Step-By-Step Instructions For Installing A Basketball Hoop
When you are planning outdoor activities to do with family and friends, one of the most enjoyable team sports to play is basketball. Whether you like to watch others throw the ball around, or run around yourself breaking out in a sweat, installing a basketball hoop on your driveway can help to bring friends and family together this summer. You just need to get the basketball hoop installed. To make it easier for you we gave put together a list of the best portable basketball hops of 2018
The project is actually simple to plan, but completing it by yourself can be difficult. I recommend that you have someone to help you, because if you install it incorrectly you may have problems for many years to come. So find someone who can lend you a hand, and get ready to have plenty of summer basketball fun for years to come. The following are step-by-step instructions on how to install a basketball hoop.
1. Make a plan and gather everything you need
The pole is the most important thing you will need. A majority of regulation basketball hoops are approximately 10 feet tall, so look for one that is around that height. Or, for shorter reaches, you can get a collapsible pole. However, collapsible poles have their own issues, so in this guide, I will focus on getting a standard 10-foot pole installed.
The second thing you will need to have is cement. That is to ensure that the pole remains in place for many years after it is installed. Be sure to get a level to ensure that the pole is installed straight and doesn’t lean at all. You will also need to have a shovel for digging the hole to install the pole in for the basketball hoop.
During the installation process, you are going to need somebody to dig the hole, somebody to hold the pole in place while the concrete is being poured, and somebody to help you get the basketball hoop assembled and mounted. All of this needs to be considered before you get started on the project. It is nearly impossible to do it all alone, so be sure to have one or two friends to help you with your project.
2. Choose your location
Where your basketball hoop is located is important. The hoop should be far enough away from cars and windows that it isn’t likely for you to have a lot of accidents. Regulation basketball courts are usually 50 x 94 feet.
It’s fine if you don’t have that much room. A majority of people just make sure to have enough space for the 3 point line, and that is 23 feet, 9 inches away from the rim. Ideally, you will also want to have a 12 feet wide area to give players plenty of space to play in. Look for an area around your house that has the dimensions that will work the best. Once you find the best place for your basketball hoop you can get started on the work.
Watch the video below to see some ideas where to instal your basketball hoop:
3. Dig a Hole
Once you find the ideal spot for your basketball hoop, dig a hole that is wide enough and deep enough so that the pole fits snugly. The hole should have a rectangular shape, instead of round, and in most cases be a foot deep at least. If you purchased a basketball kit with the hoop included in addition to the pool, it should indicate in the directions how wide and deep the hole needs to be.
4. Attach the Backboard
Be sure to properly center and screw the backboard into the pole. Make sure that all of the bolts are strong and tight. The backboard will be taking lots of abuse, even when the best players are out on the court. So make sure it is as stable as possible.
After the backboard has been secured, you can then mount the hoop – unless you bought a combination unit. If so, you are ready to do the hardest part.
Watch how to install the backboard:
5. Put the Pole in the Hole and Pour the Concrete
This step is the most important and fastest moving on, so be sure to have everything ready to go and in place before starting it.
The pole will be very heavy. So be sure to have enough people to hold it steady for you. After the pole is in the ground, you need to check to make sure it’s level
Keep the pole as still as possible. Then have somebody pour the concrete in the hole. It will work fine to use a basic concrete mix. and those mixes can be found at a majority of local hardware stores. After the concrete is poured, wait until it hardens. The pole needs to stand still while the concrete is hardening.
Sawhorses can be used to keep your pole in place while the concrete is hardening. However, it will still be necessary to watch the level of the pole as the concrete is hardening since the pole can be thrown off balance by the curing process. Just continue to check to check, but only adjust the pole if it goes out of balance. It usually only takes a few hours for the concrete to solidify completely, but we recommend that you wait a full 24 hours after the concrete mix has been pour before you start using your hoop.
6. Paint your Basket Court (Optional)
Having a basketball court set up, even half of one, makes a great addition to your house. If you are really ambitious, then go ahead and paint the area so that it looks like a court (or a half court). The thing to focus on the most is the three-point line since that is the shot that player like to practice the most on a regular basis.
Watch the video below to learn how to paint your basketball court: