Lifetime In-Ground Basketball 71281 52" Shatter Guard Backboard Hoop

Lifetime In-Ground Basketball 71281 52" Shatter Guard Backboard Hoop

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The 71281 is an in-ground basketball goal system constructed of weather resistant materials like powder coated steel and a 52" UV protected Shatter Proof Makrolon Polycarbonate backboard. Makrolon Polycarbonate makes the backboard virtually unbreakable and many times stronger than acrylic. The steel backboard frame improves the rigidity of the backboard, which also improves rebound. A Slam-It rim with double compression springs allows for competitive dunking or friendly competition. Power Lift Adjustment mechanism allows for easy height adjustments with just the squeeze of a handle so the whole family can play with this system for years to come.

This basketball systems is also available as a portable basketball goal system — model 71286.

A major difference among Lifetime Basketball goals is in the frame of the backboard. Lifetime produces 2 different types of basketball backboard frames. One type is a plastic frame; and the other is a steel frame. In some cases, two different model numbers of Lifetime basketball hoops will appear to have very similar specs with very different prices. If a customer notices a stark difference in price like this, the difference is typically due to a difference in backboard frame material, steel being the more expensive option. The Lifetime 71281 basketball goal has a steel frame.

Competitive Edge Products, Inc. is an authorized retailer of the Lifetime 71281 In Ground Basketball Goal System.


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Simply hang onto the original packaging and contact us within 30 days of receipt if you are not satisfied with this product. We will have the item picked up at our cost and refund you in full. We are that confident you will love this product!



  • Dimensions: 52 inches W x 33 inches H.
  • Material: polycarbonate.
  • Backboard frame: 1-inch steel.

Slam-It Rim

  • Comes with a regulation-diameter, 18-inch slam-it rim and all-weather white net.
  • This rim uses a double-spring mount to help hold up to aggressive play.
  • Rim color: orange.
  • Net color: white.
  • Standard 12 loop net design.
  • Steel metal net hooks are welded to the rim. No plastic clips.


  • Pole size: 3.5-inch round.
  • Pole assembly: 3 pieces.
  • Powder coated steel helps pole resist rusting.
  • Pole cap included to help prevent rain water for getting inside pole.
  • Color: black.

Height Adjuster

  • Height adjusts using Power Lift mechanism.
  • Rim height adjusts from 7.5 feet to 10 feet in infinite increments.
  • Power Lift mechanism uses a handle on the back of the pole to raise and lower the hoop.
  • This mechanism can typically be operated with just one hand.

Other Specs and Features:

  • Comes with a 5-year warranty from Lifetime Products.
  • Shipment weight: 86 lbs.
  • Shipping dimensions: 54.5 inches x 34.31 inches x 5.69 inches.
4 Stars
Nice Hoop
This is a nice hoop for the money. The package had no damage when it arrived but my system was missing the trigger for the adjustable backboard. Lifetime customer service was great and quickly sent me the missing part. The system seems to be good quality but after assembly I noticed that my backboard frame was warped a bit. I was not about to take the system apart to replace the backboard. The directions are not the greatest but it went together pretty easily with the help of my 13 year old son. The basketball hoop looks great in the driveway and is pretty sturdy. One thing to be aware of is,if you are looking for a backboard with no movement at all you will have to spend a lot more money and buy one with a glass backboard.
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Reviewed by:  from Delaware. on 7/24/2014
5 Stars
Great hoop, awesome value, 5 hour install
So excited to get this hoop installed. Fun family project with my boys. 3 hours to build it. 1 hour digging (hard dirt). 1 hour cement pour and shape. Product seems like good quality. Everything works and family is having lots of fun.
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Reviewed by:  from San Diego, CA. on 5/13/2013
5 Stars
great product
A great product. Easily installed because of precise instructions. The position mechanism works perfectly. I needed a steady and beautiful looking goal. This goal served that purpose at an affordable price. Enjoy seeing it in our yard
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Reviewed by:  from Cape Girardeau, MO. on 4/30/2013
5 Stars
Perfect for City Kids
This in-ground basketball system was a perfect addition to the sports activities night we do every week for the Kids in the neighborhood. I put it together by myself. My wife, who has absolutely no arm strength, helped me with the final step attaching the backboard to the pole. Easy! Then we dropped it right on to the cemented post. I have already started playing with it myself and am wondering why I did not buy two! Thanks for beating the competitions prices and for great customer care, fast shipping, etc. Be perfect, stay perfect!
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Reviewed by:  from St Petersburg. on 4/26/2013
5 Stars
Great System
Ordered this for my grand kids after much research. The Grand kids were waiting with their basketballs in hand when Grandma and I arrived to start the setup. Some of the instructions were a little confusing but it took about 12 hours total. The grand kids were not real happy when they found out the cement had to set for a week. As it turned out the ''shatterproof'' backboard had a scratch. Our concern was that once a basketball hit it - the scratch would continue from one side to the other. Called customer service on Monday and told them-also told them we had grand kids that were sleeping with their basketballs waiting for the court to be up and running by the following Saturday. There was no hesitation-the new backboard was sent out that day (Monday) and arrived on Wednesday. Wonderful customer service! The Grand kids are having a ball and we feel the system is safe and will bring much joy for several years! Highly recommend!
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Reviewed by:  from Fenton Michigan. on 9/29/2012
4 Stars
Great price. Fast shipping.
Outstanding price and very fast delivery. Quality appears to be very good and the operation of the adjustable height is very easy. Instructions were a bit confusing in a few places and backboard edging did not fit quite right. Overall a great value at a super competitive price!
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Reviewed by:  from Charlotte. on 4/11/2012
5 Stars
Great Deal!!!
I had to look twice at the price compared to the sporting goods stores in my area. This was an exceptional deal and the delivery was fast. I will shop this site again. I just wish they dug the hole for the pole as well.
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Reviewed by:  from Cleveland OH. on 4/11/2012
5 Stars
excellent product with an excellent price
This is a very nice basketball system and you cannot beat competitive edge pricing and super fast shipping. The instructions were wrong in two areas but if I can do the assembly anyone can. My sons love it !!!!!
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Reviewed by:  from Nebraska. on 3/31/2012

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