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Lifetime Basketball Hoop 71525 54-inch Backboard In-Ground System
#71525 by Lifetime
4.6 out of 5 stars with 50 reviews 4.6 out of 5  - 50 review(s)
50Customer Reviews
5 Star: 68% 34
4 Star: 28% 14
3 Star: 2% 1
2 Star: 2% 1
1 Star: 0% 0
Sale Price $450.00 $339.99
(Savings: $110.01)
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Lifetime In Ground Basketball Hoop - 71525 54-inch Backboard and Pole System

Lifetime basketball hoop model 71525 is an excellent intermediate-level system. With a 54-inch polycarbonate backboard, this system provides ample space to practice your game including bank shots. The rim height is adjustable up and down from 7.5 feet to 10 feet in infinite increments using the Power Lift height adjuster. The height adjuster is easily used with just one hand. The large, 3.5-inch diameter steel pole provides great structural strength to the system while in use. The backboard material is framed in steel as well, which improves the rebound for the backboard. The 71525 also includes the Slam-It Pro breakaway rim and an all-weather white net.

All metal structural parts are powder coated to help resist rusting and providing you many years of use. Lifetime Products warranties this product for 5 years. This system also comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.

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The 71525 features the best specs for an In-Ground basketball system before the next upgraded step in the pole system, the Lifetime 78888 Basketball System, which features a 4-inch square pole. The 71525 has the largest round pole available, the largest backboard available, and the largest frame available for this level of system. In the pole sizes Lifetime Basketball hoops systems have 2.75-inch models, 3-inch models, and 3.5-inch models. In this range of system, they have backboards as small as 44 inches wide; and they have backboards as big as 54 inches wide, like the 71525. For this level of system, the backboard frames are either steel or plastic. The 71525 has a 1.0-inch steel frame, which provides better support and durability for both the backboard as well as the mounting arms from the pole.

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: 54 inches W x 33 inches H.
  • Material: polycarbonate.

Slam-It Pro Rim

  • Comes with a regulation-dimaeter, 18-inch breakaway rim and all-weather white net.
  • Rim color: orange.
  • Color: white.
  • Standard 12 loop net design.
  • True breakaway mount. Holds up well agressive play.
  • 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: 89 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.

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.

What is the difference between the 71525 and 78888 Lifetime basketball system?

There are 3 differences of note between these systems. The 71525 backboard frame is 1-inch thick; the 78888 backboard frame is 1.5-inches thick. The 71525 pole is a 3.5-inch round pole; the 78888 is a 4-inch square pole. Lastly, the 71525 backboard is made of polycarbonate; the 78888 backboard is made of acrylic.

How long does assembly take?

Assembly for this product is actually done in 2 states - cement and then the rest of the system. After setting the pole and pouring the cement, you typically need to wait at least 72 hours before proceeding with the rest of the assembly. Besides this waiting time, actual assembly time varies from person to person, but typically is between 4 to 7 hours.

50 Customer Reviews
5 Star: 68% 34
Average Customer Rating
4.6 out of 5 stars with 50 reviews 4.6 out of 5
98% recommend it to friends
4 Star: 28% 14
3 Star: 2% 1
2 Star: 2% 1
1 Star: 0% 0
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4 out of 5 stars Great product!
by Katmamaof2 from Tupelo, MS on 12/25/2013
Recommends it to Friends: Yes
Great product! My kids love it! The easy height change is wonderful! My 8 year old daughter can do it easily. The directions are a bit awkward. It takes a couple hours to assemble simply because you keep having to look at the key for parts instead if it being stated in the directions. But Id recommend the finished product ... And it was a very competitive price. Thanks for fast shipping as well.
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5 out of 5 stars Couldn't be happier
by Family Fun from Nevada on 7/27/2013
Recommends it to Friends: Yes
This is exactly what we were looking for. We couldn't be happier. We love how easy it is to adjust and it looks great.
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4 out of 5 stars Nice goal for the price
by T.J. from Kentucky on 6/17/2013
Recommends it to Friends: Yes
If you aren't someone looking to have dunk contests, but rather just shoot around and have fun with your kids, then this is the goal for you. for the money, it is dollar for dollar the way to go. I still cant get over how easy it is to raise and lower the height. I was very happy with the way the goal went up, and I would highly recommend buying the ground sleeve to go with the goal.
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5 out of 5 stars Excellent product for the price
by D Reviewer from Florida on 11/5/2012
Recommends it to Friends: Yes
Product and service exceeded expectations. I would definitely buy from Competitive Edge. Very professional company. Shipping was free and fast. This is the second lifetime basketball system for us. Plan to spend several hours putting it together though. The parts, while labeled correctly, are not in Assembly order. Would make a lot more sense to have the parts bagged and labeled to match the corresponding steps. Its not that hard to figure out but time consuming. We also purchased the portable in-ground sleeve. Overall, great product, you will be satisfied.
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5 out of 5 stars No Problem
by MJM7777 from Dover, OH on 9/12/2012
Recommends it to Friends: Yes
No problems with this hoop. Had all parts in the box and assembly was easier than I was expecting. The directions could be better, but we got it done. The price was the best I could find and I would definitely buy from Competitive Edge again. It was a positive experience.
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4 out of 5 stars Lifetime 71525 basketball system
by Sandman from CT on 8/21/2012
Recommends it to Friends: Yes
Hello, I recently purchased and installed the 71525 basketball in ground system. Let me say first of all that this is a well designed product, and nothing was missing from the box. Assembly was mostly straightforward. However, the assembly instruction itself was poor. You have to read and reread the directions. It would be great if there was a video on YouTube (or on a disk) to see the details that are too small to see clearly on the diagrams. Also, it really takes TWO strong people to lift and place the system in place. I purchased the in ground sleeve to make assembly easier, and this is a worthwhile option. My wife cannot lift it with me, and we almost killed ourselves when she fell off the ladder. So be careful! My family and I really enjoy this system after it was installed. The backboard raises and lowers EASILY and the vibration is not bad, provided everything is tightened down properly. I highly recommend this to anyone seeking a quality product at a good price.
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5 out of 5 stars basketball hoop with sleeve
by Nate from Canton, Ohio on 8/12/2012
Recommends it to Friends: Yes
This is a great deal. It was very easy to install and very user friendly ... small kids can move the hoop up and down easily. Very happy with this purchase!
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5 out of 5 stars Great system for the price
by J. George from Woodhaven, MI on 7/15/2012
Recommends it to Friends: Yes
This system is a great deal. I did have to wait an extra 3 weeks because it was on backorder, but customer service was very helpful and assured me I would receive it when said, and I did. It was relatively easy to assemble. Just need to read instructions several times to make sure assembly was right. I highly recommend the ground sleeve. It works great. I looked online and in stores for a while and this was best deal out there ... All parts were with the system. Definitely go thru parts check list before starting assembling.
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