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Do You Need An Adjustable Basketball Hoop?

2016/7/27 15:42:45

There are more choices nowadays then ever when it comes to basketball hoops. Back in the day, you either mounted one on your garage or attached one to a pole. Now, you can purchase ones that are portable and adjustable. Not to mention all the backboards of various sizes, shapes, and materials. Not all rims are created equal either, as consumers can choose from the classic styles or the modern breakaway versions. However, before you even begin figuring out what type of basketball hoop is best, you must figure out what your needs are.

First and foremost, who will be using it? For instance, if you are an adult male or female, then an adjustable hoop is probably not necessary. Unless of course you want to lower it so you can have fun dunking. If you are only going to shoot around or perhaps play some 1 on 1, 2 on 2, and so forth, then you can focus on the hoops that don't have the adjustable feature. Keep in mind also that you will pay more for an adjustable model, so you have to ask yourself if this feature is worth it.

On the other hand, if you have small children who would benefit early on from a lower hoop, then perhaps you should consider this option. However, if your children do plan on playing organized basketball, then they will be playing on a regulation sized hoop. So lowering the hoop long-term is not going to benefit them. Organized basketball usually starts in the 3rd or 4th grade, so an adjustable hoop is probably best if you have children that are under 10 years old. If they are over this age, then an adjustable unit is probably not necessary. Once again, the exception is if you want to lower it so the kids could dunk on it.

As a parent, you have to ask yourself also if it's best for your children to spend time dunking on a lowered hoop, as opposed to working on their shooting and ball handing skills. If developing skills is what matters most, then an adjustable hoop could actually be a detriment.

Also, children dunking may not be the safest activity in the world. They could injure themselves trying to mimic their favorite NBA players. The probability of this happening is not likely as long as they have good coordination, but it's something to keep in mind nonetheless.

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