1. Indoor Basketball Hoops
Before shopping for indoor basketball hoops there are several elements that must be considered. Firstly, what type of indoor hoop do you want to install, whether it be free standing or wall mounted. This directly relates to the offset (the distance from the pole to the backboard and defines the play area underneath the basket).
A free-standing or pole-mounted hoop has an offset that doesn’t change and a wall-mounted hoop needs a system that moves it into place. Ultimately a wall-mounted hoop is more affordable but is more effort to set up.
If your contemplating purchasing pole-mounted hoops there is the option of having high quality fixed hoops or portable hoops, both having their own benefits. Portable hoops are very functional and can be used outside, whereas fixed hoops are more durable and are generally installed for real professional indoor basketball courts.
The second consideration is whether or not to have an opaque backboard. Transparent backboards could create an invisible effect for players creating problems during gameplay, however traditional opaque wooden backboards create a more reliable performance for all players.
The final consideration when looking to purchasing your own indoor basketball hoop is the location If you’re intending on creating a fully working basketball court, the court itself must be in the right condition, the court needs to be measured to size and have painted boundary lines. If you’re investing in quality indoor basketball the basketball court needs to reflect the decision.
Top Indoor Basketball Hoops
A popular pole-mounted fixed hoop is the Goalrilla GSI Basketball System, the pro style rigidity of tempered glass is combined with the legendary Goalrilla performance in the Goalrilla GS-I with 72-inch Glass Backboard. Besides being one of the most affordable basketball systems with a tempered glass backboard, this Goalrilla hoop also features a durable all-steel actuator that is designed make adjustment a breeze. Overall the Goalrilla hoop has affordability, features and quality.
As the main alternative to the fixed hoop is the portable range, Spalding NBA Portable Basketball System is a classic model for pure quality and ease of a portable basketball hoop, with 54-inch Glass Backboard features a three-piece 4-inch square pole, a 54-inch glass backboard that offers ultimate basketball responsiveness on every shot and rebound and the Arena Slam breakaway basketball rim. The price is almost half of that of the fixed indoor hoop.
The final option is a wall/roof mounted hoop. Goalsetter GS48 Wall Mounted Adjustable Basketball System is a great model for people who need this unique type of hoop. It features a 48-inch glass basketball backboard, a heavy duty flex breakaway basketball rim, and a 2 1/2 foot extension from the wall to the front of the backboard. With a simple turn of the height adjustment handle, the patented external Height Adjustment Mechanism easily adjusts the height from 6′ to 10′, making it great for players of various ages and experience. Wall-mounted indoor hoops are great for school/college gyms.
2. In-Ground Basketball Hoop
In-ground basketball hoops are used for both indoor and outdoor and manufactured by many companies. The qualities of these hoops have developed over the years and now have a range of different features. The most obvious benefit of an in-ground hoop is its stability and security. They are installed by cementing the pole straight into the ground, or through the assistance of a ground sleeve or bolt plate. The more expensive one is the more likely it’s installed by bolt plate which has a greater stability over the hoop.
Advantages and Disadvantages
Because the in ground hoop is a lot more stable it is common to see the backboard and hoop being more heavy and of higher quality, because of the strength of the base it is able to withhold the weight.
The main disadvantage is the effort in installing the hoop – you may need to buy additional tools to install the hoop, and a couple of bags of cement which adds to the total cost of purchasing the hoop. An in-ground hoop is fixed – once it is installed it will be very difficult to move its location.
Installing an In-Ground Basketball Hoop
Installing an in-ground hoop can be a difficult task, which makes in-ground hoops less commonly used. You can either do it yourself or have a expert installer do it for you.
It takes several days to install which weighs heavily on the concrete to cure. Your first step is dig the hole the post will fit into. The depth is dependent on the system you have but should have instructions of the depth and width it is crucial the basketball hoop is installed at the right depth and height to ensure its safety. The basketball hoop needs to be secure as the concretes to ensure it is level.
Top In Ground Basketball Hoops
The Lifetime 71799 Height Adjustable In Ground Basketball System with 50-inch Shatter Guard Backboard is a typical high performance in-ground hoop. You can drive to the hoop and score off the glass on the Lifetime 71799 Shatterguard Fusion 50-in Action Grip In-Ground Basketball System. Complete with a Shatterguard Fusion backboard and a Slam-it rim for long-lasting use, the system is supported by a 3-piece, 3.5-in round action grip pole.
The Pro Dunk Diamond Ultimate Adjustable In-Ground Basketball Goal System is perfect for families. An innovative dual canister, quad spring, lift-assist mechanism neutralizes the weight of the backboard. This allows players of all ages to effortlessly adjust the height anywhere between 6′ and 10′ with the simple turn of a handle. This system is high performance and top of the range in terms on functionality and features. The adjustable height option is very simple and makes it easy to adjust to the age/experience of the players.