Backyard Ice Hockey Rink Games for your Family

Are you considering building or contracting a company to build your family a backyard ice rink? If you are concerned that there are only a limited number of ways your rink will be used, that should be the least of your concern. Here at 360 SportScapes, we have installed hundreds of ice rinks for families across the East Coast. In addition to the exceptional games of pick-up hockey that are played on our rinks, look at some of the creative games people play on backyard ice rinks!

Broomball

Broomball is a great game played in gym classes across the US. Some adaptations of the game are played on a basketball court but those lucky enough with access to an ice rink can enjoy the game on ice! Broomball can be played with or without ice skates. Using a small rubber ball similar to a dodgeball and a broom, teams of 4 or 5 players each compete to push the ball into goals. Teams can elect to use a goalie or have all their players on the offensive. Look at this article outlining the rules.

Freeze Skate & Tag

Freeze Skate involves a DJ and a group of eager skaters! The perfect game for a parent watching from inside the warmth and comfort of their home! The DJ will play music (holiday-themed optional), which will prompt those playing to begin skating. When the music is paused, everyone must come to a freeze. Those who freeze make it to the next round. Those still moving are eliminated from the round.

Freeze tag differs from traditional freeze tag on land. In this version of the game, the ‘Freeze’ refers to the game being played on ice. Select someone to be ‘it’ and let the game of tag on ice begin!

Tic Tac Toe

This game is perfect for strong skaters that are also competitive. With either teams or in games of 1 on 1, a tic tac toe grid is set up on one end of the ice. This grid can be spray painted into the ice or even outlined with snow. Skaters race towards the grid with one game piece in their hand. The game pieces can be small towels, hockey pucks, or even shoes. Skaters then drop the piece in a spot then skate back to either grab another piece or tag their team member in to drop the next piece! Speed is the key to this game as there are no ‘turns’ unlike traditional tic tac toe.

Skate Races

Have a lot of speedy skaters on the ice? Create speed races for your family! If your children range in ages, create racing ‘handicaps’ to say, with slower skaters starting ahead of those faster to make the races more competitive.

Dodgeball

Ideally, this should be played with softer, foam-filled dodgeballs and if you are organizing this game, be sure players are on the same skate/ size level. Using the mid-line as a boundary for both teams, skaters pick up the balls and fire them towards each other to hit opponents. A hit opponent is considered out, and if you catch the ball thrown by your opponent, the thrower of the said ball is out.

Curling

360 SportScapes can add curling point zones directly into the ice providing you, your family, and neighborhood a competitive game that everyone can play. Never curled before? Play once and you will see why people dedicate themselves to achieving Olympic status in the sport!

Ice Rink Skating Skills Activities

Our rinks have also been used by families or individuals looking to improve their overall skating skills in general. This may be a hockey player performing drills to increase their speed skating forward or backward or a figure skater growing their repertoire.

360 SportScapes: New England’s leading Residential Ice Rink Building Company

We were excited and pleased to research some of the fun and inclusive games are played on ice rinks we build for our clients. If you are in the market and looking to have a rink installed in your backyard this winter season, contact the professionals at 360 SportScapes today!

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Benefits to Having your own Backyard Ice Hockey Rink

New England homeowners that are not fortunate enough to live near a lake or pond have been creating and building their own backyard ice hockey rinks for years. Low winter temperatures allow New Englanders to enjoy and full winter of skating. Some homeowners take on the burden of building their own rink, but this can lead to frustration if not properly built. 360 SportScapes offers New England homeowners expert ice rink building services. We wanted to write a blog for our website visitors highlighting the benefits of having your own backyard ice hockey rink!

Personal Rink Time

If you are an avid skater or ice hockey player, you know fully that ice time can be hard to come by and expensive. Furthermore, anytime you can get on the ice, it is rare to be completely alone to train, improve skills, or enjoy skating. Homeowners with an ice rink constructed in their backyard will not have to experience these issues.

