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How to Make an Outdoor Basketball Court

Building your own outdoor basketball court can provide years of enjoyment for friends and family. Having the ability to walk outside to your basketball court has a variety of benefits, but the process of making the court requires concentration and preparation. You can use an existing driveway or convert an open area, backyard or vacant lot into a basketball court.

  1. Calculate the measurements of the basketball court. Determine if the available area can fit a half-size or full-size court. Use a tape measure to outline the footprint of the basketball court and mark the corners with wooden stakes.

  2. Dig a hole for the basketball pole with a shovel. Dig at least 15 inches deep for stability and adjust according to manufacturer recommendations. Place the pole in the hole and use a level to make sure it is perfectly vertical. Hold the pole in place while you pack dirt back inside the hole around the pole to secure it.

  3. Set up and pour the concrete for the court surface. Use scrap lumber to form the perimeter of the court and pour the concrete 4 inches thick.

  4. Install the outdoor basketball court flooring. Use an adhesive or glue to secure the flooring to the concrete subfloor. Some outdoor courts may only contain the concrete floor, but specialized outdoor flooring can enhance performance by reducing the stress placed on joints.

  5. Paint the lines. Hang a plumb bob from the backboard to determine the location of the baseline. Measure 15 feet for the free-throw line and paint a 2-inch line. Make a half-circle at 19 feet, 9 inches for the three-point line.

  6. Install any accessories, including fencing for privacy and ball control, or lighting for evening games.

    Tip

    Leave a buffer zone around the perimeter of the court.

    Warning

    Obtain any required building permits before making the outdoor basketball court. Check with local and state governments for building-permit requirements.

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Things Needed

  • Tape measure
  • Wood stakes
  • Shovel
  • Level
  • Scrap lumber
  • Concrete
  • Outdoor basketball court surface
  • Paint
  • Plumb bob

About the Author

Based in Nebraska, Jeremy Hoefs began writing fitness, nutrition, outdoor and hunting articles in 2006. His articles have been published in "Star City Sports," "Hunting Fitness Magazine" and RutWear field journals, as well as on the Western Whitetail website. Hoefs graduated with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science from Nebraska Wesleyan University.

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