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Lifetime 71566 XL Height Adjustable Portable Basketball System, 50 Inch Shatterproof Backboard

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Basketball Hoop Assembly - Portable

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  • Portable basketball system with sturdy polyethylene base and bottom wheels
  • 50-inch shatter-proof polycarbonate backboard with fade-resistant graphics
  • 3-piece, 3.5-inch Round Action Grip pole adjusts from 7.5 feet to 10 feet
  • Solid-steel Slam-It Rim with double-compression springs and welded net hooks
  • All-weather nylon net; base fills with water or sand; 5-year warranty
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Lifetime XL portable basketball system offers clear 50" x 33" x 1" square Shatter Guard fusion Backboard, with screen printed with UV-protected inks, providing fade resistant color. 3 Piece, 3.5" round action grip pole adjusts from 7.5 to 10 feet in 6-inch increments. Easy one-hand height adjustment. Orange Slam-it Rim features double compression springs to provide spring-back action. 1/2 " braces, providing excellent durability with welded steel net hooks and an all-weather nylon net. Play today, no cement required. 5 year warranty that covers everything on the system. Lifetime Customer Care @ 1-800-225-3865 (or)

Hone your jumpshot in your spare moments or perform a backyard dunking drill with this Lifetime portable basketball system. Unlike in-ground basketball hoops--which are typically anchored in concrete--the portable hoop rolls on wheels, letting you position the basket support in any desired location, from the back patio to the middle of the cul-de-sac. All you have to do is fill the polyethylene base with water or sand and play.

Lifetime knows that dunking and above-the-rim play are a huge part of modern basketball, which is why the hoop comes with both a height adjustment mechanism and a spring-back rim. The three-piece, 3.5-inch Round Action Grip pole includes a set of counter-balance springs to help you easily raise and lower the backboard from 7.5 to 10 feet with one hand. Thanks to the handy technology, players of all ages and skill levels can enjoy the game on their own terms, while aspiring dunkers can gradually raise the level 6 inches at a time as their vertical improves. The Slam-It Rim, meanwhile, is designed specifically for players who like to throw down. The solid-steel rim features double-compression springs that give way during dunks to protect the player, then spring back once released. The orange rim is also supported by 1/2-inch braces, with welded-steel net hooks and an all-weather nylon net.

And players needn't worry about the backboard shattering after a nasty spill, as the 50-inch Shatter Guard backboard boasts Makrolon polycarbonate technology that's virtually unbreakable. Other features include fade-resistant graphics screen-printed onto the backboard with UV-resistant inks and a powder-coated, rust-resistant finish around the pole. The hoop carries a five-year warranty that covers everything on the system. Basketball System Buying Guide
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
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
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
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.

Backboard Considerations
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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  • Shipping Weight: 126 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Domestic Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
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  • ASIN: B0013IUOC2
  • Item model number: 71566
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
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211 of 213 people found the following review helpful By djfides on October 7, 2011
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Hello! I have had this hoop in use with my two boys (13 & 9 years old)for a month or so (as well as myself) and it works great! Very nice product and we are really pleased. I had seen so many comments (pro and con)on portable basketball hoop systems that I wanted to share my experience. This is my first time I have ever written a review, so please "bear with me" as I am hoping to be of some help as I share some of the questions/experiences I had with you.

I was looking for a nice quality basketball hoop, but had to keep the budget around $300.00(spouse's orders). Actually, I was really concerned at finding something of quality at that price point. I wanted at least a decent sized backboard of good material for my boys. At first I was first thinking of an in-ground systems as I thought they would be more stable. However, I was not sure on an ideal location for a permanent mount (each had some drawbacks in our location) due to the way we have our driveway, the slope on part of it, and what car(s) may be parked outside. In addition, I really did not want to get into digging a post hole and cementing in a sleeve only to find out the boys would not like the location. So, I changed my mind and started looking at only portable systems. Please be assured that this portable system is stable. Another concern I had was that perhaps the portable system might not look as nice (I don't know why I was worried about that, I think this hoop looks great!).