Keep your Children Close

Winter in New England is a time for children to play in the snow and continue exploring the neighborhood. With shorter days, limited daylight & icy road conditions, it’s best to keep your children and their neighborhood friends nearby. There is no better way to keep your children in the backyard than with a fully outfitted backyard ice hockey rink! Your backyard will be the talk of the neighborhood! Just make sure you buy enough hot cocoa mix for all the neighborhood kids who will be frequenting your backyard for hockey games.

COVID-19 Rink Closures

Indoor rinks across the country continue to close due to COVID-19 spikes. Having your personal backyard rink allows you full, uninhibited access to skating all winter long. Having an outdoor backyard ice rink helps keep your circle close and enables you to safely practice social distancing.

Improve Skating & Hockey Skills

Are your children pursuing a competitive figure skating or ice hockey career? Even if they do not go pro, other opportunities can arise from exceptional talent on the ice. In terms of ice hockey, 360 SportScapes can outfit your backyard rink with regulation hockey lines, netting, siding, and goals. Furthermore, we can install lighting to expand how much quality ice time you and your children have to refine their skills. Provide your children the opportunity to grow their skillset with their very own backyard ice rink.

360 SportScapes: Providing New England Quality Backyard Ice Hockey Rinks

Building a backyard ice hockey rink is a task 360 SportScapes has down to a science. Why not trust New England’s leading ice rink construction company? Our expedited rink construction process will help save you time and money, with the result being a high-quality ice rink. Contact us today to bring your dreams to life.

Backyard Hockey Rink Installation FAQ 

Are you considering installing a backyard ice rink for your home this winter? If this is your first time, there is no doubt you have questions before getting started. 360 SportScapes is New England’s leading ice rink installation professionals. Please continue reading to see some of the questions we are asked when we start planning an ice rink build with our customers! 

Does the area need to be completely flat to create a Backyard Ice Rink? 

When it comes to building an ice rink in your backyard, the flatter the area is, the better, but it does not need to be completely flat. If the site is on a slope or uneven ground, 360 SportScapes uses its landscaping abilities to create a completely flat surface. When necessary, we build retaining walls to size to ensure your ice rink is 100% safe and compliant.  

How Deep Should a Backyard Ice Rink be? 

This can depend on a few different factors, but a general rule of thumb is ice thickness greater than 4 inches is recommended. When you consult with a 360 SportScapes ice rink installation representative, they will review your yard and the best thickness required to get the most out of your ice rink. 

How long does it take for a backyard Ice Rink freeze? 

This can depend on several factors but primarily, and of course, the temperature outside. We recommend getting started on building ice rinks before the first freeze, which means for clients in New England, it means late Fall. This way, as the cold weather hits, the rink is filled, and its core temperature will dip below the freezing point. 

Is it challenging to build a Backyard Ice Rink? 

Many first-time ice rink builders run into issues with creating a level surface, retaining water before the first freezing, or the frame of the rink moving after the first freeze. Naturally, the more experience in this type of work improves ice rink builders’ chances of succeeding the first time. Due to the cost of materials and the limited time frame required to get the rink completed, we recommend partnering with 360 SportScapes for your backyard ice rink building. Partnering with a professional like 360 SportScapes is proven to save you time and money in the long run. 

 360 SportScapes: New England’s Top Ice Rink Installation Expert 

We have constructed hundreds of ice rinks throughout New England and have the process down to a science. If you want a hassle-free, reliable ice rink that is done right the first time, save yourself the time and hassle of YouTube videos and runs to Home Depot by contacting 360 SportScapes 

Backyard Putting Green 2020

How to choose which Backyard Golf Package is right for your backyard?

How to choose which Backyard Golf Package is right for your backyard?

Are you considering installing a backyard putting green for your home? If so, you found yourself on the right website as 360 SportScapes is the industry-leading putting green installation professionals in the US. We offer six different backyard putting green packages to prospective clients. Continue reading to learn more about these packages to decide which one is best for your backyard.

Build the Right Green for your Backyard

When deciding on a backyard putting green, you need to assess the existing space in your backyard. This includes assessing the pitch/slope as you will want your putting green on even ground. If your backyard is naturally hilly, we can construct a retaining wall to make your backyard putting green a reality. 

