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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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I researched a ton of these and this ended up being one of the more attractive/real pool hoops out there, and it just happens to be a great price, too. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Melissa
Looks great but it is a one season item only. Even starts to rust after a few weeks. Still fun, you just have to know that it is something to be tossed at the end of summer.Published 4 days ago by Look4Lucy
I purchased the Lifetime 1306 Portable Basketball System in April of this year (2014). Do not waste your money on this item. Read morePublished 15 days ago by SHAWN G.
Well made with heavy components. The post can be slightly angled to compensate for the angle of the side of your in-ground pool. Read morePublished 18 days ago by BRUCE PETLOCK
My kids love this basketball hoop. I have next to the pool and my kids used it almost everyday. The only thing I wish the steel was stainless instead of painted, I'm starting to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by John Cunningham
This was a great purchase. It makes pool time more enjoyable with my kids and friends when they come by. The quality is good and it's held up a full summer with no wear.Published 2 months ago by Rich
So far I really enjoy this Pool Side Portable Basketball System. We all know that over time all systems will rust so I believe this should last at least a few years. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael