Basketball is a fascinating game sport, played all around the world. The popularity of the game inspires the new players to level up their game and stand out amongst others.
To excel any game, there’s only one key to it, that is to practice the most. As you practice more, you will learn new techniques and bring consistency of excellence in your performance.
For improving your game of basketball, you will need to have your own basketball hoop right in your driveway or yard, so you can shoot some baskets every day.
There are many options in the market for you, but the best and safest ones are those who have their foundation in the ground.
The In-ground hoop offers the best stability and professional-level play. However, installing these hoops is not an easy task at all.
This is why we are here to help you. We will guide you about the installation of in-ground basketball hoop, so you can install one by yourself.
Having a hoop will not just uplift your game to the next level, but it will surely be the best weekend fun for your friends and family.
Factors to Consider While Installing In Ground Basketball Goal
Before we start digging the hole, there are some important things to consider and look upon. Make a decision wisely so you don’t have to regret it later.
This is the first thing to consider after buying an in-ground hoop. Choose a location where you want to install your hoop. The ground should be flat and have enough space for the half-court. The size of the NBA court is 94 by 50 feet. It can be your driveway, backyard, or wherever you want.
Make sure to check for underground pipes and adhere to homeowners association rules if necessary.
Arrange the basic supplies
You have the hoop and you have chosen your location. Now its time for arranging the things you will need in the process. These are the tools and materials you will need:-
– Hole digger
– Tape Measure
– Concrete form
– Hammer and nails
– Wrench (size according to instructions)
How to Install In ground Basketball Goal Step By Step
Let’s start our process step by step so you can be clear with the instructions.
Step 1: Dig a Hole
Dig a hole where you want to install your hoop. Follow the manufacturer instructions to know how to dig the hole, and how big it should be. You can dig with a shovel or any other digging equipment.
Step 2: Pour Concrete
The secret to a long-lasting basketball hoop lies is in the foundation. Follow the instructions to achieve the perfect mixture of concrete and water.
In this step, you will need your friends to help you. Place the pole in the hole you dug and hold the pole as still as you can. Then have someone pour the mixture into the hole.
When the hole is half full, insert the steel bars. They need to be aligned as in the instructions. Then fill the hole until its full. Smooth out the top, clean any excess, and level it.
Leave the cement to dry for at least 24 to 48 hours. Keep checking to make sure the pole doesn’t shift or lean.
Step 3: Raise the Pole
You can skip to the next step of your hoop only includes a pole in the cement. But if you have an adjustable-height type of hoop, you will have to assemble and raise the pole.
Not every model is the same, so follow the manual instructions of your model and assemble the lift mechanism.
Take the help of your friends and lift up the pole. Make sure it matches up with the anchor piece in the cement. Adjust and make the pole completely level.
Step 4: Attach the Backboard
Now it’s time to attach the backboard of the hoop. Remember this is a very heavy component so you will need at least 4-5 adults to help you with the safe lift. Take all the safety precautions.
With the help of your team, lift the backboard up in place to support arms and secure it to the support mount.
After safely mounting the backboard, tighten all the screws.
Step 5: Install the Rim and Net
After attaching the backboard, you will now install the rim and net. This is an easy part as mostly rims are preassembled at the factory. All you need to do is fix it with four screws to the backboard.
If you’ve opted for a breakaway rim, follow your manual instructions for the extra assembling required.
Now attach the net on each of the hooks on the rim and get ready for hours of fun and excitement.
Step 6: Finishing Touches
By this step, you have finished installing your hoop. And now it’s time for the additional accessories (if any) such as court lighting or padding which is attached around the backboard and pole. These finishing touches are generally optional but they can prevent injuries when accidentally bumping into the pole.
Adjust the height of the hoop to the desired height if you have an adjustable-height basketball hoop. Use the height stickers provided as they will help you to easily adjust the mechanism.
You are done with all the mechanical work now. It’s time to go a little colorful as colors enhance the beauty of things.
Paint the basketball court lines on the pavement to get a professional feel. Do it after measuring the lines and marking off with painter’s tape. Remove the tape after you paint it.
And now you are good to play and shoot some basketballs with your friends and family in your own basketball court.
Installing an In-ground hoop may seem a difficult job, but following the instructions correctly will just ease the task. The step by step guide will help you to carefully understand each step.
Take every safety precaution to avoid injuries during the process. Follow the above steps and the manufacturer’s instructions to install the hoop correctly.
It will take a bit of work to set up but in the end, it is worth it. As this will be a source of enjoyment for you and your family for years to come.