Lifetime365http://blog.lifetime.comThe Lifetime blog by LIFETIME PRODUCTS. Written by experts in backyard and home products: folding tables and chairs, basketball hoops, outdoor sheds, playsets, and many other products that you likely use every day. We'll share with you breaking company ne24023 Mar 2018 3:14:39 AMLifetime365en-usDear Family – a Letter from Dad<p>Bill Cosby had it right. Yes, many of us dads are the &ldquo;fun ones,&rdquo; the &ldquo;jokesters,&rdquo; and the &ldquo;dress up dolls.&rdquo; There are fathers all over the world &ldquo;who get things they can&rsquo;t use and . . . don&rsquo;t want.&rdquo; With Father&rsquo;s Day coming up I wanted to offer some suggestions for things that Dad actually wants:</p> <p><strong>Want</strong> &ndash; <a href="">Deck Box</a>. Give dad a Lifetime Deck Box so he has somewhere to quickly put away all of the kid&rsquo;s toys left on the lawn. Keep them safe so he doesn't hit them with the lawn mower anymore. So, really . . . it&rsquo;s a gift that keeps giving.&nbsp; <br /><strong>Don&rsquo;t Want</strong> &ndash; Another light-up, pink, paisley, or superhero tie. It&rsquo;s just another burp rag for the baby to spit up on.</p> <p><strong>Want</strong> &ndash; New <a href="">shed</a> to store all the yard tools in.&nbsp;You know you all keep telling us to put the tools away.<br /><strong>Don&rsquo;t Want</strong> &ndash; &ldquo;Cute&rdquo; stuffed animal driver cover to hang on his golf bag. In case you haven&rsquo;t forgotten, we&rsquo;re not perpetual 6-year-olds. We&rsquo;re men! *grunt*</p> <p><strong>Want</strong> &ndash; <a href="">Horizontal shed</a> to store the kid&rsquo;s bikes in &ndash; and get them out of the garage. The more organization, the better, right?<br /><strong>Don&rsquo;t Want</strong> &ndash; One of those visors with fake hair attached to it. Bald is beautiful.</p> <p><strong>Want</strong> &ndash; <a href="">Kayak</a> or <a href="">paddleboard</a> for taking to the lake. Everybody wins!<br /><strong>Don&rsquo;t Want</strong> &ndash; Nose hair trimmer. Well, not unless we ask for it. We&rsquo;re not complete animals. Besides, it&rsquo;s not nose hair, it&rsquo;s part of my mustache and mustaches are manly.</p> <p><strong>Want</strong> &ndash; <a href="">Picnic table</a> for serving his masterfully cooked BBQ. We&rsquo;ll gladly give all you moms a night off from cooking. <br /><strong>Don&rsquo;t Want</strong> &ndash; Car Wax. Believe me, we have plenty.</p> <p><strong>Want</strong> &ndash; <a href="">Basketball hoop</a>. Again . . . it&rsquo;s for the kids . . . really.<br /><strong>Don&rsquo;t Want</strong> &ndash; Coffee mug. We appreciate the &ldquo;World&rsquo;s Greatest Dad&rdquo; compliment, but we're still bying for the World's Greatest NBA player title.</p> <p>Take a look at the clock. It's 4:00 and the clubs are still open! Head over to pick up one of our great Lifetime products for Dad this year, and let him know just how much you love him.<br /><iframe src="" frameborder="0" width="560" height="315"></iframe></p>Darrin10 Jun 2014 3:24:06 PMRepeat to Three-Peat?<p><img src="" alt="Portable.jpg" width="300" height="300" />The NBA Finals are hours away. Who do you have? Either way I think this is going to be an exciting rematch from the 2013 finals. Finals rematches don't come around too often so make sure you watch history in the making. The Spurs are coming for redemption and Heat are trying for a three-peat. The NBA Finals are always an exciting time of year in my house. We like to grill up BBQ for dinner and watch the games as a family. After the games, get out on a Lifetime Basketball system and shoot some hoops with the family to bring it home.</p>Vince05 Jun 2014 3:31:08 PMA Gift That Moves People<p><img src="" alt="Holiday_Infographic_BBall.jpg" width="540" height="1332" /></p>Vince13 Dec 2013 10:05:00 AMThe Week of Basketball Win<p>The Miami Heat made an amazing comeback! If you didn&rsquo;t catch the final two games of the NBA Finals, you really missed out.<img src="" alt="90227.jpg" width="200" height="200" /></p> <p>AND we have a winner of our Portable Basketball Giveaway. They'll receive the Lifetime 48&rdquo; Elite Basketball System. This versatile basketball hoop is perfect for way to keep the basketball season going. A shatter-proof backboard will endure countless games, while the Slam-It Rim is tough enough to handle all of your dunks. Easily adjust the height of the system using only one hand thanks to our innovative Speed Shift&trade; technology.</p> <p>Congratulations to our winner: <br /><span style="font-size: small;"><strong>&bull; Melissa O. &ndash; Richmond, KY</strong></span></p> <p>Thanks to everyone who entered the giveaway. If you weren't a winner but still looking for a new basketball hoop, you can find them at your local <a href=";kw=90227&amp;origkw=90227" target="_blank">Dick&rsquo;s Sporting Goods</a> or at <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime&rsquo;s online store</a>.</p>Zach28 Jun 2013 10:55:12 AMOnly Three Games Left - Enter to Win a Portable Hoop<p>The <a href="" target="_blank">NBA Finals</a>&nbsp;are in full swing. The showdown between the Miami Heat and San Antonio Spurs has been going back and forth for four games now. Will the Big Three repeat their game-four performance or will San Antonio&rsquo;s savvy veterans and young bench continue to cause problems for the Heat? Only three games left before basketball comes to a head.</p> <p><img src="" alt="Fade_A_Way.jpg" width="250" height="167" />Even though the NBA season is ending, it doesn&rsquo;t mean the basketball season has to end. One of my favorite pastimes were the summer night spent in the driveway playing basketball (way back then, we had a Lifetime Hoop!) with my brothers and friends. A lot of time was spent pretending to be one of the legendary players from the 80&rsquo;s and 90&rsquo;s: Bird, Magic, Jordan, Stockton, and Malone (let&rsquo;s be honest, I have a little hometown bias on the last two). With a new generation, come new stars to mimic: Kobe, LeBron, Durant.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Basketball Systems&nbsp;</a>are the perfect addition to any driveway, whether you&rsquo;re looking to install a&nbsp; hoop permanently with an <a href="" target="_blank">In-Ground System</a>&nbsp;or want the convenience of a <a href="" target="_blank">Portable System</a>, Lifetime has a hoop for you!</p> <p><img src="/imagecache/blog/90227.jpg" alt="90227.jpg" width="200" height="200" />To get ready for summer, Lifetime will give away one <a href="" target="_blank">48&rdquo; Elite Basketball Hoop</a> with a shatter-proof backboard, a Slam-It Rim, and a Speed Shift&trade;&nbsp; height adjustment that allows for one-hand adjustments. Your budding basketball star will find hours of enjoyment from this hoop.</p> <p>To enter to win, send an email to <a href=""></a> (with the subject &ldquo;48&rdquo; Elite Basketball Giveaway&rdquo;) and let us know who you think is going to win the NBA Finals &ndash;&nbsp;the Miami Heat or the San Antonio Spurs.</p> <p>For additional entries, "Like&rdquo; Lifetime Products&nbsp;on <a href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href=""></a> with your full name telling us you "Like" Lifetime Products and you'll receive one bonus entry. Also, follow us on Twitter (<a href="" target="_blank">@Lifetime365</a>) and retweet to your friends "I need this 48-Inch Elite Basketball Hoop&nbsp;that @Lifetime365 is giving away!" to receive one bonus entry.</p> <p>The contest begins Friday, June 14, 2013 and will end Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 12:00 Midnight MT.&nbsp; We will announce the random winner on Friday, June 28, 2013. (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp; Click here for complete contest rules.) So good luck, and get ready for a great basketball final!</p> <p><br />&nbsp;</p>Zach14 Jun 2013 3:11:50 PMFinal Four<p>One and Done. That's what is so exciting about March Madness. The performances you never forget are just that.&nbsp; If you've watched even a minute of tournament basketball in your life, you have those memories.</p> <p><img src="" alt="Fade_A_Way.jpg" width="275" height="183" />Often the Final Four Teams are not the best teams in America. But in my house, that's okay. Why? We tend to follow the Cinderella stories and rooting for the underdog has become a family tradition.</p> <p>The Wichita State Shockers are that team &ndash; stunning March and making it to Atlanta to play the #1 team in the tournament: Louisville. Will the clock turn midnight before Wichita State can finish their run? Who knows. But I know my family and I will be glued to the TV hoping for that Cinderella story to end happily ever after.