How to Adjust Lifetime Basketball Systems

Telescoping Height Adjust Models

    Locate the knob on the back of the basketball pole and pull the hoop toward you either sideways or straight forward so you can reach the knob. There is only one knob, which was screwed in during installation. For safety, this action should be performed by an adult.

    Pull the knob back and move the hoop to the desired location by pushing up or letting down on the backboard. Lifetime Basketball Hoops that use the telescoping height adjustment will move in 6-inch increments and from 7 1/2 to 10 feet in height.

    Tug on the backboard to make sure it has locked into place. Gently ease the hoop back to its up-right standing position.

Action Grip Height Adjust, Power Lift Height Adjust, Rapid-Cam Height Adjust Models

    Grip the handle located in the back of the basketball goal system.

    Push up to lower the height of the rim.

    Let down to raise the height of the rim. Although these systems all work in the same fashion, they differ in the location and shape of the grip handle and the spring technology used to let the hoop up and down. The Rapid-Cam and Power-Lift adjustment hoops can move inch by inch from 7 1/2 to 10 feet. The Action-Grip Height adjustment hoops move in 6-inch increments from 7 1/2 to 10 feet.

Quick Adjust Hoops

    Locate the front crossbar behind the backboard and using a broomhandle push on the crossbar to get the hoop to desired height. There will be a clicking sound to indicate a new height level has been reached. These hoops increase by 6 inches from 7 1/2 to 10 feet.

    Push on the crossbar with a broom handle to lower the hoop, but not far enough to hear the clicking sound.

    Ease the hoop down gently by keeping steady pressure on the crossbar.


  • Verify what style adjustment your hoop uses to correctly adjust the rim height.


  • Adults should adjust telescoping height adjust hoops to avoid potential risk or injury to children.

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