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Spalding Inground Basketball Goals - 88365 54 inch Acrylic Backboard
Spalding Inground Basketball Goals - 88365 54 inch Acrylic Backboard

Spalding Inground Basketball Goals - 88365 54 inch Acrylic Backboard

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SKU:88365 by Spalding

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54-inch Acrylic Backboard Framed in Steel
True Breakaway Rim
4x4 Square Pole
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The Spalding 88365 acrylic 54 inch backboard in ground system provides many institutional grade features at a fraction of the cost. This model provides you the sturdiness of 4x4 inch square post at the price range of a 3.5" round post. The acrylic backboard material provides a superior rebound to traditional plastic based backboards. Also, this system comes with a backboard pad for added stability and protection against collisions. Just about anyone can have fun using this system by using the U-Turn lift mechanism, which allows you to adjust the rim height anywhere from 7.5 ft. all the way up to regulation height, 10 ft.


Includes the manufacturer's warranty from Spalding - 1 year on all parts but the backboard; 5 years for the backboard.

Please also see our entire line of Spalding Basketball Goals.



  • Backboard dimensions: 54 inches W x 32 inches H.
  • Backboard material: Acrylic Backboard.
  • Acrylic material measures 5/32 inch thick.
  • Comes with an Arena Slam Breakaway Rim.
  • Backboard comes with a board pad for added stability of the system and added protection for players.


  • The pole is a 4x4 inch square post.
  • Pole assembly: 3 pieces.
  • Powder coated steel helps pole resist rusting.
  • Made from 14 gauge steel.
  • Includes ground sleeve for easy installation and removal of the pole in and out of the ground.
  • Pole cap included to help prevent rain water for getting inside pole.
  • Color: black.

Height Adjuster

  • Rim height adjustable from 7.5 ft to 10 ft using the U-Turn mechanism.
  • The U-Turn height adjustment mechanism uses a turn crank.
  • U-Turn has a removable handle to prevent product tampering.

Other Specs and Features:

  • Includes manufacturer warranty; 1 year on parts, 5 years on backboard.
  • Assembly required.
  • Fast shipping: product leaves the warehouse typically within 1 to 2 business days.
  • Ships from warehouse in Alexander City, Alabama.
  • FedEx delivery; no signature required for most deliveries.
  • Shipping weight: about 117 lbs.
  • Shipping dimensions: 55.5 inches x 34.31 inches x 6.75 inches.
5 Stars
DO NOT BUY THIS GOAL UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE. I learned the hard way. The instructions ask you to use the “Ground Sleeve” for installation. The instructions offer no mention of why you should use the “Ground Sleeve”. Once installed the “Ground Sleeve” allows the backboard to wobble 3+ inches back and forth. The instructions leave out some things and the quality just isn’t good. I highly recommend buying a different model and brand of in ground basketball goal. DO NOT BUY SPALDING.
Response from Spalding: The ground sleeve design is for system portability. If the customer were to ever move they could take the system with them to their new location and just leave the sleeve in the ground. In terms of pole movement in the sleeve, it can be reduced by adding plastic or wooden shims between the concrete and sleeve. The customer can also go around and use concrete as if it were caulked around the edge to help seal off any gap that may exist. I hope this helps.
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Reviewed by:  from Texas. on 10/1/2019
5 Stars
awesome goal
this is an awesome setup for the price but you must take the time to install it correctly. After ground sleeve is set in concrete, assemble 3 piece Square pole put back and ground sleeve and run Rebar all the way through bottom to top just short of bolt holes. This makes for a much stiffer pole. Follow directions carefully. I used exactly 1,040 pounds of concrete. 13 eighty pound bags. Rent a portable mixer believe me you will be glad you did! when done properly this unit has a very professional feel to it. My son loves it.
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Reviewed by:  from Tallahassee, FL. on 1/4/2014
5 Stars
Spalding 88365
The quality is just as good as a $1500.00 one! The price was something I could afford and my kids love it!(AFTER I GET A REPLACEMENT BACK BOARD WHICH WAS BROKEN IN SHIPPING) (Updated on 5/29/2013.)
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Reviewed by:  from Huber Heights Oh. on 5/29/2013
5 Stars
Best goal system for the money
Arrived on front porch exactly as promised and well packed and protected. Very well designed and instructions clear. In ground system is more involved than I expected but not hard if have two people to help with lifting assembled goal system.
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Reviewed by:  from Augusta, GA. on 2/16/2011
5 Stars
good experience
The shopping experience was great!
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Reviewed by:  from Natchez, MS. on 3/12/2010
4 Stars
Cracked backboard
I ordered two of the in-ground systems and one of the backboards were cracked when I opened up the box. Customer service was not open on Saturday when I called,but I left a message. I hope they will resolve this quickly. (Updated on 3/25/2013.)
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Reviewed by:  from South Jersey. on 3/25/2013
4 Stars
Broken in Box
backboard came in cracked to 2 places. Called customer service which in turn called Spalding to get it replaced and was told they are on back order and it will be mid Feb. before it will be shipped. I know its not Competitive Edge's fault but not happy with the delay
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Reviewed by:  from Port Allen, LA. on 1/14/2013
Q: What is the preparation for installation. Do I need a certain type of concrete mounted pipe?
Asked by: Jim Haynes - 12/25/2018
A: This system includes a ground sleeve which you will secure in the ground using concrete. This way if you ever need to move the system, then you can leave the ground sleeve in the ground, pull up the system, and purchase a new ground sleeve to put the system in.
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Answer provided by:  Admin (11/26/2019)
Q: Who handles warranty claims for this system?
Asked by: Admin - 8/12/2015 1:34:58 AM
A: Warranty claims go through the manufacturer, Spalding. They can be reached at 1-800-558-5234.
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Answer provided by:  Admin (8/12/2015 1:35:00 AM)
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Get fast shipping for this Spalding 88365 basketball hoop! Orders for this basketball hoop generally leave the warehouse in Alexander City, Alabama within 2 business days. Delivery of this product, when ordered by itself is a doorstep delivery via FedEx. No signature required for residential shipments.
Returns of this product are accepted up to 30 days after delivery of the product. As this product ships directly from Spalding, before returning the item you will need a return authorization and return shipping address before proceeding. Please contact us for help with this. Please also note the costs of any return by viewing our entire Return Policy.
UPC: 689344334868

Packaging Specs
Weight: 117 lbs
Dimensions: 56" x 34" x 7"
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