</p> <p>Want to have your own Final Four fun? Check out our basketball page on <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and pick up your own hoop today.</p>Vince03 Apr 2013 4:39:20 PMFirst 10 Customers Get 40% Off The New Lifetime Netball System!<p>Be one of the first 10 customers to purchase the new Lifetime <a href="" target="_blank">Netball</a> system on <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and get 40% off the regular price! (One system per customer.)&nbsp; Lifetime Products has added the unique game of Netball to its line up of basketball hoops so don't miss this introductory special. The Netball system is not like any other basketball hoop. It is designed with a portable 10 gallon base, a telescoping pole that adjusts from 7.5 to 10 ft, and a 15" rim, but unlike other basketball goals, it does not have a backboard. That makes it much more challenging to get the ball in the net!&nbsp;<img src="" alt="1111netball.jpg" width="363" height="259" align="right" /></p> <p>The game of Netball was derived from early versions of basketball. Some of the differences between the rules of basketball and netball are:</p> <p>BBALL: 2 teams of 5 vs 5 &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br />NETBALL: 2 teams of 7 vs 7</p> <p>BBALL: Players are free to go where they want on the court&nbsp;<br />NETBALL: Players are assigned to specific positions, which define their roles within the team and<br />restrict their movement to certain areas of the court.</p> <p>&nbsp;<br />BBALL: A player on offense has a 24 second shot clock in which to shoot the ball and can hold<br />the ball for the entire 24 seconds if he chooses.<br />NETBALL: A player on offense has 3 seconds to either pass the ball to a teammate or shoot the <br />ball.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />BBALL: A standard game consists of four 12 minute quarters&nbsp;<br />NETBALL:&nbsp; A standard game is 60 minutes long</p> <p>Be one of the first 10 customers to purchase the new <a href="" target="_blank">Netball</a> system from <a href="" target="_blank"></a> and&nbsp;take advantage of this&nbsp;40% discount! (Remember, just one system per customer.) Just enter "netball40" at the online Check Out. This offer starts on 04/03/2013 and only lasts until the first 10 systems have been sold, so don't miss out! If you would like assistance in making this online purchase, please contact one of our friendly sales representatives at 1 800 424 3865 or email <a href=""></a>.</p>admin03 Apr 2013 9:30:00 AMFrom Factory to Floor to You<p><img style="float: left;" title="Blow-Molding Machine" src="" alt="IMG_3435.JPG" width="225" height="225" />Over the years, we&rsquo;ve told you about how our <a title="What Is Blow-Molding?" href="" target="_blank">blow-molded products are made</a>, and <a title="Why Use Powder Coating?" href="" target="_blank">how our metals are powder-coated to protect them</a>, but how does the whole process work, anyway?&nbsp; I certainly didn't know before I started working for Lifetime.&nbsp; But, here at the Freeport Center, all your products begin from scratch.&nbsp;</p> <p>When I was first hired, I had the chance to tour the entire facility. And it was probably one of the most amazing things I&rsquo;ve ever seen.&nbsp; No kidding.&nbsp; Did you know that in our blow-molding facility, our High Density Polyethylene (HDPE)&nbsp;plastic starts out as beads that are pumped from the trains to the building silos?&nbsp; The beads are melted and poured into the blow-molding forms. When the formed part comes out, Lifetime employees remove excess plastic a<img style="float: right;" title="Steel Coil" src="/imagecache/blog/IMG_3342.JPG" alt="IMG_3342.JPG" width="225" height="150" />nd prepare them for assembly.</p> <p>In metals, our roll-former slowly rolls and forms the steel into the shapes we need for individual products, be it poles for your <a title=" Basketball" href="" target="_blank">basketball system</a>, legs for your <a title=" Tables" href="" target="_blank">table</a>, or even the reinforcement for your backyard <a title=" Shed" href="" target="_blank">shed</a>.&nbsp; The steel starts in loose coils, which looks similar to an 8-track tape.&nbsp;</p> <p>Before a new model even comes to shelves, our Research and Development team tests each product in every condition possible; from UV-testing and transportation damage, to weight and strength tests on all products. In fact, it would take probably a book to explain all the testing and processes our products go through! We do this because it&rsquo;s important to us that the Lifetime products you own, can live up to their name.</p> <p><img style="float: left;" title="Basketball Packaging" src="/imagecache/blog/IMG_3472.JPG" alt="IMG_3472.JPG" width="225" height="225" />After each part is made, they&rsquo;re <a title="Powder-Coating" href="" target="_blank">powder-coated</a>, sent to the assembly line, and then packaged. With the use of amazing robotics, boxes are stacked on a pallet and shrink-wrapped to protect them during the shipping process.</p> <p>What&rsquo;s amazing about our basketball packaging is we were the first to ever package an entire basketball system in one single box. Pretty impressive, huh? Our engineers designed the best possible solution to get everything to you as simply as possible.</p> <p>Each pallet is then placed on trucks by one of the many, many forklifts being operated in Lifetime&rsquo;s warehouses.&nbsp; Want to know something fun? Our Lifetime delivery trucks average about 43,378 miles per year &hellip; just driving around the Freeport Center where our factories are located. Eleven hundred miles of that is spent just driving backwards into delivery doors! Not only are our products shipped on trucks, but the train system runs right through the Freeport Center, giving us more economical ways to ship to distribution centers and even ports when shipping internationally!</p> <p>Before you know it, you&rsquo;re walking through stores, or browsing our website and bringing a <a title="Tables" href="" target="_blank">table</a>, <a title="Chairs" href="" target="_blank">chair</a>,&nbsp; <a title="Sheds" href="" target="_blank">shed</a>, <a title="BasketBall" href="" target="_blank">basketball system</a>, <a title="Kayaks" href="" target="_blank">kayak</a>, or any of the other hundreds of products that we make home with you! And we&rsquo;re glad to be there!<img style="float: right;" title="Table Assembly" src="/imagecache/blog/IMG_3619.JPG" alt="IMG_3619.JPG" width="225" height="241" /></p> <p><br />For more information, be sure to check out <a title="" href=""></a>!</p>Jernae22 Oct 2012 11:15:00 AMThe All New Lifetime Power Flex - New Rim, New Adjustment Mechanism<p><img src="" alt="powerflex system.jpg" width="200" height="200" />The coolest thing about working at Lifetime Products is our dedication to innovate and make stuff that just doesn't exist yet. Our newest basketball system&nbsp; - the Power Flex System - is my favorite system that we make because of just that.&nbsp; In an industry that is saturated with competition, we were able to come up with an <a title="about Lifetime in-ground basketball systems" href="" target="_blank">in-ground&nbsp;basketball system</a> that is unique in many ways.</p> <p>First, we started with the height adjustment mechanism. Our engineers were able to patent new technology with a gas-assist, triggerless handle adjustment called the Power Lift&reg; XL Height Adjust.&nbsp; This new Power Lift XL is similar to our existing Power Lift&reg; mechanism that Lifetime invented in 1996&nbsp; - which was the first pneumatic height adjustment mechanism for basketball hoops.&nbsp; However, our new Power Lift&reg; XL&nbsp; has larger handle to help make raising and lowering even easier. Just push up or pull down on the ergonomic handle to adjust the rim height within a range of infinite height possibilities between 7.5&rsquo; and 10&rsquo;. It might not seem like much but simple adjust on a basketball system is becoming a must have with our customers.<img src="" alt="Power Lift XL 1.jpg" width="200" height="152" /><img src="" alt="power lift XL 2.jpg" width="200" height="158" /></p> <p>The second thing we looked at is how the basketball system flexes. Traditional systems break away at the rim leaving the system itself very stiff. We wanted to look at a different way to break away. So we invented the Power Flex&trade; Rim&nbsp; that has a patented Heavy Duty Power Flex Compression Spring.