How to Maintain & Look After Your Basketball Hoop During the Winter
Hoop Maintenance Over the Winter
A basketball hoop makes a great addition to any home or garden. Easy to play with for all the family, as well as a fantastic way for more serious players to practise too, a home basketball hoop provides hours of gameplay.
But during the colder weather, you may find your basketball hoop becomes a little neglected. Here is a quick guide as to how to maintain and look after your basketball hoop during the winter.
Standing Basketball Hoops
If you have a standing basketball hoop, these will require a little more care than those that are simply attached to the side of a garage or property. To correctly care for your standing basketball hoop, always be sure to tighten any bolts that may have come loose during summer gameplay.
This will prevent any falling out or getting lost due to bad weather or high winds.
It is also a good idea to give your standing basketball hoop a fresh coat of sealant paint in order to protect it from the elements if you plan to keep it outside all winter. This will help to protect it from rusting in the rain too.
Making sure that your basketball hoop stays stable whatever the weather is also really important. Bad weather can sometimes cause a standing hoop to tip over, which could cause damage not just to the hoop, but to whatever it falls on.
This is why it is so important to make sure your basketball hoop is correctly stabilised. There are a number of different materials you can use to secure and balance your base. Here are a couple of the most common options.
If you use water to stabilise the base during the summer months, you will need to take care this doesn't freeze once the temperature drops. If the water freezes and expands, it will crack the base, so it's a good idea to either dispense with water completely, or add some antifreeze first.
However, some base materials can be damaged by antifreeze and if any leaks out, this could pose a danger to wildlife or pets.
As using water to fill your basketball base can come with some seasonal risk factors, many basketball hoop owners often decide that sand might be a better option. Not only will sand be heavier and more stable than water, it also doesn't change if the weather turns bad.
However, do remember that it will make it very hard to move the base too if you are used to a lighter, water filled option.
If your basketball hoop is normally left on a grassy surface or lawn, then using straps might be another option to secure it safely during the winter. For those planning to use this method, it is a good idea to do so before the temperature drops, as you will need the ground to be soft enough to create holes for the anchor screws.
You can then attach straps to the tops of the screws, which can then be tightly wrapped around the base in order to keep it in place. These straps are designed to be tough and durable, so as long as you secure your screws into the ground correctly, you can be confident that your base will not move or fall during poorer weather conditions.
However, as some basketball hoop bases can still be a little flimsy, it is probably still a good idea to add another material to the base, either water or sand. If in doubt, the manufacturer should be able to give you advice as to the best securing options for your model.
Of course, you can always take your basketball hoop down and store it for the winter if you prefer. To do so, make sure that you carefully remove the pole and base from one another and store them separately to prevent any damage.
Draining the base first will make this process easier. Ideally, your disassembled basketball hoop should be stored indoors, but if you need to still leave it outside, always be sure it is covered with tarpaulin or other weatherproof covering.