safe space”.  However, if your backyard won’t allow for this size court a custom court can be designed to fit your yard constraints.

In-Ground Trampolines

Trampoline In ground MA

A safer way of installing a trampoline is in-ground as opposed to the traditional above ground method.  The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons published a list of recommendations for trampolines, and one of these is that they be installed in-ground.  They are safer than above ground trampolines that are surrounded by nets for two reasons:  first, they have no hard poles to fall into, and second, nets get old and tear, especially if they’re exposed to harsh weather.

There are no actual “standards” to go by as this type of installation is so new.  However, the basic method for a “safe” installation is to excavate the area deep enough to allow for a base material plus the depth of the trampoline to be flush with the ground.  A retainer material must be placed around the excavated area to hold the material in place to assure washout or cave-ins do not occur at the edge of the trampoline.  The trampoline then needs to be installed properly into the prepared area.

If you are interested in any of the above sports courts a custom design and proposal will be provided for you based on your wants, needs and constraints of your particular yard.  Please contact us at mailto:kg@decorativelandscapesinc.com or call at 508-822-3030.