&nbsp; The spring absorbs the full shock of even the most aggressive dunk and allows the entire upper end (backboard and rim) of the system to flex under the force of the dunk creating a surging euphoric feeling of dominating power and performance in the user&hellip; it is also easier on the joints.<br />&nbsp;<br />This <a title="buy a Lifetime in-ground basketball system" href="" target="_blank">in-ground basketball system</a> is fun to play on especially when you lower it down and dunk like a pro. It has a great 54" tempered glass <a title="about Clearview backboards" href="" target="_blank">Clearview backboard</a> which eliminates the backboard braces to create a clear target and increase rebound stability. This model (90230) is sold at Dick&rsquo;s Sporting Goods. Get to your local store and check it out. You won&rsquo;t be disappointed.</p>Vince19 Oct 2012 9:00:00 AMWhat NOT to Do When Assembling a Lifetime Basketball Hoop<p><img src="" alt="assembling bball hoop.jpg" width="225" height="169" />A few months ago I forewarned you of the <a title="blog about top 3 three things to know" href="" target="_blank">top three things to know</a> before assembling a Lifetime Basketball Hoop. Today, I'm going to share with you some of the specific hurdles I alluded to in that post that we crossed along the way when assembling our own Lifetime Basketball Hoop (<a title="about model 90228" href="" target="_blank">model 90228</a>). To be honest, I'm kind of embarrassed to share my story with you given some of the pretty major "oopsies" we had.&nbsp; After all, since I work for Lifetime, you'd think I'd know how to assemble the products.&nbsp; Not necessarily true.&nbsp; This was my first time assembling a Lifetime Basketball Hoop.&nbsp; Let's just say, I can definitely empathize with our customers now!</p> <p>Before we started assembling, we laid out all of our parts and pieces to make sure we could easily find everything.&nbsp; Thankfully, all the parts and bags of hardware are labeled well. Simply read what part you need in the directions, look at the parts list in the front of the <a title="find Lifetime instructions" href="" target="_blank">instruction manual</a> to see what bag the part is in, and find the matching hardware bag.</p> <p>The first few steps seemed pretty easy. Then, we came to the step of putting the poles together (section 1.5). Since I work for Lifetime and hear from a lot of customers, I knew this is one of steps that is most often done incorrectly. If you jam the poles together too soon, they will be stuck together incorrectly and you are unable to separate them.&nbsp; (If this happens to you, please call the <a title="contact Lifetime Customer Care" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Customer Care</a> department!)&nbsp; But, if you follow the instructions, there are little warning signs in the corner of the pages that try to highlight areas that may be challenging and require attention to detail.&nbsp; So, we took our time and&nbsp; - ta-da - poles were assembled with no problems.</p> <p><strong>Oops #1</strong><br />But then we got to section 2.2&nbsp; -&nbsp;inserting the axle through the wheel, through the pole, and through the other wheel.&nbsp; Directions say, "Then have one adult position the Bottom Pole (ALE) within the Base as shown with the lip at the bottom of the pole facing outward."&nbsp; Key word:&nbsp; Lip. For some reason, we thought lip simply meant "edge" of the pole. But, look carefully at the bottom of the pole!&nbsp; One side has a curved edge that almost looks like it's dented - this is the lip!&nbsp; Make sure that lip faces away from the base!&nbsp; (You'll find out why that's important really soon, I promise. Read on&hellip;)</p> <p><strong>Oops #2</strong><br />During section 2.3 we attached the pole braces to the base - backwards. Sigh.&nbsp; Not a huge deal, because we quickly noticed when we tried to attach the braces to the pole and the hardware wouldn't fit through the holes.&nbsp; Tip: Look at the picture closely to really figure out which end of the pole brace goes where.</p> <p><em>We made it to section 3 in exactly one hour. Yay!</em></p> <p><strong>Oops #3</strong><br />So, it turns out section 5.2 was our nemesis in more ways than one.&nbsp; First, we were supposed to bend the end of the Cotter Pin after we inserted it into the Clevis Pin. (Sounds more like medical surgery than basketball assembly, huh?)&nbsp; The diagram is a little confusing to really understand what it should look like finished, so I took a picture to hopefully make it a little easier for you.&nbsp; But, that was minor compared to the next hiccup&hellip;if you can even call it that.&nbsp; A round pole is round&hellip;it has no front or back.&nbsp; Right? Wrong!&nbsp; Unfortunately, we didn't notice that we put the pole on the base&nbsp;backwards (like I mentioned in Oops #2) until this section 5.2. when it was time to attach the adjustment mechanism to the pole.&nbsp;&nbsp;Hmmm, that's odd... our adjustment mechanism is on the front of the pole instead of the back of the pole like it should be.&nbsp; (Insert several big screams, throwing of tools etc.)&nbsp; Yes, we painstakingly took off the backboard, removed the wheels and pole, and reassembled it all correctly.&nbsp; It took every ounce of muscle and patience we had, but it was possible. Not easy, not quick, but possible.&nbsp;<img src="" alt="cotter pin.jpg" width="225" height="150" /></p> <p><em>Fast forward one hour&hellip; now we were back on track.</em></p> <p>The rest of the assembly was easy to understand, just awkward to accomplish at times. Awkward because once you have the backboard on the pole, you lay the system forward and have one adult hold it while you finish attaching the adjustment mechanism arms. We were hesitant to put any weight on the rim until the system was assembled but my arms were getting tired from holding the heavy system!&nbsp; So, we ended up using a sawhorse to help me support the weight of the system.&nbsp; It's not in the manual, but it worked nonetheless.&nbsp; The next morning, we let our kiddos climb up on the step ladder and&nbsp;help with the last final step... hanging the net!<img src="" alt="net.jpg" width="225" height="150" /></p> <p>We really did try to make a video to document our assembly and help you. However, because we ended up having to reassemble so many steps, I fear it would just be more confusing than helpful.&nbsp; We'll see, maybe I'll get motivated to edit it someday. In the meantime, hopefully these few words of wisdom, er caution, will help. In all, with our one hour redo, it took us four hours to assemble.&nbsp; So, hopefully, you'll have less do-overs than us and finish in about three hours.</p> <p>Now that's it's been several months since we assembled our basketball hoop, the assembly headaches are long gone.&nbsp; They've since been replaced with fun family memories of playing <a title="how to play HORSE" href="" target="_blank">H-O-R-S-E</a> and <a title="how to paly around the world" href="" target="_blank">Around the World</a> with our kids and neighbor kids.</p>Jan08 Oct 2012 9:15:00 AMTop 3 Things We Learned When Assembling Our Lifetime Basketball Hoop<p><img src="" alt="90228 in box.jpg" width="225" height="169" />So, a few weeks ago, I&nbsp;<a title="picking a Lifetime basketball hoop" href="" target="_blank">wrote&nbsp;about our decision</a> to buy a Lifetime Portable Basketball Hoop - Model 90228.&nbsp; Well, it's assembled, up, and the kids are loving it.&nbsp;</p> <p>When the box arrived, the kids couldn't wait for us to put it together.&nbsp; The cool thing about Lifetime basketball hoops is even though it's a pretty large product, it's actually packaged all in one box.&nbsp; Granted, it's a big box (size varies slightly depending on the size of backboard you buy).&nbsp; But, it easily fits in an SUV and probably in the trunk of most mid-sized cars.&nbsp; By the way, did you know Lifetime actually invented packaging basketball hoops in one box?&nbsp; Really, they did! Back in 1992. It may seem like a novel idea now, but that invention made it so basketball hoops could be sold in mass retail markets like Walmart and&nbsp;chain sporting goods stores. Before that, you could really only buy them in specialty sporting goods stores because they were so difficult for stores to stock and customers to get home.&nbsp; So how did we do it? Well, a Lifetime portable base has lots of unique indentations&hellip; which all serve a purpose to provide protection for all the metal poles and rim in the package during shipping.