Spalding 54'' Acrylic Portable Ultimate Hybrid Backboard System

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Spalding 54'' Acrylic Portable Ultimate Hybrid Backboard System
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Built with a durable steel frame and conveniently filled with a hybrid of sand and water, the Spalding® 54’’ Acrylic Portable Ultimate Hybrid Backboard System brings the game home.


Product Features:
Steel framed acrylic backboard system with aluminum trim provides superior support and durability
Hybrid water and sand based system for ballast, holds 19 gallons of water and four 50 lb. bags of sand
U-turn lift system adjusts the rim height from 7.5' to 10' in infinite adjustments
Authentic blow molded board pad helps protect play under the backboard
Three-piece, 3.5’’ round steel pole with black powder coat paint
20-degree angled pole for added play under the rim
Heavy duty solid steel arena-style breakaway rim

Specs:
  • Backboard: 54’’ x 32’’
  • Overhang: 16’’
  • Steel Frame: 1’’ x 1’’
  • Ballast: Sand and/or Water
  • Ballast Weight: 385 lbs.
  • Height Range: 7.5’ to 10’
  • Adjustments: Infinite
  • Breakaway Rim: Yes


Additional Details:
Model: 71564
Spalding
  • Brand: Spalding
  • Country of Origin: Imported

Web ID: 16SPLULTMTHYBRD54BKE

Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great portable goal, but... We loved this goal. It has a great heavy feel to it when shooting, it does not move a lot with the ball hitting it, giving it a authentic professional goal feel. It was easy to raise and lower, and looked great. HOWEVER, we had this goal weighted down very well, and some how the wind still blew it over, breaking the backboard and rim, both. SO, get this goal if you want an affordable portable goal with great quality, but remember to lean it down every night or before storms because it does not matter what you put in it, the 60 inch backboard catches a lot of wind. That is certainly not the product's fault, but Spalding could make the base heavier which may help?!
Date published: 2019-03-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product, tough assembly Very sturdy, good rim. (1) Blind fishing of bolts from the stand into the base is difficult and took us an hour. Additional tips may be useful (2) Product defect: Several bolt holes were partially filled with hard plastic and had to be scraped out with pocket knife (3) Bolts on side of rim were very difficult to secure without stripping the phillips screw head. (4) instructions should warn about bracing the wheels before tipping the rim (5) you need a very tall saw horse to complete the installation (6) instructions were sometimes vague and could have been much clearer if Spalding were to watch several people build the backboard and see where points of confusion arise.
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from REALLY NICE! I wanted to buy something above the run of the mill backboard and this is it! I duid my homework, read all the reviews and spent the money. Dick's had a great price, the unit was delivered without damage, and it was delivered in a timely manner. So, I approached the assembly with some trepidation having read many, many reviews. BUT, this unit went together exactly as shown in the accompanying assembly instructions. ALL the pieces and parts were there and I didn't have to redo or undo anything that I assembled. Go slow and follow the directions. I did. The assembled unit seems to be well made for many years of service for my son and grandsons. I highly recommend this unit. Sometimes you still get what you pay for!
