How To Build A Basketball Court

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The Importance Of Building The Right Basketball Court Sub Structure

The performance of any court surface is largely dictated by the quality of the sub-base beneath. Ensuring sub-structures are accurate and within required flatness and level tolerances is crucial to good gameplay. The need for consistency is most critical with Basketball Courts, where court surfacing requires a flatness tolerance of 5 mm within any 3 m radius.

Volume of Excavated Earth Can Be Greater Than Planned

The volume of earth removed to accommodate a court surprises many customers. Assessing specific ground conditions to ascertain required excavation depth for your base is highly recommended. Ground conditions will dictate how deep the excavation needs to be to reduce chances of movement and subsidence.

Levelling The Sub-Base To Precise Flatness Tolerance

A good sub-base will be within a flatness tolerance of 5mm variations within any 3m radius. Take the required time to finish your base with precision to maximise your game. Versacourt Game Outdoor modular sports tiles must make good contact with the sub-base to maximise the safety and ball response benefits.

Ensuring Good Court Drainage Reduces Maintenance

Extend the life of any sub-base by ensuring adequate drainage beneath the playing surface to channel excess water away from potential problem areas. Without adequate drainage sub-structures will suffer over time and be prone to fracturing in excessive cold.

Concrete Or Asphalt?

Precision Finished Reinforced Concrete

OnCourt recommend reinforced concrete for basketball courts. The flatness and uniformity of a precision finished concrete base is unparalleled in terms of safety and ball response. Concrete is however, a more expensive material than asphalt.

Asphalt Basketball Court Base

Asphalt is a cheaper material than concrete but will require specialist tooling to complete the job. Asphalt sub-bases will require regular maintenance to ensure cracks and gaps do not expand and effect the uniformity of the court surface.

Basketball Court Audio

Installing Mega Slam Basketball Hoop Systems

Mega Slam Hoops are monstrous. The ground anchor for these heavy duty in-ground hoop systems must be ready to install during the sub-base construction phase. Learn more about what’s required to install a Mega Slam Hoop. Have friends at the ready!

Basketball Court Sub-Base FAQ

What Is A Basketball Sub-Base?

A basketball court sub-base sits beneath Versacourt tiles, providing solidity, stability and uniformity to the playing surface.

What material is best for a basketball court sub-base?

Reinforced concrete is the perfect material for a basketball sub-base. Asphalt, when installed by an expert can also provide a good finish.

Can I build my own basketball court sub-base?

OnCourt will provide all the technical specifications for you or your preferred contractor to complete the sub-base construction. Finishing the level of the sub-base within a 3mm tolerance in any 3m radius is achievable with the right tools.

Where can I find a contractor to build my sub-base?

It is best to find a local contractor for groundworks. OnCourt will furnish you and your contractor with everything you’ll need to get the sub-base completed to specification..

Can I install my own hoop system?

Installing the ‘in-ground’ Mega Slam Hoop is a 2 stage job. A 1.25m deep hole is dug for a concrete anchor to support the system. The next phase is building the hoop. Mega Slam Hoops are heavy – it’s what makes them the ultimate home hoop. This does mean that you will need some friends to help with the heavy lifting. Learn more about Mega Slam Hoops installation.

NOTE – Hoop system and component anchor assemblies should be installed during sub-base construction. Configure and order your court, hoop and components to ensure ground anchor assemblies are available during the sub-base build.