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What is the Best Basketball Goal for my Home?

Updated on May 31, 2016

Goalrilla Basketball Goal at my house

Our Goalrilla 2 Basketball Goal with additional LSU Team Safety Pad
Our Goalrilla 2 Basketball Goal with additional LSU Team Safety Pad

Basketball Goals for Home

What are the best basketball goals for home? I’ve been having basketball goals at my house for a long time, ever since I was a small kid, I always had a basketball goal at my house. There are some things that you should take into consideration when you decide to get a basketball goal at your house. Here’s some things to consider to help you make your choice.

My First Basketball Goal

When I was very small, my father had his carpenters build be a heavy duty basketball goal. It had a large rectangular backboard with braces on it and it had a large pole that went into the ground that it went with. It was a large heavy duty basketball goal that lasted me a long time. When we moved we had it moved with us. I played on it well into my 20’s. I loved that goal and it reminded me of my dad who died when I was only nine years old. I ended up buying a chain basketball net as I got older to use on it because the other nets were falling apart too quickly. A chain basketball net will last longer in outdoor weather and it also will slow the ball down when it comes through the net. This was helpful to prevent the ball from bouncing off the edge of the concrete and into the grass next to me goal which may have been wet sometimes to recent rainfall. Be careful not to get your hand or fingers stuck in the chain net as this could be more of a problem than with a regular string type net. Anyway, later when I was well into my 30’s we had the backboard to this goal stored in a warehouse building that we owned. We sold the building and I ended up telling the man who bought the property from us to go ahead and throw the goal away. I was very upset about this and he couldn’t really understand what the big deal was. That was a great basketball goal.

Water Base Basketball Goals

Other basketball goals that you may consider purchasing are the kind with the water bases in them that are freestanding and require no poles be dug into the ground. We had one if these at me current home for my son that lasted a fairly long time. It was damaged when it blew over during the high winds associated with a hurricane. I would say that for the price that these goals are okay especially for younger kids. However, as the kids get older and keep the goals down low then they will begin to want to dunk the basketball. This is definitely a problem as these goals are not secured into the ground and can be pulled down. My good friend recently had his son get hurt badly with a big cut on his head by dunking and the goal game down and cut his head. Also, the base of these goals are large and bulky. For serious basketball playing, I would not recommend these kind of goals.

An attempt to reinvent the original

Once, when was in my early 20’s I had a basketball company install a pole in the ground for me and I had a carpenter build me a nice backboard. This was similar to the big goal that I had when I was younger and mentioned earlier. It was a pretty good goal. I did not end up living in that house for a really long time and we just left it there when we moved.

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Goalrilla Basketball Goal

Currently, we have a splendid basketball goal at my house. It is called a Goalrilla Two and you see a photo of it at the beginning of this article. We purchased the safety pad for our favorite team this past Christmas. My son is heavily into basketball and I currently am getting to coach him in school and competitive basketball. We purchased a Goalrilla basketball goal from a local company that installs basketball goals. It is an adjustable goal with a heavy pole secured into the ground. It has a heavy duty clear backboard. It is very nice and my son really loves it. Now this goal installed was about $1,400. Yes that is a lot to pay for a basketball goal but it will last a long time and be safe for as he grows older. I also will not have to worry about it blowing over in the strong winds that we often have with storms in our area. If you can afford a Goalrilla basketball system at your house, I highly recommend that you spend the extra money for one. It will last a long time and it really looks good in your driveway. It doesn’t look cheap or second rate. I hope this has helped you in your consideration of an outdoor basketball goal system at your house.

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