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A quality basketball goal is a must-have piece of sporting equipment for any school, gymnasium, recreational facility, church gym, or playground. Basketball goals are also extremely popular among…

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Whether you are designing an indoor or outdoor court, the same basic factors will go into planning: determining size and layout, choosing the flooring surface, and picking the right basketball goal.…

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Basketball Court Planning. When planning a new basketball court, the first step is to determine for what it will be used. Basketball court dimensions are standardized by the National Basketball…

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Soccer is immensely popular among young budding athletes, and it seems that, for kids, if they're not getting started in the sport at a very young age, they end up getting left behind and caught in…

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You may know everything there is to know about the sport of soccer and still not be aware of some of the more important facts about soccer equipment. Many soccer coaches, parents and players probably…

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Customers often ask us if there is a uniform basketball goal regulation height. The answer is yes: the regulation height of the top edge of the rim of the basketball hoop is 10' from the ground. This…

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Basketball goal and basketball hoop are two terms which are often used interchangeably. Our customers frequently ask us if there is a difference between basketball hoops and basketball goals. When it…

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A basketball goal is an essential part of any recreational facility, school gymnasium, or home court. Portable basketball hoops are ideal for homes in communities that do not allow permanent…

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You have invested money in a basketball hoop to add recreational value to your driveway, improve your game, or give your kids something to do when you chase them outside to get some exercise and fresh…

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Keep your gymnasium up to date with the very best equipment. Since basketball hoops are the focal point of many gyms, what are some of the tips you should be following in your quest for the best…

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Whether you are a serious volleyball player or just one who enjoys the sport recreationally, the right volleyball system is out there for you. Competition volleyball systems are made from rigid steel,…

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Learn about the different football goals on the market and how each can be used. Find the right football goal for your field. The sport of football, ever evolving, has come a long way from the days…

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Discover the different types of basketball hoops available for residential use and decide which one is right for your needs. If you want to place a recreation center in your own yard or driveway, or…

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When the time has come for amateur athletes of all stripes to purchase that basketball hoop and backboard that might just transform you from an average Joe into the next NCAA superstar, that long…

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Once upon a time, dunking was against the rules in college basketball games. Then, even after those restrictions were relaxed, it long remained illegal to dunk during warmups of a high school…

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The sport of basketball is not complex, but to the uninitiated, the series of lines and markings on a basketball court can look like a confusing set of hieroglyphics. What does it all mean? Learn…

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You have the hoop, and you're ready for tip-off. Or are you? Even after you purchase a backboard and rim for a basketball system you plan to have endless hours of fun with, the truth is you can add…

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Improve your basketball game by learning to predict where missed shots will rebound. Focuses and data and real life observations. Far too many amateur basketball players are, unfortunately, experts on…

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If you're about to play a game of basketball, in addition to your shorts, sneakers, wristbands and sports drinks, make sure you don't forget your shot. For all the amateur basketball players who log…

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Whether you're buying new athletic equipment for use at home, at a school or at a sports complex, you'll need to think about whether you have the space to store it when it's not in use. In some cases,…

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Keep the crowd comfortable and the players, too, with the selection of bleachers and team benches available at First Team. All bleachers and benches sold at First Team are made with aluminum seat and…

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What kind of team do you have? Is your organization one that is better suited to having permanent sports benches, or will portable benches suffice? Permanent in-ground players' benches that are…

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Proper attention to both physical safety and health concerns can really have a positive impact on sports participation. For anyone competing in sports, whether it is youngsters just starting out in a…

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Upgrade the appearance of your gymnasium while making it a significantly safer venue for basketball games and other sporting events by installing the proper wall padding and column padding. Basketball…

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Buying new bleachers is a great upgrade for any sports facility. But if you're not sure what size of bleachers to purchase, it can cause stress over whether your chosen seating will be sufficient. Use…

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Volleyball is a lot of fun, whether it's played in a gym, in the backyard, the park or on the beach. But for many, the lines and markings on a volleyball court are confusing. In order to clear up the…

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Find the right lacrosse goal for your needs by considering age and skill level. Lacrosse goals come in several shapes and sizes. Lacrosse is a sport whose popularity continues to grow by leaps and…

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Football fields in the United States sport different dimensions than those in Canadian Football, which plays by different rules with a field that is both longer and wider. For the uninitiated, some of…

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Shopping for a new soccer goal? If you are, the dilemma over whether you should opt for a portable soccer goal or a permanent goal is one that requires some thought and consideration. Your decision…

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Buying wall padding for your gymnasium or sports facility is a smart move. It's sure to keep players safer and reduce injuries during practices and games. However, it's important to make sure your…

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Athletic equipment is always safest when it is regularly inspected and maintained. Keeping an eye on each piece of equipment is a great way to help ensure the safety of all players. The frequency of…

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Tip-N-Roll Bleachers are an innovative seating solution that many sports facilities are using to provide comfortable, safe seating for spectators. Learn more about this unique bleacher style and why…

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A sport whose recent growth in popularity can match that of just about any other in the country, lacrosse is being played by a lot more youths at the lower levels and in high school now than ever…

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Keep your goal post looking great and working its best with a simple 5-point football maintenance goal post checklist. In addition to making sure that your football team has a neat and well-manicured…

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Even serious soccer fans might sometimes get confused and wonder what some of the lines and markings on the pitch actually stand for. Every level of soccer uses similar markings, although the size of…

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Have you ever wondered how the breakaway basketball rim came to be? Check out this guide to the history of this unique sports equipment and why it's still so important today. There are several…

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If safety is your number one priority, you've come to the right place. First Team offers a great selection of athletic equipment designed with player safety in mind. You'll love that so many of our…

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Bleachers make sporting events so much more enjoyable to watch. Spectators get to enjoy comfortable seating so their focus stays on the competition. However, safety is an important issue when it comes…

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Get help choosing between a portable or permanent volleyball net with this insightful post. Considers usage, features and more. Volleyball has become one of the most popular participant sports in the…

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Keep your lacrosse goal looking great and working well with proper maintenance. Includes tips on net and pole maintenance. The care and maintenance of your lacrosse goal and net are easy to take for…

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Football goal posts are available for commercial and residential applications. The dimensions of the goal post will vary depending on the cost and size of the unit. Below you will find the three most…

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Learn what it takes to properly care for and maintain your soccer goal. Perfect for home users, new coaches and more. Once you purchase and install soccer goals on your own pitch or in your backyard,…

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If you thinking about buying a new basketball goal, you might find yourself stumped over the difference between glass and acrylic backboards. It is common for people to use these terms…