Lifetime In-Ground Basketball System 78888 Competition 54 in Backboard

Lifetime In-Ground Basketball System 78888 Competition 54 in Backboard

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Make the upgrade to the 78888 in-ground basketball system. This basketball hoop features a 54-inch acrylic backboard, a 4x4 square pole, and a break-away rim. The soft square pole shape provides greater stability in the ground compared to round poles. Acrylic backboards are ideal for home driveway basketball courts as they hold up much better to aggressive and abusive play. The Slam-It Pro rim holds up well to dunking and aggressive basketball play.

This system comes with a 5-year warranty from Lifetime Products. All steel parts of the system are powder coated to help the metal resist rusting. The 78888 also includes an all-weather white net. All major components of the system are Made in the U.S.A.

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!

UPC: 081483788883

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  • Dimensions: 54 inches W x 33 inches H.
  • Steel backboard frame thickness: 1.5 inches.
  • Material: EM5 acrylic.
  • Backboard material thickness: 0.2 inches (4.75 mm).

Slam-It Pro Rim

  • Comes with a regulation-diameter, 18-inch orange breakaway rim, and all-weather white net.
  • Rim color: orange.
  • Color: white.
  • Standard 12 loop net design.
  • True breakaway mount. Holds up well aggressive play.
  • Steel metal net hooks are welded to the rim. No plastic clips.


  • Pole size: 4-inch square.
  • Pole assembly: 3 pieces.
  • Powder coated steel helps pole resist rusting.
  • Pole cap included to help prevent rain water for getting inside pole.
  • Color: gray.

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: 94 lbs.
  • Shipping dimensions: 54.5 inches x 34.31 inches x 6.2 inches.
5 Stars
Great Product
Very pleased with this product. I found the directions to be very good and easy to follow. Before assembly, I highly recommend carefully walking through the check list of items. Keep all parts in their bags to make them easier to find when needed during assembly. Many of the nuts were VERY tight. This is likely intentional. Use a ratchet wrench and a little lubricant if needed (Vaseline). If you are not a do-it-yourself person, the assembly may take longer.
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Reviewed by:  from Houston. on 1/3/2014
1 Stars
This product did not last a year
We purchased this model less than a year ago as a family Christmas gift. The installation was straight forward and required 2 people at times. Unfortunately the acrylic backboard has already warped and started separating from the frame. Now every time the ball hits the backboard it provides no true rebound and falls flat. I have filed a warranty claim with Lifetime to see if they''ll stand behind the product as they advertise.
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Reviewed by:  from Alabama. on 10/31/2012
4 Stars
Nice setup
Great customer service! First time ordering such a large item on the internet and everything arrived as expected. Called before ordering and associate was very helpful! Basketball goal wasn''t too bad installing. The hardest part was waiting for the concrete to dry before we could finish installing! Kids love the backboard and I love not having to drag out the broom every time we want to adjust the height. Would definitely recommend.
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Reviewed by:  from Kansas City, MO. on 5/7/2012
5 Stars
Great hoop
This hoop is everything that is advertised. All parts fit together perfectly and assembly was not bad at all. The backboard gives consistent bounces for bank shots. The height adjustment is very smooth and easy to adjust. My only problem is that since putting up the hoop I cant get my 6 year old to come in for dinner!
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Reviewed by:  from Aberdeen, SD. on 4/12/2012
4 Stars
Great system
Great product! Well made and sturdy. Should give us many years of enjoyment and exercise.
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Reviewed by:  from Midwest US. on 4/3/2012
4 Stars
Good Product and great service
Great Product and nice service with expert tech support.
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Reviewed by:  from Chicago, IL. on 7/20/2011
4 Stars
78888 (Nice System / Not so nice Assembly)
The customer service was excellent and I do mean excellent. The product is a very nice product after it gets assembled. The directions were horrible to use. At some points I had to put the directions down and try figure it out like a puzzle. Also, the nuts and bolts were flawed. The nuts would not screw onto its allocated bolt. At one point I turned to my wife and said it shouldn’t be this hard to tighten these nuts and then the bolt literally snapped off into two. Unfortunately this was at the very beginning stage where the gas spring gets mounted to the pole. I had to skip that part and continue on which led to more problems. But at the end of the day(s) and after a trip to the hardware store then having the manufacture mail me out a new gas spring I was eventually able to mount the unit into concrete. I’m not one of these negative kind of guys, but this is the way it happened with this unit. Frustrated with the assembly instructions and materials, but really enjoy playing basketball with family and neighbors. (Updated on 7/20/2011.)
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Reviewed by:  from IL. on 7/20/2011
4 Stars
Very nice
Nice goal, worth the money.
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Reviewed by:  from Villa Hills, KY. on 7/6/2011

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