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How To Install Ground Basketball Hoop: Guide

Did you know that ground basketball hoops are a great way to get your kids outside and active? Basketball is a fantastic, low-impact sport that will help your children develop important skills like teamwork, communication, and coordination.

In this blog post, we will show you how to install a ground basketball hoop in your backyard. With step-by-step instructions on the tools needed for installation. We’ll also give you some extra tips for when installing ground basketball hoops like making sure it’s level. Or choosing the right location!

First, there are two basic types of ground hoops: in-ground and above-ground. In-ground hoops require digging a hole and cementing the pole in place. Above-ground hoops on the other hand do not need holes to be dug. But they are usually less stable than their in-ground counterparts.

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In-Ground Basketball Hoop

Tools Needed for Installation of an In-Ground Basketball Hoop:

  • A shovel or posthole digger
  • Measuring tape or ruler
  • A level at least five feet long
  • Canvas drop cloths (large enough to cover any plants you don’t want to be destroyed)
  • Concrete mix
  • Water Wheelbarrow
  • Shovel

Additional Items that would make installation easier if available:

  • Extra concrete
  • Gloves Pick
  • Ax
  • Hammer
  • Rubber mallet
  • Spade

If you have all these tools then congratulations! You’re ready to get started with installing your new ground basketball hoop. If you don’t have all of the tools on this list, no worries! You can always borrow them from a neighbor or friend or even rent them for a day at your local hardware store.

Installing the In-Ground Basketball Hoop

We recommend finding an open area to dig where there is plenty of ground space around it. Once you’ve located some ground that meets these requirements. Then lay down two canvas drop cloths and use a shovel or posthole digger to measure out one foot deep by six feet wide hole (for regulation-sized backboards).

After measuring out the footprint go ahead and pour four inches worth of concrete into the bottom of the hole with water being added slowly as needed until it’s nice and thick without any air bubbles present before carefully stepping inside so that you can add the pole.

Make sure to use a level at least five feet long to make sure your ground hoop is nice and levelled out before checking that it’s also quite sturdy by giving it a gentle push in all directions.

If your ground basketball hoop isn’t very stable then we recommend using a rubber mallet or pickaxe for additional stabilization, but only if necessary! Fill any remaining space around the pole with concrete until the ground is filled up entirely leaving no gaps between the ground and rim/backboard area.

Allow ground hoops time to dry completely (usually overnight) before moving on to step two which includes adding some finishing touches like outdoor paint.

Above-Ground Basketball Hoops

Tools for this type of basketball hoop are usually provided with the ground basketball hoop. You will also need to make sure that you have someone on hand who can help carry and lift heavy items like a ground basketball hoop.

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Installing the Above-Ground Basketball Hoop

This type of basketball hoop is relatively easier to install than in-ground hoops but it does still require some preparation. In the case of portable above-ground hoops, things are a little bit simpler as you don’t have to deal with digging holes or leveling the ground up. Instead.

The only thing required of you is to mark off an area that’s at least fifteen feet wide by twenty-five feet long which should be enough ground space for even your biggest slam dunks!

We usually recommend that you follow the instructions provided by the hoop’s manufacturer when setting it up. The reason is that there are a lot of different types of ground hoops out there that come with their unique specifications about how to set them up.

If your hoop comes with instructions then we recommend following those closely when installing it because if one thing goes wrong during this process it could make installation much more difficult and time-consuming!

As far as putting together above ground basketball hoops go though, they’re typically made up of two main parts: a pole sleeve and post base

Pole Sleeve Installation

This part usually has an adjustable height mechanism that most commonly connects with screws on either end. It’s important to make sure this is screwed in tightly because if it isn’t then the hoop might be loose or unstable when you start shooting hoops!

Post Base Installation

Once your ground basketball hoop pole sleeve has been tightened securely, go ahead and place the base of your ground hoop over top before screwing it onto the bottom using bolts (usually five) that are included with most portable ground hoops.

Don’t worry about having them too tight though since these bolts don’t need to be super secure for everything else to stay put either!

After attaching your post base just slip on one half of a net through each side before pulling it taunt around both sides so they meet in front where all three pieces can finally be connected using a ground net clip.

Extra Tips for Installing Ground Basketball Hoops

  • Be careful when you’re digging so as not to puncture any existing plumbing or electrical wiring that may be present under your new ground basketball hoop installation site!
  • If you can install a ground basketball hoop where there are already trees then we recommend using one of our aboveground options instead, but only if necessary!
  • Shake off excess water after wetting down your newly poured concrete ground with a garden hose before getting started with installing an above-ground ground basketball hoop because it can make the concrete overly-sudsy which creates a potentially hazardous slip hazard.

What Type of Ground Basketball Hoop Should I Get?

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In-Ground Basketball Hoops | Pros & Cons

Such hoops are usually the most expensive of both options, but they also offer some distinct advantages as well. In-ground basketball hoops tend to be a lot more stable and sturdy. Since they’re grounded into concrete which is something that can’t always be said for other types of ground basketball hoops!

If you’ve got the space on your property then going with an in-ground ground hoop may make sense. Because it allows you to set up a full-court anywhere there’s enough room available.

They aren’t portable though so if you plan on installing one at home. Just keep this in mind before making any final decisions about getting an above-ground vs in-ground hoop instead!

Above-Ground Basketball Hoops | Pros & Cons

Above-ground basketball hoops are generally less expensive than ground hoops. But they’re also the least stable and sturdy out of both options. Since there’s no direct ground attachment.

Finally, above-ground basketball hoops are great. Because unlike in-ground models they aren’t permanently installed. So that makes them much easier to use when renting a gymnasium space at another location temporarily as well.

If this is something that you plan on doing often then an above-ground hoop will serve just fine. Though keep in mind that most rental facilities won’t allow any alterations whatsoever. Including installation of permanent attachments like ground net clips.


And that’s it! We hope this blog post helped provide you with the necessary information on how to install your ground basketball hoop and we also hope that it helps prevent any unwanted injuries during the process as well.

If you’re still having trouble reaching certain areas of installation or if there are any other parts of ground hoops where you feel like additional instructions may be needed, please don’t hesitate to consult us. Thanks again guys and good luck with your new ground hoop installs!

 Be sure to also check out all of our basketball-related articles here on our blog including other step-by-step guides as well.

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