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.
The main hazards associated with basketball rings are:
inappropriate installation of basketball rings combined with the act of slam dunking
installation of basketball rings over home 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.
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:
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.
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.