We at GARED are excited to introduce our brand new recurring blog called Game Changers™! We will dispel some of today’s popular misconceptions about sports equipment, so that you can be more informed when purchasing equipment for your favorite games! This month’s focus will be basketball equipment, but check back for more Game Changers™ blogs on other popular sports, coming soon!
1. MYTH – All breakaway basketball rims are created equal.
FACT – There are many different types of breakaway rims on the market, and customers should choose based on a number of factors, including: budgetary considerations, whether it is to be used for competition or recreational play, play environment, and amount of usage. The most important features of a breakaway rim are the breakaway mechanism, net attachment method, and number of rings. Breakaway mechanisms can vary greatly due to the number of springs, the degree of pressure at which the mechanism “breaks”, and whether a rim has a positive lock mechanism or is an “accordion-style” breakaway. The net attachment is also an important factor to consider. Popular net attachment methods include the standard no-tie net attachment (most common), tube-tie attachment (prevents hand injury), and tie cord attachment (mainly used in professional arenas). Finally, consider the number of rings when choosing a breakaway rim. Single rims are the standard for indoor use and competitive play settings; however, double rims are more rugged and will be better at standing up to unsupervised and heavy-play environments. Browse GARED’s full line of breakaway and fixed basketball rims for every play setting at http://www.garedsports.com/store/c-321-goalsrims.aspx, or call GARED today and get helpful information from one of our highly trained Rim Specialists!
2. MYTH – Basketball systems that are used in outdoor settings must have steel backboards on them.
FACT – Although steel backboards have historically been a popular choice for outdoor basketball systems due to steel’s strength and rugged composition, customers nowadays have a wide variety of other great options to choose from. Aluminum backboards have also become increasingly common in parks, playgrounds, and school yards. Aluminum is known for its all-around durability and rust-resistance, and it is extremely lightweight, making it easier to install and transport. Another popular option is fiberglass, which is also lightweight, has great rebound, and is a smart choice when it is to be used in coastal areas that are affected by moisture and salt water year round. If you are looking for a more professional-looking backboard for your outdoor court, consider a clear board made of glass, acrylic or polycarbonate. Glass boards provide the best rebound and playability; however, they can be damaged by vandalism in unsupervised settings, so many people tend to go with glass for residential use, such as in their backyard or driveway. Acrylic backboards provide great durability and are less prone to breakage, but can be more costly and will get cloudy over time. Polycarbonate boards have recently become very popular for urban areas and heavy-play settings because of their unparalleled strength and dependability. Polycarbonate boards are often touted as “bullet-proof,” and as a result can be more expensive than other backboard types. Check out GARED’s complete line of outdoor basketball backboards at http://www.garedsports.com/store/c-332-outdoor-basketball-backboards.aspx.
3. MYTH – The best portable basketball systems on the market are the ones you frequently see in televised games at the collegiate and professional level.
FACT – Portable arena-style basketball systems can be an intimidating purchase for any school or sports facility due to their high cost and the number of different styles and features offered by equipment manufacturers. In addition, some schools might be persuaded to purchase certain brands or models based on sponsorship funds or other monetary donations, rather than the system’s quality or features. As a result, many coaches, Athletic Directors, and other school personnel may not be properly informed on which portable system is best for their facility and program needs. It is extremely important to first assess what your program needs are before exploring the different portable systems that are available. Below are some questions that you will want to answer before beginning your search:
1. What play level (recreational, collegiate, professional, etc) will the unit be exposed to?
2. What type of play environment (indoor arena, recreational facility, outdoor court, etc) will the unit be used in?
3. How much money have you budgeted to spend on the equipment?
4. Do you have any space limitations at your facility (both on court and in storage areas)?
5. What type of features are you looking for? Some of these may include the unit size (both in play and storage position), the type and style of the backboards and rims, color options, and extras such as camera mounts or pad graphics.
6. What basic functions do you need in a portable system? How you want to raise and lower the system, ease of transporting the unit, and the method of changing out the backboards are some basic functionalities that you will want to address.
7. What qualities are you looking for in a basketball equipment manufacturer? Reputation and longevity in the industry, history of successful product innovation, and the level of ease of assembly and use of their equipment are all important things to consider when choosing an equipment supplier.
GARED has been manufacturing premium portable basketball systems for recreation centers, high schools, universities, and professional arenas for over 30 years. We carry a full line of portable systems for every budget and play environment! Check out our full selection at http://www.garedsports.com/store/c-327-portable-basketball-backstops.aspx.
4. MYTH – Padding is not necessary for outdoor basketball systems.
FACT – Outdoor basketball systems at parks, schools, playgrounds, recreation facilities, and other public venues are often exposed to unsupervised games full of unrelenting play. Padding on these systems is relatively inexpensive to purchase and is an absolute must to avoid injury and keep players safe. The most common types of padding are pole pads, backboard pads, and base pads. Pole pads cover any round, square, or rectangular shaped post and protect players that might run into the pole during a game. Pole pads are typically made of vinyl-covered foam and can range from 4 to 6 feet tall and between 1” and 4” thick. Backboard pads are constructed of polyurethane foam and cover the bottom and part of the sides of the backboard frame to keep players from injuring their head, arms, or hands when jumping up to make or block a shot. Base pads are usually made from the same material as pole pads, and are used to cover the base and exposed hardware of a surface-mounted basketball system. Base pads help prevent players from tripping or injuring their feet on exposed hardware. Contact GARED today to learn about our full selection of outdoor sports equipment padding!