Top 5 Backyard Ice Rink games everyone can enjoy

As we are coming upon the Holiday Season we thought it would be a good time to list our top 5 Fun games that can be played with friends and family on your 360 Backyard Ice Rink!

1. Freeze tag

Once a player is tagged by the designated tagger he or she has to freeze in place. To get unfrozen and back into the game they have to get tagged by someone else in the game who is not the tagger. If all players end up frozen then the tagger wins and a new tagger is chosen. Rotate taggers throughout the game..

2. Skate Chain

Players connect by holding the player in front of them on their waist. Once the Chain is formed the first person in the chain can skate any pathway he or she chooses for 1 minute. Rotate the leader of the chain so everyone gets a chance.

3. Follow the Leader

Designate 1 player as the leader. He or She gets to skate any pathway they want. The rest of the group has to follow him/her. After 1 minute rotate a new leader in so everyone gets the chance to be the leader.

4. Relay Races

Divide the group into 2 or 3 equal teams. A couple of variations for the races:
1. Forwards
2. Forwards Down and Backwards back
3. Skates have to stay on the ice (Good work on your edges)
4. Stickhandling a puck down and back
5. Stickhandle a puck down and make a pass back
6. Broomball 

This is for the group that is above 8 years old and wants some competition! No skates needed. Players play the same rules as Hockey except use an oversize foam ball and brooms as sticks. Best played 4 on 4 with no goalies but different modifications can be made.

For Safety reason players should have a helmet on for all of the games listed above

 

Contact 360 SportScapes:

Call us today to install for your brand new custom backyard ice rink as well as any of your other sport surface needs like our backyard basketball, tennis, or multi-sports court. Contact a professional installer today to have a high-quality and durable ice rink in your own backyard!

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Benefits of a Backyard Ice Rink

As the leaves have started to fall and the current chill is in the air, it’s time to start thinking about Winter Sports! We are going to discuss one activity that can be done at the convenience of your home with family and friends:

Skating and Playing Hockey in your Outdoor/Backyard rink!

There are many benefits of having your own custom backyard ice rink:

OVERALL WELLNESS

Ice skating helps with stability, control, and strength for children of all ages. It also improves joint flexibility, builds leg muscles, helps with weight management, and increases endurance. Being active also reduces stress levels which helps improve your mood.  A backyard rink is a great way to decrease screen time and increase exercise time!.

EXTRA ICE TIME HELPS WITH PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

There isn’t a lot of available ice time in local ice rinks for players to work on their individual skills. A backyard ice rink will allow each player time to practice important skills like skating, stickhandling, passing and shooting.

CREATING MEMORIES

Skating and playing games with family and friends in a fun atmosphere will create memories that will last a lifetime. These memories can be created year after year with your own backyard ice rink.

COACHES CORNER TIP

In a past USA Hockey study, a Youth Hockey Player possessed the puck for an average time of 1 minute and 6 seconds per game.  A backyard ice rink is going to allow the player to significantly increase their puck possession time which is key to player development.

Contact 360 SportScapes:

Call us today to install for your brand new custom backyard ice rink as well as any of your other sport surface needs like our backyard basketball, tennis, or multi-sports court. Contact a professional installer today to have a high-quality and durable ice rink in your own backyard!

You Dream It. We Build It.

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Reasons Why You Should Install a Backyard Ice Rink This Fall

Although it is sad that the warm weather and summer months have passed, we can now look forward to hockey season! Celebrate the right way by having 360 Ice Rinks build and install a hockey rink in your backyard. Here are just some of the reasons why you should have an ice rink at home:

Improve Hockey and Skating Skills 

There is no better way to improve your hockey skills and overall skating than practicing. Having an ice rink right in your backyard allows you and your family to spend time improving skating, shooting, stickhandling, and other aspects of the game of hockey. Shock your coaches, friends, and family with how much progress you have made by practicing regularly and increasing your time on the ice.

Increase Time with Loved Ones 

Whether you are a big hockey family or are interested in learning how to skate, having a backyard hockey rink will increase the time you spend with your family and friends. Having a hockey rink is a great way to get your kids involved and out of their rooms this fall and winter in a fun and healthy way! At 360 Ice Rinks, we also work with each of our customers to make sure they are getting exactly what they want. One popular option is having a deck built near the rink so parents can watch their kids play!

Stay Active

Many people find it much harder to stay active and healthy throughout the colder months in New England. However, having a backyard ice rink will have you wanting to spend your days skating outside. Skating and playing hockey are activities that strengthen your whole body. Playing hockey improves metabolism, strengthens muscles throughout the body, improves the cardiovascular system, burns calories and fat, and more! So rather than sitting on the couch watching TV this winter, throw on some skates and start improving your health.

Residential & Commercial Hockey Rink Installation

360 Ice Rinks has years of experience installing ice hockey rinks for both homeowners and businesses, making us one of the leading builders in New England. We also offer many different customization options for our clients to choose from! If you are interested in a backyard ice hockey rink, please contact us today by filling out an online contact form or by calling (877) 937-4360. Don’t forget to follow us on social media to see our most recent projects!

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How A Backyard Sports Court Will Increase your Property Value

There are many remodeling and renovation projects that homeowners often do to increase the value of their homes, whether this is a new bathroom or a new addition to a house. While these are excellent ways to improve property value, other ways can hold more benefits in the long run. Installing a backyard sports court such as a basketball courttennis court, or multi-sports court will be an addition that you and your family can use for years while it also dramatically increases the value of your home.

Overall Good Investment

A backyard sports court is a luxurious home investment that will continue to rise in profit. Studies show that having a sports court will initially increase a property’s value anywhere between $10,000 to $20,000 and that will just increase over the lifetime of the home. Having a court in your backyard will provide not only a good real estate investment, but also provides a health and wellness initiative for you and your family. Additionally, your family will be able to exercise in the privacy of your own home versus using public courts and other public options.

Low Maintenance:

Another project that many homeowners do to increase their property value is to install a pool. Although pools can be a fun way to spend time with friends and family, they are very hard to keep clean and work properly. Pools require a lot of attention and money to keep them spotless and looking nice. Not to mention, in the winter months, they are not useable. A sports court will also bring the same amount of fun that families can enjoy past the summer months. Sports courts are also very low maintenance and durable throughout the harsh winter. The court material is antimicrobial, making them resilient to mold or dirt build-up.

Landscaping:

Landscaping a yard needs to be kept up regularly to keep a property looking in good shape. However, landscaping can be very time-consuming and extremely expensive. Having a backyard sports court such as a basketball or tennis court can remove some of that landscaping hassle. Our SportScapes experts will work with you to map out the perfect spot in your yard to install your custom court. Additionally, these courts can also be customized and designed the way you want so they will match your yard even better! Stop worrying about spending money on landscape maintenance and install a multi-purpose sports court that will bring long-lasting value and fun to your property and family.

Contact 360 SportScapes:

Increase your property value as well as your overall health by having a backyard basketball, tennis, or multi-sports court. Contact one of our SportScapes experts today to have a high-quality and durable court in your own backyard!

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!