Whether you're on a basketball team, hoping to shed a few pounds, or looking for a way to spend time with your kids, it's very convenient to have a basketball court in your own backyard. Building a simple, effective basketball court is easier than you might think. The main material is concrete, so laying a basketball court is not much more than pouring a concrete slab.
Things You'll Need
- Concrete, blacktop or asphalt
- Spray paint
- Basketball stencil kit
- Tape measure
- Basketball hoop
- White paint (optional)
- Paintbrush (optional)
Determine whether your basketball court will be a full court or half court. Professional basketball full courts are 94 by 50 feet, high school courts are 84 by 50 feet, and a half court is 30 by 35 feet.
Use a tape measure and white tape to mark the dimensions of your court on the ground.
Level the space your court will be on if necessary. It is important your court is level.
Pave your court with asphalt, concrete or blacktop. You will need to have this professionally done.
Use a basketball stencil kit to paint your foul line, three-point lines, painted areas and circle. As of publication, these could be bought online starting at $37 (see Resources). Follow the directions that come in the stencil kit.
To mark the lines yourself without buying a kit, mark the dimensions (see Resources). Use a measuring tape and marking paint to mark the sidelines, baselines, the tip of the three-point line, free-throw line and the distance from the three-point line to the sidelines. You might mark with chalk first, in case you make a mistake with the paint. Use white paint and a paintbrush.
Choose between a pole hoop or movable basket for your hoop. A pole hoop must be placed 1 1/2 feet into the ground, while a movable hoop requires no digging and is easily adjustable.
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