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great hoop but read directions carefully when putting it together. The basketball goal is a great product. It's priced pretty fair and you will have better luck calling Spalding directly if you have any issues. Make sure you read the instructions very carefully when putting it together. The 3 pole pieces must align properly for all the other parts to fit right. It takes about 4-5 hours to assemble it right.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best portable hoop system at this price range Recently purchased this hoop as a gift for my 11 yr old daughter who plays CYO basketball. After a few days of online research and store visits I was confident this model was the correct setup for her needs and our budget for a portable hoop system. The main features that sold me on this unit were the large backboard and the dual weighting method of both water and sand bags. In advance of my installation review I will tell you the pros and cons of the hoop post installation. Pros: 1. Super stable system with just the water filled in the base. (I have added sand bags into the base and 2 ground screw anchors (into the adjacent grass) with ratcheting straps for additional safety.) 2. The backboard has superb bounce/feel. We all know portable hoops are infamous for a non-realistic “feel” when a shot goes off the backboard, but this model is amazing! Not only are shots received well off the backboard but the entire hoop system is stable and does not shake or rattle like other units I have played on before. 3. Ease of adjustment up and or down which my11 yr old and 7 yr old can operate on their own. Easy to move as well. Please note I only moved the hoop post assembly and before I filled it with water. I would imagine it would be more difficult to do after it is filled with water and probably produce unwanted stress on the support poles when trying to do so. I also adjusted the hoop height to the lowest level to make it a bit easier to move into its playing position. 4. Impressive overall size. While the system itself does not take up a huge amount of real estate the size of the backboard and hoop is great in comparison to others I have researched and played on. 5. Amazing quality. Even though there were other more expensive units and many less expensive units I truly believe this was the best value and quality for the price point. Cons: 1. The protective removable plastic film over the backboard gets stuck in the perimeter of the metal surround. I know this sounds petty, but they must apply this removable file over the backboard and then screw the metal surround on during manufacturing. What happens is when removing the film portions of it still remain between the metal surround and the backboard and are impossible to remove. This is more of an aesthetics issue as it does not affect the performance of the hoop but I am a perfectionist. 2. Believe it or not I have nothing else. The hoop met my expectations after my extensive research and comparisons. Shipping: 1. The box came from a freight forwarder. They contacted me to schedule a delivery date and time and arrived on time. It was unloaded and brought to my side yard. The overall package size was much smaller then I was anticipating but was heavy. You will need a furniture dolly or hand truck to move it around by yourself or 2 people. Assembly: (Assembly took approximately 3 hrs and 20 minutes with 1 person) 1. The parts and pieces in the box were packaged very well. After unboxing I suggest going through the manual to organize your main assembly parts and hardware according to the various stages to make assembly more efficient. This is definitely an item that needs to be installed outside unless you have very high ceilings/rafters in your garage. 2. Tools and Equipment needed: * Tape measure * Wood board (for assembly main poles together. (I used a 2x8 I had) * Saw Horse (I used a standard plastic saw horse) * Ladder or step ladder 8ft tall * Flat head screwdriver * Phillips head screwdriver * (2) 3/8” closed/open ended wrenches * (2) 1/2” closed/open ended wrenches * (2) 9/16” closed/open ended wrenches * (2) 3/8” sockets and socket wrenches * (2) 1/2” sockets * (2) 5/16” sockets * (2) 9/16” sockets * (2) 3/4” sockets * Socket wrench extension * Center punch * Adjustable box wrench * Hammer or mallet (I used a plastic weighted mallet to protect the paint) 3. The assembly instructions are pretty straightforward and provide ample description and illustrations to guide you. Below I will list my lessons learned during assembly and what step & page number of the assembly manual I am referencing to help anyone who is reading this and about to assemble one in the future. Step 3 (page 23) Make sure to take your time on this step as it is super critical to get correct. After you have measured and taped your 0’-3 1/2” line on your middle and bottom pole it is time to connect the middle pole to the top pole. Make sure your properly align the middle pole and top pole so that the vertical trough, or indent, on the middle pole is perfectly aligned with dimple/bump on the top pole. When bouncing, or picking up and hitting onto the wood, the two poles together against the piece of wood on the ground make sure your are making even contact on the top pole to the wood so that the pole connects evenly and is not skewed. Step 4 (page 24) The same principle as noted in step 3 above pertains to step 4. Only this time you will be bouncing the previously connected middle and top piece assembly into the bottom piece. This time there will be a vertical trough/indent on