How Basketball Hoop Overhang Determines Installation Location

Deciding where to place your basketball hoop and how big of a hoop you might need could potentially be a difficult decision for many. But with the help of Goalsetter, it does not have to be difficult anymore!

One major factor that will determine the location your basketball hoop should be installed, and which hoop you would like to own is known as overhang. 

Overhang is the distance from the front face of the basketball hoop pole to the front face of the backboard of the hoop. Overhang allows for play to continue underneath the basket without hitting the pole and is a very important safety feature. Paired with a thick pole pad, the overhang protects players from impacting the pole during aggressive play.

Goalsetter in-ground hoops feature a ground anchor hinge system that is set in concrete, so it is important to be confident with your placement before beginning the installation process. When you are considering where to install your Goalsetter anchor kit, you must first decide which model of Goalsetter you will be purchasing. 

Too much overhang can reduce the amount of court space and cause excessive shaking due to the weight of the backboard being suspended too far from the main pole. Try looking for approximately 2 feet to 4 feet of overhang for the best balance of safety as well as performance. A basketball hoop with an overhang of 5 feet or more can compromise performance because the weight of the glass backboard will increase shake in the system. A basketball hoop with an overhang of 5 feet will actually encroach on the play surface by more than 7 feet once you add the 25 inches of rim that come out from the backboard surface.

Overhang changes each time as the basketball goal is adjusted manually. Goalsetter basketball hoops are adjustable from the height of 6 feet to the NBA and NCAA regulation height of 10 feet. 

Now you are more than ready to shop Goalsetter in-ground basketball hoops. Do you still have more questions in regards to your specific hoops or hoops in general? Give us a call at 1-800-467-1421 or email We would be happy to help you! We also have more helpful resources to help you shop basketball goals for sale online or to assist you in installing your basketball hoops. Check out our installation guide straight from our website: Also be sure to take a look at our how to choose a hoop guide as well. 

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