If you use your home basketball hoop regularly, there are some great accessories that will make play even more fun.
A guard net is designed to do three things: protect property around and behind the base of the goal, prevent children from chasing balls into a street or an area such as a garden, and return the ball to the play area.
There are two types of guard nets available. One type is an upright mesh rectangle ranging from 10 to 30 feet wide by 5 feet high that is supported by steel posts, guide lines and ground anchors. It can be placed behind the basketball hoop to protect gardens and property behind it, or on the opposite side of the driveway to prevent balls from rolling into the street. It can also be used in the yard as a divider for other games like badminton or volleyball.
The second type of guard net attaches to the basketball backboard. It is a mesh net that is narrower at the top and about 9 feet wide at the base and 9 to 10 feet high. The net hooks to your goal and can be anchored with bungee cords and sand bags on the ground. The net can be angled forward to create a rebounder, providing a great training tool for free-throw practice. This type of net will also provide protection for gardens and property behind the goal from runaway balls
Another type of accessory that may be helpful is padding. Pads and sleeves are available for both the backboard and the pole. Some pole sleeves are designed to fit any size pole, others are made only for 4 inch square or 3 1/2 inch round poles.
You can also purchase stencil kits for marking court lines for less than $10. These kits comes with special chalk that withstands play but washes off with water.