Racquetball Court Conversion
Convert your Racquet Court into a Functional Training Space
Simply click on, scroll, or swipe through our fitness concepts. Each of the following fitness design renderings are available in full 3D detail. We specialize in fitness facility upgrade. The following images are racquetball court conversion concepts. How many people use your racquetball courts per hour? In 2011 top line fitness participation was rated at 60% while racquet sports reported only 12% participation. The falling racquet sports trend has not recovered. In fact, in health clubs the rate is unreported. The International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA) did not include statistics on racquetball court use from 2008 forward. That says a lot. We know racquetball courts simply are not used at capacity today due to low interest and high racquet sports injury. According to The Coalition to Prevent Sports Eye Injuries, there are more than 600,000 eye injuries related to sports or recreation each year. 42,000 of these injuries require emergency room attention. And, according to the National Eye Institute, participants of racquet sports rate in the top 4 highest rates of injury in sports. Why would you continue to invite this type of liability? Why waste the space? How much money are you losing on each 800sq. ft. racquetball room in your health club? Can you imagine your fitness members or clients walking through your facility doors to see design features like these? What type of experience do you envision for your facility?
What are your racquetball courts costing you?
What is the cost of keeping 800 square feet available for the few active users you have in your facility vs. converting them into a well-used fitness area? A better question might be — How much group fitness and personal training revenue are you losing? Are you a club owner or facility manager who feels like you are being held hostage by 6 racquetball or squash players over closing or converting one or more of the racquetball courts or squash courts in your facility? There are many creative alternatives to a best use of your racquetball or squash courts. With the right planning and design, your converted racquetball or squash court can service as many as 24 participants delivering exercise programming from High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) or variable training sessions, Small Group Training (SGT), functional training and a variety of many other types of exercise and training formats.
How do you utilize racquetball court space in your facility?
If you find yourself searching for more space to create the ultimate functional training environment, then look no further than your racquetball or squash courts. They are under-used, costly and simply out of style. Creating the perfect functional training environment with innovative and entertaining features isn’t difficult. It can be as easy as choosing accessories that fit the needs of your future classes or exercise sessions, and sketching out a simple floor plan with defined zones for specific and engaging activities. Once you’ve sketched your basic layout of the future training zones and then list the potential activities or exercises in each zone, you can show how you plan to arrange them to create the sessions or classes for your new space. You should consider the options of defining your zones based on requests from department managers, members, or participants of other exercise programs existing elsewhere within your facility. Some operators and fitness managers define areas with simple products such as colored fabric tape, stenciling paints and a more refined use of custom functional flooring graphics or tiles. Both fabric tape and painted markings with stencils can get the job done, but the outcomes are typically less than desirable, these tactics leave your floor looking horrible after only a few uses. Dedicated facility operators can take advantage of the professional choice of using custom and functional flooring graphics or tiles to provide the best experience for your members.
How can you convert court space into a small group fitness zone?
Defining your space with special flooring graphics or specialty flooring tiles provides definitive zones for your members and exercise participants to find their place in your new classes and facilities. Flooring graphics or high-end tile solutions provide a clear and consistent training tool that virtually connects the dots for users. Allowing constant awareness for exercise participants of where to place their hands and feet while following a coach or instructor’s direction is a key benefit of flooring graphics or specialty flooring in the newly converted racquetball or quash court turned into a functional training zone. Running a successful small group and team training program with a functional training focus is not as simple as creating the right environment and atmosphere, you will need to address several other points including scheduling, class format, and how your new personal training sessions and small group exercise classes merge along with your traditional group fitness classes located elsewhere in your facility.
How to you choose price points, class formats, and engage club members?
You will deal with operational points such as how to charge for your new class or sessions. Will you charge by the class, or sell a class pack of 10 or 20 classes, or possibly charge an added monthly fee on top of your normal dues? How will you manage the sales process for existing members or clients and also new member inquires. You might consider the point of sales process and how you present the value proposition of small group training to existing members, patients, and guests or to new participants. All of these items and more are important points you will need to address in order to have a successful small group and team training addition to your facility. Let me help you begin with a smart plan to convert your existing underutilized racquetball courts and/ or squash courts, then we can decide on the best strategy for meeting your facility director’s, managers, members, patients, clients or student’s needs, expectations, and overall desired experience.
What are the benefits of racquetball court conversion?
Increase in member group fitness participation
Increase in club member referrals
New Member Closing Percentage
Increase in Non Dues Revenue
1. “2012 Sports, Fitness and Leisure Activities Topline Participation Report.” Promoting Sports & Fitness Participation and Industry Vitality. SFIA, 2012. Web. 24 Sept. 2014.
2. “SPORTS-RELATED EYE INJURIES.” West Michigan Eyecare Associates, A Member of Vision Source. West Michigan Eyecare Associates, 4 Apr. 2014. Web. 24 Sept. 2014.
3. “Sports with the Highest Rates of Eye Injuries.” National Eye Institute (NEI). National Institutes of Health (NIH), 5 July 2014. Web. 24 Sept. 2014.
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