the bottom pole that will align with the dimple/bump on the middle pole. Again take your time to properly align. I also suggest standing on a step ladder when doing this section to get a higher hold on the pole producing s better bounce onto the wood for proper connection. For both Step 3 & step 4 the goal is to make sure the poles connect and reach your 0-3 1/2” tape mark ensuring you have proper overlap of the connecting poles for proper assembly. Step 5 (page 25) This was one of the more awkward steps. I found it easier to lay the base on its side and I supported the pole on top of one of the steps of my step ladder to get the pole to the proper position. I was then able to install the base plate and (2) bolts for this step. Make sure you have the pole oriented in the correct position as you do not want to start all over at later stages if your pole is 180 degrees off. Step 11 (page 31) This step looks tricky but just layout your pieces for each upper tube assembly and each lower tube assembly so that you have it “mocked” up before installing. For me it was easier installing the lower tube assembly with the triangle bracket first. Then I installed the upper bracket assembly. The most important part of this step is to NOT over tighten the bolt and lock nut. The diagram on page 31 shows that you have sufficiently tightened the bolt once the bolt end is flush, or even, with the outside face of the lock nut. (Over tightening these will make it difficult to lower and raise the hoop post assembly) Section B Step 1 (page 33) My only tip here is to make sure you are on an even surface with the base and the sawhorse. Also I would suggest placing several pieces of cardboard or a mat to protect the face of the backboard when doing this step. Section B Step 2 (page 34) My advice here is DO NOT over tighten. Use hand tools only and do not use an electric or air ratchet for this as you could crack the backboard. Section B Step 4 (page 37) Do not over tighten these screws as they will strip the threads and continue to spin...trust me I did this. I fortunately had larger screws that I was able to make work after re-threading these. Everything else is pretty straightforward and easy to do. Don’t forget to purchase a few bags of sand (buy the bags of sand in plastic bags and you can place them in black garbage bags to protect them from getting wet in the elements. I would not recommend placing the sand directly into the base compartment as it would make a mess and be difficult to remove if you ever want to move the entire hoop assembly to another location. I hope you all enjoy the hoop as much as we are!! Cheers, Chris
Date published: 2019-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best portable hoop at this price range! Recently purchased this hoop as a gift for my 11 yr old daughter who plays CYO basketball. After a few days of online research and store visits I was confident this model was the correct setup for her needs and our budget for a portable hoop system. The main features that sold me on this unit were the large backboard and the dual weighting method of both water and sand bags. In advance of my installation review I will tell you the pros and cons of the hoop post installation. Pros: 1. Super stable system with just the water filled in the base. (I have added sand bags into the base and 2 ground screw anchors (into the adjacent grass) with ratcheting straps for additional safety.) 2. The backboard has superb bounce/feel. We all know portable hoops are infamous for a non-realistic “feel” when a shot goes off the backboard, but this model is amazing! Not only are shots received well off the backboard but the entire hoop system is stable and does not shake or rattle like other units I have played on before. 3. Ease of adjustment up and or down which my11 yr old and 7 yr old can operate on their own. Easy to move as well. Please note I only moved the hoop post assembly and before I filled it with water. I would imagine it would be more difficult to do after it is filled with water and probably produce unwanted stress on the support poles when trying to do so. I also adjusted the hoop height to the lowest level to make it a bit easier to move into its playing position. 4. Impressive overall size. While the system itself does not take up a huge amount of real estate the size of the backboard and hoop is great in comparison to others I have researched and played on. 5. Amazing quality. Even though there were other more expensive units and many less expensive units I truly believe this was the best value and quality for the price point. Cons: 1. The protective removable plastic film over the backboard gets stuck in the perimeter of the metal surround. I know this sounds petty, but they must apply this removable file over the backboard and then screw the metal surround on during manufacturing. What happens is when removing the film portions of it still remain between the metal surround and the backboard and are impossible to remove. This is more of an aesthetics issue as it does not affect the performance of the hoop but I am a perfectionist. 2. Believe it or not I have nothing else. The hoop met my expectations after my extensive research and comparisons. Shipping: 1. The box came from a freight forwarder. They contacted me to schedule a delivery date and time and arrived on time. It was unloaded and brought to my side yard. The overall package size was much smaller then I was anticipating but was heavy. You will need a furniture dolly or hand truck to move it around by yourself or 2 people. Assembly: (Assembly took approximately 3 hrs and 20 minutes with 1 person) 1. The parts and pieces in the box were packaged very well. After unboxing I suggest going through the manual to organize your main assembly parts and hardware according to the various stages to make assembly more efficient. This is definitely an item that needs to be installed outside unless you have very high ceilings/rafters in your garage. 