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Learning to Play

From a casual glance, playing basketball looks as simple as picking the ball, dribbling a few steps and trying for a shot. However, that is not exactly right. This is a very technical game and if you would like to enjoy it fully, you need to study how to play it.

At our art center, we have built a basketball court because we would love our artists to have a nice time. One of them said that basketball would be a good way to let out the negative energy.

However, since these are artists and not basketball amateurs, I have been searching for beginner tips for them. If you are just beginning to play basketball, these tips can help you too and you will have a great time.

The good thing is that this game is easy to learn. You also get to enjoy yourself because you learn as you play. In addition, there are many resources online, with information about how to play this game.

Here they are:

Know how to handle your ball

Young boys playing ball

This is one of the most important skills. Actually, everyone starts with this basic skill. If you look at the ball, you will see that it has deeper seams. These are deliberately designed that way so that you can hold the ball by the seams. This gives you a good grip, especially when you are catching a throw from one of your teammates. There are many techniques of handling the ball.  They include dribble tags that you can do with your teammates. You may also do a stationary drill where you drool the ball around as you rotate on one point.

Know how to shoot

No matter how good you are at handling the ball, if you do not have some shooting skill, then it means that you will not score. However, like everything else in basketball, shooting has never been hard. It is something that you can do without straining too much, but first, you have to train yourself how to shoot.

One of the ways in which newbie basketball players can practice shooting is by having a ball for each player. Here, you learn how to shoot from the highest point as well as how to position your elbows. You may also practice as a team with just one ball where you have players on both sides when shooting. When the ball rebounds, they jump to catch the ball and make shots of their own.

Learn how to pass the ball

Young men playing ball

You do not want to be a ball hog. You want to learn how to pass the ball to the rest of the team. This is not as simple as tossing it over. Some of the techniques that you can learn for passing the ball include bounce passes, overhead passes and chest passes. Each of these requires you to do enough practice but eventually, they become second nature.

Defense and offense

Sometimes you will attack and sometimes you will defend. To offend just means that you should learn some speed dribbles and then try to score. Meanwhile, the defensive players will try to catch the rebounding balls and dribble towards your team at high speed.


Installing a Hoop

After learning how to play basketball at our center, I thought it would be a good idea to learn how to install basketball hoops. I wanted us to do it together with the artists at our center. After buying all the gear that we need to play basketball, now it is time to do some installation work. I have bought the basketball hoops and everything that we will need for the job. I postponed the installation job so that all the trainees can be there.

Man installing shooting loop

Some hoops are easy to install and some are a bit challenging. However, whether you have bought wall hoops, ceiling hoops, roof hoops or pole hoops, you can do the installation on your own. It will not be a quick installation but when you are done, you will love the work of your hands so much.

If you would like to play basketball every now and then in your backyard, driveway or anywhere else, you should follow these hoop installation tips. Please note, these are tips for installing a pole hoop.

Decide on the location

You have to remember that this is a permanent installation. You have to choose a good location for it. One of the biggest considerations here is how far the hoop will be from windows, cars and everything that can break from a hard basketball hit. If you need to create a regular basketball court where you can play with your family or friends, it needs enough space of 94 by 50 feet. It is not compulsory that you create a full basketball court. Even half that size should do just fine.  

Gather everything that you need

Playing ball equipment

You will need some tools to do this installation job. One of the most important things to buy is the hoop itself, and when you are ordering one, ensure you get a pole hoop. Another thing that you need is the pole itself.

There are many types of poles. One of them is the collapsible pole, which is good for people who like to adjust the height from time to time. Even if you get a regular pole, it will be 10 feet high, which is the standard height for basketball poles. However, if you are short, this might be hard for you to play on, hence the need for a collapsible one. You will also need cement, some tools to dig a hole and a leveler. You will need help to install the hoop, so ask for it.

The backboard

You have already chosen your backboard, which can be tempered glass, acrylic, polycarbonate or plastic. You should install the backboard before you can raise the pole, that is, while it is still on the ground. With all the mounting tools, this should be easy. If the backboard came as a single unit, that is, containing the hoop, you will be done with a single installation. However, if they are separate, install the hoop after installing the backboard. Make sure everything is firm because these two take quite a beating.

