Basketball Equipment Guide

 

Most basketball hoops are made of seven separate parts: the backboard, the rim, the net, the brackets, the pole, the height adjustment system and the base. Here?s everything you need to know about every part.


BACKBOARDS

These come in one of two shapes: rectangular and fan shaped. Generally speaking, rectangular is better because it has more area and therefore has more opportunity for bank shots. It also can come in a variety of sizes, anywhere from forty-two inches for the cheaper residential hoops all the way to the seventy-two inch monsters that high school, college, and pro basketball players play on.
It can also be one of four materials: glass, acrylic, molded plastic or steel. Glass is the preferable material, as it is the most rigid (and it?s also what the pros use.) A lot of people make the mistake of choosing acrylic over glass because they are afraid glass will break easily. Unless you have a three hundred pound NBA center as a regular houseguest, this will not a be a real issue.

Neither heat-tempered glass nor acrylic break very often even with very rough use. If it?s a real concern of yours though, make sure your basketball hoop is by First Team, which is the only company I?m aware of that sells a few basketball hoops that include dunking damage in their warrantee coverage.

When looking to purchase a backboard, you should be looking for one main thing: rigidity. Get the biggest and most rigid backboard that you can afford. There is something a little disheartening about trying for a bank shot and watching the ball stop dead against the backboard and drop to the ground instead of bouncing cleanly into rim. A nice, rigid backboard gives you solid rebound and a more pro feel.


RIMS-GOALS

Unless it?s a kiddy or novelty rim, every basketball rim you encounter will be steel and eighteen inches in diameter. When looking at a basketball rim, take note of thebreakway system. A breakaway system is just springs that connect the rim to the backboard. When you slam dunk the ball, the springs allow the rim to ?give? just a bit to prevent the backboard from cracking. Please note that even though it?s called a ?breakaway? system, nothing is actually supposed to break or collapse. If you are playing and your rim snaps, it?s time to look over the details of your warranty.

NETS

Nets are usually made out of nylon, but heavier duty nets can be made of metal chains or even the plastic covered metal braids that that they usually make bike chains out of. The funny thing about basketball nets is that people usually don?t buy them for durability or anything. They buy them because they like the sound that a certain net makes. Like the clean swoosh sound of an anti-whip nylon net or the metal jangling of the metal chains at a hoop at a public park.

MOUNTING BRACKETS

Brackets are the poles that connect the backboard to the pole or wall, and they have a big influence on the overhang (the distance from the wall or pole to the backboard.) Generally speaking, you want wide brackets that grab the backboard by the edges, or as far to the edges as possible. This will ensure that the brackets stabilize the backboard as much as possible.

You also want brackets that provide as much overhang as possible. Those monster portable systems that you see rolled out for NBA games actually have an overhang of ten feet, with four feet from the backboard to the out of bounds line. Really high end adjustable in ground systems try to simulate professional standards by having brackets that extend out four feet. The idea is, if you plant the pole right on the out of bounds line, it?s just like playing on a pro court.


HEIGHT ADJUSTERS


For most players, they just want to keep the hoop at the regulation height of ten feet all the time. But if you have kids (or like to re-enact Dr. J slams), you might be interested in a good height adjustment system to make it easier to reach the rim.

Height adjustment system comes it a bunch of different shapes and sizes, but they are usually involve either a hand crank, a pneumatic (gas-powered) system or a pin-lock system. If you are deciding between a pneumatic system and a hand crank, get the hand crack. Pneumatic, because it is more advanced sounds like a better deal, but in my experience hand crack systems are always easier to adjust.

HOOP BASE

If you by a crank adjust basketball goal for an institutional setting, such as a park, you should also purchase a crank lock. This will prevent any unauthorized adjusting of the basketball system.


 
Most Popular Types of Basketball Hoops:

 

INGROUND BASKETBALL GOALS

If you have the room and can afford it, it is always preferable to purchase an in ground basketball goal over any other kind. These systems feature a pole that you cement straight into the ground. However, you may also install into the ground with the help of a ground sleeve or a ground anchor. This makes the system much more stable, and is therefore able to offer much better rebound than other kind of basketball systems.

