8 Maintenance Tools Every Clay Court Facility Needs

We all know that clay court facilities – while worth the work – require a lot of maintenance to keep the courts in their best playing shape. And here at 10-S Tennis Supply, we often get asked the question of, “What tools do I need to maintain my clay court?”  Well, here are the top 8 clay court maintenance tools you might want to have on hand for your court or facility.

LUTE/SCARIFIER

The Lute is an incredible tool to have in your arsenal for court maintenance.  How better to break up hard-pan, scarify hard-to-reach areas, and spread new material?  We recommend the 30” Standard Lute/Scarifier.  This is our most popular Lute used by tennis maintenance professionals.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


30” Standard Lute/Scarifer – Product Code: VL1052

DRAG BROOM

The Drag Broom is another great tool for clay courts – especially sprinkler-irrigated courts – and helps your courts to have that “freshly groomed” look.  These brooms come in a hand model to be pulled manually, or in a tow model – which is an especially good option for multiple court facilities.  The 7’ Aluminum Drag Broom is our pick for this category!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7’ Aluminum Drag Broom Hand Model (Shown) – Product Code: SL2002
7’ Aluminum Drag Broom Tow Model – Product Code: SL1002

LINE BROOM

No maintenance routine would be complete without a Line Broom to clear stray clay off of the lines and ensure your courts are in top-shape and ready for play!  The 10-S Linesman fine bristle line sweeper is your easy-to-use tool for the task.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


10-S Linesman Fine Bristle Unit – Product Code: WL2004

LINE SCRUBBER

If your clay court lines have stubborn spots of hardened material that your Linesman can’t touch, you might need to have a scrubber on hand to clean off the lines.  The extra-stiff bristles on the Proline Line Scrubber can help you clear up those trouble spots and get you back on the court.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Proline Line Scrubber – Product Code: WL3002

 COURT RAKE

Court Rakes are a necessity for HydroCourts, to keep the courts groomed, in shape, and properly scarified.  However, on a sprinkler-irrigated Har-Tru court, a court rake can be a nice add-on, especially for the perimeters and un-played areas to keep algae from forming.  For this category, we recommend the Classic Court Rake, as well as the Gator Rake (Standard or HydroCourt Model).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Classic Court Rake – Product Code: VW2002
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gator Rake HydroCourt Model – Product Code: VG1000HY

AUSSIE CLEAN SWEEP

If you find your court accumulates a lot of debris, such as leaves or pine needles, the Aussie Clean Sweep could help you out!  This tool is pulled by hand, and with the 8’ length, can clean up your court in no time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aussie Clean Sweep 8’ – Product Code: SL9002

 SPREADER

When it comes time in every maintenance routine to add new clay material or calcium to the court, you might find yourself wanting to save time and add the clay from a spreader, rather than by hand.  This helps with even distribution of clay, and depending on the size that you prefer – these machines can hold multiple bags of material at once without reloading.  The 42” Gandy Spreader (show below) can be found in a hand or tow model.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

42” Gandy Spreader Hand Model – Product Code: TG1012

 ROLLER

Rollers are mostly utilized on Har-Tru sprinkler-irrigated courts to groom after new material is added, and also to tamp down lines.  They can be a nice addition on a HydroCourt, but are not as often needed or widely used on the sub-surface irrigated courts.  There are different kinds to suit your court or facility’s needs – ranging from fully powered stand-alone units, to tow-behind rollers, to a hand-roller for the 1 or 2 court home or facility.  One popular and recommended unit is the CourtPac 24” Roller (shown below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CourtPac Roller 24” Model – Product Code: PL6024


Information about these or any other products can be found at 10-s.com, or by giving a call at 800-247-3907 to the friendly and capable staff at 10-S Tennis Supply!

 

Top 5 MUST-HAVE Products for the Traveling Tennis Coach

As a Tennis Coach or Teaching Pro, traveling from court to court means you need quality products that are easy to carry and store in small spaces, such as the trunk of your car. Here at 10-S Tennis Supply, we have compiled a list of the 5 must-have products that you won’t want to leave home without!  Some of these products are new, and some are tried-and-true, but they are all available at 10-s.com, and are sure to be useful tools for a Coach-on-the-go.

