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Question DetailsAsked on 6/7/2017

What is the best way to do a basketball half court in my backyard without using concrete so when the kids move out

We would like to be able to remove it easily once the children grow up and put back the grass.

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Cheapest - though kids might not like it - roller compacted dirt or crushed rock, or skipping dribbling just stay with the grass. Ditto to tight-joint paving blocks (the joints of which will make for some stray balls) but could stay in place as a patio when the kids are grown. Other than that, I would go with asphalt as the easiest to install and remove later - commonly in the ballpark of $3-5/SF (so around $4000 plus or minus a thousand $) plus probably about $1000 range for the backboard and halfcourt painting, installed.

One other option - though still aropund $3000-6000 for half-court - strip the grass and put in compacted crushed stone base, then a roll-out half court mat with the hopes you can sell that down the road if not too worn - see below:

Another common option - put the backboard alongside the driveway about 10-15 feet from the garage, so the house is not hit by misses - though usually that does not give you anything like a full length "half court" - but the only cost is putting in the backboard and maybe backdrop netting, and a volleyball net that can be stretched across the drive at ground level between two posts if necessary to stop the ball from rolling to the street.

Be sure to pay attention to any need for a backdrop netting to keep the ball from going into neighbor's yards or your windows - and do NOT put the backboard where the ball can hit the roof if they miss the backboard - rapidly breaks up the roofing with all types but the heaviest steel sheet or concrete slab roof.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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