Choosing the Right Equipment
When designing and outfitting a basketball court there is a multitude of different equipment available to choose from. Depending on the budget available and the environment in which the basketball court is being constructed, different court equipment may need to be purchased.
Outdoor courts need different basketball equipment than indoor courts. Outdoor basketball equipment is typically built to be more durable but it tends to be less aesthetically pleasing. This type of equipment tends to have more of a rough look and feel to it, but it lasts a long time and is resistant to the weather. Asphalt is usually the surface of choice. The basketball goal generally involves a variation of a metal backboard attached to a metal pole that is stuck into the ground or anchored by a base. Outdoor basketball equipment is mostly practical and functional with less emphasis placed on attractiveness. This is because outdoor courts are usually free and budgets are limited. Outdoor basketball games tend to be rougher and less organized in nature and the equipment chosen tends to reflect that.
Indoor basketball equipment is much more varied because it can be made with materials that do not need to withstand the weather. Metal backboards are used indoors to save money, but glass backboards are much nicer and are the most common material chosen for indoor backboards because they give a more professional look.
These backboards have different types of systems that keep them in place as well. There are the professional basketball poles that are situated on the floor and balance the backboard over the court. This allows the freedom of moving these poles into another area when the space is needed for something else. Wire and pulley systems are also available that can raise the backboard up to the ceiling when it is not in use, then lower it back down when it is needed.
There are many different types of surfaces to choose from for basketball flooring. Traditional indoor courts call for hardwood flooring. Hardwood flooring is a great surface to play on, but can require a lot of maintenance to keep it in top condition. This maintenance can include frequent waxing, cleaning and even refinishing. There are alternatives available but they do not have the tradition or luster that natural hardwood has. One alternative to hardwood is a type of rubberized flooring that is popular in school gyms and significantly lowers maintenance costs while increasing durability. This type of flooring can be a deterrent to some basketball traditionalists though.
Equipment Based on Environment
The choice of equipment typically comes down to the environment and the expected clientele that will be using the facilities. Most outdoor basketball courts will feature cost-effective and durable basketball court equipment. Basketball-specific indoor facilities that charge members a fee will likely have to choose sufficiently high end basketball equipment in order to satisfy their members. The local YMCA or high school will most likely outfit their gyms with equipment that lies somewhere in the middle of the price and quality scale since the people using the facilities are not there necessarily just for basketball.
Whatever the environment and budget, there are quality basketball court equipment choices available when choosing how to outfit the court.