In Ground Basketball Systems Vs. Portable Basketball Systems
Before purchasing a basketball system for your home use, you might need to consider some important buying issues before spending a penny. In the consumer market, basketball hoops are almost entirely segregated into two categories – in-ground hoops and portable hoops. Most manufacturers will make systems with both designs to cater to different markets. But, what market do you belong to. Here are some helpful things to consider before you purchase a basketball system that should help you as you shop.
First, do you have building covenants in your housing complex, neighborhood, or apartment that forbid one sort of system or the other? In some cases, a customer will make a pricey purchase of an in-ground system only to find out later that building covenants in their neighborhood forbid adding permanent structures to the property, like cementing a basketball pole into the ground. Finding this information out before buying can save you a lot of time and money.
Second, do you need to move the system around? If you do, only a portable basketball hoop will fit that need. Why would someone need to move their basketball hoop around? Sometimes, customer might want to bring the system in for part of the year. Other times, their driveways might have frequent traffic, which would require flexibility where they set up their basketball court. Portable basketball goals allow you to easily move the court location to different parts of the property. If these issues are not a concern, an in-ground system might work best for you.
Third, what is your intended budget? Basketball systems encompass a large range of prices. However, a close look reveals that an in-ground basketball hoop can be purchased from the low end – around $100 – all the way to a high-end – over $2000. Whereas most portable basketball systems are prices a little higher than the low-end of in-ground systems, and do not get as expensive as the high-end of in-ground systems. Thus, for a budget-conscience purchase, an in-ground system can be purchased cheaper than a comparably-sized portable basketball system.
Lastly, do you have any major safety concerns where your basketball court will be set up? To clarify, portable systems can tip over, short of putting a mountain of sand on top of the base. If your court is on a driveway on top of a hill, you might have a greater danger of having the system tip. Another tipping concern deals with who will be using the system. Teenage boys dunking on a basketball hoop is much more likely to have the system fall over than a basketball system for a 6-year old just starting to shoot the ball.