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Portable basketball systems depend on a base filled with sand or water for stability. Although it will take up more space than an in-ground system, the portable base rolls on wheels, allowing players to position the basketball system in the desired location (and also allowing storage in a garage). Simply assemble, fill the base and play today. There is no fussing with concrete.
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With the high-quality construction of many portable basketball systems, turning your driveway into a basketball court can be as simple as hooking up your garden hose. But while a portable system may ultimately be your best choice, there are reasons you may want to consider an in-ground or wall-mount system before you decide.
In-ground systems are permanently cemented into the ground--either via a bolt mounting kit or directly into the ground--and are generally more rigid and take up less space than portables. In-ground systems often require that you hire a professional to complete the task, but when the cement dries you'll have a hoop that can take punishing dunks with ease.
Many in-ground systems are height-adjustable, include removable post features that let you take the system down for off-season storage, and feature heavy-duty break-away rims. You'll also want to research the adjustable mechanisms on the systems, as there are several types to choose from. Some feature a counter-balance spring that lets you perform easy, one-hand adjustments while others may feature a sturdy, pneumatic system.
Wall-mount systems can be mounted to the side of a house, a tall retaining wall, or a garage. Generally sturdier than portables, wall-mounts have the added advantage of optimizing your existing ground space for the court, since you won't take any space up with the base or pole. Not all systems include the necessary hardware, so make certain you add a mounting kit to your list.
Portable systems require minimal installation and offer ultimate convenience. These systems generally feature a base that can be filled with sand or water to stabilize them and include wheels for portability. Although they are not as sturdy as in-ground or wall-mounted hoops, portables are simple to set up and can often be folded for convenient storage.
Regardless of which system you choose, you'll want to brush up on Backboards 101. Most residential systems feature backboards made of acrylic, fiberglass, graphite, or various other composite materials. While clear acrylic gives the professional look and feel of glass, it is not as rigid as fiberglass or graphite. Some systems may offer steel or aluminum backboards, which are virtually vandal resistant, but don't offer the true rebounding action.
The regulation size of an NBA backboard is 72 inches wide and 42 inches high. Most portable hoops are 42 or 44 inches wide and 36 inches tall. In-ground systems tend to be a bit larger, with 54-inch and 60-inch widths being the most popular. While rectangular shaped backboards provide more bank shot opportunities, they are generally more expensive than the streamlined fan-shaped board.
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After reading reviews that it rusts quickly, I spent an extra $20 to put a rust proof primer and paint on the metal parts. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Brad J.
WOW! This is the real deal and the adjustable height works perfect for my swimming pool. A little bit of a chore putting it together but well worth it, very good quality.Published 7 days ago by TB
For our neighborhood pool and tennis club.....this one lasted better than the commercial grade...for a 500 family pool!Published 16 days ago by Cary Fichtner-Vu
took a while to assemble, but is an excellent product for the pricePublished 21 days ago by Ron Gordon
This is well constructed and high quality. It takes a bit to put it together, about 30 min to an hour. Read morePublished 24 days ago by grandaddy1
After just a couple of weeks and a few uses, the rim is already showing rust. Havent contacted them yet, so we will see how they respond.Published 26 days ago by Sophia
Love it! Assembly was a piece of cake and the kids enjoy it...I would like to see a heavier duty backboard though. I Would definitely recommend this product to a friendPublished 1 month ago by Anne M. Hageman
This is a great pool basketball hoop! It's built just like the one in my driveway. It has improved my families pool experience greatly. I highly recommend it.Published 1 month ago by eric stiener
Bigger than I expected. Easy to put together and worked great so far - no issues.Published 1 month ago by Chris