Durable Materials to Consider for an Outdoor Basketball Court
If you have basketball players in your family, it may be a good idea to put up a basketball court right in your own backyard. With your own basketball court, practice and games can take place anytime, without the need to travel anywhere. Your home will become the go-to destination for all of the hoop stars in your neighborhood. If you have been toying with the idea of constructing a basketball court, I will give you a few ideas and suggestions to help get you started. I will discuss durable materials to consider when constructing your own outdoor basketball court. Let’s get started.
Good Flooring Materials
The floor of your basketball court is very important. Bad flooring can ruin a basketball court and also cause injuries to the players. When considering flooring, want to you need to figure how big you want your court to be. You may have room to make it a full court like professionals play on. Map out the dimensions and where you would like to put the court. Make sure to factor in some extra flooring beyond the edge of the court boundaries so that players don't trip and fall when they try to save a ball from going off the court boundaries.
Most people choose a concrete base that is approximately four inches thick. For the best reinforcement, put rebar in place before pouring the concrete. Make sure that a pump truck can reach the area where you will want to pour the concrete onto the court. This may seem like a no-brainer, but sometimes it is the little things in planning that can save little problems from turning into big problems later. If it will be tight quarters for the pour truck reach your court, make sure to accurately measure the area and let the concrete company know the dimensions that they will need. Concrete slabs average in price approximately $6 a square foot.
VersaCourt designed a patented interlocking system that provides a uniform and durable surface that will withstand intense, high levels of activity. Their courts are constructed from 3/4 inch shock absorbing tiles that are made to reduce player fatigue. Check out VersaCourt here.
Weather Resistant Flooring
Concrete floors are weather resistant with or without tiles. The tiles will add a softness to the court, which will reduce muscle fatigue while also providing a weather resistant surface.
More Flooring Considerations
- Will there be any drainage issues that need dealt with?
- Are there any building codes that you will need to follow?
- Will you need a building permit?
Great Basketball Backboard and Hoop Brands to Try
The basketball hoop is where all the action of the game is centered. A hoop is the horizontal circular rim that supports the net. Some people also call a hoop the goal since in essence that is what it is. Hoops are mounted onto the basketball backboard. A good backboard and hoop should be able to easily withstand and absorb the shock of a slam dunk. It is important to purchase a quality hoop. You may spend more money in the long run if you purchase a cheap quality backboard and hoop first that will not last long and that will need to be replaced shortly after it has been purchased. You will also need to decide if you would like to purchase a portable basketball hoop system or an in-ground basketball hoop system. Here are some good hoop brands to check out:
Portable Basketball Hoop Systems
Spalding NBA The Beast Portable Basketball System - 60" Glass Backboard. This is a portable basketball system so the set up will not involve pouring it into concrete. This system adjusts from 7.5 feet to 10-feet. The backboard is 60 inches long and made of glass. The basketball rim is all weather with a white net. The stand base is made to be filled with 50 gallons of sand or water.
Lifetime 71286 XL Portable Basketball System, 52 Inch Shatterproof Backboard. This portable system features a 52 inch shatterproof Makrolon Polycarbonate backboard that gives the look and feel of pro glass. It is all-weather resistant and designed to withstand harsh elements. This basketball system is backed by a 5-year limited manufacturer’s warranty. The Power Lift height adjustment mechanism adjusts from 7.5 feet to 10 feet. Also featured is a solid steel Slam-It Rim with double-compression springs and welded net hooks. The 35-gallon base provides stability and portability. The base can be filled with either water or sand.
In-ground Basketball Hoop Systems
Silverback 60” In-Ground Basketball System with Adjustable-Height Tempered Glass Backboard and Pro-Style Breakaway Rim. This in-ground basketball goal offers the option to unbolt and move the goal. Featured is a tempered glass backboard and a pro-style breakaway rim that flexes under pressure. Also featured is a powder-coated steel pole height that adjusts from 7.5’ to 10’ with an all-steel actuator. This system is backed by a 5-year limited warranty and includes the backboard pad.
Goalrilla FT Series In Ground Basketball Hoop. This in-ground system features a Clear View tempered glass backboard delivers a pro-style look and rebound performance. The frame is black anodized to create a professional, arena-style appearance. The in-ground anchor system is made to be cured in concrete with the option to unbolt and move the goal. This system is one of the most stable systems. It is supported by a three-point technology. This system is made to be mounted to a concrete anchor as a 1-piece system.
There may be more costs than meets the eye when building a basketball court. Here are some costs to consider:
- Building permit fees
- Concrete--Costs will vary from $4 to $8 per square foot
- Cost of concrete pouring company service--Some companies may charge per mile, so take into consideration how far you live from the concrete business
- Cost of tiles
- Backboard, backboard stand, rim, and net costs
- VersaCourt will typically cost approximately $3.50 to $4.50 per square foot when fully designed, painted, and prepared for assembly. Fees will run higher if you want additional game lines or custom logos.
- Fencing--You may want to consider adding fencing especially around the hoop and backboard area of the court to cut down the time having to chase after a ball. Fences prices will vary greatly. You most likely will want at least eight-foot fencing so that the ball is blocked by the fence when thrown.
The Process of Building an Outdoor Basketball Court
How you build your outdoor basketball court will depend on how big you will build it, drainage issues, what type of surface you choose, and how many extras that you add. Below is the basic process of building a basketball court:
- Map out where you want your court and how big it will be.
- Deal with drainage issues. You do not want your court to be placed in a flood zone on your property.
- Excavate out a level playing field. You may want to hire out this part unless you have a tractor or Bobcat.
- Dig out an area for a cement slab if you will be pouring a cement slab.
- Place rebar where you will be pouring your concrete.
- Arrange for a concrete pouring company to bring in and pour your concrete.
- After the concrete is set and if you will be buying tiles from a company such as VersaCourt, now is the time to place the tiles.
- Install the backboard base and backboard with rim and net.
An outdoor basketball court has the potential to provide hours of entertainment, fun, exercise and skill building. I hope that I have equipped you with enough information for you to consider putting a basketball court in your own backyard. I have discussed the basics of setting up an outdoor basketball system. Now it’s up to you to you to decide how elaborate and what size you want to make it. If cost is not an issue, I'd recommend adding the tiles over concrete. Tiles not only cut down on muscle fatigue and look great, but they also provide a softer place to play. Good luck and enjoy the fun a backyard basketball court provides.