How to Enclose a Basketball Court

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Basketball courts can be enclosed by containment nets to allow basketball players to enjoy the maximum amount of playtime. Nets also can keep a ball from damaging surrounding areas or bouncing into the street. Nets should have a UV-resistant coating to increase longevity after prolonged exposure to the sun. The enclosure is supported by a steel frame designed to resist force and survive adverse weather since its poles are driven into the ground.

Things You'll Need

  • Pole
  • Concrete
  • Net
  • Hammer
  • Stakes
  • Shovel
  • Set the dimensions for the space you intend to use for the court. Hammer stakes into the ground where the four corners of the court will be, if it has not been constructed already, to establish where the containment net will be placed.

  • Pull out each stake prior to digging holes for the poles. If the stake is difficult to remove, rock it from side to side to loosen it from the ground. Position poles on unimproved or dirt surfaces when possible; otherwise, holes will need to be put into your court surface.

  • Dig holes for the enclosure's poles, using a shovel. Make each hole at least 2 feet deep and wide enough to accommodate the pole and allow for it to be leveled. Mark each pole at a point, measured from the top, where it will be level with the ground; this will guide you with how deep each hole needs to be.

  • Fill the holes with cement if you want the poles to remain firmly embedded in the ground. Place the poles before the cement sets, so the cement can harden around the poles. Make sure all posts are level vertically. Let the concrete set for 48 hours.

  • Attach netting to the posts using cable ties. Feed a cable tie into netting holes, wrap it around the pole and send it back around through its slot to tighten. This will secure the net to the pole. Add enough cable ties to keep the netting upright. Cut the excess plastic ends from the cable ties.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you ever need to take down the enclosure, cut the cable ties and replace them when you are ready to put the net back up.
  • The enclosure could go around the entire court, but be sure to set up a net behind the basketball hoop so missed shots can bounce back to players. Also, rim shots often send the basketball bouncing to the left or the right, so containment usually extend for some distance down the sides of the court.
  • Leave enough space between the containment net and the play area so that players can step out of bounds.

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