Backyard Basketball Courts
A guide to having your own basketball court installed
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Learn about designing a basketball court and positioning it to prevent sun glare and choosing a color for the surface.
Home sport courts are popular additions for backyards. You can have a half court or full court basketball court installed. The court itself can be made of concrete with the lines stenciled on. Or it can be made of copolymer tiles that come in a variety of colors. You can also use a rubberized textured product such as "Plexipave" to create a gamecourt. Depending on your needs you can get a permanent hoop with a glass backboard, or a portable hoop that can be rolled away if necessary.
Watch a video that explains how to turn a plain concrete patio into a basketball court using a rubberized texture coating.
Read a Q&A about designing an outdoor basketball court with Flex Court tiles.
Basketball Court Dimensions:
|Half court||30 ft. by 50 ft.|
|Full court||60 ft. by 90 ft.|
Basketball Court Location Tips:
Consider the time of day you will play most often - situate the court so that you won't be shooting into the sun
Keep vertical space in mind - a basketball court should not have low tree branches nearby that could interfere with shots or passes
If short on space the court can be tucked into a slope by constructing a retaining wall
|Pro Tip: Copolymer tiles and rubberized court coatings come in many colors. I recommend either matching the color scheme with your home, or you can have a little fun by selecting the colors of your favorite NBA team.
- Garden Artisan Scott Cohen, The Green Scene
Basketball Hoop Resources
Goalrilla - If you plan to do a lot of dunking.
Spalding - If you play hard enough to need safety padding.
Lifetime - If you want to shoot hoops with the kids.
How to Play Basketball
Basketball: 2010 & 2011 Rules (PDF) - Learn the official rules of collegiate basketball from the NCAA.
HORSE - Learn to play this fun shooting game from GettingOutside.com.
Scott Cohen, contributing writer for Landscaping Network and owner of The Green Scene