A Guide to Home Basketball System.
Everyone who’s shot at a hoop in the driveway has done it. You shoot a 3-pointer, trying to replicate one of the most exciting plays in all of sports: the buzzer-beater. THREE! TWO! ONE! And everyone screams out the iconic final horn sound.
As spring gets into full swing and the sun shines a little longer each day, it’s no coincidence that you hear more basketballs bouncing on driveways across America. While college basketball’s best create madness on the court, it’s easy to create hardwood moments in your own driveway.
It doesn’t take much to have the essentials required to re-create that unforgettable Villanova game-winner from last year’s tourney. Thanks to Spalding, the Official Backboard of the Final Four, there are plenty of choices for any budget.
Given so many different brands, types, materials and sizes, selecting the right basketball can sometimes be a challenging task. You’ll find indoor-only, which are often genuine leather or a leather composite; indoor-outdoor, providing a little more durability to withstand concrete surfaces; and outdoor-only, which are usually rubber and are the most durable for outdoor surfaces.
Ben Simms of Spalding suggests asking yourself, “Where am I going to be playing the most?”
Once that question is answered, he explained, all you have to do is check the packaging on Spalding products. Spalding.com has a module on their website that can help guide as well.
There are countless benefits to adding a portable basketball system to a player’s arsenal. You can not only go out and shoot on a whim, but with the technological advances found in Spalding hoops, you can also move your hoop around. This lets you bring the game anywhere, from shooting around in the driveway to playing three-on-three in the street.
Portable systems help players of any age or skill level stay in tune and in top shape by having a hoop mere steps away. There’s nothing easier than picking up a ball and going outside.
“Athletes are training year-round to perfect their game,” said Simms. “Having an at-home backboard system allows athletes to stay active, perfect their shots, simulate plays or play a little friendly pickup whenever they want.”
A fantastic feature of Spalding’s “The Beast” system is undoubtedly its size and glass backboard material. At 60 inches, it’s only 12 inches shy of a regulation backboard. And the heavier, more durable glass backboard gives a truer bounce, leading to a more authentic shooting experience.
“The Beast is the first and only 60-inch glass portable,” explained Simms. “You can bring the arena straight to your driveway.”
Backboard to the Future
“After you have identified if you want a portable or an in-ground, there are four main categories we utilize to categorize the systems based on playability: glass, acrylic, polycarbonate and eco-composite,” said Simms. “Each of those are board materials, with glass being the best play and eco-composite being limited play.
Acrylic backboards feature a solid rebound and bounce, but they are not quite as strong as glass. Acrylic is, however, optimal for competitive play. Polycarbonate won’t give you as true of a bounce but is still a great option for shooting around with friends. Eco-composite won’t give you that gym-like shooting experience, but it will be a perfect start for that young college baller to be.
Every March, college basketball offers more than enough madness to go around. And it’s only the kickoff to springs and summers filled with dunks, 3-pointers and pickup marathons all over the country. From outdoor balls perfect for the driveway all the way to gym-like backboards like The Beast, Spalding offers the tools to create hours of mad moments this year.
Since the confetti has long fallen in Phoenix and a champion has been crowned, closing another March basketball tournament, grab your ball and some friends and get out to make your own moments. Remember, the clock is ticking: THREE! TWO! ONE!
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A Guide to Home Basketball System.