There’s a madness upon us. March Madness! And it’s already off to a rancorous start. You’ve got your bracket set, but are you ready to reenact those crazy plays? Prove the ref made a bad call? You need your own backyard basketball court for that. If you have the room, here are eight steps to follow to get you own your own court in no time. It brings a whole new meaning to “home court advantage.”
If you don’t have the room for a full, regulation sized half or whole court, don’t worry. You can make use of the most popular court which isn’t even a court at all! Your driveway. Just install a hoop above your garage or get a free standing one and you’re ready to go. You may already even have enough room for a half court, and if you do, you could then add a surface to or stencil out. But if you do have the room…
1. Determine the Size You Can Build
NBA and NCAA regulation courts are 94 ft x 50 ft while high school courts are only 84 ft long. Divide these numbers in half for a half court and see what you can install, even if it’s just a free-throw lane. Be sure to select a relatively flat surface to make your job easier and be aware of windows in relation to where you’ll put the basketball goals.
Since you’re making a dedicated basketball court, get some dedicated goals you’ll cement into the ground (you can still get ones that have adjustable heights). Just remember to get two if you’re building a full court.
Take four stakes and mark out the dimensions of your court with a tape measure or a surveying level if you have access to one. Tie some rope around the stakes to get a better feel for the size. Also, be sure to leave room for an “out of bounds” so players aren’t stepping off the court and into who-knows-what.
Literally. Clear out everything but the dirt within the area you just marked and level it. This requires moving dirt from high areas to lower ones so it’s all smooth and pack it down.
When the weather is dry and you have 36 hours to let the concrete set, you can install a concrete foundation. Be sure to install the pole hoops at this time—they need to be placed 1-2 ft into the ground and stabilized with concrete. Regulation height is 10 ft from the ground to the top of the rim. Better yet, you can find a local cement company to do all this for you! They’ll even install the hoops and post sleeves.
If you bought a stenciling kit, this will be relatively painless. If you didn’t, grab your masking tape, spray paint and tape measure and start measuring because you’ll need to paint the following:
Have fun with the colors! Use your favorite team’s colors or create your own “home” team.
Surfacing your court will not only be easier on your knees, but it’ll look so awesome. You might even miss a few seed games because you’ll be playing your own. Modular suspended tile surfacing will hold up to cars (if you’re using your driveway) and will even come pre-painted. Other materials include rubber flooring, custom floors and asphalt.
Make your court your own with any of a few accessories. Paint your own logo or make the court colored. Or look into containment fences. Just a heads up, some of these fences might need to be installed when you pour the concrete, so have a vision before you get started.
Now all you need is to hang the nets, grab a ball and come up with your home team name!