&nbsp; Cool, huh?</p> <p>Anyway, I digress.&nbsp; So, we opened the box, inventoried all of our pieces, and we started assembling.&nbsp; The first hour of our assembly process went pretty well. (At least that's what we were thinking at the time.)&nbsp; Along the way, we did encounter a few obstacles and there were definitely times when I felt like we were completing one of the Road Blocks on the <a title="about Amazing Race" href="" target="_blank"><em>Amazing Race</em></a>.&nbsp; But, nonetheless, four hours later we had a <a title="about Lifetime Basketball Hoops" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Basketball Hoop</a> in our driveway ready for action.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="" alt="finished hoop.jpg" width="169" height="225" />In my next post, I'll share with you some of the specific areas that truly tested our assembling skills. In the meantime, here are my top three pieces of advice before you even start assembling your Lifetime Basketball Hoop:</p> <p><br />1. Assemble it either outside or in a garage with at least an 11' ceiling so you can set the system completely upright when needed.</p> <p>2.&nbsp; Make sure you have at least 2 adults assembling... having a third would come in handy sometimes.&nbsp;&nbsp; I'm not exactly Miss Muscular and there is a point where I had to hold the almost completely assembled basketball system for a lengthy period of time and because of its awkward size and shape, it got pretty heavy.</p> <p>3.&nbsp; Read the instructions VERY carefully for each step.&nbsp; Make sure you understand the step completely, know exactly what pieces you need, and know how you are going to tackle it before you start the step.&nbsp; Trust me.&nbsp; We learned this the VERY, very hard way. Don't just assume you know what the instructions mean when referring to a certain part, or the way to orient the part.&nbsp;</p> <p>In my next post, I'll share with you how our assumption - or misassumption rather -&nbsp; added an extra hour of undoing our work, fixing it, then redoing it the right way. One word&hellip;ugghh.</p>Jan25 Jul 2012 11:05:00 AMNew Clearview Backboards<p>One of the great things about working at Lifetime Products is our people. We have a great group of engineers in our Sporting Goods department. Last fall, we were trying to come up with a way to make our <a href="/Blog/CreatePost/about%20Lifetime%20basketball%20systems" target="_blank">basketball system</a> backboards more like the pro boards. With some late nights and a lot of design work, we were able to come up with our new Clearview backboards.</p> <p>What is Clearview? Well, I am going to tell you. With residential systems it is common in the industry to have a backboard brace behind the square target of your backboard. On these systems we use a clear material called polycarbonate or on the higher end systems tempered-glass to make them look like the pro's. However, the backboard braces were blocking your view through the backboard.</p> <p>We wanted to remove the braces behind the target so there was a clear view more like a pro-style system. However, the problem was if you remove braces, you sacrifice strength and sturdiness.</p> <p>Problem solved! Our amazing engineering team was able to design a way for the backboard extension arms to be connected to the backboard out of site. Moving the position of the braces out and removing the brace in front of the shooting target actually made sense. Not only do you have a true clearview backboard that has a nice open feel to it, but you also have a system that has less wobble and is more sturdy.&nbsp; To see the difference, take a look at these two pictures which show a traditional backboard brace and our new Clearview backboard.</p> <p><img src="" alt="bracket backboard.JPG" width="225" height="224" /><img src="" alt="clearview backboard.JPG" width="225" height="225" /></p> <p>Lifetime is always trying to improve and make our products the best they can be. It takes hard work and a great team to accomplish this. Look for these new Clearview backboards on our highend Lifetime <a title="about Lifetime Mammoth" href="" target="_blank">Mammoth</a> line which has been updated and improved, as well as&nbsp;on our Elite line sold at&nbsp;Dicks Sporting Goods Model # 90227, 90228, 90230, and 90231.</p>Vince29 Jun 2012 10:40:00 AMEeny Meeny Miny Mo - Picking Our Lifetime Basketball Hoop<p><img src="" alt="CO house.jpg" width="225" height="150" />Cute house.&nbsp; Nice yard.&nbsp; But, something's still missing.&nbsp; Take a closer look. Yes, our big three-car driveway is just screaming for a basketball hoop!&nbsp; Don't you agree?&nbsp; :)&nbsp;</p> <p>As some of you may know, my husband is a pilot in the military and we have recently moved - again.&nbsp; This time to beautiful Colorado.&nbsp; I'm thrilled to report that after 12 years of working for Lifetime in some manner, we&nbsp;finally&nbsp;have a house that has a driveway perfect for a <a title="buy a Lifetime basketball hoop" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime basketball hoop</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>It turns out that finding a great driveway to play basketball is the easy part.&nbsp; Now, we have to decide exactly where we want to put the basketball system, whether we want an in-ground or portable system, and what model and features are best for us.&nbsp;</p> <p>First things first.&nbsp; Location.&nbsp; After a quick survey of our driveway, my husband and I decided that placing the system centered in front of our side yard (over by the single stall garage door) would look best.</p> <p>In-ground or portable.&nbsp; Hmmm.&nbsp; That's a tricky one.&nbsp; I love the look of an <a title="about Lifetime in-ground basketball hoops" href="" target="_blank">in-ground basketball hoop</a> in front of a house. It's definitely a little "classier" and cleaner, in my opinion.&nbsp; And, it does offer the ultimate stability which is a huge concern for us since 50 mph winds are not uncommon where we live.&nbsp; But, an in-ground also means we couldn't take it with us when we move again.&nbsp; Plus, we would have to change our grass to pour a cement pad and right now I really like the shape of our grass.&nbsp; So, for convenience, <a title="about Lifetime portable basketball hoops" href="" target="_blank">portable</a> it is.</p> <p>Now, the most difficult part: choosing a specific model.&nbsp; Since I work for Lifetime, I'm familiar with all the different mechanisms, features, and benefits of Lifetime basketball systems.&nbsp; But, rest assured, that doesn't mean it makes it any easier to decide.&nbsp; There are two things, however, I know for sure I want:&nbsp; 1.&nbsp; Power Lift height adjustment mechanism (because I like the one-hand infinite adjustment) 2. Shatter-proof backboard (because of the strong winds we have that I mentioned before).&nbsp; Whew, well at least that narrowed my choices down... to a few dozen or so!&nbsp; (Here's the thing, every account carries their own models, all with a slightly different combination of features.&nbsp; So, the possibilities can certainly seem overwhelming.) Backboard size is my next consideration.&nbsp; Since, my husband likes to play too, we want one that he can enjoy with the kids. So, we decided the backboard needs to be at least 52".</p> <p>At our recent Lifetime sales conference, our sporting goods team told us about the new <a title="about Lifetime Clearview backboards" href="" target="_blank">Clearview backboards</a> which actually eliminate the backboard braces to create a more stable backboard.&nbsp; Sounds&nbsp;almost like an oxymoron&nbsp;I know, but that's what our engineers said. And, it&nbsp;looks sharp, too.&nbsp; So, since Lifetime has always been the company to innovate and revolutionize the basketball industry, I decided to try our newest technology.&nbsp; I'm happy to say, we are now the proud new owners of a Lifetime Portable Basketball System - <a title="assembly instructions" href="" target="_blank">Model 90228</a>.&nbsp; That's my choice and I'm stickin' to it.&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="" alt="CO bball box.jpg" width="225" height="150" />The box is here.&nbsp; The kids are excited.&nbsp; The driveway is waiting.&nbsp; Now, we just need to find the time to put it together.&nbsp; Stay tuned... in future blog posts I'll let you know how our assembly goes. Wish me luck!