Basketball Hoop FAQs During Winter Months

Basketball Hoop FAQs During Winter Months

Basketball Hoop FAQs During Winter Months

basketball.jpgLast week, 49 of 50 states in America had snow on the ground in at least some part of the state. Florida was the only state to escape the big snow storms hitting the rest of the country. 

With cold temperatures upon us, there are many questions that come up about winterizing basketball systems and what steps should be taken to ensure your system is ready for next spring. Here are some FAQs that will hopefully shed some light on questions you may have concerning your basketball hoop.

Q:  Should I use antifreeze in a Lifetime portable base during the winter months?

A:  No, antifreeze is not necessary. Lifetime bases are made out of high-density polyethylene plastic that is flexible enough to expand with the water when it freezes.

Q:  What other maintenance is required to weatherize my basketball system?

A:  Lifetime’s basketball systems are built specifically to withstand all types of weather. All of our parts are designed to handle both cold and hot temperatures, so there really isn’t much maintenance needed to prepare your system for weather changes. However, it is usually a good idea to take down the nylon net when the system is not being used so it does not deteriorate over time.

Q:  What routine maintenance is suggested to get my basketball hoop ready for play again in the spring?

A:  Even though our systems are built to withstand harsh weather conditions, there are a few things we suggest doing in the spring to ensure optimal performance.

  1. Make sure to check the water level in your portable base and fill it to capacity.
  2. Check and replace the nylon net if worn or damaged.
  3. Though not required, it is usually a good idea to spray lubricant on pivot points or moving parts for optimal performance. 

Q:  Is it better to use sand or water in my portable base?

A: Lifetime uses water in our bases to test the performance of the basketball systems. We ensure the systems can handle up to 40 mph winds without tipping over. However, sand is also a good option, and each one has pros and cons.

Sand: Is about 45% denser than water, making it more difficult to tip the system over. This is good if you slam-dunk a lot, but bad if you regularly move the portable system around. Sand is more expensive and difficult to put in the base, but sand does not evaporate like water. 

Water: Is cheaper and usually takes less effort to obtain. However, water can also evaporate over time, making it necessary to check the water level in a base regularly.



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Jackie Hjelmstad

5/20/2011 1:21:48 AM

Our family purchased our first portable Lifetime basketball system last spring. Our children enjoyed playing with the system on a daily basis. We live in a cold climate during the winter months, and had filled the base with water that we refilled on a as-needed basis. Over the winter months, which can become quite cold, we followed the recommended directions, and left the base, hoop, and backboard in place for the season. After spring arrived, as we arrived home one day, we noted that our basketball system was tipped over and had damaged a vehicle in the driveway on a windy day. After careful inspection, we noted a hole in the corner of the base that had developed over the winter. After much internet and Lifetime company search, I have been unable to locate a dealer or other store that will sell the base separately. The remainder of the system is in good working condition. I do not feel that the stability of the base in colder winter months withstands the claims mentioned above. We have not had our system one year, and now will likely have to replace the hoop and backboard/pole as well, since we have been unable to locate a separate base for purchase. We are pretty disappointed in the base, and will likely not purchase another for our driveway.



5/20/2011 4:47:25 PM

I am sorry that you had a bad experience with one of our portable bases.  As you have read, our bases are designed to withstand the harsh conditions of the cold winter months.

Based on what you have shared, I assume your systems base must have had some type of manufacturing flaw.  I have forwarded your information to our customer service department.  They should be contacting you in the near future about finding the replacement part you will need.

Once again, I am sorry this happened to your basketball system.



Robert Orlowski

7/15/2012 11:40:06 AM

We have an issue with our bottom as well. Last week we retuned home to ind a puddle. Under our net, further inspection showed that Seam had split apart and all the water leaked out. I as well am finding it difficult to repair. I have tried jb weld and silicone one caulk to no avail. I would like to get it repaired since the rest of the net is in great shape since it is only a year old.



7/26/2012 3:54:32 PM

Robert, I'm so sorry to hear about this. Since it is only a year old, it is still under warranty. So be sure to contact our Customer Care department so they can get you taken care of.  1-800-225-3865 or



7/25/2012 10:26:58 AM

We just bought a Lifetime portable hoop and my husband filled it with sand, but he lost the cap !! Where can we get a replacement cap so water doesn't get into the base? Thank you so much!!



7/26/2012 3:52:19 PM

Not a problem at all. Simply contact our Customer Care department and they can send you one.  1-800-225-3865 or


Al Martinez

6/13/2016 2:50:53 AM

Hello, I have been trying to find a base cap for portable system that was stolen but have had no luck finding it anywhere. Product id #is 0815507 model number 71286. The water spilled out and the court tipped over, severely bending the rim and a small crack in the shatter proof backboard. I found a lifetime slam-it rim on amazon and would like to know if it is compatible with my model. Product Dimensions: 24 x 20 x 4 inches Shipping Weight: 11.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies) Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S. International Shipping: This item can be shipped to select countries outside of the U.S. Learn More Origin: USA ASIN: B00410Z1YK Item model number: 5820 Thank you for your help, Al Martinez

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