An additional factor to consider is how your family will be using the area around the green. If your backyard is limited with space and you have small children, you most likely want them playing on your green. This is why we offer a range of sizes for backyard greens we install for our clients.

Backyard Putting Green for Smaller Backyards

Our Par, Birdie, and Eagle packages are ideal for small backyards. Ranging from 300 square feet to 750 square feet (these can range in style and shape). In addition to being perfect for smaller backyards, the fringe is included in the square footage so you can master your short game.

Backyard Putting Greens for Larger Yards

For larger backyards or individuals not concerned with taking up all your backyard space with a putting green, our Hole in One, Masters, and Green Jacket packages are perfect for those who take their game seriously. From 1000 square feet to 1500 square feet of putting green and fringe, our Masters and Green Jacket packages are customized with life-like artificial or synthetic grass that replicates the grass you would find on a golf course putting green. This provides a professional level putting green that you would find on any of the world’s finest courses.

Putting Green Features

360 SportScapes also has the ability to install sand trap features, seamless hardscaping features, and light-up flag poles so you can practice your putting 24/7. A consultation with one of our SportScapes specialists will provide you with all the knowledge and ideas needed to create the backyard putting green of your dreams. 

360 SportScapes: Backyard Putting Green Experts

If you are ready to take your backyard and golf game to the next level, contact 360 SportScapes today! Regardless if you know what size green you are looking for or you need a backyard evaluation prior to getting started, our backyard putting green experts will review the best & most affordable options for your backyard today!

Also, we won’t just add a backyard putting green to your home, we will ensure accenting features complete your backyard design. Our team has experience with installing playgrounds, pools, decks, hardscapes, and other finished backyard must-haves. Please review our website to learn more or call us today at 877.937.4360 to connect with a backyard remodel expert.

 

You Dream It. We Build It. 

Benefits of Installing a Basketball court in Your Backyard

Are you a homeowner considering the installation of a backyard basketball or sports court for your property? Here at 360  SportScapes, constructing high-quality backyard basketball courts is our specialty. We wanted to write a quick blog on the additional advantages of a custom basketball court, aside from being able to shoot hoops 24/7. Continue reading to learn more!

Personal Gym & Workout Area 

One of the more popular reasons homeowners opt to install a basketball court is to have a work out area on their property. In addition to shooting hoops or playing full games of basketball, the Sport Court can be a platform for other workouts. From cone drills and sprints to dynamic High-Intensity Interval Training or Plyometrics, you and your family will always have a reliable, consistent surface to lead a healthy lifestyle. 

Children’s Athletics, Safety and Teamwork 

Some of the biggest beneficiaries to your new addition will be your children, (and those in the neighborhood) as they will get the most use out of your backyard basketball court. The game will take place at your house and not at some faraway park or in the street, with the court being right in your backyard. The basketball court will provide your children with the ability to improve not only their basketball game but also improve teamwork and communication skills all in the safe confines of your home. 

Patio Surface for Outdoor Events

An undervalued aspect of installing a basketball court to your backyard is the ability to transform the court into a space for outdoor events. With the simple addition of a rented tent, you now have an even, sturdy surface to place tables, chairs, and even a stage if your party calls for it. We have seen people transform their backyard court into an area for graduation parties, anniversary celebrations, summer cookout spaces, and more!

Increase Home Value

With any home renovation, the question of return on investment always comes into mind. A professionally installed basketball court immediately increases your home value. Regardless of it is a full-court with two hoops or just a half-court setup, homeowners can trust to see their money back upon selling the home. The increase in home value alongside its benefits for homeowners, while residing in the home, makes installing a court a no-brainer.

Minimal Maintenance

Here at 360 SportScapes, we build beautiful courts that are meant to last. By using ‘Fast Drain Open Grid Surface’ technology, rain and snowmelt away and dry to quickly. Additionally, our antimicrobial tiles protect against mold build-up, unlike conventional courts. Each of our courts comes with a 15 Year Guarantee and a 25-30 year life expectancy. 

