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Question DetailsAsked on 6/24/2016

I need to block basketballs from going over my fence

30 ft. barrier needed

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Wow - you guys get really agressive with that ball if you mean 30 feet high, as opposed to 30' long - normal basketball containment fences are 10' high along court sides and 12 or 14 feet high behind the backboard for 10' each side of it.
Best way is usually netting, obviously needing trees or poles to support the net at maybe 10-20' intervals, with rope support between the poles. If you already have a chain link or wood fence behind the backboard, I have seen people scab on extension poles made from chain link fence top rail stock (comes in 20' and 10' lengths normally) as the uprights, using netting like below or if only a few more feet of height is needed, using volleyball/tennis netting (cheap at box stores) wire-tied to the fence below and sometimes even in two decks of volleyball net to extend its height. Commercially available from sources like,,, etc. - also local school sports supply vendors should at least be able to get them if not stock them. If in a fishing area, old light-duty trawling or pretty much any weight purse sein nets would work well too. Of course, check with local planning and zoning board on how high you can legally go, any prohibitions from any homeowners or condo association if applicable, and if a partyline fence you would have to have co-owner's permission (get in writing). Do NOT fail to check this, becvause without permits or exemption most areas limit fencing/netting to 6-10 foot maximum height, though some areas do have exemptions for tennis court netting so maybe basketball too. For tight areas, an alternative is to put up poles behind or extend off the top of the basketball barkboard supports (if feasible) and put a curving arc of netting above the backboard only, which can be built with 3/4" PVC pipe glued together (pretty bendable, especially if you heat with a hair dryer) to make a bonnet or cowl shaped guard overhanging the backboard - could protect against bounced balls off the backboard and rim but not court-length wild throws totally missing the backboard. Of course, to do this backboard has to be rigidly mounted - the weighted base type is not generally stable enough for this to be stable in string winds and with snow hanging on the net. Commercially, your Search the List category would be Fencing to find a well-rated and reviewed vendor. Or (not an AL category) a local school sports facility contractor. Possibly Awnings also, but I doubt it. IF you have trouble finding a vendor call local school district about who does their outdoor court netting - ditto to batting cage places, golf driving ranges, etc for who does their netting.

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