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Home Court Hoops is Hiring!

Attention Athletes

Did you recently graduate college and are not sure what you want to do with your life? Are you a former athlete that’s not quite ready to turn in your pinnie for pinstripes?

Start a career in the sports equipment sales and installation industry. The sporting goods industry is more than just the major shoe companies. Think of all the basketball hoops in driveways, swing sets in backyards and equipment within school gymnasiums and playing fields. Learn the industry, literally, from the ground up.  

Why the sports-equipment industry?

  1. Why learn another industry when, as an athlete, you already know one? There’s nothing wrong with an office job but doesn’t sports sound more fun? Business is competition and the sporting goods industry is a $64 billion dollar a year industry. You know how to compete. Why not apply your competitive skills to an industry you understand in order to forge a rewarding career?
  2. Installing courts and hoops makes kids happy. Every completed job gives you the personal satisfaction that families will be playing on what you did for years and years to come.
  3. Work outside and in gymnasiums. Although there is some office work, there’s no suit and tie here. You’re on the courts and outside making games happen.

Job Description

Home Court Hoops is looking for full-time sports equipment assembly and sales people to support our growing company in Morristown, NJ. We’re looking for fun, team-oriented players with excellent organization skills and keen attention to detail to manage the day-to-day installation of basketball hoops, backyard court consultations and basketball court painting projects.

Responsibilities

  • Be professional in appearance and behavior
  • Consult with homeowners on the proper system for their home as well as the proper placement of their product.
  • Consult with athletic directors on the proper equipment for their facility.
  • Load truck with materials and equipment according to daily schedule and checklist
  • Navigate daily routes according to daily schedule
  • Contact customers via phone to inform them of your estimated arrival time
  • Manage material and hardware pick up at hardware stores along the route to include: Home Depot, Lowes etc…
  • Execute installations according to manufacturer’s instructions and training.

Required Experience

  • Knowledge of sports or kid’s sports environment a plus
  • Basic ability with landscaping tools to include: shovels, post hole diggers, wheel barrows, measuring tapes, carpenter levels, wrenches and socket sets.
  • Basic ability/comfort level with power tools to include: augers, hammer drills, angle grinders, power washers, backpack blowers and jackhammers.
  • Ability to lift 80 lbs.
  • Valid NJ Drivers License and legal to work in the State of NJ
  • Proficiency with basic technological devices to include: smart phones to check schedule, take pics of completed jobs and to upload photos to social media sites, GPS to navigate and email.
  • Strong verbal communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Team Player

Job Location

Morristown, New Jersey, United States

Position Type

Full-Time/Regular

5-6 days a week

Starting Pay

$35,000 - $40,000 Annual Base Salary w/ Sales and Performance Bonuses

To Apply

Email mike@homecourthoops.com to schedule an initial phone interview.

This is a detail-oriented management and sales position. Tell me why you want to do this beyond just needing something to do. Is sports your passion?

  • What experience do you have that will make you a more seamless hire with less training required than others? 
  • What sales experience do you have; what was it and what connections do you have in the sports community (AD’s, coaches, Parks and Rec Directors) that will help you get a jumpstart on growing the company.
  • How have you put together a plan to succeed in sports, school or a prior endeavor that will translate to putting a plan together for being the best you can be at selling and installing sports equipment?  
By Mike Westhead | | Read more

Revolutionize Your Basketball Practice by Copycatting Chip Kelly

Bill Walsh revolutionized football while watching a basketball game.  He took the motion, screens and high percentage of the inbounds pass from basketball and created a football offense along the same lines called the West Coast offense.  I won't go into how it revolutionized football as there have been encyclopedias written about it.  You can read a little about it here (Click Here)   

How can you steal from football to revolutionize basketball like Bill Walsh did with basketball for football?  What benefits, strategies or schemes can you take from football and apply to basketball?  Specifically, how can you emulate Chip Kelly?  

As a Giant's fan, I hate Chip Kelly but, as an entrepreneur, I really admire how Chip Kelly operates practices.  What he's done is create a practice so efficient that the players are able to execute 30-50%,and in some cases 1000%, more plays per practice than other teams.  

Some players are able to get complete practices worth of reps where, in the past and for other teams, they wouldn't get in a single rep.  For the Eagles and previously for Oregon, they receive the added benefit of not just the increased reps for the backup players, but it gives the coaches a chance to discover diamonds in the rough.