360 SportScapes: Providing New England & Florida Exceptional Basketball Court Installation Services

If you are in the market for a backyard basketball court to be installed on your property, contact 360 SportScapes today! We have installed courts across New England, Florida, and several different states across the US east coast. Questions about our installation process, material, and costs associated with installing a court? Contact us today by filling out a convenient contact form on or calling our talented basketball court specialists at (877) 937-4360 today! 

You Dream It. We Build It. 

Backyard Putting Green 2020

Upgrade Your Home This Year with a Home Putting Green

Having trouble finding the time to head down to your local country club to work on your short game? If only there was a way to bring the game closer to your home… 360 SportScapes is the leading backyard putting green installation professional for homeowners in the Greater Boston, MA and Greater Naples, Florida areas. Continue reading to learn about how a backyard putting green will improve your golf game and overall quality of life.

Improve Your Families Golf Game

If your family loves to golf or if you’re all just beginners, having a putting green right in your backyard is sure to improve your golf game! You won’t have to travel to the golf course every time you want a little extra practice; instead, you can just step outside. Your golfing friends are sure to be impressed when you come back to the course with refined skills you didn’t have before! If your children are interested in playing golf competitively, a home putting green gives them the right competitive edge to stand out from other golfers. 

 

Impress Guests and Make the Most of Your Backyard

When you have guests over, it’s nice when they are impressed by your home. Nice landscaping and a patio look nice but tend to be the standard. Something as unique as a putting green will surely stand out and thrill any guests you have over. Plus, it gives them something to do for fun when you’re entertaining outdoors. Enjoy competitive games like ‘Golf” or “Tiger’, similar to how one would play “Horse” in basketball.

 

Quick and Easy Installation

If you’ve considered a home putting green but have reservations because you don’t want your home to become a construction zone, don’t worry! Installing a putting green is a quick process with relatively easy installation. Our landscaping experts are experienced at installing putting greens, so the process will be as fast and seamless as possible. Once your custom putting green plans have been finalized, all you have to do is sit back and watch your dream come to life. After your putting green is installed, you will be able to keep enjoying it for years to come. 

 

360 SportScapes: Residential Backyard Putting Green Installation Professionals

 If you want to learn more about getting a putting green installed in your yard this year, contact 360 SportScapes today. We can work with a variety of different yard sizes, locations, and budgets. We look forward to connecting, reviewing our capabilities, and providing an estimate for your personal home putting green!

Value of Customization & Environmentally Friendly

No one knows your family more than you, so naturally no one understands what sports you enjoy better than your family. If you are planning on building a sports surface, you want to make sure that it will be suitable for the sports you love to play the most, right?

What’s important to us is your vision of the project, we want to assist you visualize, plan, design and construct your ideal playing surface based on your past experiences of playing the sports that you enjoy the most.

Perhaps you’re not looking for a sporting surface, but need help changing the dynamic of your backyard. Well, we are the total solution for all your synthetic surfacing and landscaping needs.

Our high‐quality products can be installed anywhere from backyards, offices, schools, hotels, parks and country clubs! We also offer an exclusive full turnkey service including design, construction, and installation.

We provide a service that offers consultation and expertise in developing your dream surfaces. Our highly skilled team will design, engineer, manage and service each project to your custom specifications and will remain with you for the lifetime of your investment.

Being environmentally conscious is becoming more important as we are dedicated to following the same vision. From inception to project completion, we value the mission of protecting our environment. We have teamed up with manufacturers who mirror the same strict levels of care so we can deliver the best sport court experience to our customers.

It’s important that we produce aesthetically pleasing and environmentally safe products, as we are proud to educate our clients on best practices. We are experts within this category, and proud to be leaders within practicing environmental stewardship.

We are accredited by a LEED® Certification which is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green facilities.

We understand average homeowners are conscious of making their yards more environmentally friendly. Unlike traditional court surfaces, our sports courts are not only constructed out of eco-friendly materials, but our installation process will result in a lower water usage for your yard. Additionally, our products are low maintenance, non-toxic and made with your safety in mind.