COACHING CART
If you are looking for a quality mobile teaching cart, we recommend the EZ Travel Cart 150.    The bag lifts out of the cart, which can be folded easily and stored in the included carrying case.  Extra bags are available, which makes this cart convenient for site-to-site use!

EZ Travel Cart 150 – Product Code: IG7150

BALL RETRIEVER
After regular play or drills, every Coach needs a tool to retrieve the balls quickly and efficiently.  The 10-S Ballport Deluxe has handles that rotate and lock up or down, as well as rolling bars on the bottom to help ease balls into the basket and hold them in.  It has an 80 ball capacity, and is made of tough polypropylene.  Wheel this basket from your car to the court and you’re all set for practice!

10-S Ballport Deluxe – Product Code: IG3095

TRAINING DEVICES
Training devices can be incredible tools to help your students hone their agility, running, and decision-making skills, or can be used to clearly mark training areas. We have given you 2 options on this category – the Econo Spots, and the Agility Cone Set.  The Econo Spots are 9” in diameter, and come in sets of 6 individually-colored flexible plastic spots.  The 2” tall Agility Cone Set has 20 cones (5 each of yellow, black, white, and orange) and can be stepped on without breaking.  Best yet, they are both small training sets that can be easily transported!

Agility Cone Set – Product Code: HSKLZ-207  

Econo Spots – Product Code: HX1094

AGILITY LADDER
As a teaching Pro or Coach, you know agility ladders can be very useful to aid in your students’ agility and footwork training.  The Quick Ladder Pro has an accordion-like fold, resulting in a compact ladder that wastes no training time with its tangle-free setup and breakdown!

 

Quick Ladder Pro – Product Code: HSKLZ-105

PRACTICE TENNIS BALLS
Practice tennis balls give coaches the quality and benefits of top brands like Wilson or Penn, at a discounted price.  These balls are ideal for recreational play or for use in a ball machine or teaching basket.  They come in cases of 24 cans / 72 balls.

Wilson Practice Balls –  Product Code: KW1003

 

Pro Penn Coach Balls – Product Code: KPP300 

Information about these or any other products can be found at 10-s.com, or by giving a call at 800-247-3907 to the friendly and capable staff at 10-S Tennis Supply!

Top 5 Ways to Tell if Your Hard Court Needs Resurfacing

Here at 10-S Tennis Supply, we know the thought of resurfacing your court can be daunting, and you might not know if it’s entirely necessary.  Have no fear – we have developed a list of red-flags to help you make the right decision!  As time goes on, the luster begins to fade on your once brand new tennis, basketball, Pickleball or shuffleboard court.  So, how can you tell if the time has come to resurface your asphalt or concrete court? We are here to help!

Top signs your hard court needs to be resurfaced:

  1. Cracks and root damage are growing by the day
  2. Water stays on the court for hours after a rain
  3. Mold and mildew are starting to take over your court
  4. Paint is faded to the point you can see the blacktop or concrete underneath
  5. Lines are disappearing into the surface – you can’t tell if a ball is in or out


If any of the above sounds like your court’s current situation – or your courts look more like the “Before” image than the “After” image, it’s time to resurface!

For those “Do It Yourselfers” out there who want to tackle the resurfacing project at your facility, 10-S Tennis Supply can provide you with the tools and materials to get the job done right.  In fact, we have two primary products you should consider for repairing cracks and low areas – NovaCaulk and NovaBond.

Information about these products can be found at 10-s.com, or by giving a call at 800-247-3907 to the friendly and capable staff at 10-S Tennis Supply!

If you are located in south Florida and would like to hire a Certified Tennis Court Builder to complete your resurfacing project, consider contacting our sister company – Fast-Dry Courts, Inc. at 800-432-2994 or visit Fast-Dry.com for more information.

If you are located outside south Florida and would like to hire a Certified Tennis Court Builder to complete your resurfacing project, feel free to give us a call at 800-247-3907.  We may be able to recommend a company, or direct you to someone in your area through the American Sports Builders Association (ASBA).