</p>Jan22 Jun 2012 9:45:00 AMHow to Properly Fill a Portable Basketball Base<p><img src="" alt="bball base 2.jpg" width="225" height="150" />Now that you've had some time to assemble that new <a title="about Lifetime Portable Basketball Hoops" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Portable Basketball System</a> you got for Christmas, let's cover a few important things that every basketball hoop owner should know.&nbsp; (Yes, that means this is important for you to read even if you aren't a brand new basketball hoop owner.)</p> <p>Portable basketball systems are convenient. You can purchase a Lifetime Basketball System and be playing basketball the same day. However, when you assemble a portable basketball system, it is important to always follow the manufacturer's instructions very carefully.&nbsp; And, that means right down to the final instruction about filling your portable base. I have seen lots of systems with weights, bags of cement, or bricks on top of the base to hold it down - like in these pictures. This is a big "no-no" and very dangerous.&nbsp; We rigorously test our basketball systems and write our specific instructions for a reason.&nbsp; Most websites will state that portable systems aren&rsquo;t very heavy, and they usually aren&rsquo;t. But not filling the base up properly can cause your system to tip over and get damaged, and possibly cause severe injuries.</p> <p><img src="" alt="bball base 3.jpg" width="225" height="150" />Our instructions (which are all available on <a title="find Lifetime assembly instructions" href="" target="_blank">our website</a> if you lost yours) indicate that there are two ways that you can fill a base&nbsp; - with water or sand. (Be sure to read your specific model instructions to learn how much to use of either option.)&nbsp; Obviously, water is significantly easier&nbsp; and cheaper than filling it with sand, but this is not my professional recommendation. Remember water can freeze, and if you live in a cold region the water may possibly crack your base. (Although, Lifetime bases are made out of high-density polyethylene plastic that is flexible enough to expand with the water when it freezes.)&nbsp; Another concern I have with water is if your base gets a small leak, the water could leak out unnoticed and the unit could fall over possibly breaking your system, or worse, causing injury.</p> <p>Therefore, I recommend (and we recommend in our instructions) to use sand. Sand is denser and heavier, and filling the base with sand creates a much more stable pole and backboard. Some of you may be concerned that using sand makes the system extremely heavy to move.&nbsp; You are right, it does.&nbsp; Your child certainly will not be able to move this system and it will be difficult even for a strong adult.&nbsp; But, you will be surprised to learn that the majority of people I speak with who have a portable system really don&rsquo;t move it that often. So, it is worth the extra stability and safety precautions to fill with sand.</p> <p>So, if you fill the base, what happens if you are moving and want to take your hoop with you or you simply want to sell it?&nbsp; I'll be honest, emptying a base is very difficult. It can be done but I would say once you fill the base with sand, don&rsquo;t plan on emptying it unless you absolutely have to. Even when filling the base with water, it is very hard to get all the water out of the base.</p> <p>Another important thing to keep in mind as a basketball hoop owner is to make sure you have your system on a level and safe surface. While it is tempting to place a basketball system on the sidewalk or end of your driveway to make the street your "court", this is very unsafe for both players and drivers.</p> <p>Finally, since it is winter right now, whether you are a new or existing basketball system owner, check out these helpful winter basketball hoop maintenance tips to help keep your system like new in our previous <a title="blog post" href="" target="_blank">Basketball FAQs During Winter Months</a> blog post.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><br />&nbsp;</p>Vince08 Feb 2012 8:20:00 AM25 Winners for 25 Years!<p><img src="[1].jpg" alt="71522-[1].jpg" width="300" height="251" />It's a new year!&nbsp; The end of 2011 wraps up the end of our 25th corporate anniversary year.&nbsp; And, it also means we've concluded our <a title="about 25 Hoops for 25 Years Giveaway" href="" target="_blank">25 Hoops for 25 Years Giveaway</a>.&nbsp; We announced our final winner today!&nbsp; (Yes, a little late, but per the rules of our giveaway, winners had 14 days to claim their prize. One winner at the end of December&nbsp;didn't claimed her prize so we had to draw one more winner!)</p> <p>We hope all of you enjoyed the ongoing giveaway as much as we did.&nbsp; We are proud to have invented the first quick to adjust basketball hoop that tranformed the game of basketball by bringing&nbsp;the game&nbsp;home to driveaways across America - and now across the world!&nbsp; The giveaway was our way of thanking all of you for helping make our past 25 years such an amazing adventure.</p> <p>Congratulations to all of our winners listed below!&nbsp; Even if you weren't a winner in our 25 Hoops for 25 Years Giveaway, you still have plenty of chances to win free Lifetime products in our monthly product giveaways.&nbsp; Simply like us on <a title="Lifetime Products Facebook page" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a> or keep reading this blog regularly to find out when the next giveaway will begin.&nbsp; (I'll give you a hint - it will be REALLY soon!)</p> <ol> <li>&nbsp;May 2 - Joseph Maldonado, Philidelphia, PA</li> <li>&nbsp;May 13 - Deborah Long, Needham, MA&nbsp;</li> <li>&nbsp;June 3 - Jeffrey Gibbs,&nbsp; Bridgeville, DE</li> <li>&nbsp;June 17 - Ken Mac Pherson, Bay Head NJ&nbsp;</li> <li>&nbsp;June 27 - Melissa Henderson, Blacksburg, VA&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>&nbsp;July 5 - Brian Isakson, Clinton, UT&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</li> <li>&nbsp;July 22 - John Aird, Las Vegas, NV</li> <li>&nbsp;August 16 - Titus Jones, Virginia Beach, VA</li> <li>&nbsp;August 16 - Allen Smith, Chicago, IL</li> <li>&nbsp;August 30 - David Johnson, West Valley City, UT</li> <li>&nbsp;September 6 - David Schnell, Grand Island, NY</li> <li>&nbsp;October 10 - Melissa Wheeler, Niceville, FL</li> <li>&nbsp;October 19 - Tracy Mitchell, Alpha, MN</li> <li>&nbsp;November 2 - Phil Mahoney, Bedford, NH</li> <li>&nbsp;November 3 - Kara Kortenkamp, Winthrop, IA</li> <li>&nbsp;November 14 - Roy Wilzbach, Cheyenne, WY</li> <li>&nbsp;November 30 - Steve Reeder, Phoenix, AZ</li> <li>&nbsp;December 1 - Marie Hansen, Arimo, ID</li> <li>&nbsp;December 7 - Lonnie Anderson, Roosevelt, UT</li> <li>&nbsp;December 13 - Sue Ellison, Centerville, TX</li> <li>&nbsp;December 20 - John Brunko - Garland, TX</li> <li>&nbsp;December 20 - Lydya Hulst - Dorr, MI</li> <li>&nbsp;December 31 - Rachel Jenkins - Lenoir, NC</li> <li>&nbsp;December 31 - Jim Foster - Eugene, OR</li> <li>&nbsp;January 11 - Ronald Fox - Greenwell Springs, LA</li> </ol>Jan11 Jan 2012 10:20:01 AMRaising Hoops (and Funds) for Kids<p><img src="" alt="VinsSJSA.jpg" width="150" height="225" />Here it is - my official blogging debut.&nbsp; As the newest member of the Lifetime365 blog team, I'm looking forward to sharing some of my personal experiences and basketball product expertise with you.</p> <p>'Tis the Giving Season!&nbsp; And, if you're a regular reader of this blog, you already know that giving back is one of the things that is extremely important to Lifetime.&nbsp; So, needless to say, I was excited to recently have the opportunity to participate in giving back on behalf of Lifetime at the<a title="about SJSA" href="" target="_blank"> South Jeffco Sports Association</a> (SJSA)&nbsp; Holiday Tournament in Lakewood, Colorado. SJSA is a nonprofit youth sports organization offering playing opportunities in various sports&nbsp; to kids age 4-17.</p> <p>The Holiday Tournament event was held at the Gold Crown Field House in Lakewood. The three-day tournament included boys and girls in grades 3-8.&nbsp; It was very intense. To be a part of watching kids compete and show their teamwork was great to see. (And, a little humbling seeing some of their skills surpass&nbsp; my abilities!)</p> <p>As part of the event, Lifetime had a small booth where we raffled off a <a title="about Lifetime Portable Basketball Systems" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Portable Basketball System</a>.&nbsp; Through our raffle, we were able to raise $210 for SJSA.