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Basketball rings and backboards

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The mandatory standard for basketball rings and backboards came into effect on 11 October 2005. It covers specific safety marking requirements for basketball rings and backboards.

Under the mandatory standard, a basketball ring is also known as a basketball hoop. Basketball rings are circular metal rings usually attached to a wall, column or other support structure. During the game of basketball, players pass the ball through the ring to score.

A basketball ring is often attached to a basketball backboard.  A basketball backboard is a flat board that provides a smooth surface for basketball rebounds.

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Hazards

Serious injuries and death

The main hazards associated with basketball rings are:

  • inappropriate installation of basketball rings combined with the act of slam dunking
  • installation of basketball rings and backboards onto brick walls around the home, such as over garage doors, where brick structures can be thin and weak. 

The practice of slam dunking places the full weight of the basketball player onto the ring. Serious injuries can occur where walls or posts cannot cope with the stress of slam dunks. These structures can collapse, exposing the player to falling bricks, posts, ring or backboard.  For many, the potential hazard of a collapsing wall is not apparent, particularly when the ring is attached to a seemingly solid brick wall.

Mandatory standard

The Trade Practices Regulation (Consumer Product Safety Standard) (Basketball Rings and Backboards) 2005 prescribes requirements for this mandatory standard. The mandatory standard came into effect on 11 October 2005.

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Under the ACL, supply includes:

  • in relation to goods - supply (including re-supply) by way of sale, exchange, lease, hire or hire-purchase, and
  • in relation to services - provide, grant or confer.

This mandatory standard applies to anyone in the business of supplying basketball rings and backboards, including:

  • manufacturers
  • importers
  • distributors
  • retailers
  • hirers.

To allow for staggered implementation, there are some cases where a mandatory standard or ban prescribes different compliance dates for the manufacturing, importing and supply of a product. Manufacturers, importers and distributors should check for this detail in the mandatory standard before embarking on production, importation or distribution of these goods.

Complying with the mandatory standard

For complete information about the mandatory requirements for basketball rings and backboards, you must read the Trade Practices Regulation (Consumer Product Safety Standard) (Basketball Rings and Backboards) 2005. This information is essential to ensure you and your business comply with the mandatory standard.

Suppliers may also find the Regulation impact statement—Basketball rings and backboards helpful in understanding aspects of the mandatory standard.

Penalties and consequences

Supplying basketball rings and backboards that don't comply with the mandatory standard can make you liable for heavy fines and product recalls. For more details view Penalties and consequences. 

Some key requirements

The requirements below are key requirements only. They may help to give suppliers a general idea of the detail they must look up in the regulation. This information may also assist consumers when they are choosing basketball rings and backboards.

While we provide some advice on this page to help you understand aspects of the standard you can visually check, suppliers must not rely on this information as a complete guide to compliance.

Safety markings

The mandatory standard for basketball rings and backboards is an information standard that requires:

  • the supply of basketball rings and backboards to be accompanied by specific warnings attached to the product packaging, or if not packaged then attached to the product; and
  • for backboards to be marked with a permanent warning.

Warning 1

The ring or backboard must be accompanied with the following warning:

WARNING: IMPROPER INSTALLATION OR SWINGING ON THE RING MAY CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH

Warning 2

The supply of a ring or backboard must carry the following warning symbol (not actual size):

Warning image stating that users should not swing on the basketball ring.

Warning 3

Backboards must be permanently and conspicuously marked with the following warning. The warning must be clearly legible and in characters not less than 10mm in height.

WARNING: SWINGING ON THE RING MAY CAUSE SERIOUS INJURY OR DEATH

Alerts

When completing do-it-yourself projects around the home, remember that safety comes first for yourself and for others.

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