7 Tips to Choose the “Perfect Bench”

A nice spot to relax is something we all seek from time to time…whether it’s during a changeover in tennis to take a quick breather or at the park while the kids play.

But how much time was spent deciding which bench to use at that particular venue? 

It’s not something the majority of people would spend a lot of time thinking about, but there are a number of factors that go in to selecting the “PERFECT BENCH.”

1.)    Location

Probably the most important factor to consider first is where the bench will be located.  If its outdoors and exposed to the weather, that will require a particular type of bench to withstand the elements.  If you envision a cover overhead, you may choose to go with a bench with a built-in canopy or awning.  If you need benches for an indoor facility, say a locker room, you may find that a wooden bench is more aesthetically pleasing.  Start by thinking “Where will this bench be located?”

2.)    Durability

The locale will often determine the durability you are looking for in a bench.  If a bench is exposed to outdoor elements such as sun, rain, wind, ocean air, etc., you will have to take into consideration how long you’d like the bench to stand up for over time.  For example, a bench made of recycled plastic or high-density polyethylene may be your best bet for longevity.  These also give you the additional bonus of never needing a new coat of paint, since the color you choose is the actual color of the material the bench is constructed out of.  PVC and Vinyl benches can also last the test of time – and if ordered in white will keep cool on hot days.

3.)    Color

The color you choose will oftentimes be based on the other aesthetic features of your surrounding area.  For an example, if you have a green fence, with green windscreen and green amenities such as trash receptacles and water fountains, a green bench is probably right up your alley.  The colors available range from white, gray, green, natural wood, cedar and brown – the choice is yours!

4.)    Size

The size of the bench you are seeking will depend on its use – i.e., how many people may use the bench at one given time.  If it’s a bench used for spectators during a soccer or basketball game, the longer the bench better.  If the bench is used for one or two tennis players to take breaks during changeovers, a shorter bench will likely work just fine.  Lengths vary from 4-feet to 8-feet long so choose accordingly.

5.)    Style (Back or No Back?)

The style of bench is easily determined by the purpose it will serve – specifically in terms of the direction you would like people to face.  For example, a bench located between two tennis courts would likely be used from both sides – therefore a bench with no back, accessible for sitting from both sides, is your best bet.  Now envision a park bench facing a pond where you may take the kids to feed the ducks – this would better lend itself to a “classic park bench” style with a contoured back – for comfort.

6.)    Portable or Secure

Do you need the bench to be portable or secured to a fixed location?  If you’d like a portable model, those are typically shorter/smaller and lighter weight, for ease of transport.  A secured bench may be ideal for a high traffic area where it’s important that the integrity of your landscaping/ornamentation is maintained.  Benches that can be secured are readily available.  These are typically fashioned to install bolts through the legs, into the ground material beneath, for example a concrete sidewalk.  Securing a bench will also provide added security to those sitting there since it will not move or flip over.

7.)    Material

All of the factors above will leave you with a number of bench options – once you’ve narrowed down your needs.  The final step will be to determine the material you are most interested in.  The materials available include wrought iron, wood, plastic, recycled plastic (some of today’s recycled plastics even resemble lumber), PVC, aluminum and polyethylene.

10-S Tennis Supply is a premier supplier of benches that will fit every need.  Check out our online store and see just how easy it is to choose your bench.  We’ll even deliver it direct to you!  Visit us at www.10-S.com to view our large selection of Benches or search the keyword Bench in our search bar.

What is the best hardware for hanging windscreens (Ty-Raps, Plastic Snaps, or Rope)?

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Windscreen Hardware Options – Available at 10-S.com

After many of our customer experienced high winds in the wake of Hurricane Matthew last week, we have had a rush of orders for replacement hardware for windscreens.  In preparation for high winds, we always recommend taking down and rolling up your windscreens to avoid damage to your fence.  Leaving up windscreens can cause them to act as a sail – catching wind and pulling fencing over.  Once the screens are down and the storm has passed, that means it’s time to re-install them.  At that time you may be wondering “what is the best hardware for hanging my windscreens?”  So we hope this article helps!

