Lifetime InGround Basketball Goal - 71281 52-inch Shatter Guard Backboard Hoop System - Competitive Edge Products
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Lifetime InGround Basketball Goal - 71281 52-inch Shatter Guard Backboard Hoop System
#71281 by Lifetime
4.7 out of 5 stars with 21 reviews 4.7 out of 5  
21Customer Reviews
5 Star: 71% 15
4 Star: 28% 6
3 Star: 0% 0
2 Star: 0% 0
1 Star: 0% 0
Sale Price $439.99 $299.00
(Savings: $140.99)
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Lifetime InGround Basketball Goal - 71281 52-inch Shatter Guard Backboard Hoop System

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.


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 hve 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-dimaeter, 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.

This product ships via FedEx. The warehouse is located in Clearfield, Utah. Fast Shipping! Orders for this product generally leave the warehouse within 1 business day. Delivery of the product is a doorstep delivery. No signture required.

A ground sleeve is useful for installation of the basketball system if you think that you will need to remove the system at some point; examples: you are going to move soon, and you want to take the system with you, or you want to take the system down for part of the year.

A great training aid for baskteball shooting practice when shooting for the same position in front of the system is a basketball hoop chute.

How difficult is assembly?

Most customers assemble their systems themselves without a problem. Some handy-man serivces may be available in your area to assist with assembly if needed. Assemby is best done with at least 2 people working on the product together. Lifetime Products does havea customer service line with repressentatives that are trained in installation questions that can also be of assistance.

21 Customer Reviews
5 Star: 71% 15
Average Customer Rating
4.7 out of 5 stars with 21 reviews 4.7 out of 5
100% recommend it to friends
4 Star: 28% 6
3 Star: 0% 0
2 Star: 0% 0
1 Star: 0% 0
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5 out of 5 stars Great hoop, awesome value, 5 hour install
by Steve Carroll from San Diego on 5/13/2013
Recommends it to Friends: Yes
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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5 out of 5 stars great product
by cooltool from cape girardeau mo. on 4/30/2013
Recommends it to Friends: Yes
A great product. Easily installed because of percise instructions. The position mechanism works perfectly. I needed a steady and beautiful looking goal. This goal served that purpose at an affortable price. Enjoy seeing it in our yard
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5 out of 5 stars Perfect for City Kids
by oftherock from St Petersburg on 4/26/2013
Recommends it to Friends: Yes
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-Peasy! Then we dropped it right on to the cemented post. Ive already started playing with it myself and am wondering why I didnt buy two! Thanks for beating the competitions prices and for great customer care, fast shipping, etc. Be perfect, stay perfect!
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5 out of 5 stars Great System
by D Smith from Fenton Michigan on 9/29/2012
Recommends it to Friends: Yes
Ordered this for my grandkids after much research. The Grandkids were waiting with their basketballs in hand when Grandma and I arrived to start the set-up. Some of the instructions were a little confusing but it took about 12 hours total. The grandkids 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 grandkids 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 Grandkids 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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4 out of 5 stars Great price. Fast shipping.
by Dan from Charlotte on 4/11/2012
Recommends it to Friends: Yes
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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5 out of 5 stars Great Deal!!!
by J.J. from Cleveland OH on 4/11/2012
Recommends it to Friends: Yes
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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5 out of 5 stars excellent product with an excellent price
by hihilks from nebraska on 3/31/2012
Recommends it to Friends: Yes
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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5 out of 5 stars Insanely good deal!
by JBUckley2000 from LaGrange, GA on 3/13/2012
Recommends it to Friends: Yes
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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