Practice makes perfect and Chip Kelly has taken this mantra to another level.  You can read a little more about his philosophy here.  (Click Here)

How can you use Chip Kelly's philosophy to help your team?  I won't go into specific drills or strategies but what I will talk about is how you can better use your equipment to achieve the same efficiency as Chip Kelly.

I have been into thousands of high schools, junior schools and middle schools and I see many patterns.  With the exception of the main court boards, almost every single gym has wooden or steel side backboards.  

Backboard Upgrade 

 

 

The ball does not react the same as tempered glass; they are not clearglass or see through; almost 100% of them do not have breakaway rims and they are not set at the regulation height of 10'.  Almost 80% of the rims I measure are 1/2"-1" off and, in some case, even more.  (Test it yourself)

Your players are practicing on backboards and rims they will not be playing on in regulation games.  They are not practicing perfectly.  Not because of anything you are doing but the equipment.  

How much improvement would you see if you had six regulation boards with regulation rims?  How much improvement would you see with perfect practice on perfect equipment?  

How many more drills could you do with six regulation backboards with breakaway rims in play?  Six sets of kids doing Mikan drills.  Six sets of kids doing free throw shooting drills.  Six sets of kids doing lay up, warm up or ball handling drills.  

How many more reps will your players get?  How many diamonds in the rough will you find?

Speaking of efficiency, upgrading backboards is one of the easiest and most affordable upgrades you can do in your gym.  It's low cost and doesn't require gym downtime.  There are also numerous ways to get new tempered-glass backboards. 

If you have any questions or would like to know how we can help you purchase new boards (Click Here) either through financing or fundraising, feel free to reach out to me at 862-579-2291.

Mike Westhead

CEO, Home Court Hoops

Basketball Hoops for Hanukkah

The holiday season is upon us.  Specifically, the Hannukah season is almost in full swing.  So we here at Home Court Hoops have come up with 8 Basketball Hoop Gifts for Hanukah.  If you have any specific questions, feel free to give me a call at 862-579-2291.

 

Hoops for Hanukkah!

1. Basketball Hoop- A basketball hoop is a great gift.  It encourages kids to play outside and have fun.  Go to our site to see some of our options.
2. 1/2 Court Stencil- Do you already have a hoop?  Get some lines on the driveway to give yourself your own home court.
3. Personalized Pole Pad- A personalized pole pad with your child's team name on the pad is a very nice addition to your home court.
4. Two-tone net- Most nets come in only white.  Why not get a net with one or two colors?
5. Wall-mounted bedroom hoop- Do you have space in your child's bedroom or the basement for a small-scale wall-mounted hoop?  These are very cool.  We have these in stock so give us a call at 862-579-2291.
6. Basketball Leather IPad Cover- Having a basketball leather IPad cover is not only very sharp but it helps protect the IPad.
7. Basketball Court Lighting- Celebrate the festival of lights with basketball court lighting.  (Need a site visit to determine pricing.)
8. Basketball Rack- Do you have balls all over the driveway?  Why not store them neatly in the garage?

Tasty Thanksgiving Basketball Hoop Specials

Howdy Pilgrims,
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, this post is stuffed with tasty specials.  So make sure you read til the end.  You don't want to be a turkey and miss dessert.
1. Turkey with Gravy Special!- Basketball hoops are our main meal and we plan on serving you up a nice bird with plenty of side dishes.
Purchase any American Eagle Basketball Goal (Click Here) and receive a $250 coupon for one of the following products or services: 
-Personalized Pole Pad (Click Here)
-1/2 Court Stencil (Click Here)
-Backstop netting 
-Bedroom or Basement Basketball Hoops 
Coupon cannot be applied to in-ground basketball hoop installations.
 
Do you already have a hoop but want court lines? Forward this to a neighbor or friend.  If they buy a hoop, we'll give you both a coupon for the services listed above.  Give me a gobble at 908-451-5738.
2. Pumpkin Pie Special- Like the smell of a fresh pie out of the oven and a table full of desserts, a backyard sports court looks just as appealing. 
Purchase any of our backyard sports construction services and receive $500 off.  We have FREE site visits so give us a gobble at 908-451-5738 and we'll trot on down and give you a gander.
   