We recommend the use of 50 lb. breaking strength ty-raps (a.k.a., zip ties) for most windscreen installations. High winds can cause damage to windscreens and fences. 50 lb. breaking strength ty-raps are designed to break with high winds. This releases the windscreen from the fence, preventing structural damage to the fence.

Some facilities use plastic snaps along the top of the windscreen and 50 lb. ty-raps around the sides and bottom of the windscreen. This arrangement allows the ties to break on the sides and bottom in high winds, releasing some of the pressure on the fence.

Rope is generally not recommended as an exclusive fastening agent for a windscreen for the reasons listed above. If rope is used to attach windscreens to the fence and high winds are experienced, the windscreen may act as a sail and bring the entire fence down.

It is permissible to use rope along the middle of a 9′ windscreen to attach the anti-billow tab to the fence, provided 50 lb. breaking strength ty-raps are used along the top, bottom and sides of the windscreen.

See our instructional video on windscreen installation in the Instructional Videos page of our website.

Reasons to Choose Youth Tennis

Getting the kids involved with Youth Tennis is so easy and can benefit them for a lifetime! Learn all about it at youthtennis.com and order all of your supplies from 10-S Tennis Supply by clicking HERE.

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PRESS RELEASE: USPTA Extends Agreement with 10-S Tennis Supply and Aer-Flo to 2018

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 14, 2015

USPTA Extends Agreement with 10-S Tennis Supply and Aer-Flo to 2018
10-S Tennis Supply to remain the official court equipment of the USPTA

HOUSTON – The United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA) extended its partnership with 10-S Tennis Supply through June 2018 for the company to continue being the official tennis court equipment supplier of the USPTA, as announced on Tuesday.  The original agreement began in 2012

As part of the partnership agreement, 10-S Tennis Supply’s Six Star II tennis net will remain the official tennis net of the USPTA. The Six Star II® net features a tapered, extra-duty, braided polyethylene net body with UV stitching, double mesh on the top six rows, a double vinyl headband, six rows of stitching on the headband and a five-year warranty. The Aer-Flo Tuffy® Windscreen will also remain the official windscreen of the USPTA.

“We are excited to continue as the Official Tennis Court Equipment Supplier of the USPTA, and make an even deeper commitment to the association and its members through the Retirement Gold+ Program,” 10-S Tennis Supply President Stephen C. Dettor said.  “We are delighted that USPTA Professionals now have the opportunity to purchase high quality, endorsed products like the Six Star II® Tennis Net and Tuffy® Windscreens while also receiving retirement contributions for those purchases.”

10-S Tennis Supply will contribute 4 percent of sales to the individual accounts of USPTA-certified Professionals who participate in the USPTA Retirement Gold+ program.  The company becomes the eighth contributor to the USPTA retirement program since its inception in January 2014.  10-S Tennis Supply joins leading tennis and wellness companies Prince Global Sports, Fromuth, NetKnacks, Hop-a-Razzi, Power Plate, 2XU and Connor Sport Court International in contributing directly to USPTA-certified Professionals’ retirement accounts.

“The growth of the USPTA Retirement Gold+ program continues to show the influence of USPTA Professionals in the marketplace,” USPTA CEO John Embree said. “With the addition of longtime supporter 10-S Tennis Supply, our association is able to provide this valuable member benefit and reward those members who support 10-S.”

Additionally, 10-S Tennis Supply will make an annual $2,500 contribution to the USPTA Foundation, the 501 (c) (3) organization devoted to programs that help economically disadvantaged people learn tennis.

For more information on 10-S Tennis Supply, visit www.10-s.com.

To learn more about the USPTA Retirement Gold+ Program, visit www.usptaretirement.com.

About 10-S Tennis Supply
10-S Tennis Supply, located in Pompano Beach, Fla., designs and distributes premium-quality tennis court equipment worldwide.  10-S Tennis Supply has the world’s largest selection of in-stock, ready to ship tennis court products for your day-to-day maintenance needs – more than 1,000 items ready for same-day shipment.  10-S Tennis Supply media contact: Stacy Montoya, Marketing Maven, 1400 NW 13th Avenue, Pompano Beach, FL 33069 or via email at smontoya@10-s.com.  For more information or to place an order, call 800-432-2994 or visit www.10-s.com.