This cement installation provides a much sturdier base, this also means it is much easier to get a larger backboard at an affordable price. In ground basketball hoops also offer a much broader range of backboard materials than either portable or wall mounted units.


PORTABLE BASKETBALL HOOPS

Portable basketball hoops are supported by a base that you fill with water or sand. For convenience, these systems often features wheels that make it much easier to move them around. Portable Basketball goals are your best choice if you don?t want to permanently install a basketball hoop in your backyard. They are also a great option if your housing association doesn?t allow for permanent basketball hoops to be out during the day. You can simply roll the system to your driveway when you want to shoot some hoops, and roll it back into storage when you are done.


WALL MOUNTED BASKETBALL SYSTEMS

Wall or roof mounted basketball hoops are great for when you don?t really have the space for an in ground or portable system.With some of the lower end residential wall mounted basketball goals, you will actually need to purchase the bracket that attaches the backboard to your wall separately. Most manufacturers offer two kinds of basketball brackets for wall mounted units: fixed and adjustable. If you have young children who might want to. There are actually two more kinds of basketball hoops that you are more likely to find indoors.

SWIMMING BASKETBALL SYSTEMS

The HydroSport Fixed Height Swimming Pool Goal offers a professional look for your poolside at an affordable price! The HydroSport's black powdercoated 4"x4" stainless steel post is designed with a bolt down anchor system silmilar to our upper end driveway basketball systems. The unit is secured to the deck using four stainless steel anchor bolts provided with unit. An ABS plastic anchor cover is also included.

First Teams HyrdoSport carbon steel extension arm is also powdercoated black and attaches to the post via U-Bolts. Though the HydroSport is considered a "Fixed-Height" goal, the U-bolts can be loosened allowing the arm to be re-attached at any given height along the post. A variety of basketball backboards are available on the HydroSport. Pick the package that is right for your pool.

For additional safety, backboard padding is available for all HydroSport Fixed Height Swimming Pool Goal packages. Each HydroSport basketball system is covered by First Team's Lifetime Limited Warranty.

ARCADE BASKETBALL GAMES

An electronic basketball hoop system is an arcade style game that keeps track of how many baskets you successfully make in a given period of time. They can range anywhere from cheap home models, all the way up to arcade quality units that can cost thousands of dollars.

IN-ROOM BASKETBALL HOOPS

Toy basketball hoops are smaller systems that you can hang with brackets on your door or attach with suction cups. They often come with smaller rubber or foam balls that are much safer to throw around indoors. These systems are a great, fun way to practice your free throw in your room or at the office.Many units even feature licensed logos from NBA or NCAA teams.


 
BASKETBALL POLE PADDING

 

The basketball pole is fundamental to the overall stability of a your basketball hoop. If the pole is flimsy, even the best backboard in the world isn?t going to help you get the rigidity that you need. Take these factors into account when looking at the poles on basketball goals you are interested in.


BASKETBALL HOOP SECTIONS

Poles for residential basketball hoops typically come in either one or three sections, though you may occasionally come across a unit that has a two section poles. If you are primarily concerned with the quality of play, try to get the single piece poles.

They are usually found on some of the more expensive models, but single they are a single, solid piece of steel they are less likely to wobble. You should really only get three piece basketball poles if you want the installation process to be easier of you just can afford a one piece pole.


Gauge of Steel:

This information is sometimes hard to come by, especially for lower-end hoops, but you should also check the gauge of the steel of the poles on your basketball goal. The lower gauge of a steel means that the steel wall is thicker and stronger.

Cheaper basketball poles usually have sixteen on eighteen gauge steel. Middle range units, such as those that cost between a thousand and fifteen hundred dollars, usually have eleven gauge steel. Very expensive units, such as those that cost over two thousand dollars, can have as low as seven gauge steel.

Shape:

Basketball poles comes in two shapes: square and round. The most common shape is round, especially on lower end Lifetime and Spalding basketball hoops. If you can afford it, always opt for the square basketball pole, because that shape provides for the least amount of vibration when bouncing the basketball against the backboard.

