Cut one of the sand bags' corners about an inch wide with scissors and slowly pour the sand into the funnel. Lift the base up once you've poured all of the sand from the first bag into it by grasping the goal's pole and dragging it down. This causes the sand to travel to the front of the base. Replace the goal's pole and repeat until the base is filled.
Now, take the second sandbag and repeat the process, this time pouring it into the base where the first bag was cut out. Make sure to let the base sit for at least 24 hours after filling it before using it for training.
Sandbags are useful tools for creating different types of obstacles in your basketball court. You can fill them with dirt, gravel, or water to create hills, ramps, or pools, respectively. The options are limited only by your imagination!
You can also use sandbags as weights for exercises. If you have enough bags, you can even use them as body weight by filling them with water and holding them above your head in split jumps or push-ups for cardio workouts.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to using sandbags on and off the court!
Using a funnel to fill the base can help reduce the likelihood of sand leaking. A special gel intended to stabilize bases is a third alternative for your hoop. The gel, which is made of an absorbent polymer, will be mixed with water. This combination has the potential to weigh the same as several bags of sand. Before using the new mixture, let it sit for at least 30 minutes to ensure that it's not too stiff.
The funnel method works like this: First, use a funnel to pour the filling into the base until it is almost full. Don't overfill or the base may not be able to support its own weight. Then, carefully tap the bottom of the base to release any air bubbles or the filling might leak during play. Finally, level the surface of the filling with a tool such as a chopstick or spoon to create a uniform height across the board.
This method can be effective but is not always necessary. For example, if you are filling a new basketball base then it makes sense to use the funnel since it allows you to get all of the excess material out of the way. On older balls, though, this technique results in some areas being filled more than others which could lead to problems later.
The last option involves taking the ball off of its stand and filling it that way. This is possible because each ball has a hole near the top that fits over a screw.
A well-balanced foundation guarantees a safe and stable basketball experience. The size of your foundation should be specified in the owner's handbook for your basketball goal. A 35-gallon base is standard for most portable basketball goal systems. If your foundation is 35 gallons, buy 10 bags of 50-pound sand bags from a home supply store. This should be enough sand for about 100 games.
The weight of the sand will vary depending on the type of sand used. Generally, the heavier the better. Coarse sand is more dense and will keep the ball closer to the backboard. Fine sand is less dense and will let the ball roll farther away from the backboard. Both types of sand are needed for a balanced foundation. Use the information from your owner's manual to pick the right weight of sand for your system.
It's recommended that you add some type of stabilizer to the base of your foundation. This helps the sand hold its shape and not collapse under its own weight. Some options include: gravel, crushed stone, marbles, or recycled plastic bottles. These can be added directly to the base of the foundation or placed between the sand and the netting.
You'll want to check the stability of your foundation before you pour any concrete. The easiest way to do this is by standing on the ground side of the basket and kicking your foot against the base of the pole holding up the net.