Basketball Goal Buying Guide
Before buying a basketball hoop, you need to make sure you know all the different kinds before you decide which one best suit your needs. There are three main types of basketball goals:
In-Ground Basketball Goal
This system is permanently cemented into the ground, which makes it very sturdy, but you should choose your spot carefully before setting it in place. It also doesn’t take up much space, and the pole can either be adjustable or fixed height.
Portable Basketball Goals
These systems take up more space, as they have a larger base filled with sand or water to make it more stable. The base can be attached to wheels to change its position or location as needed. All you need to do is assemble it, fill the base and start playing. These systems also come with either adjustable or fixed height.
Wall-Mount Basketball Goal
These systems take up the least space as they are mounted up on a wall. The system comes with a backboard, rim, and mounting kit. You can also choose the height at which to fix it, on the side of your house or garage.
Once you have chosen which type of system you want to buy there are four more things you need to keep in mind.
A backboard can be made of many different materials such as glass, acrylic, steel, aluminum and fiberglass. Most pro arenas, as well as colleges and high schools, use a glass backboard as it has a better rebound. Tempered glass makes it more suitable for the outdoors. You also have to ensure that the board isn’t too thin or too thick as it varies the rebound effect. After choosing the material, you have to choose the size. The height is usually 32″ to 42″ and the width comes in 42″, 44″, 48″, 54″, 60″ and 72″. There are even different shaped backboards including fan-shaped and rectangular. The official gymnasium size is 42″X72″.
When choosing a pole to go for the single piece rather than multiple pieces as they lessen the stability. The ideal thickness is 7 Gauge, but 11 Gauge also works fine. A higher number mean thinner steel whereas a lower number means thicker steel. A thicker pole reduces shaking and will not bend which is essential for play.
Most basketball systems are coated with powder but make sure that they are sandblasted, or acid washed first because otherwise, flaking will take place. Once the powder comes off rusting occurs. Systems that are produced with Zinc powder coating or hot dipped galvanize before regular powder coating very durable and rust resistant.
A safety setback is a distance between the pole and the backboard. It usually ranges from 18″ to 66″, the regulation overhang is 48″. If you have an aggressive player, you should increase this distance.