The Victorian Building Commission has developed the following guidelines for the installation, safe use and maintenance of basketball rings.
More information is available at the Building comission website.
- Always tell children to never hang or swing off the ring
- Dismantle any ring and backboard currently mounted on a single skin of brickwork – such as brickwork above a garage door
- Do not fix any ring and backboard under any circumstances to a single skin of brickwork
- Do not use any ring and backboard currently mounted on any brickwork until it has been checked for structural safety. If you plan to fix a ring and backboard to brickwork or any other structure, you should consult a structural engineer
- A ring and backboard in normal suburban backyards should ideally be fixed to a hot dip galvanised steel post – 90 mm x 90 mm with a 5 mm wall thickness. The post should be set at least 800 mm into a mass concrete footing 500 mm x 500 mm (or 500 mm diameter) by 1 metre deep. Alternative systems can be provided by a structural engineer or by the equipment manufacturer
- Follow the manufacturer’s instructions when attaching the basketball ring to the backboard, and the backboard to the post
- Check the stability of the post, brick wall or any other supporting structure on a regular basis, as it can deteriorate over time
- Ensure that water does not pond at the post – footing connection, this is especially important in salt water environments
- If there is any doubt about the safety or stability of an installation, consult a structural engineer.
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