About USPTA
Founded in 1927, USPTA strives to raise the standards of the tennis profession while promoting greater awareness of the sport. USPTA offers nearly 70 professional benefits to its more than 15,000 members worldwide, including certification and professional development. With more than 300 days of educational opportunities throughout the year, USPTA offers the most comprehensive continuing education program in the tennis industry. For more information visit www.uspta.com, or follow us at facebook.com/USPTA.Official and @USPTA_Tennis

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CONTACT: 

USPTA
Christiana Johns, Public Relations Coordinator
713-978-7782, ext. 114
christiana.johns@uspta.org 

Julie Myers, Creative Services Director
julie.myers@uspta.org

10-S Tennis Supply
Stacy Montoya, Marketing Maven
954-969-5440
smontoya@10-S.com

 

Adding Recreational Amenities to Your Community

Art - FCAJ Article - Adding Recreational Amenities to Your Community - May 2015

By Trimmer Dettor

With an ever-growing focus on healthy living and exercise, you are likely experiencing increased interest from your residents in adding new recreational amenities to your community. In order to be prepared, we will walk you through the steps you will need to take in order to intelligently consider these requests. Today, we will focus our discussion on planning for the addition of a new, asphalt (hard) tennis court. However, the process outlined here for building a new tennis court is applicable if you are interested in adding other recreational amenities including basketball courts, pickleball courts, bocce courts, shuffleboard courts, and putting greens. Let’s cover the necessary steps that are crucial to turning the dream of a new tennis court at your community into a reality.

The first component in the planning process is to determine if you have enough space to build a new court. The standard dimension of a new tennis court is 60 feet wide by 120 feet long, or 7,200 square feet. So, using your facility’s property survey, see if you have 7,200 square feet of space to build your new court. In addition to having this space, the court will need to be set back from property lines by 10–20 feet or more depending on your local zoning regulations. Therefore, your second step in planning is taking your site plan, with the new court sketched in, to the local zoning authorities to get preliminary approval for the location. If the planned location for your new court meets regulations, then it’s time to focus on the court specifications.

What type of court surface, hard or soft, is right for your community? What other key elements do you want to add to enhance the playing experience for your residents? You will need to consider fencing, shade, lighting, seating, court accessories, and drinking water. We recommend working closely with a local tennis court builder to review your options and develop your court specifications.

Once your specifications are set, your tennis court contractor should be able to provide a very accurate budget for the court, fencing, lighting, and accessories. We recommend working with experienced tennis court contractors that are also state licensed General Contractors and have at least one Certified Tennis Court Builder on staff. Be sure to closely check references and take the time to visit some recent projects completed by your tennis court contractor.

Once the specifications and cost for the tennis court are known, it’s time to get clarity on the other costs you will incur to complete the project. Here are some of the additional items and costs you will need to consider:

DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURAL FEES
• Fees associated with acquiring updated, certified copies of your site survey
• Local municipality permit fees
• Electrical fees (if you are adding lights)
• Fire code fees are possible, if you are adding a shade structure or windscreens
• Based on a budget figure of constructing a standard, asphalt tennis court with lights valued at $60,000, you can expect to pay +/- $2,000 in permit fees (typically the builder will pull the permit and bill the owner direct)

SITE WORK
• Soil testing, site preparation, grading, and drainage—site contractors are responsible for providing the tennis court contractor with a “ready to build” site with the four corners of the court area clearly marked, including finished elevations.
• Plumbing work may be required to run water from your existing system to the court.
• Electrical work may be required to run electric lines from your existing panel to the courts for lighting.
• Electrical work may be required to increase available power for lighting.
• Finished landscaping will be required outside the court.

POST-CONSTRUCTION MAINTENANCE
• Regardless of the type of court surface chosen, some post-construction maintenance and repairs will be required.
• Your tennis court contractor should be able to provide daily, weekly, monthly, and annual maintenance budgets for each type of court they build.

