Getting the Most out of Your Driveway Basketball Court
Having a basketball court in
your driveway can save on gym memberships, eliminate the hassle of dealing with
big crowds at the courts in the public parks, and offer the convenience of
instant access any time you or your kids want to play a game or just shoot
around. But while the concept of a basketball court right in your driveway is
appealing, you can make it even better if you know the secrets to getting the
most out of your own home court.
First of all, if you don't have
a court in your driveway yet and are just in the planning stages, make sure you
have the right hoop and backboard. Not all driveways are created equal, and
that means different driveway layouts will offer different sizes of playing
area. A wide backboard is best if you have a fairly ample area in which to
play. But if your driveway and playing area is relatively narrow, you'd be just
as well off choosing a more narrow backboard. Your playing area might only be
15 feet wide, or even less. In that case, a 54-inch backboard will most likely suffice.
If, on the other hand, you have more than 25 feet of available space in your
driveway to devote to basketball, you could go with a backboard as large as 72
You should have an overhang
area of at least 2 feet over your driveway to avoid the ball landing in the
grass too often. If your driveway is large enough to accommodate it, go for a
basketball goal with an overhang or 4 or even 5 feet.
You should try to avoid placing
the hoop near an incline so that nobody is playing basketball uphill or downhill.
And remember, if you place your hoop where players will be facing the west, it
means they're likely to be shooting with the sun in their eyes in the late
afternoon or early evening.