There’s hardly a person out there who didn’t have a basketball hoop in the driveway when they were growing up. Of course, most of us didn’t a real court but had to play with a single hoop hanged wherever it was possible. However, nowadays, it seems like everything’s more accessible and if you know where to look, you can end up building a real backyard basketball court for you and your family. If you decide to do so, here are 4 tips you’ll want to follow in order to get the job done.
Outline the field
If you’ve decided to add a basketball court to your backyard, chances are you don’t know where to start. It may seem like buying or making the hoops is the best way to start, but you’ll probably want to make space for your field first. We recommend stating by turning to professionals who’ll bulldoze a layer of grass and earth out the way for you. Of course, before you do this, you’ll first have to determine how much space your basketball court is going to need. This is also where you’ll need to figure out whether you want to stick to standard measurements or you want to alter them a bit if you don’t enough free space in your backyard.
Decide whether to purchase or build the hoops
Of course, purchasing the hoops is the easiest way to get your new basketball court going. However, if you’re into DIY, you might want to look into the possibility of building the hoops yourself. This will not only make you fall in your new basketball court even more but it’ll also help you some money. Building a basketball hoop isn’t as difficult as it may seem, especially if you already have some stuff lying around. On the other hand, if you decide to purchase the hoops, you’ll probably want to look in the nearest home supply store or see if you can order them from the web. Of course, before buying the hoops, you’ll need to make sure you have something to mount them on.
Mark the dimensions
Once you have the hoops and surface you’ll play on, it’s time to mark the dimensions of your field. You’ll probably determine the size when outlining the field, but this is where you’re actually going to mark them. Before you do so, think about whether there’ll be enough space for players to go out of bounds without getting their sneakers dirty. If not, you’ll probably want to alter the dimensions a bit more. We recommend using line marking paint for outlining your new court. Just remember that you’re going to need the help from friends or family when doing so. Be extra careful when marking the dimensions and double-check them before you apply the paint.
Using accessories is a great way to make sure your new basketball court stands out from the other courts in your neighbourhood. For example, you can get some extra paint you’ll use for painting a logo you’ve come up with. This is where you can even come up with your home team name and jerseys. It’s ideas like this that can really help you get your kids into basketball. Picking up a few different basketballs will also help you make your new court stand out. Another great idea to consider is installing containment fences around your court. Just remember that some of these fences need to be installed before you pour the concrete. That’s why you’ll want to have a vision before you get down to work.
Follow these 4 steps and building your backyard basketball court will be a project you’ll enjoy working on. Once all the work is done, it’s finally time for you and your kids to grab a basketball and get on the court.