How to Build Your Own Backyard Basketball Court


Inspired to build your own backyard basketball court?

If you're interested in DIY'ing a basketball court or having a local contractor install a court for you then you've come to the right place.

Last Updated 2nd of April, 2020.

DIY Home Basketball Court1. Choose the Size and Location of Your Court

Ideally you’ll choose a location that is reasonably flat, to keep excavation needs to a minimum.

Recommended subsurface base: Concrete (100mm thick, 25MPA, Reinforced, Helictoper/smooth finish, Standard slope to allow water to drain off the slab)

We strongly recommend a concrete base for any new base being built for a MSF PRO sports court. Concrete provides by far the best longevity, performance and value over the long run and requires virtually no ongoing maintenance or repairs for many years. Other suitable bases include Pavers, Asphalt or Decking.

  • Option 1: Have an elevated concrete slab & then fit your landscaping requirements around it.
  • Option 2: Level the slab with the rest of your backyard. This option involves more excavation work/costs.

The size of a full size NBL court is identical to the FIBA regulation sized basketball court of 28m x 15m (420sqm), which is usually too large to fit into the average backyard. We recommend considering a half court, which can be customised to suit your space. Sizing can range from very small approx 4m x 6m (24sqm), 9m x 5m (45sqm), 10m x 7m (70sqm) to a 3X3 regulation half court of 15m x 11m (165sqm).

Precise measurements and planning are crucial in order to end up with the best result.


2. Purchase the Hoop & Sports Court Surface Tiles

The in-ground Hoop anchor kit should be installed during the concrete pour, so ensure you’ve ordered your Hoop in time to arrive before you schedule the concrete. Take note of the hoop's overhang in centimetres so you can plan accurate placement of the hoop anchor, free throw and three point lines.

Surfacing your court with a specially designed synthetic sports surface such as Australia's #1 selling, top rated MSF Pro will not only produce an amazing looking result, but will also provide more accurate ball bounce, sound reduction and minimises joints strain/injuries.

DIY Sports Court Backyard Concrete Pour

3. Level the Ground

Prior to concreting, the space must be dug up and levelled. If you require the concrete to be flush with the surrounding ground then you must excavate 115mm below surface level to allow for the concrete slab (100mm) and sports surface tile (15mm). If you are opting for the elevated slab then you may not need to excavate but you do need to remove any grass and level the ground.

Dial Before You Dig

IMPORTANT SAFETY PRECAUTION: Before you dig, call 1100 (Australia) or your local utilities to rule out the presence of buried cables including power, water, gas and phone lines. Failure to do so could result in serious or fatal injury. Dial Before You Dig is a FREE national referral service designed to assist in preventing damage and disruption to Australia’s vast infrastructure networks which provide essential services we use every day.


4. Pour a 100mm Concrete Slab

Prepare and pour a 100mm thick slab of concrete (25MPA, reinforced, standard slope, helicopter/smooth finish) matching your exact MSF PRO™ Court Design measurements. Ensure you have someone experienced with concrete slabs on hand for this step. Plan the concreting for when the weather is dry and allow for 72 hours to let the concrete set.

Goalrilla hoop anchor kit Australia express postIt's recommended to install the hoop anchor at the same time as pouring the slab to save on expenses. The recommended hole size for a hoop anchor system is approx 500mm x 500 mm and 1.2m deep. Please note: Always remember to closely follow the installation & safety instructions that come with your in-ground hoop.


5. Install the Hoop

Always be sure to follow the official basketball hoop installation instructions. Goalrilla in-ground hoops generally require 3-5 strong labourers with multiple ladders and power tools. Hoop installation can take up to a few hours for those inexperienced with installing. The below videos provide an example of the procedure involved for installing a popular Goalrilla in-ground basketball hoop system yourself...

Part 1 : Hoop Anchor Install (Goalrilla)

Part 2: Pole & Backboard (Goalrilla)

Part 1 : Hoop Anchor Install (MegaSlam)

Part 2: Pole & Backboard (MegaSlam)

6. Install the Court Surface TilesDIY Sports Court Flooring Instructions

  • Once the concrete has had at least 72 hours to cure you can lay the surface tiles.
  • When you lay out the court, be sure to align the side pieces flush with the edges of the concrete.
  • Once tiles have been placed in a position you’re happy with, mark the screw spots of the edge pieces with a marker pen, remove edge pieces, and drill holes into the concrete using a hammer drill.
  • Then hammer provided plugs into the drill holes, lay the edge pieces back into position and screw into the concrete, securing the edges of the court.
  • For extra stability and security, pop out the middle removable piece from every third tile in the outermost row closest to the edge piece, drill a hole, hammer in plugs and screw into the concrete.

DIY Sports Court Flooring Instructions Part Two

7. Paint the Line Markings

Either purchase a basketball court line marking stencil kit, or study regulation basketball court dimensions (FIBA, NBA, etc) then get some masking tape, paint, chalk, string and tape measure and start measuring. Watch some YouTube videos if you need inspiration. MSF Sports offers free line markings (multiple sports) on all DIY & Installed MSF PRO™ Custom Basketball & Multi-Sports Courts.

Home Basketball Court Design Green Blue

For DIY line markings you'll need to paint the following:

  • The free-throw line: exactly 4.57 m (15 feet) from the centre of the hoop and 12 feet long (you can use string from the centre of the hoop and where it hits corresponds to the centre).
  • The free-throw lane: 12 feet by 19 feet (the top of the box is the free-throw line).
  • For a full court you’ll also need to paint the centre line horizontally from one side to the other directly in the middle of the court.

Refer to this guide on Basketball Court Dimensions for all your basketball line-marking measurements for FIBA, NBL, NBA, WNBA, NCAA and more.


8. Accessorise

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  • Netting or fencing can help contain rogue balls from breaking windows or disappearing over the neighbour’s fence. It’s best to plan for this before pouring the concrete foundation, so that you can set netting poles into the concrete, instead of having to bolt them into the concrete. Netting can set you back in the range of $2000-$3500. An alternative netting option is to purchase the Goalrilla Yard Guard for $450 installed.
  • Painting a custom logo or artwork in the key can add wow-factor to the court. Use a stencil or have a professional do this for you. For example, a single colour 2m x 2m logo painted in the key will cost approx. $550.
  • A ball return system helps cut down on wasted time fetching the ball after each shot, increasing the impact of training time when practising by yourself. There are cheap plastic attachment options for under $100 as well as professional smart device connected machines that can cost between $10k-$15k.


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