Size:

The size of basketball poles can range anywhere from three inches in diameter all the way up to eight inches on higher end basketball standards. Obviously, the thicker the pole, the more stable the hoop. The most common size is three and half inches on round basketball poles, and the smallest square pole is usually around four inches. Five and six inch poles are most commonly found on mid range residential units, such as Mammoth and Lifetime.


 
BASKETBALL BACKBOARD TYPES

 

When it comes to basketball, the sport is fast paced and aggressive. The equipment used in basketball gets a lot of abuse over time, whether you are a recreational player or a professional one. Fortunately for basketball players, if any one part of the basketball hoop system becomes damaged the individual part can be replaced, whether you are talking about the pole, the rim or the backboard.


Things you should know first:

If you are interested in replacing your basketball backboard, you need to know a few things. For example, the dimensions that you want to use. If you already were using a backboard but were unhappy with the shot support received from the backboard, then you may want to go larger. Basketball backboards are available from 40 to 72 inches. 40 to 60 inches are your typical home sizes and 72 inches is regulation. The rule for basketball backboards is that the bigger the backboard the easier it is to make a shot.


Basketball backboards are also available in a couple of different thicknesses. Regulation is 1/2? thick, for home use; however, you should determine the thickness based on your need and amount of use it will receive. The thicker the backboard is, the longer it will last and the more durable it will be. However, affordability will most likely play a big part in your purchase, especially for a home purchase, and the thinner the board (as well as the smaller) the less expensive it will be.


We offer basketball backboards in a variety of materials. Glass is typically used in professional sports for a couple of reasons. Firstly, it looks professional, secondly it is more durable than other options, and thirdly it allows for fans to see the ball in play through the backboard without having to adjust their positions to see around the backboard.


Acrylic compared to Tempered Glass:

When you are looking to get a higher end basketball hoop, one of the major choices you will have to make is whether your want an acrylic basketball goal or you want a glass basketball goal. While there is no one right answer, here are some important factors to consider before you make your decision.

When you are looking a basketball hoop, performance means how rigid the system is and how responsive the rebound is. That is, how well the basketball bounces back at you when you bounce it against the backboard. By that standard, glass backboards are hands down the best one to choose. While acrylic backboards certainly get the job done, they don?t really compare quite as well to the firmness and rigidity of a glass backboard. This top notch performance is the reason why glass is still the official material of NBA and College level basketball backboards.

In almost all cases, the acrylic models are cheaper than the glass model backboards. This Is because the process that goes into producing the high quality, break resistant, heat tempered glass is just a lot more complicated and expensive than producing a similar acrylic backboard. So if you are simply looking to get the best high end basketball goal you possibly can at the cheapest price, then acrylic is probably the best way to go.

If you plan on having your basketball hoop for many years to come, you may be concerned on how good your basketball goal looks when you have it installed in your driveway. If so, you should be aware that acrylic has a tendency to yellow slightly when it has been left out in the sun. You might not notice it for a few years, but after a while, the normally clear appearance of the backboard can look a little dingy. If you want to avoid that, then a smart move would be to go with the glass backboard. It doesn?t change up.

One of the main reasons people refrain from getting a glass backboard is that they are afraid that it will shatter, or that it might be prone to breaking. But the fact of the matter is that unless you have a three hundred pound NBA center regularly dunking on your backboard, there isn?t much risk of it breaking like you might see in a Shaquille O? Neil highlight reel. On the other hand, there is not much, if any at all, advantage in terms of durability in getting an acrylic model. To put any concerns you have about the durability at ease, look at the warranty. Most warranties for glass backboards cover the life of the hoop under normal basketball use. Some cover dunking, and some don?t, so make sure to check the specific conditions of the warranty of the product you are looking to purchase.


OTHER MATERIALS

Other materials available for our basketball backboards are plastic, aluminum, steel, and fiberglass. Each one of these materials has their own merit for basketball players. Most decisions are made about materials based on durability and affordability. Using the different kinds of materials while playing basketball will often make it easier for you to make your decision when the time comes.


When choosing your shape you have two choices, either rectangular or fan shaped. Each one has their own benefits. The rectangular shape is best for making shots and improving free throw and other shooting skills. The fan shaped is typical for a home setting, this is because it is much more affordable than the rectangular shaped. However, if your game is already good, then the fan shape will do fine for practicing.


