There are three ingredients to that classic neighborhood pickup basketball game.
1. At least one willing challenger.
2. A basketball.
3. Your own basketball hoop.
If you’re bringing your hoops game home, the right equipment is key. Learn the differences between portable, in-ground and combo systems — so you can get the games going.
A Few Tips For Buying Your New Hoop
- Always consider location and ensure you have ample room for play. You’ll also need relatively level ground to house your new basketball hoop system.
- Think about backboard material. Skilled players might go for an advanced polycarbonate backboard for superior durability. If your hoop will be used by novices or young children, try acrylic. Fiberglass and graphite boards play like authentic indoor hoops but are more prone to breaking. Backboards also come in a variety of sizes.
- Portable and in-ground systems can grow with your budding athlete — they often come with adjustability settings that can be made by hand.
The Types Of Hoops You Can Buy
- In-Ground Basketball Hoop Systems, as the name implies, are affixed into the ground with cement. They’re more stable and durable than portable hoops — and better suited for aggressive play. In-ground hoops are permanent in their location, though they often come with adjustability settings to accommodate different players and skill levels.
- Portable Basketball Hoop Systems are stand-alone units that typically have wheels for portability. They lack stability, and they’re not as sturdy as their in-ground counterparts, but you can easily move them around the driveway to accommodate your game. Most come with height adjustability settings.
- Combo Hoop Systems are typically a backboard and hoop mounted onto a structure, like a home or garage. They’re generally permanent but offer great stability. Most combo systems can be slightly adjusted for height.
Tip: Most portable basketball hoop bases are filled with water or sand for stability. In the winter months, try substituting anti-freeze for water in the base. This prevents freezing water from cracking the base.
Whether you’re helping your young hoops star improve their game or just looking to shoot free-throws in your spare time, a basketball hoop can become a beloved part of your home.