Portable basketball systems are an economical and efficient way to enjoy outdoor or indoor basketball in an area near you. Their mobility allows them to be transported with ease compared to in-ground and combination systems, according to Dick’s Sporting Goods. Portable goals are also easily adjustable, meaning individuals of all ages can enjoy their use. The Lifetime Co. is also known for durable backboards, meaning the likelihood of shattering is relatively low. These portable goals are somewhat challenging to set up and require at least two people for safe assembly.
Place the top pole into the middle pole and slide down until the holes of the two poles are aligned. Place the corresponding screw into the pole and screw it in.
Slide the middle pole into the bottom pole until the holes of the middle pole and bottom pole are aligned. Place a screw into this hole and tighten until the two poles are securely together.
Place safety plugs over top of the screw holes to prevent water and debris from contacting the screws.
Hit each end of the pole five or six times against a solid piece of scrap wood to “seat” the poles. Make sure the top, middle and bottom poles are fastened tightly in a straight line.
Pole to Base Assembly
Attach the flat end of the pole brace to the base panel. There are two pole braces and each should be attached to both sides of the base panel.
Slide the axle rods through the rotating wheels and holes at the bottom of the assembled pole. This assembly provides the upward and downward motion of the goal pole. This allows the pole and rim to lay flat when it is not in use so it takes up less space and can be moved.
Attach this pole assembly to the base panel. The axle created by the wheels should snap into the specific spot for its placement located on the base panel. Attach the pole braces into the bottom of the pole with two more screws. This will ensure the pole is properly braced against horizontal and vertical movement during play.
Backboard to Rim Assembly
Place the square U-bolt from the assembly packet through the left and right backboard brackets. There is notching on the backboard brackets where the U-bolt must rest.
Flip up the inner guards on the backboard brackets and secure these inner guards to the backboard brackets. This will be done with two hex bolts, which require a wrench to fasten them in place. Two spacers with two center lock nuts will also be used to assist with bracing of the rim and backboard.
Rotate the left and right brackets outward and insert another square U-bolt through the brackets from front to back so the bolt goes through the backboard to the brackets. Place two hex bolts over the U-bolts and tighten them until the bracket and backboard are secured together.
Connect the rim to the backplate and the backboard. Place four screws through each of the corresponding holes so the screws enter through the rim, the backplate and the backboard in that order. Turn each screw clockwise until they are completely secure against the rim.
Backboard to Pole Assembly
Place an extension arm piece against one mounting bracket and secure with a screw. Repeat this with the other mounting bracket and extension arm piece.
Secure the dunk latch within the outer guard area and align the holes at the ends of each. The outer guard and dunk latch will be nestled within the inner guard and backboard brackets.
Attach the dunk latch, outer guard and extension arms together. This is done by screwing in two long bolts through the extension arms into the dunk latch, the outer guard and the dunk latch, in that order.
Raise the dunk latch and outer guard so the holes in these line up with the holes in the upper extension arms. Now secure the dunk latch and outer guard with two more screws so these two pieces are connected to the upper extension arms.
Place the fully assembled rim and backboard assembly close to the completed pole assembly. Secure the extension arms to the pole assembly by placing one long screw through the top right extension arm, pole and top left extension arm. Repeat this procedure by placing a long screw through the bottom right extension arm, the pole and bottom left extension arm.
Fill the base with water or sand to provide a counterbalance for the backboard and to ensure the goal only moves when it is actively moved and not during basketball game play or competition.
Attach the netting around the base of the rim. After the netting is in place, push up on the rim with a long broom handle or pole to set the rim to the desired height.