&nbsp; (And, of course, award one lucky winner with a new Lifetime Basketball Hoop!)<img src="" alt="SJSA2.jpg" width="225" height="150" /></p> <p>We had a number of parents at our booth asking&nbsp; us about all the different Lifetime Basketball Systems we make. It was awesome to be able to interact with the parents and chat with them about the different models we offer for the different age groups and skill levels competing.&nbsp; Even though all of our portable basketball systems adjust in height, models are designed specifically to be ideal for beginners, intermediate, or advanced players depending on the features offered on the system such as size and type of backboards.&nbsp; Educating our consumers about which hoop is best for them is&nbsp;important to Lifetime.</p> <p>We are excited to partner with SJSA and look forward to continuing to work with these young kids in the future. To be able give back to the children was an amazing experience.&nbsp;</p> <p>By the way, since I'm talking about basketball and giving, it's seems fitting that I remind you that we are still giving away basketball hoops in our <a title="25 Hoops for 25 Years giveaway" href="" target="_blank">25 Hoops for 25 Years giveaway</a>!&nbsp; We have just a few more hoops to giveaway before the end of 2011.&nbsp; So, if you haven't already entered - hurry and <a title="enter the 25 Hoops for 25 Years giveaway" href="" target="_blank">click here</a>!</p>Vince29 Dec 2011 3:00:59 PM5 More Chances Left in 25 Hoops Giveaway<p><img src="[1].jpg" alt="71522-[1].jpg" width="225" height="188" />This Spring, <a title="original giveaway announcement" href="" target="_blank">we started </a>a "25 Hoops for 25 Years Giveaway" to celebrate our 25th corporate anniversary and our invention of the first quickly adjustable basketball hoop.&nbsp; So far, we've given away&nbsp;20 hoops!&nbsp; That means we still have&nbsp;5 more to give away before December 31!</p> <p>This is a great opportunity to win a high-end Lifetime Portable Basketball Hoop.&nbsp;&nbsp;We're giving away&nbsp;<a title="about model 71522" href="" target="_blank">model 71522 </a>which retails in the <a title="buy model 71522" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online </a>for $499!&nbsp; It's a 54" steel-framed acrylic backboard with a pneumatic Power Lift&reg; Height Adjustment mechanism that raises and lowers the hoop from 7.5 to 10 feet with just one hand.&nbsp;</p> <p>So, if you haven't already entered to win, now is the time!&nbsp; Once you enter, your name stays in for all remaining drawings.&nbsp; We draw random winners at random times, so you never know when the next winner will be announced.&nbsp;Tick-tock!&nbsp; What are you waiting for?</p> <p>To enter the 25 Hoops for 25 Years Giveaway, visit or <a title="enter the 25 Hoops giveaway" href="" target="_blank">click here</a>.</p> <p><a title="enter 25 Hoops giveaway" href="" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="25-hoops-giveaway-230x101.jpg" width="230" height="101" /></a></p> <p><a title="enter 25 Hoops giveaway" href="" target="_blank"></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan14 Dec 2011 8:00:00 AMLifetime Celebrates Local Dick’s Sporting Goods Grand Opening<p><img src="" alt="dicks1.jpg" width="225" height="150" />Can you make 121 free throws in a row?&nbsp; We know someone who did!&nbsp; During the Dick&rsquo;s Sporting Goods Store grand opening event in Layton, Utah, we had a customer at our booth make 121 free throws in a row to set the record and win a Lifetime Basketball System! We also had a child make 95 free throws in a row.&nbsp; Pretty impressive numbers.<br />&nbsp;<br />The free throw contest was just one of the many activities Lifetime sponsored at the new Dick&rsquo;s Sporting Goods in Layton, Utah during its grand opening the weekend of September 16-18.&nbsp; Since <a title="Dick's Sporting Goods" href="" target="_blank">Dick&rsquo;s Sporting Goods </a>sells our products, they invited Lifetime to take part in the celebration.&nbsp; This was a great community event that brought out hundreds of people in our local area.&nbsp; The three-day event started with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday morning and had a steady stream of customers throughout the weekend.<br />&nbsp;<br /><img src="" alt="Dicks3.JPG" width="225" height="149" />We loved being able to chat and meet with so many of our customers and local community members.&nbsp; We even&nbsp;met the person who bought the very first Lifetime Basketball System sold in the new store!&nbsp; We set up a Lifetime booth outside in front of the store and held lots of fun activities and giveaways for Lifetime gear and products.&nbsp; There were lucky winners who walked away with free <a title="buy a Lifetime Basketball Hoop" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Basketball Hoops</a>, <a title="buy a Lifetime Double Shot" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Double Shots</a>, a <a title="buy a Lifetime Youth Kayak" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Youth Kayak</a>, and a Chute 98 Kayak (a sit-inside kayak Lifetime makes exclusively for Dick&rsquo;s).&nbsp; We even had the Utah Jazz Bear at our booth for two hours on Saturday entertaining visitors with silly string and autographs&nbsp; - some on the kids&rsquo; foreheads :).<br />&nbsp;<br /><img src="" alt="Dicks2.JPG" width="225" height="149" />Overall, it was a really fun and busy weekend.&nbsp; (This was also the same weekend that over <a title="Community Service blog post" href="" target="_self">500 Lifetime employees beautified two parks and a cemetery in Utah</a>.&nbsp; So, our employees were really out-and-about helping&nbsp;in our community those two days.)&nbsp; We were proud to be a part of the celebration and help welcome one of Lifetime&rsquo;s retail accounts to Layton.</p>Jason04 Oct 2011 9:21:22 AMTop 5 Reasons To Enter Our 25 Hoops for 25 Years Basketball Giveaway Today!<p><strong><img src="[1].jpg" alt="71522-[1].jpg" width="300" height="251" />Quick review: <br /></strong>In 1986 (25 years ago), Lifetime Products was founded and&nbsp;invented the first adjustable height basketball hoop. In 2011, Lifetime is celebrating its 25th anniversary by giving away 25 Portable Basketball Hoops.</p> <p>If you haven't already entered the 25 Hoops for 25 Years Giveaway, here are the <strong>top 5 reasons you should enter to win today:</strong></p> <p>5.&nbsp; Since the <a title="NBA lockout news article" href="" target="_blank">NBA lockout</a>, you could really use some good news about basketball!</p> <p>4.&nbsp; All entries remain eligible to win each remaining giveaway - so the sooner you enter, the more chances you have!</p> <p>3.&nbsp; Drawings are completely random, so you never know when the next drawing may be!</p> <p>2.&nbsp; As of today, you still have 19 more chances to win!</p> <p>1.&nbsp; You could WIN a FREE <a title="about model 71522" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Portable Basketball Hoop </a>with a retail value of $499!</p> <p>Convinced yet?&nbsp; Good!&nbsp; To enter, simply visit our <a title="25 Hoops for 25 Years giveaway" href="" target="_blank">25 Hoops Giveaway promotions </a>page on our website.&nbsp; You'll find an orange button to click to enter, some other interesting information about our adjustable height basketball hoop invention,&nbsp; and a list of all the winners so far&hellip; just think, the next one could be you!&nbsp; And,&nbsp; be sure to click the Facebook "share" on that page to let your friends know about our great giveaway, too!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan11 Jul 2011 5:15:00 PMScore! Basketball Hoop Fosters Positive Contact with Community Kids<p>One of the coolest things about working for a manufacturing company is that I get to make products that people love and use in their everyday lives. Having our headquarters in Clearfield, Utah gives Lifetime the opportunity to use our products and resources throughout the community. I am always happy when we can help someone out.</p> <p>We recently had the opportunity to do just that. This basketball story below is from our friend Anthony, from the Department of Corrections facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. I am grateful to Anthony for sharing this experience and hope they are enjoying the new basketball system!</p> <p><img src="/imagecache/blog/Pictures-3444-Agent-Todd-Carter-small.jpg" alt="Pictures-3444-Agent-Todd-Carter-small.jpg" width="174" height="206" />&ldquo;I bought a hoop in 2002 for our officers to use as a way to get in some exercise while at the office. We had no idea at the time it would transform into what it did.