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In Ground Basketball Systems - A Detailed Comparison Guide


Choosing the right in-ground basketball system can be overwhelming with various options and features. This guide dives into the key factors to consider, including backboard materials, height adjustment mechanisms, and pole size and structure. By understanding these aspects, you'll be well-equipped to select the perfect basketball system for your needs and budget.

Key Considerations for In-Ground Basketball Systems

  1. Backboard Material:
  • Tempered Glass: Provides the most realistic bounce and durability, replicating a professional playing experience. However, it's the most expensive option.
  • Acrylic: Offers a good balance of performance and affordability compared to glass. It delivers a slight bounce difference but is still a great choice for serious players.
  • Polycarbonate: Less expensive than acrylic but may not offer the same level of performance. It's a suitable option for casual players.
  • Plastic: The most economical choice, ideal for recreational use. However, it may not be as durable as other materials.
  1. Height Adjustment Mechanisms:
  • Quick Adjust/Ratchet Adjustment Bracket (Lifetime, Spalding, Huffy): A simple and affordable mechanism using a pole to adjust height.
  • Handle Height Adjusters (Lifetime): These mechanisms (Speed Shift, Action Grip, Power Lift, Rapid Cam) offer increasing strength and stability for raising and lowering the backboard.
  • Crank Mechanism (Spalding, Huffy, Goalsetter, Goalrilla): A user-friendly crank system with a rotating lever for smooth height adjustment. Goalsetter's version offers the lowest height setting (6 feet).
  • All mechanisms (except Lifetime's Quick Adjust) allow for infinite height settings within the adjustable range.
  1. Pole Size and Structure:
  • Pole Diameter: Larger diameters indicate sturdier poles. Common sizes include 2.75 inches (Lifetime), 3.5 inches (Lifetime, Spalding), and 4-inch square (Lifetime, Spalding, Goalrilla's Silverback).
  • Pole Structure: Sectional poles (Lifetime, Spalding low-end goals) allow for compact packaging but may not be as sturdy as single-piece poles (common in high-end systems).
  • High-End Systems: Typically feature 5x5 square poles or larger with a single-piece structure for maximum stability. Examples include Lifetime's Mammoth line, Spalding's Arena View goals, and most Goalsetter and Goalrilla systems.


By considering backboard material, height adjustment mechanisms, and pole size and structure, you can make an informed decision when purchasing an in-ground basketball system. Remember, the best choice depends on your budget, playing level, and desired features.

Bonus Tip:

Watch the video below to see a Lifetime in-ground basketball system in action!



Date 11/28/2013

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Date 12/19/2013


Date 12/19/2013

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