“Champions play like they train. Create consistency of excellence in all your habits.”
– Mike Krzyzewski
It takes hours of daily training sessions to bring consistency of excellence to your performance. Practice is a virtue that must be integrated from the moment you develop your interest in a game.
In the words of Charles Barkley, “The only difference between a good shot and a bad shot is whether it goes or not.”
So the best option is to have your own basketball hoop where you and your kids can train for hours on end, making sure every shot from you is a good one.
Having a basketball hoop in your backyard means you can go out there anytime and shoot baskets to relieve your stress and stay fit and healthy. If you have a child who develops an interest in basketball, this will help shape their career in the sport.
Installing a basketball system in the ground isn’t rocket science. However, the whole process takes a fair amount of time and work. Follow these steps to set up your own buried basketball goal in your home:
Organize basic supplies
Before beginning the installation process, arrange the basic supplies which include 850 pounds of dry concrete mix, a level, shovel, wheelbarrow, tape measure, large Phillips or flathead screwdriver (as per instructions ), a stepladder, a wrench (size according to instructions), water and a marker.
Choose the site
The next step is to select the appropriate site for your personal basketball goal. It should preferably be a flat cemented surface to avoid falling while playing. You can consider your backyard, part of the garden, a vacant space around the garage or a patio for the site.
Dig a hole 36 to 48 inches deep and 18 inches in circumference. The depth depends on the position of the frost line for your area. Place the lower part of the post in the hole and keep it straight (90 degrees to the ground). Take the help of friends and family to keep the post straight as you work at the bottom of the post.
Add gravel to the bottom of the hole at a 6 inch level. Put a foot or two of earth and tamp it down. When you are sure the post is positioned precisely 90 degrees to the ground and plumb, start adding concrete. Go for a few extra inches with your concrete, if your basketball system is intended for heavy use.
Do not fill the entire hole with concrete, as it will be very difficult for you to remove the post in the future. You should also leave a concrete dome at the base of the post to prevent water buildup and rusting the bottom of the post.
Allow the concrete to harden for approximately 24 to 48 hours. Then place the last part of the post on the base fixed in the ground. Bolt together, secure the backboard and basketball hoop, and get ready for hours of fun and excitement.