So you want to spruce up your driveway a tiny bit. Creating your own small basketball court in the driveway is a great way to bring some outdoor activity into an area that is otherwise pretty much absent of fun.
First Things First…
Before you do anything, you must make sure you have all the necessary ingredients for this little project. Keep in mind before you begin that this is also a two man job so if you have a family member or friend who can give you a hand for about 15 minutes, you should be good to go
Below is a list of all the tools and materials you should have before starting:
- Cement (roughly one and half bags
- Soil Compactor
- Basketball hoop
- Basketball Stencil Kit
- Tape measure
- Wheel barrow
You should also make sure that no rain is scheduled for at least three days. You will be dealing with some wet cement and the last thing you want is your basketball hoop coming down because of some bad weather.
If you have all these materials and the weather looks good, you are ready to begin!
With a huge range of basketball hoops out there it can be really easy to get overwhelmed by your all choices. A traditional regulation basketball hoop is ten feet high but if you want a hoop that is more suitable for someone who isn’t quite ready to go pro, then you may want to choose something smaller.
As with most things, a higher price tag usually indicates a higher quality system. Now I am not saying purchase the most expensive basketball hoop setup you can find, but I do recommend steering clear of the cheapest one you can find.
So what separates an expensive hoop from a cheap one?
For the most part, the higher quality hoops will have a better set of support poles, a stronger backboard and be more rust resistant. Some will also come with adjustable height settings. Typically a high-end basketball hoop is going to cost you anywhere from $1000 to $2000. If you are looking for something a bit cheaper but still in the high quality ball park, the prices will vary from $400 to $1000.
This next step involves a bit of a grunt work. You will need to begin by digging up enough soil so as to accommodate the bottom portion of your basketball hoop. All hoops have different depth and width requirement so make sure you follow the instructions.
Make sure you dig the hole right next your driveway to ensure that you won’t end up playing ball on the dirt.
Once you have finished digging the hole, compress the bottom layer of soil to make it nice and solid. This is very important as future rainfall can shift loose soil and cause the soil under your driveway to also erode over time.
Once the hole has been dug, you need to start mixing the cement in a bucket or a wheelbarrow.
You are going to need a helping hand with this next step so make sure you have someone on standby. Place the basketball hoop into the centre of the hole you previously dug. Once the basketball hoop is firmly in the centre, go and get the cement while someone holds the basketball hoop in place.
Pour the cement into the hole and around the basketball hoops base till it is filled to the edge.
The last step is a really easy, or hard depending on your nature. You will need to be patient. Once the cement has taken somewhat of a firm hold on the basketball hoop, you should leave the hoop alone for about two to three days.
Professionals recommend 28 days for concrete to reach its full strength but since you are only using a small amount of concrete in a small space this won’t be necessary.
If you want to create some outlines on your driveway to make your new court a bit more professional then this is your last step.
With your tape measure and your stencil, follow the steps in the video below and you will be good to go.
What are the dimensions I should be going for?
If you are still unsure about the dimensions you want your basketball court to be, read the following to get some inspiration:
- A full court is 50 ft. by 94 ft.
- Professional rim height is 10 ft.
- The free-throw line is 15 ft. from the face of the backboard
- 3-point line is 23 ft. and 9 in. from the centre point of the rim (this is the professional standard).
- For college and high school courts the three point line is 19 ft. 9 in. from the centre point of the rim
If you have followed all the steps correctly, you should have a nice new looking driveway basketball court.
Gavin Hewitson is the owner of the blog http://www.DIYdriveway.com providing free information on how to improve, repair and build your own driveway. If you are looking for tips on how to improve your own driveway, DIY driveway is the place with the answers.