Australians love basketball just like the rest of the world. Fans of the game would not miss the excitement of the NBA at any cost. Youth who are passionate about the game would not miss a single chance to get together with their friends and play more than a couple of games of basketball.
The dream of any basketball fan would be to own a basketball court that is accessible to them at all times. What better way to make this dream a reality than building a court right in your backyard. If you’ve already got enough NBA basketballs that you’ve been collecting throughout the ages, now is the time to put them to use in the comfort of your own home.
What is the purpose of building the court?
There are two types of basketball lovers. The first type consists of people who enjoy watching the game and maybe play a match when a random opportunity comes up. The second type of basketball sportfans are those who love the game so much that they are already playing it in school, a club or organization or are hoping to get into the game soon.
The type of court required would vary depending on the type. While the spectator-lovers wouldn’t really need a very precisely built court, the second type would appreciate a place that allows them to practise the game that they love so much. Therefore, the first step would be to understand the purpose of building a basketball court in your backyard. This will help you decide on the space that you should dedicate for the project and how much money you are ready to spend in order to complete it.
What should be your initial steps?
The very first step would be to buy the equipment that you will need to make the court. Your initial purchase would be the basketball hoops. You will have to buy two hoops if you are hoping to build a complete court and one if you are planning to settle for half the court.
This should be followed by the process of levelling the ground of the location that you’ve chosen as your court area. The ground will have to be smooth and properly levelled. You will have to do some hard labour in order to this. However, keep in mind that none of the steps that follow would matter if this isn’t done properly. You will need to transfer any excess soil or dirt in the taller levels to lower levels in order to achieve this.
The next step would be to place the hoops in their appropriate places. Basketball hoops can’t just be rooted to the ground. The process of planting them requires a few steps. You will first need to dig about 2 feet into the ground. This is because the hoop should be able to tolerate forceful impact without toppling over. You will also have to lay a concrete foundation and fix the hoop in it to add extra strength.
What more can you do?
Now that you’ve got your basics covered, it is time to focus on surfacing. Think of a material that suits your requirements. Certain surfacing materialsaremore expensive than others while some are more durable than the rest.
Once the surfacing is sorted, you will have to paint the lines. Use the help of someone with adequate knowledge to complete this task. The way the lines are drawn in a half court and a full court will differ slightly. If you want to use your court as a proper practise spot, you will need to draw the lines according to proper regulations.
The final step of this project would be to give your new court some personality. Accessorise it with small elements. You can use lights, a score board and even some benches around it. You could add some colour to the court by painting the hoop poles or even drawing some graffiti on any walls in the area.
Transforming your backyard into a basketball court is not going to be an easy task. It is going to take a lot of time, money and effort. However, it is something that you won’t regret doing. The entire process of building a court from scratch is going to help you learn more about the game as well as fall in love with it all over again.