There is a new basketball court available to rent in Thatcher. Farrel Layton needed a good place to practice basketball during the off seasons when he played point guard for Thatcher High School. His family built a half court for him and his brother to use. During the pandemic, they decided to extend the building and make it into a full court for more opportunities to keep up their skills when everything else was shut down. Farrel was called to a mission for the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and upon his return decided to concentrate on academics over sports. Now they enjoy the court for fun and they rent it out for others to enjoy.
Although the court is not regulation length, the nets are regulation height. There is also a ball shooter for practice as well as drill cones and shooter dummies. Isak Larsen recently played half court and commented "It's a nice court, It was so much better than a concrete court, the floor is not as slick at all." The floor of the court is made of vinyl tile with a foam ball back which is easy on muscles and joints. Laytons ask that players wear clean gym shoes to play for player comfort as well as for the maintenance and upkeep of the court floor.
Farrel says the courts aren't just good for basketball, the space can also be used for group games such as Spikeball, Foursquare and they hope to offer scheduled times for Pickleball in the near future.
Booking the court can be done online with payments through Venmo. The cost is $20 for an hour for half-court with a maximum of 6 players. Rent the full gym for $50 an hour for a maximum of 18 people. Hours of operation are from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday through Thursday and Friday and Saturday until 9:00 pm, closed on Sundays. Check out the booking website at https://booking.page/en/company/page/laytonbballgym
The gym is located at 1694 North Stadium Avenue in Thatcher north of 1st Street. The entrance to the gym is on the far northwest side of the building. Parking is available on the north side of the building. Contact Farrel through email at Farrellayton70@gmail.com for more information. Find Layton Court on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Layton-Court-105954048907709/