If you follow the process outlined above, you should be able to compile a fairly accurate budget for adding a new tennis court at your facility. You will then be armed with the information your residents need to make an informed decision about whether to move forward with the project.

Trimmer-Dettor-3TRIMMER B. DETTOR, VICE PRESIDENT AND OWNER, FAST-DRY CORP.
Trimmer B. Dettor, Vice President and Owner of Fast- Dry Corp., grew up playing tennis and building courts. His father started Fast-Dry Corporation in 1981, and the company has grown into a full-service operation to include tennis court construction, resurfacing, and supplies. Trimmer joined Fast-Dry Corporation in 2002 and was responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day operations of the tennis court supplies division. In 2010, Trimmer switched over to the construction side of the business where he currently is an account executive and runs the hard court division. For more information, e-mail trimmer@fast-dry.com, call (800) 432-2994, or visit www.FastDry.com.

If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now…Day 17 of 17

Blog Post Art - USPTA Advertorial - 10-S Tennis Supply - 5-19-1410-S Tennis Supply recently published an educational article in the USPTA ADDvantage section of Tennis Industry Magazine.  The title of the article was “If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now…USPTA Leaders Share Court Supply and Maintenance Wisdom with Under 30 Peers.”

As part of our research for this article, 10-S Tennis Supply asked 50+ experienced Tennis Directors to let us know the three things they wish they knew about tennis court supplies or tennis court maintenance before they became a Tennis Director.  Many of their responses were included in the article.  However, we did not have room for all of them and wanted to share the others with you.

So…we will post some additional thoughts over the next couple of weeks from different USPTA Tennis Directors wish they knew when they started out.  Today we’ll hear from…

Chris Lee, Aberdeen Country Club, Boynton Beach, FL

  1. How to repair a sprinkler head and or a line break.
  2. The effectiveness of regular raking in controlling mold mildew and hardpan build up rather than brushing.
  3. Starting with using less rather than more when resurfacing because you can always add more clay.
  4. Rolling and letting the court harden in the sun rather than watering to fast.
  5. Having a hurricane plan and supplies ready rather than a last minute rush with phone lines being down and limited supplies available.

Chris-Lee---6-13-14About Chris:

Chris Lee is the Director of Tennis at Aberdeen Golf and Country Club.  He has been there since 2005.  He played tennis at Lynn University where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science.

If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now…Day 16 of 17

Blog Post Art - USPTA Advertorial - 10-S Tennis Supply - 5-19-1410-S Tennis Supply recently published an educational article in the USPTA ADDvantage section of Tennis Industry Magazine.  The title of the article was “If I Only Knew Then What I Know Now…USPTA Leaders Share Court Supply and Maintenance Wisdom with Under 30 Peers.”

As part of our research for this article, 10-S Tennis Supply asked 50+ experienced Tennis Directors to let us know the three things they wish they knew about tennis court supplies or tennis court maintenance before they became a Tennis Director.  Many of their responses were included in the article.  However, we did not have room for all of them and wanted to share the others with you.

So…we will post some additional thoughts over the next couple of weeks from different USPTA Tennis Directors wish they knew when they started out.  Today we’ll hear from…

Brad Leu, Sea Oaks Tennis Club, Vero Beach, FL

  1. Personnel – getting a good court person that cares and knows his stuff is key!!!! Getting them continuing education and keeping them involved in all the decisions makes a huge difference … I have had bad court guys when you get a good one keep them happy!!!!
  2. Water quality – having good quality water and a reliable source is huge toward having satisfied members.
  3. Supportive partners – having companies that you have relationships with that you can go to in order to solve problems, get clay when you need it, get bids when you need them and have an unbiased opinion of your facility.

Brad-Leu---6-17-14About Brad:

Brad has been at Sea Oaks Beach & Tennis Club for 21 years.  Originally from Ohio, he has been in the tennis industry for 30 years, having worked in Ohio, Connecticut, New Jersey and now Florida.  Brad is currently President of USPTA-Florida.  He has been married to Maureen for 25 years.  They have two children, Katherine, 21, a senior at Miami of Ohio and Max, 18, a freshman at Ohio State University.