We moved out of an apartment when I was in the third grade. Our new home was pretty cool. I had my own room. There was a huge backyard to use. And, in the driveway, was a regulation basketball hoop.
I probably averaged an hour per day on that driveway basketball court. I also lost count of all the basketballs I ruined while practicing because our driveway only had one small concrete pad. A strong enough brick would send the ball into the gravel portion of the driveway, ruining many great basketballs on me.
If you want to take basketball seriously at home, then I highly recommend installing a backyard basketball court. The cost is more than the installation of one of the best portable basketball hoops along a street or driveway, but your game is going to be better for it.
Here is what I would recommend for using to develop your own backyard basketball court and the costs to expect.
#1. Duraplay Half Court Outdoor: Around $2,600
This innovative technology gives you a high-performance surface that can be installed in any residential backyard. It features a patented 6-point locking system and each tile is designed with a 16-injection point tooling so that you have a uniform surface. There are 17 color combinations from which to choose and you’ll have a regulation free-throw and three-point line for your games or practice sessions.
#2. Lifetime 71525 Height-Adjustable Basketball Hoop System: Around $300
This durable in-ground basketball hoop is designed for rugged use by kids and adults. It offers a 54-inch backboard that is made from polycarbonate, so it’s shatter-proof. Rebounds are a little dull, but you also receive double compression springs on the rim so dunking won’t destroy your investment. It installs pretty easily, or you can either have your seller or a local contractor install it for you. Add about $350 to the price for a professional installation.
#3. Spalding NBA Indoor/Outdoor Replica Basketball: Around $30
Many outdoor basketballs are extremely rubbery, which means you don’t get an authentic hoop action when your shot doesn’t swish through. This Spalding model provides a better bounce and roll on the rim, allowing you to make your shot adjustments with greater accuracy. The composite cover gives you a good feel on the grip and it meets all official size and weight standards. It also works pretty well as an indoor basketball for youth leagues if you wish. This model is for the Size 7 ball, but it is also available as a Size 6 if you prefer.
You will also need to consider ground leveling costs as part of the installation process. If you do the work yourself and rent the equipment, you can prepare the surface for court installation for $500 or less. Hiring a contractor to do the work for you may cost up to $1,500.
This brings us to a final maximum cost of about $5,000 to install a backyard basketball court. If you have a young prodigy in the house or you’re just looking to step-up your game, this is an investment that will pay you back with many dividends for years to come and add value to your property at the same time.