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Basketball goals will ship via Freight or "LTL". Basketball goals are palletized and loaded onto a large truck delivered by scheduled appointment to-the-curb of your home. LTL drivers are not required to move the item beyond curbside.

Portable vs. In-Ground Basketball Goals A Portable basketball goal system depends on a base filled with sand or water for stability. It will take up more space than an In-Ground basketball goal. The portable base rolls on wheels allowing players to position the basketball system in the desired location. Simply assemble, (these basketball goals are typically VERY hard to put together) fill the base and play today. There is no fussing with concrete. Most portable systems can be Adjustable or Fixed-Height. An In-Ground basketball goal system is permanently cemented into the ground, so be sure to pick an ideal location. In-ground systems tend to be more rigid and take up less space than portables. In-Ground basketball hoops can be Adjustable or Fixed-Height. Adjustable basketball goal, In-Ground vs. a Fixed-Height basketball goal, In-Ground System: An Adjustable system is desirable when used by younger players who vary in age or who enjoy lowering the basket to dunk. A Fixed-Height system can be more rigid, and is the best choice if daily height adjustments are not necessary. Choosing Special Purpose Systems: A Wall-Mount basketball goal can be mounted on the side of a house or garage. Wall-Mount systems generally include backboard, rim, net and mounting kit. Playground systems are built for rugged playground use.

Backboard Material: Glass is used for all competition basketball goal backboards in high school, college and pro arenas because a glass backboard gives a good ball rebound. Tempered Glass is the best choice for top of the line outdoor applications. Tinted Acrylic and clear acrylic is available on some systems. The industry has moved away from acrylic in recent years. Though it is stronger than glass the cost is more and there are few companies that manufacture high quality cast acrylic. Steel backboards are vandal resistant. Aluminum and Fiberglass backboards have an extra measure of rust resistance. The rebound effect of acrylic, steel, aluminum or fiberglass backboards can vary significantly. The thickness and weight of the backboard will in large measure determine the quality of the rebound effect, with thicker and heavier backboards having the more authentic rebound effect. However, for gymnasium ball response, glass backboards are often the choice. some major manufacturers only use 1/8 and 1/4 acrylic, which is too thin for any backboard greater than 48" and soft to stand up to hard usage. In addition the rebound on these boards is soft and dead.

Basketball Goal Backboard Size Backboards come in many sizes - 42", 44", 48", 54", 60" and 72". This measurement is from side to side. This height is usually 32" to 42". There are fan shaped and rectangular shaped basketball backboards. Official gymnasium size backboards are 42" x 72" and are offered on the best systems. Backboard sizes are matched to a system's strength with larger backboards offered on the more rugged systems.

About Basketball Poles Thickness: 16 Gauge = Poor 14 Gauge = Fair 11 Gauge = Good 7 Gauge = Best this would be the same as 3/16"

A bolt on system (one that has 4 bolts embedded in a concrete footing) and a direct bury pole (one that has a single piece pole buried in the concrete) perform to the same levels. However the bigger the bolts that come out of the concrete the better. Most anchor bolts used to mount basketball hoops are 5/8". There is one manufacturer that uses larger bolts a full 1" and that is Barbarian Basketball Systems.

Most basketball equipment built today have some sort of powder coating applied as a finish. Be aware that those units produced without being sand blasted or acid washed before the powder coating process. This leads to the inevitable flaking off of the powder coating. Basketball hoops produced using the sandblasting and acid wash process before the power coating is applied will produce a basketball system that is much less likely to rust.

Choosing a Safety Set-back The distance between the pole and the backboard can range from 18"-66" between systems. If you have aggressive players, you should consider a larger safety setback. The regulation overhang is 48" in high school, college and NBA. Choosing Basketball System Accessories: Pole Padding or Backboard Padding for added safety. Ground Sleeves to add portability to in-ground systems. But the use of these sleeves will result in more movement.

Portable basketball goals are a product of the nineties. They offer all the benefits of a full-size, in-ground unit with the convenience of portability. Large front-mounted wheels make moving a unit a snap, giving you the freedom to control your outdoor recreational space. Portable units feature a heavy-duty plastic base that must be filled at assembly with either water or sand. Properly filled, a portable unit should provide a minimum 200 pounds of pullover resistance. Some portable home basketball systems on the market today provide as little as 70 pounds of pullover resistance. Rugged play or strong winds can tip a system that doesn't provide adequate pullover protection. Protect yourself and your child from the hazards of an unstable portable unit that can fall down and cause serious injury. Look on the packaging for a Stability rating before you choose a portable basketball goal.

As the name indicates, an in-ground basketball net is anchored in the ground and encased with cement. The advantage of an in-ground system is its stability. Because of an in-ground unit's permanence, make sure you select an area that allows enough room for play and will not interfere with your day-to-day life. Don't install an in-ground system near trees or other shrubbery that may, over time, overgrow the unit. When purchasing an in-ground unit, make sure it comes with a plastic, non-corrosive ground sleeve or an anchor bolt mounting system. A ground sleeve will help ease unit assembly and will help protect the base of the pole from elements that could cause corrosion.