The Best Deck Mount Basketball Hoops For Swimming Pools (2021 Edition)

A lot of pool owners like to add a basketball hoop to their pool. A properly installed pool basketball goal will not only enhance the looks of the swimming pool but also provide hours of fun for the whole family.

Your kids will love to invite their friends over, too!

Deck mount basketball hoops most commonly come in the shape of a basketball hoop for pool sleeves or are bolted onto the pool deck. They’re the pricier option and range from $500 for a junior sized hoop to $4000 for a heavy duty, professional regulation sized pool basketball hoop for adults that is also adjustable in height and can withstand serious play and horsing around.

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S.R. Smith S-BASK-44 Swim N Dunk

S.R. Smith supplies several basketball hoops specifically designed to last well in harsh, corrosive environments like coastal climates and saltwater pools.

S.R. Smith S-BASK-44 Swim N Dunk basketball hoop

Excellent for pools – including saltwater!

The two stainless steel legs are not just made of stainless steel but also sealed and coated with vinyl for extra protection. 

The competition grade acrylic board with regulation rim easily copes when the game gets serious and competitive.

Price: Upper Range

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The Swim N Dunk in action.

Dunnrite Clear swimming pool basketball hoop

The best DECK MOUNTED pool basketball hoop for the money

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Dunn Rite manufactures a range of basketball and volleyball sets for the swimming pool.

The minimalist design of the Clear Hoop adds value to any pool. Thanks to the use of stainless steel it is well suited for the harsh pool environment including salt water pools.

Dunnrite deck mounted clear hoop pool basketball hoop

The post requires a 2 3/8″ hole or pool sleeve of that diameter. Once the post is inserted the set up is complete and creates a wonderfully uncluttered pool environment.

The clear ⅕ inch thick clear backboard and curved stainless steel post look very stylish and will do so for years to come. 

There are two rim size options available: the 18″ regulation size and the 14″ Junio sized to choose from.

Dunnrite Clear REGULATION Sized Hoop

Dunnrite pool basketball hoop rim

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Dunnrite Clear JUNIOR Sized Hoop

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First Team HydroShot Select

Adjustable Swimming Pool Basketball Hoop System

If you love playing basketball in the pool and you know things can get carried away a little you’ll need a tough unit to stand up to it.

deck mounted pool basketball hoop for saltwater hydroshot

The Hydroshot from First Team is tough. The post is a 4″ square stainless steel leg. Next comes the dual strut arm to adjust the height from as low as 30″ above water to a whopping 84″.

Height is adjusted by using a crank handle at the back.

This system can’t just be bought and plonked on the poolside. It is not a basketball hoop for a pool sleeve. Instead, it requires proper installing. Here are the instructions for installation to give you a taste of what’s involved.: Installation instructions

First Team provides hoops like this to commercial places like water parks.  So you can rest assured that everything is truly competition grade: the acrylic 36″ x 60″ backboard, the rim and unit.

There is no way around it, this kind of superior quality pool basketball hoop suitable for adults comes with a serious price tag.

Heavy Duty Specs:

  • A pool basketball hoop for DUNKING
  • A tough STAINLESS STEEL adjustable system
  • Easy to use unrestricted height adjustment
  • A heavy duty flex goal

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This is a demonstration of the Heavy Duty Flex Goal from First Team, Inc.  Underneath the cover plate, there are 2 springs that provide the responsive return action for the breakaway function. As the players hang on the rim, the springs compress, and the rim returns to its original position when it’s released. 

The rim on the FT186 is built with extremely strong .1875″ steel construction. It’s supported over 60 percent of the ring with a welded-on ring support.

The entire ring is powder coated in orange for exterior durability just like the best professional goals used in sports.

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What about portable basketball hoops? You’re in luck! Read my helpful post with the best portable basketball hoops for 2020.

Your comments are welcome!

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  2. Sir i am hoping you can find or assist me in replacing my 44 inch fiberglass backboard for my inground pool. It is a single deck mounted pole that was built into the deck when the pool was built. It is very similar to your Dunn rite My mount pole is about 46 inches in length ,3 and 1/2 inch wide, with whats called a U-turn lift system that basically just slides down over the mounting pole and you tighten 4 bolts. I am trying to find at least a 44inch rectangle replacement fiberglass basketball backboard to replace the backboard that broke after years of use. any advice or assistance would be greatly appreciated . I am hoping to find something that will work with my existing pole .


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