Replacement or Upgrade:

Whether you are purchasing a backboard to replace a broken one, or you are looking for an upgrade, you are sure to find what you need here. There is a backboard for every budget and for every situation, whether for serious play or for recreation. Choose the right size and materials based on your needs, your support equipment (such as the pole) and your budget and you will be happy with your purchase.


 
TYPES OF BASKETBALL GOALS & RIMS



Fixed - Single & Double Rims:

Is a steel ring, that is 18 inches in diameter, 5/8" thickness, and is static (fixed position)so it doesn't give or breakway when weight is applied to it. Fixed in a stationary position with solid steel support braces, the fixed rim is designed for taking shots without being hung onto. If you are a dunker, then a fixed rim is not for you. Dunking the ball on a fixed rim will not only cause excessive damage to the rim and backboard but without the give that a fixed rim does not have, you risk injury to yourself as well.

This type of rim was very common in the early days of basketball goal manufacturing. This type of rim is still used today on low-end basketball systems, or recreational use where slam dunking is not a factor.

The Fixed Double Rim (Ring) is more durable, and will last longer than a single ring. You can dunk on this rim, but as long as the backboard will support the weight of the player, and it is installed correctly. This rim is the strongest available and is the choice of many schools, parks and other institutional customers.

Breakaway Rims & Goals:

All premium basketball goals should have a break-away rim. This means that when players hang on the rim they will give via spring mechanism within the rim. It also makes the rim softer when shotting long shots and allows the ball to go in more often. The break-away basketball rim does not actually break completely away from the basketball backboard; however, it does protect the backboard and the rim from breaking when a 200lb man chooses to hang from it with his fingers.

The break-away releases the force from the jump and on the board to prevent damage, which will protect your expensive equipment. In addition, with the designed give that a break-away rim has, it is can help in avoiding painful and unneeded injuries to the player.

Some companies offer a 360 degree breakaway rim in contrast to most rims that break-away from front to back. These rims will bend down at an angle and take stress off the backboard, from the downward torque imposed by dunking from the side of the rim.

Specialty Rims:

They usually come in 13" and 15" diameters. Can be used as practice goals, and are the perfect novelty goals for carnivals and accuracy drills, Continuous no-tie net attachment. Goal is powder-coated to protect from environmental elements. Gared Sports makes the 13-P and 15-P Series rims


 
TYPES OF BASKETBALL NETS



Nylon Nets:

Nylon nets are the kind that you see on NBA, college, and high school courts, so if you are going to practice to play on an organized team, this is your best bet for your home basketball hoop. Nylon nets are easy to install, cheap, and make that classic ?swoosh? sound when you make a perfect basket.

The only real down side is their durability, as they can get frayed and unusable a lot sooner than either chain or cable nets. To get around this problem, your best bet is to get a really high quality heavy duty anti whip basketball net. These are the same kind used in the NBA, and they are designed to endure a lot more abuse before they get frayed.

Chain Nets:

Chain nets are most commonly seen on public courts, where they put a premium on making sure that their nets last a very long time. A lot of people who grew up playing on public courts with chain nets like these models because of the classic ?clinking? sound they make when you make baskets.

While these models last a lot longer than nylon nets, they are somewhat prone to rust, especially if you live in an especially rainy or humid area. To deal with this issue, you could simply regularly spray the net with some WD-40. The substance will wick away moisture and help the chain basketball net last longer.

Cable Nets:

The latest advancement in basketball net technology is the cable net. These are made of extremely durable metal cables that are covered in a soft nylon plastic coating. They look and feel a lot like bike locks that are made of the same material. While they are a bit stiff and don?t give you that classic basketball net feel, they are the ideal choice if you primarily concerned about durability. In fact, some institutions choose cable nets because they save a lot of money in the long run. They also have some cool novelty nets (such as glow in the dark models) that are a lot of fun for kids to play on.


