Basketball rings & backboards

People are at risk of serious injury when using a poorly-secured basketball ring for slam dunks. Always make sure your basketball ring is installed appropriately and carries the mandatory safety warnings.

About basketball rings and backboards

Basketball rings are attached to a wall, column or other support structure. They are often sold with a backboard, which provides a smooth surface for basketball rebounds.

Risks and injuries

Serious injuries and death can occur if:

  • users slam dunk on a basketball ring that is installed inappropriately
  • a basketball ring is installed onto brick walls around the home, such as over garage doors, where brick structures are weak.

The practice of slam dunking places the full weight of the player onto the ring. Serious injuries can occur when basketball rings and backboards are attached to brick walls and posts that are unable to cope with the stress of slam dunking. These structures can collapse, exposing the player to falling bricks, posts, ring or backboard. The potential hazard of a collapsing wall is not always apparent, particularly when the ring is attached to a seemingly solid brick wall.

To minimise these risks there is a mandatory safety standard for these products.

Buying tips

  • Check that the product or the product packaging has the mandatory safety warnings attached.
  • Ensure the backboard is marked with a permanent safety warning about the dangers of swinging on the basketball ring.

Safe use

  • Arrange for a building professional to check that walls are sound and that basketball rings are securely attached.
  • Never hang or swing on the basketball ring.