Backyard Basketball Court (Click Here)
Backyard Batting Cage-
Backyard Bocci Court-
Indoor Courts-
3. Stuffing Special! Whether you have space above your garage or not, you have to see the video.  Behold the coolest and most practical garage-mounted basketball hoop EVER.
$500 off the installation of The AUTO HOOP.  (Click Here)
Do you have a garage with an attic?  Then The Auto Hoop is the hoop for you!
Call us at 908-451-5738 for a FREE site visit!
Thanks Pilgrims for hanging in there til the end!
Sincerely,
Mike Westhead

Scary Halloween Basketball Hoop Specials

In the spirit of the holidays, and not to #holidaycreep on Thanksgiving, Hanukah and Christmas, I've decided to draft up a little Halloween Special article and name each of our systems after a classic Halloween character.  I hope you enjoy!   
If you want to read more about how SCARY GOOD these systems are, you can find all the info below the video and there are links to each one beside their description.
1. American Eagle Patriot Series: (Click Here)
The Dracula Special
I call the Patriot Series Dracula because, from this list, the Patriot is the only system with an awning crank.  And.... because Dracula is the only one in this list that can fly, well, there you have it. Like Dracula is probably the most popular of the Halloween characters, the Patriot is easily our most popular product.  The one main difference between the Patriot and Dracula is the price.  Unlike an encounter with Dracula, the price on the Patriot isn't a blood sucker.  
Spine-chilling price for a Patriot 60 w/ personalized pole bad for $1,550.  
2. AH60 Series: (Click Here)
The Wolfman Howls
I must confess.  I don't have a lot of material when it comes to Wolfman.  My recollection comes entirely from the movie Wolf with Jack Nicholson and Michelle Pfifer.  (Well, that and Teen Wolf but I don't think he was a Halloween character.)  
Hair-raising rates on an AH60 w/ install & stencil for $2,100.  (This deal is making me scared.)
3. AY60 Series: (Click Here)
The Mummy Returns
The movie classic Mummy is one of the lesser-known Halloween characters.  He's often overshadowed and falls in the middle between the Frankenstein and Dracula characters.  However, once you spend some time and judge him on his merits, he's a quality character.  (Heck, the remake made the career for The Rock.) 
Get all wrapped in a personalized pole pad w/ your AY60 for $2,100. (Get it?  Wrapped.) 
4. AY72: (Click Here)
The Bride of Frankenstein
The Bride of Frankenstein did all the work yet all the credit was given to Frankenstein.  She was smarter, prettier and much more well adjusted.  The only thing Frankenstein has that she doesn't have are those long arms he's always sticking out in front of him.
The Bride of Frankenstein needs to be appreciated more.  Not only is she sensitive to the lack of attention paid to her by Frankenstein, but she's concerned about her size.  She's big-boned and would feel much better is we could get her from her cost of $2,100 to below $2,000.  So we, unlike Frankenstein, have listened to her and brought her price down to $1,800.  (Unfortunately, there will still be the standard installation costs.  Don't be scared.  They won't make you say boohoo.)
  
5. AY72XL: (Click Here)
The Frankenstein Special
Frankenstein is the biggest Halloween character as far as size is concerned.  He is the tallest; has a head so big it has to be held together with bolts and, as discussed, always walks around with his long arms sticking out.
Feeling the pressure from his lovely bride, Frankenstein, for the month of October, has decided to live the rest of the week in his Bride's shoes and go for $2,100 plus 
--
Mike Westhead
Owner, Home Court Hoops
973-525-6424 (O)
By Mike Westhead | | Read more

5 Cost-Effective Gymnasium Upgrades

Below are several quick-fix yet cost-effective solutions for your school.

5. Backboard Upgrades (Click Here)
Most backboards in schools have been there since the school was built. Upgrading a steel backboard to a tempered-glass backboard for indoor use or an acrylic for outdoor use is easy to do and extremely cost-effective. Because most backboard mounting points are compatible with one another, it’s as simple as just swapping out the old board for the new.

For example, a school can convert an indoor board to a regulation-sized 42″ X 72″ tempered-glass backboard for roughly $1,000-$1,200 per backboard. 

The benefits go beyond just appearance. It gives basketball teams additional systems to use for practicing drills as well as giving Phys Ed teachers additional tools to work with for class.

Article on backboards (Click Here)

 

4. Bleacher Repair
Many schools experience problems with their retractable bleachers being unable to close completely. This occurs for the following reason, when your bleachers are fully extended, the planks sag due to the weight of the spectators. When you go to close the bleachers they no longer line up. In most cases this is a relatively easy fix. Home Court Hoops will install braces with wheels in the middle of each plank which will prevent the plank from sagging while allowing the bleacher to still retract and close.

This fix can save your school tens of thousands of dollars as well as many headaches for you and your custodial staff.

 

3. Wall Padding (Click Here)
Wall padding is another tool that, over time, fades, rips and tears. Replacing it will not only improve the appearance of your facility but the safety of it as well.