 
BASKETBALL ADJUSTABLE GOALS

 

Most basketball systems allow you to adjust the height of the rim from seven and a half to the regulation height of ten feet. On certain higher end basketball goals, they might be able to adjust even lower. But the method by which these systems adjust can vary widely. Adjustment systems fall in two main categories: those that allow for six-inch increments and those that allow for ?infinite? increments. A basketball rim that adjusts in six-inch increments can adjust at six points in between seven and a half and a ten feet: 7.5, 8, 8.5, 9, 9.5 and 10 feet. With systems that are infinitely adjustable, you are able to make extremely small adjustments, like and inch or less if you so desire, so you can set it at any point between the minimum and maximum height.

Here are the primary kinds of adjustment systems you might see on basketball hoops:
 


Ratchet Motion or Broomstick Adjustment:

You can find ratchet adjust systems usually on the cheapest basketball hoops. The consist of a lever near the backboard that is attached to a ratchet mechanism. You use a broomstick or other long pole to push against the lever, thus unlocking the ratchet mechanisms, move the backboard to the preferred height, and then lock it back in place. Ratchet adjust systems always adjust in six inch increments. These basketball adjustments systems are the most difficult to use, so you should avoid them if you can if you plan on adjusting your basketball goal often. Adjusting can sometimes be a tricky proposition even for adults, and it can be downright impossible for kids.


Hand-Bolt and Handle Adjustment System:

Pin adjustment basketball systems are most commonly found on Spalding basketball goals. They consist of a pole that raises and lowers the backboard and locks in place using a simple metal pin. It is probably the most primitive of all the adjustment systems, but it also easy to use and effective. The Handle Adjustment, are a lot easier to use than either the ratchet or bolt systems. They consist of a handle at the back of the hoop with a ?trigger.? By pressing on the trigger, you release a lock that allows you to adjust the hoop.

After adjusting, you release on the trigger and lock the hoop back in place. The two main kinds of handle adjust basketball systems are manual and pneumatic.Manual systems function a lot like the pin adjustment, expect you pull the pin in and out with a trigger rather than pulling it in and out by hand. Pneumatic systems raise and lower the hoop with the help of gas pressure. Manual systems typically adjust in six-inch increments and pneumatic systems typically adjust in infinite increments.

Pneumatic height adjustment systems might be a little more advanced than other systems, but that doesn?t mean they are inherently better. In fact, while you can typically adjust pneumatic systems more quickly than other adjustment methods, it actually requires more muscle. This makes pneumatic adjustment systems less than ideal for kids.


Crank Adjustable Systems:


Crank adjust systems are the most common adjustment system amongst mid range and higher end basketball goals, such as First Team and Goalrilla Basketball Hoops.They consist of a simple crank handle that you turn to adjust the basketball rim up or down. These systems may be simple, but they are extremely effective and easy to use.

If you by a crank adjust basketball goal for an institutional setting, such as a park, you should also purchase a crank lock. This will prevent any unauthorized adjusting of the basketball system.


 
BASKETBALL PORTABLE GOALS

 

Portable Systems, just the name implies, are basketball hoops that are designed to be moved from spot to spot should you have the need. They are stabilized via a plastic base that can be filled with either sand or water. They typically have wheels on the front of the base that allows you to simply tilt the whole system forward and roll to the desired location.


What is Assembly Like?

The time required to assemble an portable basketball goal can vary widely. Some cheaper systems are extremely easy to build and can have you up and shooting hoops in under an hour. Other, more complicated portable basketball systems can have you working all day. It usually helps if you have your own set of tools to assemble a portable goal. The tools that usually come in the tool pack are usually very small and difficult to use, so having your own quality tools can speed assembly greatly.


Pros

The main advantage of portable units is that they are fairly easy to move around. And they also are typically a lot easier to assemble than in ground goals. While in ground systems usually require you to purchase extra cement, the only thing you need to add to a portable goal is water to fill the base. While in ground basketball goals make you wait a few days until the cement cures until you are able to ply on it, you can play on a portable goal on the first day that you purchase it.
Cons

Because they don?t have the advantage of being stabilized by cement, portable basketball goals usually wobble and vibrate more than in ground systems. And since a portable base can hold up as much weight as a cemented pole, the backboards on portable systems are typically a little smaller. On residential portable basketball systems, you usually don?t have the option of buying one with glass. And since they are totally stabilized in the ground, there is really no way to safely dunk on them.

