Hoop Basics

Basketball Hoops For Kids

Most basketball hoops cost a few hundred dollars and allow you to adjust the rim height from 7.5 and to 10 feet. That’s fine for adult and teen players, but what what if you are buying the hoop for someone between the age of three and ten? You don’t want to spend a lot of money on something that they might lost interest in quickly, and even setting the rim at the 7.5 feet height might simply be too high.

Fortunately there are plenty of options for anyone who wants to buy basketball hoops for kids. These units are inexpensive, easy to set up, and are usually set at a lower height, so they’re easier for players who are still growing. Since you’re buying a hoop for a child, there isn’t a need to a cement a unit into the ground permanently.

Step2 Company Shootin’ Hoops Junior Basketball Set

For very small children (2 to 5 years in age), we recommend the The Step2 Company Shootin’ Hoops Junior Basketball Set. The hoop has a very small adjustment range, from two and a half feet all the way up to four feet feet. It’s a very simple system at an extremely affordable price. Plus, it even comes with its own mini basketball.

Step 2 Youth Basketball Hoop

Junior Portable Basketball System Hoop Stand

Another highly affordable system is the Junior Portable Basketball System Hoop Stand by Kings Sports. This system is able to adjust slightly higher than the Step2 system because it adjusts all the way up to 5 and a half feet. This board comes with a cool graphic backboard and inflatable basketball.

Junior portable basketball hoop

Lifetime Youth Portable Basketball System

This is the only Youth oriented hoop made from the most popular name in home basketball goals: Lifetime. The Lifetime Youth Portable Basketball System adjusts to be even higher than the other systems, up to 7.5 feet, however it doesn’t come with its own basketball. You must buy it seperately.

Lifetime Youth Basketball Hoop

Spalding Junior Portable Basketball System

Another popular option is this colorful hoop from Spalding, which features the logos of every NBA team. The base is extremely small, at only one gallon. But the no tools construction makes it easy to have this system up and playing in a snap.

Spalding youth basketball hoop

Lifetime 1221 Pro Court Height-Adjustable Portable Basketball System with 44-Inch Backboard

If you want to give a basketball hoop to a young person, but still want them to have the opportunity to shoot at the regulation height, this is your best option. The Lifetime 1221 Pro Court Height-Adjustable Portable Basketball System with 44-Inch Backboarda decent size hoop that can go all the way up to 10 feet, the high school, college, and NBA regulation rim height.

Lifetime 1221 Basketball hoop

A Note About Basketballs

Some of these systems comes with basketballs, thus making it easier to get started playing right away. However, these balls are typically very cheap, don’t bounce very well, and may even break easily. If you want to get a better ball with your youth basketball hoop, we recommend the Spalding NBA Game Ball Mini. The ball itself only costs 10 bucks, but it’s a great little ball to learn with.

Mini basketball

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