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

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

Retail Price:$499.99
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On sale:$289.95
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SKU:71281 by Lifetime
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  • 2 - 3
  • $287.05
  • 4+
  • $278.35
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Adjusts 7.5'-10'
Clear Backboard
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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.

Upc: 081483000657

This product has a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee.

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.
5 Stars
Top of the line!
We were not disappointed at all with the quality and easy of putting together and installing this basketball goal. It is a very good product.
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Reviewed by:  from Phoenix. on 5/17/2011
5 Stars
great product
your site came to me from someone who purchased what I wanted they were extremely satisfied with your service and products.
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Reviewed by:  from Canfield, OH. on 5/30/2011
5 Stars
Great Product For The Price
Best price anywhere for this basketball system. Fast shipping. Saved over $130 from big name sports store locally
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Reviewed by:  from Long Island, NY. on 6/27/2011
5 Stars
Great Product. Great Price.
I was hunting for a basketball goal to replace a broken one for my son when I ran across this site. This goal was on sale and over $100 less than other stores. It seems to be a quality goal. It was very easy to assemble. You have to wait three days for concrete to dry, but that is the same for most goals. The pole and backboard brackets are much stronger than the goal I was replacing. I am expecting many years out of this goal.
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Reviewed by:  from Tennessee. on 8/8/2011
5 Stars
Insanely good deal!
Why is this goal so much cheaper than anywhere else on the web? Is the goal actually in the box. These were some of my questions when I saw the price cut compared to everywhere else I looked. I took about a month to research goals on the internet. I wanted to buy a quality goal, but I did not want to pay a lot and I would not be slamming on it (even though I can if I need to with this one). This goal is by far the best on the market for home use. It was easy to install (with the purchase of the ground sleeve for another $30) and I was able to do it while watching my 2 year old in the front yard. I am very weak and I am not usually mechanically inclined, but this only took me 2 days (1 day for the concrete, 1 day to install the goal). I did it by myself! We have had it a few months and I am very happy with this purchase. From Competitive Edge Products: the ground sleeve mentioned here is model 0023, which can be found by searching that model number in our search field at the top left of the product page.
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Reviewed by:  from Lagrange, GA. on 3/13/2012
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
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
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
UPC: 081483000657

Packaging Specs
Weight: 86 lbs
Dimensions: 55" x 34" x 6"

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