It’s March, and that means the big college basketball tournament might be about to take over your life – brackets to fill out, games to watch on TV, and more. This year, it’s time to bring the game to your backyard or driveway. With these tips, you’ll learn how to make your own home basketball court so you, your friends, or the little ones can reenact those crazy buzzer-beaters you see on TV.
An NBA half court measures out at 47 feet long by 50 feet wide. See where you might have close to that amount of space – considering things like how level the ground is, how close it might be to noise-sensitive neighbors, etc. – and use a tape measure to outline the footprint. You may not be able to have a regulation-size 3-point line, but you need to work on your inside game anyway.
Get a Hoop
There are three primary options for the hoop, depending on your style and what you have to work with: a freestanding, portable system; an in-ground system, or a residential hoop and rim combo. For portable and in-ground hoop systems, BestReviews.com recommends these 5 models. For residential hoop and rim combo sets, Dick’s Sporting Goods has a number to choose from.
Draw the Line
The easiest way to draw lines for your basketball court is with a stencil kit. DIY Network has a quick video showing how this could work. You can find stencil kits from $20-$270 on Amazon. Be patient with the process, and save the stencils for any future touch-ups.
Lights, Color, Action
Make the court your own by using colored lines or painting your own logo (family crest, alma mater’s mascot, etc.) Want to be able to shoot around after work? Install lights – just make sure they’re not pointed right into the neighbor’s windows. Lastly, even the most accurate shooters should also look into containment fences for safety (and so you don’t have to chase the ball as far as it rolls).
Once complete, invite your friends over for a friendly shootaround – in between watching the NCAA Tournament, of course.
TIP: Use WD-40® Multi-Use Product to protect your hoop's rim from rust and the elements.
(This was originally posted in March 2016.)