Give us a call today for a free consultation at 877.937.4360!

You Dream It. We Build It.

Say Goodbye To Summer and Hello To Fall With A Backyard Ice Hockey Rink

Now that we are in the fall season, it’s time to start thinking about our winter needs. More and more folks are looking to bring Canada’s national sport right to their backyards with a residential ice hockey rink. Hockey rinks are a unique addition to your yard, as well as an effective way to increase the property value of your home

At 360 SportsScapes, we specialize in building a variety of sportscapes, including backyard ice hockey rinks. We can build a custom ice rink that fits both your yard and budget. Our home ice rinks are easy to maintain throughout the skating seasons and the materials are easy to take apart and assemble. 

The Benefits Of Backyard Ice Hockey Rinks

Adding a hockey rink to your property is sure to bring some cold weather fun and our SportScapes team will easily transform your backyard into the hot-spot of the neighborhood. Below are just a few of the many benefits you will experience from our ice rink installation:

Custom-Fit To Your Backyard

The size of your hockey rink will depend on the available space you have in your yard. At 360 SportScapes, we will custom-design a rink that will fit your unique outdoor space. We have different skating rink sizes to choose from, making it easy to find the best option for your yard. From a small ice rink to practice on, to a full-size ice rink that can host competitive games, we will build an ice rink that meets the needs and demands of your home!

More Exercise For The Family

Think about it, the fall and winter are typically the seasons where we are the least active. With a hockey rink in your backyard,  you are giving you and your family a fun and exciting way to get some exercise during the winter season. Whether you are using it for hockey or just to enjoy a casual skate on a snowy afternoon, you’ll be sure to get a workout in. 

A Community Tradition

Residential ice rinks are not common in every home. By having an ice rink in your backyard, you can establish a tradition in your community and neighborhood for years to come. Invite neighbors over for ice skating or a friendly pick-up game of hockey! Every skating season, people will be looking forward to you opening your backyard ice rink up! 

Reusable For Years To Come

With ice hockey rinks, you don’t have to sacrifice part of your yard year-round. Once the skating season is over, you can easily remove and store your backyard hockey rink until it is time to open it up again! For those that don’t want to break it down and store it, 360 also offers a white glove package where they will disassemble, remove and store your rink over the winter and set it back up in the fall. This will ensure you have plenty of yard space during the warmer months. 

Ask About Our Ice Hockey Rink Packages

If you are interested in a custom ice rink, contact 360 SportScapes! We are the only backyard hockey rink builder that offers a full-service estimate for your ice rink creation and installation.

You dream it… We build it!

Do Backyard Sport Courts Add Value To Your Home?

There are many home exterior projects and additions that homeowners can implement to increase the value of their homes. While new roofing and other renovations may add some value to your home when you’re ready to sell, how many of them can actually be enjoyed by you and your family for the time being? According to a study by houselogic, swimming pools may not be the best investment when you’re looking to add value. Therefore, if you are looking for a fun way to add some value to your home it is definitely worth considering an outdoor sports court!

How Backyard Sport Courts Increase Your Home’s Value

At 360 SportsScapes, we specialize in the installation of residential basketball courts, backyard putting greens, backyard batting cages, multi-courts, and other sportscapes for your property. One of the most common questions our basketball court contractors get asked is whether or not sports courts are a good investment in regards to home value. Well, we’re happy to share that a backyard sport court is an addition to your home that will not only bring years of enjoyment to your family, which of course is priceless, but will also increase the value of your home. Here are a few ways how:

Low-Maintenance

Swimming pools are not only expensive to install, but require very intensive and costly maintenance. With a backyard sports court, maintenance is a breeze and inexpensive! Unlike traditional court surfaces, 360 SportScapes are constructed with quality tile that is 100 percent anti­microbial and resistant mold build-up. Maintenance is as easy as clearing leaves and an occasional power washing to remove dirt and dust. 

