Choosing A Basketball Hoop For Your Garden This Summer

Summer is the ideal time to take advantage of the long days, and take your activities outdoors. Playing basketball is a favourite amongst kids, and the perfect activity to enjoy the fresh air this summer.

We are here to run you through the key factors to consider before purchasing a basketball hoop, and to show you a comparison between the different basketball gear we have to offer. Let's take a look at some main points to take into consideration before looking at specific basketball equipment

How do I know what size basketball hoop to buy?

Let's take a look at some main points to take into consideration before looking at specific basketball equipment.

Space available

The first thing that springs to mind should be where you plan on installing your new basketball hoop. Will it be placed in a garden on grass, or maybe in a driveway on concrete? Figuring out where it will be stored will play a huge factor into what size you’re looking for.

Who is it for?

If you plan to buy for kids, choosing a smaller size may be a wise decision. You may want to keep this equipment for years to come, and require an adjustable basketball stand to cater for varying heights.

What features should I look for?

Portable or fixed?

If you want the flexibility to move your basketball hoop around, a portable basketball system could be ideal. If you don't have a designated basketball court then a fixed unit could get in the way. Having a portable option allows for movement and easy storage options.

Backboard material

The backboard is an important component of the basketball hoop. Basketball Backboards come in various materials, including plastic and acrylic. Acrylic backboards provide a balance between durability and performance and offer more rebound.

What other basketball equipment should I buy?


Well if you're looking at playing basketball, purchasing an actual ball will be necessary! Be sure to choose a reliable brand such as a Molten basketball to ensure you get longevity from your purchase. A few things to look at is the age and the gender of who will be using it. A smaller basketball will be best for children to allow for an earlier grip when playing. For younger children, under the age of 6, we would recommend a size 3 ball, and for children between the ages of 7 to 10 years old, a size 5 ball will be best suited. For adults, sizes 6 & 7 are recommended to ensure you get the most out of your training!

Rings and nets

Purchasing only a ring and net without a basketball stand can be a low cost and convenient addition to your driveway or garden! These can be mounted to your wall outdoors and will take up minimal space, but provide the same entertainment as a standard unit!

Final Thoughts

From reading our guide, you should be in a good position to select the correct basketball hoop for your garden this summer. Whether it’s for the kids for some outdoor activities, or you want to up your basketball training, there's something for everyone. 

Still not sure? Why not try before you buy? You can visit the McSport Showroom and explore our basketball equipment, as well as all their features before you make your final decision.

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