Take the pole upright

This is where you go upright with the pole. It should go into the hole, use the leveler to ensure it stands straight and then pour your concrete. This is a heavy pole, so you will need the help of a few people to help install it. Just prepare a lot of food and lemonade.  


Buy a Basketball Gear

We are redesigning our center and one of the things that we have decided to add include a basketball court. At the center, we help people recover from addiction. What better way than to engage them in a hectic game of basketball so they can expend all the dormant energy. However, this also means that we have to buy basketball gear.

As the procurement officer at the center, I have to buy the right items. This time, I want to buy wall mounted basketball hoops, just two of them. We just want to start with one basketball court. Maybe we will expand to a second and even a third court later. In any case, any court just uses two hoops.

When I started looking for the basketball hoops, I found that the choices available in the market make it a bit challenging for a first-time buyer. I had to look for buying tips to ensure that I got value for money. I decided to share these tips with you so that you can get the best value for money too if you ever go to look for wall mounted hoops.  

How to buy the best basketball hoops

The first thing that you should do if you are a first-time buyer is to look for information, research. This is where everything starts. Unfortunately, most people just look for the price, compare a few items and pick the cheapest one. That is a mistake because cheap may not offer you the quality that can last a long time. Always refer to resources such as https://www.ballersguide.net/best-in-ground-basketball-hoop-reviews/

Like a ground basketball hoop, a wall-mounted hoop can also be permanent in nature. You can do a one-time installation if you like and you will never have to do it again. However, because it will be exposed to the elements, you want to buy one that is made to withstand the abuses of weather.

One of the chief considerations when buying a wall-mounted hoop is the backboard. You want this to be of as high quality as possible. You will find that there are different types of backboards.

They are as follows:

Glass backboards – These are the most expensive because they are made of tempered glass. They are professional quality backboards since they are used in the NBA. Tempered glass means it has been hardened and so it will last a long time. Besides adding a touch of sophistication to the court, it is also a backboard for all seasons.

Polycarbonate Backboards – This one is the best for indoor use. Its ball rebound power is admirable, ok, not as great as that of the glass backboard, but still good. It is also quite durable when installed indoors especially because it will not be exposed to the elements. You will find polycarbonate backboards in high schools and other facilities that have indoor basketball courts.

Plastic – These backboards are very affordable and they last a long time. However, ball rebound is not as great as you would find in the other types of backboards. On the good side, plastic is not affected by the weather elements and so this kind of backboard would be good for outdoor installation.

Acrylic backboards – In matters of ranking, this one would come third after the tempered glass one and the polycarbonate one. This is because it lacks a strong ball rebound. However, it is better than plastic.

For more information about these types of backboards for wall-mounted hoops, you may refer to ballersguide.net.

Here are two basketball hoops that you may buy for your needs:

Lifetime 73650 Rim and Backboard

Lifetime 73650 Rim and Backboard

As its name suggests, this one is good for outdoor installation, as it will last a long time. It is made with 44 inch glass backboard, has a semi-professional rim and the ball rebound is excellent. It is definitely not NBA-quality but hey, they do not claim it is.

Pros

  • Versatile – can be used indoor or outdoor
  • Can resist bad weather very well
  • Built to last a long time
  • Price is not too bad for the quality

Cons

  • Mounting kit is not included

First Team RoofMaster Turbo Hoop

First Team RoofMaster

If you would like a real professional look for your basketball court, you should buy the RoofMaster Turbo. It has a 54-inch glass backboard and the height can be adjusted between 6 and 10 feet, you know, some basketball players are really tall. This is an expensive hoop that many may not be able to afford, but you view more details on this page for more basketball hoops.

Pros

  • Adjustable height
  • Professional design
  • Easy to mount on your own
  • Versatility in mounting- on wall or roof

Cons

  • High price
  • Non-shatterproof glass backboard