Amazon did a wonderful job shipping and delivering the whole box right to my garage (free shipping).

After reading many reviews about others putting together portable basketball hoop systems I was really DREADING putting this thing together.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful By MA Mom on March 30, 2012
I purchased this hoop for my kids...ages 12,10,8 and 5. My husband put it together and came to the part where he was to put the first two poles together, lined up at the holes as indicated in the directions. When he put the poles together, the holes were indeed NOT lined up and there was no way the poles were coming apart. Eventually I called the company....information was easy to find on the website. The customer service person seemed to know immediately of my issue and said "I must have the wrong directtions". Apparently, the poles were updated but the instructions were not. So the poles needed to align on a different set of holes. The woman then proceeded to tell us how to get the poles apart, which included lifting them waist high and dropping them on a tarp or blanket on a flat surface. They came apart after about 30 drops. After this, he aligned the poles to the correct holes as indicated verbally by the company over the phone. Boy would it have saved a lot of heartache if they had someway to update the instructions when the holes changed. So annoying!!

The kids are enjoying the hoop and it is very easy to adjust the height for the different ages. Overall good purchase for the money.....and even better with free Amazon Prime Shipping!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joe Schechter on May 11, 2012
First thing: my 10 year old son and I both love this basketball hoop. Even so, it was quite an adventure assembling it. I consider myself very good to excellent at following written directions for this type of assembly, even though I am not the most handy guy on the block.
One thing I did and strongly recommend is to assemble all of the tools listed in the directions before starting. For example, I bought the rubber mallet and it turned out to be extremely valuable, maybe indispensable, several times in the assembly process. Also, a ratchet wrench type wrench is very helpful, especially when two wrenches are used at the same time.
Two other recommendations not found in the instructions: use the cardboard box the hoop comes in to work on and start the project early in the day!
I got quite discouraged when, after the very early step of inserting one part of the support pole into another - as directed - I found that the screw holes did not line up! I called the assistance phone line and was promptly connected to a very helpful advisor (on a Saturday afternoon) who figured out that I received the "old" instructions with the "new" product. Fortunately, the advisor was able to tell me how I could separate the two pole segments even though they seemed permanently connected (drop the pole from about 2 feet off the ground onto the flattened out cardboard box, "5 times, or maybe up to 50 times" and the vibrations made the poles come apart.) To be properly aligned, the "A" hole in pole #1 had to line up with the "B" hole in pole #2, as it turned out. I asked the advisor if there were any other instructions in the old directions that would be wrong with the new hoop product and was told no, which fortunately turned out to be correct.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By magicker71 on June 4, 2012
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This is a hard product to review. On one hand you're getting a good product for the money. I was very happy with the final product. But getting the goal put together was the single hardest "some assembly required" product I've ever had to complete. I've put together bookcases, desks, cabinets, entertainment centers, Bowflex name it. I've never had many issues with any of these and felt I was pretty handy with most anything that needed assembly. This Lifetime basketball goal made those look ridiculously easy.

There are several problems that you have to overcome. First is the sheer size of this goal. It makes it extremely difficult as it's very heavy and large and each step of assembly seems to require the goal to be in a different position. Sawhorses, not listed in the Tools Needed section of the instructions, are absolutely essential. They help position the goal in various ways and keeps the weight off the rim as several steps seem to indicate that the goal and entire weight should be placed with the rim on the ground. I can't imagine the rim not bending from that.

More difficult are the instructions. As most everyone has noted in their reviews, the instructions seem to have been put together by a sadist. Everything is referred to by strange three letter codes (AAF, AEB, etc) but nothing (not a single part) is labeled. Parts are placed in bags, but each bag does not go with a single step. You basically have to dump out 100 screws, bolts, nuts and other goodies onto the table and figure out what each part is. If this isn't bad enough, several of the bolts are very close, but not identical, to each other. It's very easy to use the 7" bolt where the other 7 1/8" bolts go. It makes assembly slow and maddening.
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