An important note, the National Federation of State High School Associations has revised their recommendations for the safe distance between a basketball hoop’s end line and wall from 3′ to 10′ that should be padded. Read Article!

 

We're offering free logos with the purchase of 12 wall pads or more.  Call 862-279-2291 for pricing.

 

2. Weight Rooms
Fitness equipment is incredibly expensive. Renovation of the room is not. There are many low-cost improvement options that can give you an improved appearance and functionality such as replacing the flooring, installing mirrors, painting, installing storage racks or hooks and much, much more. It’s possible to completely renovate an entire weight room for a fraction of the cost of one piece of cardio equipment such as a treadmill. I’d be happy to see your room and give you some recommendations.

-Fix mirrors.

-Repholster ripped or torn vinyl

-Replace flooring

 

1. Color your lines, not your courts
Painting a tennis or basketball court is extremely expensive. However, painting lines on an outdoor basketball court in your school colors with your school logo in the key or center court is the difference between spending thousands of dollars or hundreds and is just as visually appealing.

I hope you find this list useful and if you have any questions feel free to call me directly 862-579-2291.

How to Start A K-3 Basketball Program

Dear Basketball Coaches and Athletic Directors,

 

1. Why start a K-3 Basketball Program?

Raise more money for your basketball program and school.  This is a pool of four additional grades of students not currently included in your basketball program.  Not only will you raise more money, you're helping parents by giving them another activity for their child.
Make your program more competitive. By exposing kids to basketball at an earlier age, you improve their fundamentals and your program's retention rate.
It's a win-win for your elementary school phys ed teachers.  We recommend installing height-adjustment systems at elementary schools.  It gives physical education teachers at those elementary schools another tool to use in class.

 

2. What prevents most schools from having a K-3 Basketball Program?

Yes there is the issue of finding coaches, court time and more but, generally speaking, the main reason towns do not start a K-3 basketball program is that kids cannot shoot on a regulation-height rim of 10'.

 

3. What's the solution?  Get a Backboard Height Adjuster!

These systems adjust from 10' - 8'.  (Click Here)

 

How to get Started?

Call Home Court Hoops @ 862-579-2291.  

Take a pic of your current boards and email them to me @ mike@homecourthoops.com so I can determine the best option for you or if it is even feasible to mount height adjuster on your backboards.

 

How much do they cost?

You can get indoor backboard height-adjustment systems, with installation, for as little as $1,200 per backboard.

 

Sincerely,

 

Mike Westhead

Owner, Home Court Hoops

862-579-2291

Gym Basketball Backboards- Sizes and Materials

Upgrading or maintaining your gym basketball backboards is a very affordable and easy way to improve your gym from a standpoint of aesthetics and athletics.  This guide will show you thee different types of backboards, sizes and ways to replace them so your gym is more efficient.

Basketball Hoops with Front-Mounted Height Adjustment Systems

Many homes don't have ideal spots to install a basketball hoop because they have tricky driveways with obstacles such as retaining walls, thick shrubs or they are too narrow to put a hoop on the side of the driveway.  There is a trick to this.  Install a hoop with a front-mounted height-adjustment crank.  This allows you to tuck/back the pole nice and close up against either the wall, shrubs or between two garage doors.

In all three of the above scenarios, if you were to put a hoop with a rear-mounted height-adjustment crank, the pole with have to be placed too far out from either the wall or shrubs to compensate for the hand crank which would than either stick too far out into your court or just be impractical.  

With a front-mounted height-adjustment crank, you can tuck the pole nice and tight like you see with the pics for the American Eagle Patriot Basketball Hoop.  (Click Here)  Pay particular attention to the side pic of the hoop between the two garage doors.  This will give you a vantage point of how closely you can tuck the pole up against the house.  (Click Here)

The advantage to the front-mounted hoop is you can adjust the hoop from in front of the hoop without having to go behind the hoop.  In the above scenarios, this prevents you from having to climb up a hill, fight with shrubs to turn the crank and it gives you the ability to place the hoop between two garage doors.

Due to costs and streamlining their manufacturing processes, most basketball hoop manufacturers only make 3-4 hoops and almost all of them have rear-mounted height-adjustment cranks.  There only five hoops I know of the even offer these type of system:

  • First Team Champ
  • First Team Vector
  • Spalding
  • American Eagle Patriot
  • American Eagle AH60 Front Mount

Of these systems, the American Eagle basketball goals are far and away the better of the systems and much more competitively priced.  I won't go into the specs because you can read for yourself but if you any specific questions feel free to send me a message or give me a call.

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