<br />&nbsp;<br />We used the hoop for some great interoffice tournaments which soon grew to Region wide tournaments and the officers loved it. We would put the hoop away every night before leaving work. But one Friday, we were really busy and forgot to put it away. I came in the next day to put it away and found about 15 of the neighborhood kids playing on it. They were a little scared that they would get in trouble and continued to tell me that there were no basketball courts in the neighborhood. They asked if we would leave the hoop out and of course, we said that we would as long as they take care of it. They treated that hoop like it was their own.<br />&nbsp;<br />I left for Iraq in 2003 and when I came back in 2005 our officers and the kids were still using the hoop and loving it. It was obviously was getting a lot of use and much more love than maintenance. In 2006 the kids rigged the hoop with duct tape and <img src="" alt="Picture-697-is-Supervisor-Blake-Beesley-and-Agent-Bryan-Aitken-with-the-kids-cropped.jpg" width="140" height="200" />stretcher bands. The hoop started to look pretty dangerous so we took it down for safety.</p> <p>I approached my administration about buying a new hoop, but unfortunately the budget wouldn't support it, so I called Lifetime to inquire about a donation. Lifetime was gracious enough to donate a new system. I told the neighborhood kids a new hoop was coming and they just lit up. We bought the sand for the portable base and put the hoop out. There were five kids playing on it that same day.&nbsp;<br />&nbsp;<br />We are so grateful for Lifetime and their generosity. The hoop allows us to have positive contact with the kids in the neighborhood and offers them another option for better use of their spare time. Thank you so much, you have no idea of the impact you have made in our community.&rdquo;</p>Jason08 Jul 2011 2:59:56 PMHappy (Early) Father's Day to Our Shed Giveaway Winner!<p><img src="" alt="7x7shed.jpg" width="225" height="188" />Thanks to everyone who entered this month's giveaway to try and win the Lifetime 7'x7'&nbsp;Shed for their Dad for Father's Day.&nbsp; We received some very touching stories about how much your Dads mean to you and why you wanted to win this shed for Dad.&nbsp;&nbsp; But, in the end, the winner picked by was <strong>Sonya R. of Knoxville, TX</strong>.&nbsp; Congrats, Sonya.&nbsp; We hope your husband enjoys this year's Father's Day present for years to come!</p> <p>We also heard some great feedback about which features you liked best about this relatively-new <a title="Buy a Lifetime 7'x7' shed" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 7'x7' Shed</a>.&nbsp; By far (and not surprisingly), the feature most of you liked the best was the full-length roof skylight.&nbsp; That's a pretty awesome addition to a shed!&nbsp; Other popular answers were the shatterproof windows that open and the customizable shelving.</p> <p>If you fell in love with this shed but weren't the lucky winner, don't worry - you can purchase this shed in our <a title="buy the Lifetime shed" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store online</a>.&nbsp; And, they actually have a <a title="shed sale details" href="" target="_blank">shed sale </a>going on now until June 30 -&nbsp; receive a free solar&nbsp;shed light (a $50 value) with any shed purchase!&nbsp; Simply enter <strong>freelight</strong> when you check out.&nbsp; And, if the 7'x7' shed isn't the right size for you, be sure to check out our full line of <a title="see all Lifetime sheds" href="" target="_blank">storage buildings</a>&hellip;we have some that are smaller and lots that are bigger - even big enough to fit a car inside!</p> <p>If you still want to try and win Dad a Father's Day present, we have two more giveaways going on right now!&nbsp; To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we're giving away <a title="model 71522" href="" target="_blank">25 Lifetime Portable Basketball Hoops </a>until the end of 2011.&nbsp; Visit <a title="Enter the 25 Hoops for 25 Years giveaway" href="" target="_blank"> to enter</a>.&nbsp; And, if you visit <a title="enter to win a Lifetime picnic table" href="" target="_blank"></a> before June 19,&nbsp; you can enter to win a <a title="about a Lifetime 6' Folding Picnic Table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 6' Folding Picnic Table</a> - perfect for summer picnics, July 4th BBQs, and family reunions.&nbsp; Good luck!</p>Jan17 Jun 2011 10:00:00 AM25 Hoops for 25 Years Giveaway Begins!<p><a title="Enter 25 Hoops for 25 Years Giveaway" href="" target="_blank"><img src="/imagecache/blog/25-hoops-giveaway-facebook.jpg" alt="25-hoops-giveaway-facebook.jpg" width="225" height="174" /></a>A few weeks ago we unveiled our <a title="We're Celebrating 25 Years blog post" href="" target="_blank">silver anniversary logo</a>.&nbsp; Lifetime Products and the first ever quickly adjustable basketball hoop are turning 25 this year&hellip; and it's time to celebrate! We have lots of fun things in store for you to create some "hoopla" around this milestone!&nbsp;</p> <p>What better way to get this party started than by <strong>giving away 25 Lifetime Portable Basketball Hoops</strong>? &nbsp;Wow, did I really just say that?&nbsp; Yes!&nbsp; 25 hoops!&nbsp; Giving them away&hellip;as in FREE!</p> <p>Lifetime Products patented the first quick to adjust basketball hoop in 1986.&nbsp; It may be a simple idea, but this invention revolutionized the residential basketball hoop industry because it allowed people of all ages, heights, and skill levels to play on the same hoop, in their driveway.&nbsp; The instant it hit store shelves, people could buy home basketball hoops that adjusted in height in seconds, for the very first time. The hoop was called the Lifetime Quick Adjust&reg;, and could be raised or lowered using a broom handle. This game-changing invention 25 years ago is what founded Lifetime Products as a <a title="history of Lifetime" href="" target="_blank">company</a>-- now the world leader in home <a title="about Lifetime basketball hoops" href="" target="_blank">basketball hoops</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><a title="about model 71522" href="" target="_blank"><img src="/imagecache/blog/71522-[1].jpg" alt="71522-[1].jpg" width="225" height="188" /></a>So, now that you know why we're doing the giveaway, here's how it's going to work. We&rsquo;ll award at least two <a title="about the giveaway hoop" href="" target="_blank">hoops</a> each month for the rest of the 2011, with some months having a giveaway every week!&nbsp; Each person may only enter once.&nbsp; But, all entries will remain eligible to win each remaining giveaway until the end of the year.&nbsp; That means you have 25 chances to win and you only have to enter one time!&nbsp; All winners will be drawn at random. We will announce the winners on our <a title="Lifetime Products Facebook page" href="" target="_blank">Facebook </a>page and keep a running&nbsp;list on <a title="25 Hoops for 25 Years Giveaway" href="" target="_blank"></a>.&nbsp;&nbsp; Simply put&hellip;just hurry to enter because you never know when the next drawing may be!</p> <p>Ready to enter?&nbsp; This one will work slightly different than our normal <a title="about Lifetime monthly giveaways" href="" target="_blank">monthly giveaways</a>.&nbsp; So,&nbsp;<a title="Enter 25 Hoops for 25 Years Giveaway" href="" target="_blank">click here </a>to find out how!</p> <p><a title="Enter 25 Hoops for 25 Years" href="" target="_blank"><img src="/imagecache/blog/button-enter[1].png" alt="button-enter[1].png" width="144" height="29" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan15 Apr 2011 3:25:00 PMMarch Basketball Hoop Winner Announced<p><img src=" bball giveaway.jpg" alt="March bball giveaway.jpg" width="225" height="180" />Even if his favorite team doesn't end up winning in the <a href="" target="_blank">NCAA basketball tournament</a> this year, <strong>Justin W. of Bear River City, Utah</strong> is still walking away a basketball winner.&nbsp; A basketball <em>hoop</em> winner, that is.&nbsp; That's because Justin was picked as the random winner of our March giveaway for the <a title="about model 1534" href="" target="_blank">48" Lifetime Basketball Hoop!</a></p> <p>Congratulations to Justin and thanks to everyone who entered.&nbsp; If you weren't the lucky winner this time, keep trying.