Lifetime In-Ground Basketball 71281 52" Shatter Guard Backboard Hoop - Competitive Edge Products
Lifetime In-Ground Basketball 71281 52" Shatter Guard Backboard Hoop
#71281 by Lifetime
4.7 out of 5 stars with 21 reviews 4.7 out of 5  - 21 review(s) Review Stats
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
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LifetimePortable Basketball Goals - 71281 Polycarbonate 52 Inch Backboard.

  • Dimensions: 52 in. (1.3 m) x 33 in. (83.8 cm) x 1 in. (2.5 cm)
  • Backboard Frame: 1-inch steel
  • Extension Arm Type: (the arms that attach the backboard to the pole) Y-bracket assembly with straight tube arms gives strength and durability.
  • Backboard Material: Makrolon Polycarbonate (clear see-through)
  • Backboard Thickness: 3 mm.
  • UV Backboard Graphics:Yes. Ensures graphics and borders won't fade over time.
  • Backboard Frame Pad:Includes backboard frame pad to help protect players from impact.
  • Overhang Distance: 22" from front of pole to back of backboard.

Spring-Loaded Rim

  • Regulation-size rim (18" diameter).
  • True breakaway rim mount.
  • Dunking: Yes. This rim holds up very well to aggressive play.
  • Net included: Yes. Net is a standard 12-loop net.
  • Net attachment: Attaches to rim via welded metal hooks like in the NBA. No plastic clips.

Height Adjuster Mechanism

  • Height Adjustment Type: Uses the Action Grip height adjuster invented by Lifetime Products.
  • Adjustment Details: One handed lift system for convenient adjusting. Allows for both children and adults to play.
  • Rim Adjustment Heights: 7.5-feet to 10-feet in 6-Inch increments.

Pole Specs:

  • Pole Diameter: 3-sections, 3.5-inches round with pole cap to prevent rain in pole.
  • Pole Material: Steel with powder-coated finish to prevent rusting.
  • Pole Color: Black
  • Main Pole Shape: Round.
  • Pole Pad: Sold Separately – Part # 0602 Click here to view.
  • Ground Sleeve: Sold Separately. Allows owner to remove the pole from the ground rather than cementing pole into ground permanently. Part #0023
  • Anchor Kit: Not necessary. The pole on this system goes directly into the concrete. It does not bolt down.
  • Inground Pole Diameter: 3.5" Round

Other Specs and Features

  • 3-piece pole goes directly into concrete or you can use a sleeve.
  • Footprint:Inground footprint is approximately 18" diameter.
  • Warranty: 5-year warranty on all parts of the system from Lifetime Products.
  • All metal parts are powder coated to help resist rusting.

UPC: 081483000657

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.

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.

Shipping is free within the 48 States.

  • Shipping weight: 86 lbs.
  • Number of boxes for this product: 1 box.
  • Shipping dimensions: 54.5 inches x 34.31 inches x 5.69 inches.
  • Ships via: FedEx or UPS. Doorstep delivery. No signature required for most residential addresses.
  • Lead Time: Generally ships out within 48 hours.
  • Shipping can take between 3 to 10 days depending on your location. Item ships from Clearfield, Utah.
  • Tracking numbers: Tracking information is automatically emailed to you once the order ships out.

Damaged shipments are extremely rare. Should anything be damaged upon arrival please note that with the driver or refuse shipment. We'll send out a replacement at no cost to you and we'll file the freight claim making it a painless process for you.

If you don't see the answer to your question please email us and we'll post it.

What are the differences between How difficult is assembly?

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

Can I make this portable in the future if I choose to change it?

Unfortunately, no. That's not possible. You can convert most portables to become inground, but not inground to become portable.

0024 ground sleeve

0023 Inground Sleeve for 3.5" Lifetime Systems: This ground sleeve allows you to remove your pole. You cement it instead of your pole and then slide your pole into the sleeve. You can remove it if you move or if you need to replace your pole in the future.

Lifetime Basketball Accessories - 0501 Hoop Chute Basketball Ball Return

Lifetime Basketball Accessories - 0501 Hoop Chute Basketball Ball Return: This hoop chute attaches to your regulation-sized rim and directs made shots back to the front of the system. This product is great for free throw practice when shooting alone.

Lifetime Basketball Accessories - Court Marking Kit Accessory Model 0900

Lifetime Basketball Accessories - Court Marking Kit Accessory Model 0900: The Lifetime 0900 Driveway Basketball court marking kit is great for your outdoor basketball court at playgrounds, churches, schools, and even your very own driveway.

Lifetime Basketball Accessories 0602 Black 3.5 in. Round Pole Pad

Lifetime Basketball Accessories 0602 Black 3.5 in. Round Pole Pad: Protect players from impacting directly with the pole of your basketball system with this 0602 basketball pole pad from the Lifetime Products. This pole pad fits 3.5-inch round poles and covers 48-inches of vertical pole distance. Made with all-weather vinyl.

Lifetime Basketball Roll Back Net - 12347 Ball Return Net

Lifetime Basketball Roll Back Net - 12347 Ball Return Net: Get more out of your basketball shooting practice using this basketball net ball return to help rebound your shots. This ball return net attaches to the basketball system, extends down in front of the pole, and anchors to the court using two Nylon bags.

Permanet Steel Basketball Net

Permanet Steel Basketball Net: Residential Permanet Nets are identical in appearance to the commercial permanets but of a smaller diameter cable bringing manufacturing costs down yet the nets still provide superior performance with the same feature set as Permanet for the home user.

Spalding Basketball Ball - 63-249e Nba Outdoor Official Size Basketball

Spalding Basketball Ball - 63-249e Nba Outdoor Official Size Basketball: This ball is manufactured with a durable rubber shield so it will last for a lengthy time interval, regardless of how tough the flooring surface is. This ball's deep networks and pebbled outer masking presents you with an outstanding grip and operates jointly with a continuous and dependable bounce.

Spalding Hexigrip NeverFlat Basketball 74-833E 29.5-inches

Spalding Hexigrip NeverFlat Basketball 74-833E 29.5-inches: Guaranteed to retain air in the ball for up to 1 year, the 74-833E hexigrip. Official NBA® size and weight. Premium soft grip technology cover allows for a better grip and feel.

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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!!!

Please note that items must be in their original packaging and in the original condition for this return policy to apply. Also, please be sure to contact us within 30 days of receipt. Lastly, if you are unsure whether this product will fit your needs please contact a customer service expert toll free at 866-308-5484.

Looking for the owner’s manual, instruction manual, or care instructions for 71281? Click here to download and view the manual and assembly directions. It will show you how to assemble this product with a description as well as an illustration. This manual may also include a list for replacement parts and an 800 number for assembly assistance as well as a list of tools needed. It should also include safety and precautionary measures to get the best and longest use of your product.

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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, CA 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 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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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! 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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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 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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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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