2. Tools and Equipment needed: * Tape measure * Wood board (for assembly main poles together. (I used a 2x8 I had) * Saw Horse (I used a standard plastic saw horse) * Ladder or step ladder 8ft tall * Flat head screwdriver * Phillips head screwdriver * (2) 3/8” closed/open ended wrenches * (2) 1/2” closed/open ended wrenches * (2) 9/16” closed/open ended wrenches * (2) 3/8” sockets and socket wrenches * (2) 1/2” sockets * (2) 5/16” sockets * (2) 9/16” sockets * (2) 3/4” sockets * Socket wrench extension * Center punch * Adjustable box wrench * Hammer or mallet (I used a plastic weighted mallet to protect the paint) 3. The assembly instructions are pretty straightforward and provide ample description and illustrations to guide you. Below I will list my lessons learned during assembly and what step & page number of the assembly manual I am referencing to help anyone who is reading this and about to assemble one in the future. Step 3 (page 23) Make sure to take your time on this step as it is super critical to get correct. After you have measured and taped your 0’-3 1/2” line on your middle and bottom pole it is time to connect the middle pole to the top pole. Make sure your properly align the middle pole and top pole so that the vertical trough, or indent, on the middle pole is perfectly aligned with dimple/bump on the top pole. When bouncing, or picking up and hitting onto the wood, the two poles together against the piece of wood on the ground make sure your are making even contact on the top pole to the wood so that the pole connects evenly and is not skewed. Step 4 (page 24) The same principle as noted in step 3 above pertains to step 4. Only this time you will be bouncing the previously connected middle and top piece assembly into the bottom piece. This time there will be a vertical trough/indent on the bottom pole that will align with the dimple/bump on the middle pole. Again take your time to properly align. I also suggest standing on a step ladder when doing this section to get a higher hold on the pole producing s better bounce onto the wood for proper connection. For both Step 3 & step 4 the goal is to make sure the poles connect and reach your 0-3 1/2” tape mark ensuring you have proper overlap of the connecting poles for proper assembly. Step 5 (page 25) This was one of the more awkward steps. I found it easier to lay the base on its side and I supported the pole on top of one of the steps of my step ladder to get the pole to the proper position. I was then able to install the base plate and (2) bolts for this step. Make sure you have the pole oriented in the correct position as you do not want to start all over at later stages if your pole is 180 degrees off. Step 11 (page 31) This step looks tricky but just layout your pieces for each upper tube assembly and each lower tube assembly so that you have it “mocked” up before installing. For me it was easier installing the lower tube assembly with the triangle bracket first. Then I installed the upper bracket assembly. The most important part of this step is to NOT over tighten the bolt and lock nut. The diagram on page 31 shows that you have sufficiently tightened the bolt once the bolt end is flush, or even, with the outside face of the lock nut. (Over tightening these will make it difficult to lower and raise the hoop post assembly) Section B Step 1 (page 33) My only tip here is to make sure you are on an even surface with the base and the sawhorse. Also I would suggest placing several pieces of cardboard or a mat to protect the face of the backboard when doing this step. Section B Step 2 (page 34) My advice here is DO NOT over tighten. Use hand tools only and do not use an electric or air ratchet for this as you could crack the backboard. Section B Step 4 (page 37) Do not over tighten these screws as they will strip the threads and continue to spin...trust me I did this. I fortunately had larger screws that I was able to make work after re-threading these. Everything else is pretty straightforward and easy to do. Don’t forget to purchase a few bags of sand (buy the bags of sand in plastic bags and you can place them in black garbage bags to protect them from getting wet in the elements. I would not recommend placing the sand directly into the base compartment as it would make a mess and be difficult to remove if you ever want to move the entire hoop assembly to another location. I hope you all enjoy the hoop as much as we are!! Cheers, Chris
Date published: 2019-01-02
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Poor construction If you live in a windy area do not buy this system. Even after being filled with water ours has blown over twice. Bent rim and smashes backboard. The base didnt even hold up. It's so thin that it cracked and all the water leaked out. Would be a great system indoors but outdoors it was a total waste of money.
Date published: 2019-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Solid hoop Product is great, although it doesn’t tell you what height the hoop is at. Maybe it wasn’t assembled correctly by the third party. And scheduling the assembly with Dicks third party provider was clunky and not user friendly.
Date published: 2019-05-02
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