How to Build Your Own Backyard Basketball Court

DIY GUIDE


Inspired to build your own backyard basketball court?

It's hard work but if you're interested in doing it yourself then here's our recommended procedure for building your dream backyard basketball court from start to finish...

DIY Backyard Basketball Court : Last Updated 14th October, 2019.

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.

  • 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 regulation full size FIBA basketball court is 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 10m x 15m (150sqm).

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

 

2. Purchase the Hoop & Sports Court Surface Tiles

The Hoop pole anchor 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 sports surface tile such as the MSF™ Pro Tile will not only produce an amazing looking result, but will also provide more accurate ball bounce, sound reduction and reduce strain on joints.

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 117mm below surface level to allow for the concrete slab (100mm) and sports surface tile (17mm). If you are opting for the elevated slab then you may not need to excavate but you do need to 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. Create a Concrete Foundation

Pour a 100mm thick slab of concrete matching your exact 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.

It'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 Goalrilla hoop anchor system is 500mm x 500 mm and 1m+ deep. Always remember to closely follow the installation & safety instructions that come with your hoop.

 

5. Install the Hoop

Always be sure to follow the official hoop installation instructions that come with your hoop closely. Goalrilla in-ground hoops generally require 3-5 strong labours 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 Goalrilla in-ground hoop system yourself...

Hoop Install Part 1

Hoop Install Part 2

6. Install the Court Surface Tiles

  • Once the concrete is dry 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 with a marker pen, remove edge pieces, and drill holes into the concrete.
  • Then hammer plugs into the drill holes, lay the edge pieces 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.

 

Basketball Court Line Marking Dimensions
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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.

You need to paint the following:

  • The out-of-bounds line: 5 - 7.5cm (2 to 3 inches) thick surrounding the entire court.
  • 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 our guide on Basketball Court Dimensions for more information on court and line-marking measurements.

 

8. Accessorise

  • 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 - $3000.
  • 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. A single colour logo painted in the key will cost approx. $500.
  • 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 as well as professional powered machines that can cost up to $15,000.

 

Inspired to get your own backyard basketball court but would rather have professionals install it?

MSF Sports is Australia's leading supplier of Basketball Court tiles to DIY installers, or if you'd prefer we can expertly handle the entire installation process for you.

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