Because these sports courts are durable and long-lasting, they’ll still be in great shape if and when the time comes to sell your home and will help boost its value.

A Solution To Your Landscaping Woes

The less lawn you have, the more you’ll save on both time and from having to deal with lawn maintenance. Depending on the size of the sports court you install in your backyard, there may not be as much work required when it comes to landscaping. Plus, sports courts can be designed to fit and enhance your landscaping, making it a win-win!

An Eco-Friendly Addition

More and more homeowners are looking for ways to make their yards more environmentally-friendly — which typically translates to using less water. Unlike traditional court surfaces, our sports courts are not only constructed out of eco-friendly materials and the installation will result help lower water usage in your yard. Many homebuyers look exclusively for homes that have green features, and a sports court certainly contributes to an eco-friendly yard.

A Variety of Uses

Can’t decide which sports court will bring the biggest return? Why not invest in all of them? With a backyard multi-sport court you can bring an entire athletic complex to your yard. With a multi-sport court, you can add your favorite game lines, designs, and logos. Because these courts can easily be converted between basketball, volleyball, tennis, and other sport courts, there certainly will be value added to your property.

Get A Backyard Basketball Court, Putting Green, Or Other Sports Court From 360 SportsScapes! 

It is important to remember that other factors that come into play when it comes to the value of your home, such as location. However, industry experts predict that adding a backyard sports court to your home can increase its value anywhere between $10,000 to $20,000. In addition, having a home sport court helps to cultivate family and community engagement, creating a place to come together and be active. 

If you are interested in installing a backyard basketball court, putting green, or other sportscape to your yard, contact the experts at 360 SportScapes today!

Fun Labor Day Activities You Can Do In Your Own Backyard

What does Labor Day mean to you? Of course, we know that the holiday celebrates the American labor movement but for most when they think of Labor Day they think of the last holiday of summer. Most celebrate the unofficial end of the summer sunshine by barbecuing with family and spending time in their backyard. With artificial grass you can amplify your backyard and create a low maintenance space perfect for your family. The following are a few fun backyard games and activities perfect for your Labor Day celebration.

Putting Greens

Whether you are a weekend warrior or a professional golfer, 360 SportScapes Golf packages offer a complete array of professional artificial turf products.  We offer a realistic golf surface with unmatched performance. Putting greens not only provide a stunning addition to your landscape but they also require minimal maintenance and reliable in all climates. We offer no water and no chemical option to improve your short game. Kids also love playing games of put put with friends and family. Golfers of all skill levels can enjoy a relaxing game this Labor Day with 360 SportScapes putting greens.

Playground Activities

From sitting in the grass to playing in the sprinklers it’s no secret that kids love to play outdoors. 360 SportScapes offers a plethora of safe play area options for children and pets alike. Instead of getting muddy and tearing up your grass lawn, adding artificial turf keeps your house clean. We create our unique playground systems with Envirofill® an antimicrobial, nontoxic, and nonflammable infill product that remains up to 20 percent cooler than other infill materials. This Labor Day your kids can play freely while staying safe, clean and dry.

Pickleball

For a more active backyard activity consider installing a pickleball court in your backyard. Pickleball is a paddle ball sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and table tennis. A pickleball court is the same size as a double’s badminton court. Our court tiles are shock absorbent and decrease stress on joints.  Join the over 400,000 pickleball players and install a pickleball court in your backyard with 360 SportScapes!

Bocce Ball

For a relaxing backyard activity, bocce ball is a fun game you can play with the whole family. Dating back to the ancient games played in the Roman Empire, bocce uses strategy and a set of balls of various sizes tossed into a zone. While this game can be played anywhere it is recommended to have a bocce court made out of artificial turf. 360 SportScapes bocce ball courts give you the perfect backyard game that can be enjoyed by people of all ages.

If you want to make the most of your Labor Day from the comfort of your own home, consider synthetic grass or an athletic court from 360 SportScapes. All our products are low maintenance, nontoxic and made with your safety in mind.

If you’d like a free quote, please contact us here or give us a call at (877) 937-4360.