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Factors to Consider

WHY SHOULD YOU CONSIDER BUYING A BASKETBALL HOOP?

LOCATION

An important factor to consider before purchasing your basketball goal is its location. To fully enjoy your Golarilla, you need to have adequate playing space that can accommodate the size of your hoop and the number of people playing on it. You want a minimum of 10 feet of concrete in front of your goal, but preferably closer to 15 feet which is the distance of the free throw line.

By far the most popular location for any basketball hoop is in a flat driveway. However, if you have an adequate budget and space and are looking to take your basketball experience to the next level, you may consider a dedicated court with two installed hoops on either end of a 94 ft by 50 ft concrete court.

For safety reasons, it is not recommended to place a basketball hoop in or overhanging onto the street where oncoming cars could harm players.

Lastly, be sure to check with your homeowner’s association and local laws, as some neighborhoods and ordinances prohibit goals near the street or in the driveway. If you plan on purchasing an in-ground unit, be sure to call 811 before you dig to mark gas or electrical lines that may not be immediately visible.

INSTALLATION

The installation process of an in-ground basketball hoop, including the concrete base, is what sets this league of hoops apart from all the others. The process starts with digging a hole that is 16” wide by 48” deep. This hole is then filled with concrete, and the anchor kit system is mounted in the wet concrete and allowed to cure for 72 hours. Then, the hoop can be assembled and mounted to this anchor plate.

All in all, this process generally takes about 4 days to complete, including 3 days for concrete installation and curing and 1 day for final assembly of the goal. Although some consumers can handle this installation on their own, many homeowners opt to have a professional installer manage the process for them. You can use this link to find a professional installer in your area.

BACKBOARD SIZE

When it comes to the backboard, bigger is better. A larger backboard offers more shot opportunities and the arena-style performance of 72” backboards found on college and professional-level courts. However, don’t forget: the bigger the backboard, the more expensive the hoop.

When choosing the backboard size that’s right for you, you may also want to consider the size of your driveway. Do you have a one-, two-, or three-car driveway? Some people opt for a smaller backboard so as not to overwhelm the size of their driveway.

A one-car driveway may be better paired with a 54” backboard while a two- to three-car driveway may work better with a 60-72” backboard size. (USE VISUAL HERE). Don’t forget to consider your children’s aspirational needs as well. Is this hoop for recreational use only or is your child hoping to play at a higher level?

NCAA and NBA regulation backboards are 72” W x 42” H. The more your athlete practices with a regulation-size backboard, the better prepared they will be when they hit the court.

BACKBOARD MATERIALS

Backboards can be constructed of many different materials, which vary in playability and durability. The highest quality backboard is tempered glass, the same material used in gymnasiums at the high school, college, and professional levels. Because of its added strength, tempered glass backboards feature the best rebound performance and are best for competitive play.

If the glass were to break, tempered glass is like a car windshield that holds the shattered glass in place for a crumbling effect. This safety feature removes the worry of injuring a player below if it ever were to break. Many Goalrilla systems offer a Clear View design preventing the board arms from obstructing your view and delivering a more consistent rebound across the entire board. Clear View glass provides a professional arena-style look in your driveway.

HEIGHT ADJUSTABILITY

Height adjustability is especially important for families that want their goal to grow with their children. This premium feature allows you to adjust the height of your rim from the NCAA and NBA regulation-height of 10’ down to 7.5’ for younger players. ASTM international safety standards specify a minimum hoop height of 6.5’.

Additionally, a hoop lowered to 5’ is a serious safety hazard when backing a car out of your garage, and many owners have backed into their hoop, damaging both their car and their hoop. If lowered too low, the overhang can encroach on your driveway eliminating the amount of space available for play.

Age Goal Height Notes
2-4 Miniature Goal – 7.5’ X
5-8 7.5’ X
9-11 8’-10’ X
12+ 10’ Official size for High School, College, and Professional.
14+ 10’ Official size for High School, College, and Professional.

OVERHANG

Overhang is the distance from the pole to the backboard. Overhang allows for play underneath the basket without hitting the pole and is an important safety feature. Paired with a thick pole pad, overhang protects players from impacting the pole during layups or rebounding off the backboard.

However, too much overhang can reduce the amount of court space and cause excessive shaking due to the weight of the backboard being suspended too far from the main pole. Look for approximately 2.5’-4’ of overhang for the best balance of safety and performance.

POLE FINISH, SIZE, AND SHAPE

Most basketball hoops either have a paint or powder coating finish. Paint may chip or peel, while a powder-coating finish makes them less likely to rust.

Powder coating protects the steel from the harmful elements and the sun’s UV rays to maintain the performance and the professional look of the hoop. This industrial-grade material is superior against rust and keeps your goal looking like a professional arena-style setup.

Basketball poles come in single or multi-piece systems and in square or round poles. A square pole offers the most rigidity or stiffness for your basketball system. Most single piece poles are 4” square, 5” square, or 6” square.

BASKETBALL RIM AND NET

Standard basketball rims are 18 inches in diameter and have rings to connect a net. The rim is one of the most abused aspects of a basketball hoop, so you will want to be sure to purchase one that will hold up to all the shots and impromptu dunk sessions that it will take.

The two most common types of rims for residential applications are static and breakaway. If you plan to dunk, make sure you have a breakaway rim or a pro-style flex rim.

These rims mimic pro-level performance and feature a spring mechanism that flexes under pressure. This feature keeps players safe by “breaking-away” during a dunk instead of remaining in a static position than can harm the player. The spring absorbs the shock of the dunk, which also increases the durability and longevity of the rim.

Static rims are just what their name implies; they remain static. These rims are often used in entry-level models and are an economic option for hoops if you are on a tight budget. Dunking is not recommended on static rims because of the safety implications for the player and the wear on the rim and backboard. During a dunk, the downward force on a static rim is exerted on the backboard, rather than the pole, which can cause the backboard to break or shatter.