Home Basketball Courts are Simple, Right? Okay, I know the “One Does Not Simply … ” statement has become cliché, but it really is true when it comes to home basketball courts. Budget, backboard size, and system features are some of the considerations you will want to review before you purchase, that is if you […]
What to Know When Replacing a Backboard on a Spalding Basketball System So, your backboard finally bit the dust. What now? Don’t be too hasty with your next moves. Otherwise, you may find yourself with looming product returns, wasted money, wasted time, and a whole lot of unneeded frustration. In spite of what you may […]
I receive many calls and e-mails daily from people who are replacing their basketball backboards. The Spring season is the most busy as many hoops were damaged by winter storms, snow plows, cars, rust or what have you. Sometimes they need complete new basketball systems and sometimes they just need a backboard. Also, some people […]
Lifetime 1221 Pro Court Portable Basketball Hoop Information: The Lifetime 1221 Pro Court portable basketball hoop from Lifetime Products is a very common purchase for an initial basketball system. This basketball goal is very affordable and provides many features that are great for young and developing players. Here is a brief outline of things to […]
You have had a wonderfully functional basketball system in your backyard for years. You have spent hours out practicing by yourself, inviting your friends and family over, and teaching your children to play. Things were going great until one afternoon, your oldest child comes in and tells you that your beloved basketball system is no more. He and his friends did not do anything wrong. They were just out shooting hoops and the backboard, quite suddenly, shattered. Hey, it happens. Backboard cannot last forever. You got a long life out of the system. Time to hang up the sneaks for good, right? No!
Here is some help for you when researching a purchase for
an arcade basketball game for your home use. First, we will look at
manufacturers of these types of games. Lifetime Products, Spalding,
and Escalade Sports are the largest manufacturers of these types of
systems – there are many other smaller makers as well. Of these 3
main players in this market, Spalding and Escalade Sports offer a
more than 1 system. Each of these manufacturers offer very similar
products in quality and play. However, certain minor differences
between their product offerings may sway you one way or the other.
We will look at each unique portion of their systems next.
Over time, all backboards will wear out. When the time comes, a knee-jerk reaction might be to throw out the old system and look to purchase a whole new system. While, in some cases, this might be necessary, many times you can save considerable amounts of money by simply replacing the backboard of the in ground basketball goal. Lifetime Products makes many of their systems with component backboards that can be purchased retail, rather than replacing the entire goal. Here is the way to determine if your basketball system has a backboard that can be replaced.
e pole of the basketball system is an important part for obvious reasons; the most obvious reason being it holds the backboard and mounting hardware in position. However, there are also less obvious reasons that might escape some people. With most manufacturers, they will have a series of basketball goal offerings that will increase in quality and size. Thus, the poles of their systems will also differ in quality and size. Other manufacturers will offer basketball poles in only 1 shape, but differ in sizes. We will explore all these options in this part of the basketball hoop purchasing guide.
To start off this section, we should note that a regulation backboard is 72 inches wide and 42 inches high. Most basketball systems, however, do not have this large of a backboard. There are a large number of mini basketball hoops available, which we will not consider. We will consider basketball hoops made by Lifetime Products, Spalding, Huffy, Goalsetter, and Goalrilla product offerings that have systems that can have the rim reach 10 feet. In this group of available basketball systems, backboards widths can be as small as 44 inches wide and as big as a regulation-sized backboard. Here are some more details for each size group.