Almost all portable basketball goals has a height adjustment mechanism. Some are quick and easy to use while others take a little more time and effort. If you are not aware of the differences then I believe this post will clarify everything for you.

Adjustable Basketball GoalThe five mechanism are:

  • Telescoping pole: This mechanism you find on the cheaper goals that are usually for kids. It works¬† by having two poles. One pole is attached to the base and the other holds the backboard that can move in and out of the base pole.


  • Broom stick adjustment: This is used on some of the less expensive portable basketball hoops. A long stick is used to unlock a ratchet system behind the backboard. That same stick is used to lower or raise it to height of your choice. You may have heard of this mechanism referred to as “exact height”.¬† At first glance this may seem to be annoying to use but if you do not intend to raise and lower your adjustable basketball goal often then it’s not that big of a deal. I wouldn’t let it deter you of getting the goal you wanted.


  • Trigger handle: With this system there is a trigger on the back of the pole. You just pull on the trigger to unlock it then you move the rim by moving the handle up and down. Once you select your desired height all you have to do is release the trigger and the backboard will stabilize.


  • Pneumatic adjustment: This one is similar to the trigger handle except it uses a gas pressure to raise and lower the basketball goal.


  • Crank handle: The crank handle is one of the easiest to use and found on the more expensive goals. It does take a little more time to raise and lower the goal but the simplicity makes up for it. Crank handles are offered with an internal or external location mechanism. What this means is that the internal design encloses most of the components inside the main pole of the basketball system while the external design has the majority of the crank components outside of the pole. If you choose the internal design expect to pay $100 more than the external.

Some adjustable goals adjust in increments such as 7.5, 8.0, 8.5, 9.0 while others adjusts infinitely. For example: 7.5, 7.8, 8.2, 8.3. I personally do not know why that type of adjustment is necessary since most players want their goal adjusted to the height played in leagues and schools.

I hope this information clarifies for you the differences in adjustment systems on an adjustable basketball goal. If you have not read my blog about the differences between acrylic and polycarbonate click here.

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