WHAT SAFETY FEATURES DO I NEED TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A HOOP?
PORTABLE VS. IN-GROUND
Because portable hoops are weighted by either sand or water inside the plastic base, these goals run the risk of tipping or falling over. An in-ground basketball hoop eliminates this worry by being cemented or bolted to the ground making this the safest option.
Ensure that your goal doesn’t adjust below the ASTM safety-approved height of 6.5’. Some competitors adjust down to 5’, which can become a safety hazard to players, hitting their head or body on the backboard and rim during layups and dunks. A 5’ hoop can also be a safety hazard to your car when backing down your driveway; some owners have crashed into their goal when the kids forgot to raise it after a game.
Allowing space under the goal can prevent a collision with the steel pole. Ensure your hoop has at least 2.5’ of overhang to give your player enough room to control their momentum during a layup. Too much overhang, however, can encroach on your driveway and limit the space available to play. Optimal overhang is between 2.5’ and 4’.
If your basketball hoop does not include these safety accessories, consider adding them to your cart. Pole and backboard pads can help minimize injuries and protect players from impacting the sharp corners of the backboard and the hard steel of the main pole. An LED Hoop Light can be added to keep the court lit for night time play. An additional safety feature exclusive to Goalrilla is the Yard Guard, a defensive net system that attaches to the main pole to keep balls in the court and prevent them from rolling into a busy street.