Portable Base Types

After purchasing a portable basketball hoop, home basketball players are left with the decision of whether to fill up your portable basketball base with etiher sand or water. While the right answer is a matter of personal preference, here are some tips to help you make the decision that makes things easiest for you.

If your number one concern is the stability of the basketball hoop, you should opt for sand. Because it is a much heavier substance than water, it can lead to less vibration and create a much more stable pole and backboard. Sand is also your best choice if you just plan on putting the portable basketball goal in a single place and never moving it.

Many people have the need to empty out their basketball base regularly, either because they need to transport it from location to location or for some other reason. If that?s the case, your best choice is water, just because it is so much easier to empty out. Emptying out a portable basketball base filled with water just involves tilting it over with the cap off, while emptying a sand base involves a lot more hard work and digging.

Cold weather is another major concern if you want to fill up your basketball base with water. If it drops below freezing where you live, it could cause the water in your base to freeze and expand, thus cracking the basketball base and rendering it useless. For this reason, it?s generally best to stick with sand if you are concerned with how freezing temperatures will affect your base. However, if you want all of the advantages of water while living in a chilly part of the world, you can simply add a little bit of antifreeze to your basketball base. You have to remember to add it every time you fill up your portable basketball hoop with water, however, otherwise you risk breaking your base when the weather gets cold.

If you prefer the option that just makes things easier for you, you should probably prefer filling up the basketball hoop base with water. With water, you can just stick a hose in the base and fill it up in under a minute. Filling up a base with a sand is a little bit more labor intensive, especially if you are trying to pack the enitrley base tightly for maximum stability.

About Accessories

Some portable basketball units come with latches that allow you to further stabilize the unit in a particular space. In order to use this features, you have to purchase a couple hooks and cement them into the ground. As always, it?s a good idea to purchase a pole pad. It will help prevent injuries that can result from collision with the unit. Anther popular accessory for portable basketball hoops is a Rolbak net. This is a net that stretches from the bottom of the backboard to the floor and helps prevent airballs form rolling into the sidewalk.


 
BASKETBALL INGROUND SYSTEMS

 

Basketball Inground Systems, are permanent basketball hoops. The pole is cemented straight into the ground, either directly, with a ground sleeve, or with the help of a bolt plate. The cheaper models are usually cemented in the ground, though you are often given the option of using a ground sleeve at additional cost. More costly models typically use bolt plates.


What is Assembly Like?

The installation of an in ground basketball hoop is a lot more complicated than that of a portable or wall mounted unit. While with those units you may be shooting hoops on the same day you receive the basketball hoop, it will probably be a few days before you can start playing on an in ground. This is because besides assembling the hoop, which by itself can take several hours, you also have to cement the system into the ground. This requires purchasing, mixing, and pouring concrete. After pouring, it will take a few days until it is fully cured enough for you to play on the unit.


Installation of In-Ground Systems

If you have purchased an in ground basketball hoop, you also need to install it somewhere on your property. One option is to simply hire some local help to install it for you, and almost any handyman or fence installer can handle just this sort of job. But if you want to get your hands dirty and do it yourself, here is what you are going to need to know before you get started.

Where you put the hoop is essential, because you want to make sure that you have playing area for games. Most people who install on their driveway cement the basketball pole in their lawn right on the edge of the driveway. If you will have to install the pole somewhere on a hard surface (like blacktop or concrete) you may need to remove a small area of it in order to make room for the pole.

This might seem like a lot, but you will almost certainly need all of it in order to get a stable pole. Get the quick drying kind so that you can be playing on your basketball hoop as soon as possible. The instructions for your particular hoop may vary, but you will probably have to dig a hole that is three to four feet deep and eighteen inches in diameter. Digging that far down can be tricky with a regular shovel, so you might have to get a post hole digger in order to make the hole appropriate for your basketball pole.

Your basketball goal with either come with a base pole or a base plate. Position it inside the hole, and try to stay as level as possible. To ensure that it is level, you are going to need a bubble level (also sometimes called a spirit level). To keep it that way, you may need to use some guide wires, wood bracing, or just pack in some dirt around the base.

