Many of us have grown up chasing a ball outside, whether it was shooting hoops in the driveway, playing dodge ball in the backyard or having a game of soccer in the park. A good game of playing ball never gets old and spending time outside is the best fun and activity a child can get. Nowadays, many families can easily give their kids an opportunity to practice daily and improve their skills by building their own backyard basketball courts.
Here are some of the main considerations to have in mind when creating a court that will not only provide you and your family with countless hours of fun and excitement, but also be very easy to clean and maintain.
Any building project starts with a good, solid foundation. The best base material for a basketball court is concrete. It is the most expensive option, but it’s the one that will offer the best performance and durability. When starting the project, it’s essential to make sure that concrete is levelled and has minimal sloping. By choosing to build your court in the backyard and not use the existing driveway, you’ll have more genuine dimensions, custom-made for your available backyard area, and a better surface that’s easier on the knees.
You’ll need to start first by figuring out what dimension you’d like your court to be, a full or half-court. Bear in mind that you’ll need to leave some space beyond the lines so players don’t slip off the concrete and account for the footing of the basketball hoop pier. The typical size of a half-court is either 47x50ft or 42x50ft.
As for putting the plan into action, the best choice is to contact a local concrete company to pour it for you, unless you’re insisting on doing it yourself. In that case, you’ll need to rent a concrete mixer, build a wooden frame, lay the rebar to support the slab, which needs to be at least 4 inches thick. It’s quite a challenging project, so be sure to recruit as many sturdy, strong friends as possible.
Many people don’t pay attention when choosing the surface mat but this is an important factor as it significantly influences the players’ knees, ball bounce and game quality. The most popular option is modular suspended tile surfacing. They offer high performance and low impact on joints, no dead or hot spots and very little maintenance. It comes in affordable packages and is easily installed on hard level surfaces such as concrete. They are available pre-striped as well, but that’s not your only choice.
If you decide to rely on your skills only, you can get DIY court stencil kits that will let you tripe your own court yourself. It’s recommended you use premium line marking paint that will soak into the concrete surface and give you durability and lasting beauty.
The number one accessory is the basketball goal because no matter the great layout, surfacing, ramps, lines or fences, if you don’t have a good goal. Today, there are great choices to suit any player, team or budget. They can be adjustable, standard fixed or custom-made by request.
Other accessories include pole pads for increased player safety, lighting systems that extend your game sessions into late evening hours, a backstop net to keep the ball in play and even pole pad lettering to customise your hoop and give it a personal touch.
Having your own basketball court is a great addition to your backyard with many benefits, but mostly to ensure you have a lot of fun with your friends and family. It adds value to your home, requires minimum cleaning maintenance and is an excellent means to get the kids to spend time outside.