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Buyer’s Guide To Help You Select The Perfect Youth Basketball Goal

If you are shopping for a Youth Basketball Goal, here are some things to consider.

In-Ground Basketball Goal

  • Slam Dunking: Yes, but hanging on the rim is not recommended.
  • Raising & Lowering: Yes.
  • Portable: Can be removed from permanent mount when moving, a mounting kit can be purchased separately.

Portable Basketball Goal

  • Slam Dunking: No, hoops that are not secured to the ground should not be dunked on.
  • Raising & Lowering: Yes.
  • Portable: All portable hoops come with wheels for portability. Some models can also be folded and stored easily.

Wall Mount Basketball Goal

  • Slam Dunking: Yes, but hanging on the rim is not recommended.
  • Raising & Lowering: No.
  • Portable: Not portable, but some models are hinged to go left, right, or up when not in use.


Youth Basketball Goal Features

Here are some of the main features to consider when purchasing a basketball goal:

1) Width of the Backboard

  • NBA Regulation width is 72″ (6 feet). Regulation backboard height is 42″.
  • Most of the portable basketball hoops with plastic backboards you see are 44″ wide and 36″ high.
  • For residential in-ground hoops, 54″ or 60″ are the most popular. The wider the backboard the better play you get because you can do a wider variety of bank shots.
  • Most portable basketball hoops are 48″ wide – a few are 54″.

2) Offset

  • This is the distance from the pole to the backboard.
  • This defines the playing area underneath the basket.
  • Short offsets are dangerous because when you run in for a lay-up, you are at risk of running into the pole.
  • The longer the offset, the better and safer the hoop is.
  • Top quality hoops have 2′ to 4′ offset.

3) Padding

  • There are two places for padding.
  • Frame padding goes along the bottom of the backboard.
  • Pole padding goes around the pole.

4) Adjustment Mechanism

  • There are many ways to adjust basketball goals. Most hoops can be adjusted from 7′ to 10′.
  • Gas assisted adjusts make it very easy to move the backboard up and down – these work great for frequent adjustments.
  • Crank adjusts take longer but have a finer degree of adjustment. Some cranks can be removed to prevent tampering.