The easiest way for someone at home to mix concrete is just with a wheelbarrow and a hard rake. Pour the concrete into the wheel barrow and slowly add water, mixing it in a little bit at a time. You want the concrete to be as ?dry? as possible while still being all wet. That way it will dry faster and be much harder once it dries. Pour the concrete into the hole a little bit at a time, make sure to get it as even as possible. As you are pouring, make sure to check the pole or anchor plate to ensure that it is level.

Let the concrete dry for forty eight to seventy two hours. After it is dry, you can pack whatever remains of the hole with dirt. Finally, with the instructions provided to you by the basketball hoop manufacturer, assemble and attach the system to the base pole or plate. Now it's time to shoot some hoops!


Pros

If your primary concern is having a quality basketball system, an in ground goal is the only way to go. Because they are stabilized by cement, these units typically provide much better rebound than other basketball systems. If you have the budget and the means, an in ground basketball hoop should always be your first choice when shopping for basketball goals.

Cons

The main con of in ground units is that they are more challenging and time consuming to install. For this reason, many people even choose to hire installers to do the installation for them. They are also permanent, which might be forbidden by your housing associations guidelines. For units that are cemented straight into the ground, you don?t have the option of taking the entire unit with you to your new residence.

About Accessories

If purchasing a lower end in ground basketball goal, you should definitely consider purchasing a ground sleeve. They not only make installation easier, they also give you the option of easily removing the basketball pole should you desire. For safety, you should also consider purchasing a pole pad or a backboard pad to prevent injuries that may be caused by collision with the basketball system.


 
FACTORS TO CONSIDER - BASKETBALL HOOP PURCHASE
 

This is probably the biggest, most important factors that influences the quality of a basketball hoop. When you bounce a basketball against a professional backboard, the basketball stays rigid, and therefore the basketball comes almost straight back. When you bounce a basketball against a cheaper system, the backboard absorbs a lot more of the energy from the backboard, and it drops straight down.

A more rigid system, and the two factors that most greatly influence the rebound of a basketball hoop are the thickness and construction of the pole and the rigidity of the backboard. The thicker the pole, the more rigid your system will be. Square poles are preferable to round basketball poles because they are more stable. In higher quality systems, glass backboards are better than acrylic basketball backboards because they offer a lot more rebound and a lot more pro style play.


Extension Arm Overhang

The overhang of your basketball hoop is the distance from the backboard to the pole. Longer basketball brackets makes for a longer overhang.Overhang is important because it allows you to play more under the rim. It also makes games safer, because with the pole out of the way, it decreases the chances that a basketball player with crash into it during a lay-up.


Years of Durability

The durability of a basketball hoop is related, but distinct from its stability. The durability refers to how much abuse it can take without suffering any major dents or cracks that hurt its performance. One of the major factors that influence that influence the durability of a basketball hoop is the gauge of the steel that composes its pole. The lower the gauge, the thicker the steel, and the more durable the whole system will be. Most cheaper basketball poles have a steel gauge of about sixteen or eighteen.Many higher quality systems have a steel gauge of about eleven gauge. And very high quality, professional grade systems have a gauge of seven.

Ease of Installation

You should also consider just how much work is involved in setting up a basketball hoop relative to its quality. You should realize, however, that generally the amount of time that takes to set up a basketball hoop is directly related to the quality of the basketball goal. For example, simple kiddie hoops might not take any tools at all to set up and can have you up and shooting baskets in less than an hour.

On the other hand, large, professional grade in ground basketball hoops might require three people and several hours of work over the course of three days before you able to start playing. If you really want a quality basketball goal, be prepared to invest a great deal of time in its installation. However if you are willing to spend a little bit extra, you can always pay someone else to install the hoop for you. Most fence installers and handymen in your general area are willing to install high grade basketball hoops for a couple hundred dollars.

About Accessories

If purchasing a lower end in ground basketball goal, you should definitely consider purchasing a ground sleeve. They not only make installation easier, they also give you the option of easily removing the basketball pole should you desire. For safety, you should also consider purchasing a pole pad or a backboard pad to prevent injuries that may be caused by collision with the basketball system.