How Overhang Determines Installation Location

Deciding where to place your basketball hoop and how big of one you need can be a difficult decision. But with help from Goalsetter, it doesn’t have to be.

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

Overhang is the distance from the front face of the pole to the front face of the backboard. Overhang allows for play underneath the basket without hitting the pole and is an important safety feature. Paired with a thick pole pad, 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’s important to be confident with your placement before beginning the installation process. When considering where to install your Goalsetter anchor kit, first decide which model of Goalsetter you will purchase. 

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. Look for approximately 2 feet to 4 feet of overhang for the best balance of safety and 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 as the basketball goal is adjusted. Goalsetter basketball hoops are adjustable from height of 6 feet to the NBA and NCAA regulation height of 10 feet. 

Now you’re ready to shop Goalsetter in-ground basketball hoops. Do you still have questions? Give us a call at 1-800-362-4625 or email

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