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How To Build A Great Basketball Court

Aug 17, 2007
Everyone wants to have a basketball court but very few know how to build a basketball court. The first step is to identify the area. There is no difficulty with a concrete area. It is smooth, firm and ready to play. However, surfaces that are uneven may need to be leveled. Such surfaces may either need concreting or else lying of an artificial basketball surface. Both these are expensive options.

The second step involves selecting the equipment. Should it be a portable system or an in-ground system? Both have their advantages and disadvantages. The portable systems are good for casual players. They are convenient to install and can be wheeled away when the court is no longer needed. The portable systems include a base with wheels, backboard, pole, and rim.

However, they do not offer the stability that in-ground systems provide. These systems require the pole to be installed in concrete. This is a time-consuming and laborious process. First, the spot where the pole is to be installed is dug up. Then, the pole is secured in a cement base that is allowed to harden over 30 hours.

A few manufacturers also provide bolt on in-ground systems. In this system, it is the anchor, and not the pole, that is set in concrete. The pole is bolted to the anchor. You may need professional help to secure in-ground systems because not everyone knows how to set concrete.

You can even consider a wall-mounted basketball system. These systems can be attached to the side of your house, garage, or roof. They normally include backboard, rim, net, and mounting kit. Some even come with an extension arm that allows the rim and net to extend outwards.

The next step is to check the shapes and sizes of the basket ball equipment, and decide which ones suit your requirements. The backboard, for instance, comes in two shapes - fan-shaped and regular. Which one should you go for? If you are looking for bank shots then you must buy the rectangular backboard. A similar question arises when selecting the basket. Should you buy a basket with fixed rims or a breakaway system? The breakaway system is more suitable for players who hang onto the baskets.

Finally, you have to mark the court. For this you use chalk, paint or HoopLines Basketball Half Court Boundary System. Chalk obviously is a temporary marking method. Courts using chalk have to be lined again and again. Paint is a more permanent solution, but you should be careful while painting the lines. The HoopLines are the best, but they will cost more.

Once the boundaries are marked you are all set to leap and dunk.
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