&nbsp; Our April giveaway for another product will start soon - VERY soon!</p> <p>And, if you really had your heart set on winning that basketball hoop, be sure to keep reading this blog and following us online.&nbsp; After all, we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of Lifetime and our invention of the adjustable height basketball hoop, so you just never know what we may have up our sleeve to celebrate!</p>Jan28 Mar 2011 2:54:44 PMAngled or Straight Basketball Poles?<p>On occasion, I have been asked whether I prefer a straight or an angled pole when selecting a portable basketball system. At first glance, an angled pole may appear to have performance or safety advantages, but when looked at from an engineer&rsquo;s perspective, some deeper <img style="float: left;" src="" alt="Ed-Van53.jpg" width="75" height="98" />insights can be gained. I sat down with one of Lifetime&rsquo;s head engineers to discuss why Lifetime chooses to use straight basketball poles on our systems.</p> <p>Ed has been an engineer at Lifetime Products since 1993 and has played a large role in developing our basketball systems over the years. Here are some of his insights on angled vs. straight basketball systems.</p> <p><strong>Are basketball systems with an angled pole less likely to tip over than ones with a vertical pole? <img style="float: right;" src="" alt="angled.jpg" width="97" height="150" /></strong></p> <p>The stability of a portable system has to do with the weight of the backboard and the weight of the base and their relative positions. That does not really change when you angle the pole. Because the pole is on an angle, it has to be longer than a vertical pole, which adds more weight to the system. That weight is distributed along the pole, making the top of the system slightly heavier than a vertical system. The weight difference between the two styles is very minimal compared to the weight in the base which really determines the stability of a basketball system. If you are concerned about the stability of a portable basketball system, focus on the quality and size of the base, and make sure to fill it full with a heavy material such as sand or water.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Does the angle of the pole make it safer to play directly under the basketball hoop? </strong></p> <p>Although the angle does provide a little more room for children or shorter people, the top of the pole can be harder for taller people to gauge. My experience with the conventional vertical pole is that you can see it clearly when you approach the hoop. With the angled pole, it is easy to have a problem gauging the distance and avoiding the upper part of the pole. Basketball systems with an angled pole also have the base out front and additional support braces that are closer to the player and can cause tripping.<img style="float: right;" src="" alt="Ed-Van53---1.jpg" width="98" height="162" /></p> <p><strong>Has Lifetime ever tried making a system with an angled pole?</strong></p> <p>Yes. It was a few years ago, but we tried the angled pole and decided there were not enough benefits to continue with that system. Because of the angle, you may notice that the pole is likely to rotate slightly if the rim or backboard is pulled down on one side. With a vertical pole, there is no twist and the pole is more secure and easier to assemble. I think we&rsquo;ll be sticking with our straight, solid poles on our basketball systems.&nbsp;</p>Jason18 Mar 2011 10:00:00 AMWin A Lifetime Basketball Hoop!<p><span style="color: #ff0000;"><strong><img src="" alt="March 2011 contest ended.jpg" width="225" height="180" />This giveaway has ended.&nbsp;</strong></span> The <a title="about the NCAA Tournament" href="" target="_blank">NCAA basketball tournament </a>frenzy has started.&nbsp; Let's go over your checklist.&nbsp; Fill tournament brackets -&nbsp; check.&nbsp; Set DVR - check.&nbsp; Plan party and purchase food - check.&nbsp; Don appropriate team attire - check.&nbsp; Win a Lifetime Basketball Hoop&hellip;.whoops, better check that now!&nbsp;</p> <p>What better way to get in the spirit of the college basketball phenomenon than to show off your tournament-worthy skills in your own driveway on your new <a title="about model 1534" href="" target="_blank">48" Lifetime Portable Basketball Hoop</a>?&nbsp; Yep, that's right.&nbsp; We're giving away an awesome portable basketball system to one random winner this month.</p> <p>This Lifetime Portable Basketball Hoop features a 48" shatter-proof backboard with a Slam-It&reg; rim and a 31-gallon base.&nbsp; With the Strong Arm<span style="font-family: Calibri; font-size: small;">&trade; </span>height adjustment feature, you can easily adjust this hoop from 8'-10' in 6" increments with just one hand so players of all ages and levels can enjoy playing!&nbsp; Backed by a 5-year limited warranty, the entire system is constructed of weather-resistant materials including powder-coated, rust-resistant steel and UV-protected graphics.</p> <p>And, since the <a title="tournament schedule" href="" target="_blank">NCAA tournament </a>lasts for sveral weeks, we're giving you two weeks to enter this month's giveaway.&nbsp; It's easy to enter so hurry up and send in your entry before the next game starts!&nbsp; Good luck!</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: small;">How to enter:<br /></span></strong>Send an e-mail to <a href=""></a> with the subject line "March contest".&nbsp;&nbsp; In the email:<br />&bull;&nbsp;Tell us if you currently own a basketball hoop.&nbsp; If yes, how old is it?<br />&bull;&nbsp;Include your full name.</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: small;">Bonus Entries:</span></strong></p> <ol> <li>"Like"&nbsp; Lifetime Products on <a title="Lifetime Facebook page" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>.&nbsp; Once you "Like" us (or if you already do), send an email to <a href=""></a> with your full name telling us you "Like" Lifetime Products and you'll receive one bonus entry.</li> <li>Follow us on <a title="Lifetime Twitter page" href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a> @Lifetime365 and retweet to your friends "Check this out -&nbsp; @Lifetime365 is giving away a Portable Basketball Hoop!&nbsp;#basketball #giveaway <a title="Lifetime Basketball Hoop Contest!" href="" target="_blank"></a>" to receive one bonus entry.</li> </ol> <p>The contest begins Monday, March 14, 2011 and will end Sunday, March 27, 2011 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Monday, March 28, 2011.&nbsp; (Each person may only enter once via email, once via Twitter, and once via Facebook.&nbsp; <a title="Official terms and conditions" href="" target="_blank">Click here </a>for complete contest rules.)</p> <p><br />&nbsp;</p>Jan14 Mar 2011 10:00:00 AMBasketball Hoop FAQs During Winter Months<p><img src="" alt="basketball.jpg" width="274" height="198" />Last week, <a title="News article on snow coverage" href="" target="_blank">49 of 50 states in America </a>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.&nbsp;</p> <p>With cold temperatures upon us, there are many questions that come up about winterizing <a title="Lifetime basketball systems" href="" target="_blank">basketball systems </a>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.</p> <p><span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Q:</strong>&nbsp; Should I use antifreeze in a Lifetime portable base during the winter months?</span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><strong>A:</strong>&nbsp; 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. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Q:</strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;What other maintenance is required to weatherize my basketball system? </span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><strong>A:</strong>&nbsp; Lifetime&rsquo;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&rsquo;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. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Q:</strong>&nbsp; What routine maintenance is suggested to get my basketball hoop ready for play again in the spring? </span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><strong>A:</strong>&nbsp; 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.</span></p> <ol> <li><span style="color: #333399;">Make sure to check the water level in your portable base and fill it to capacity.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #333399;">Check and replace the nylon net if worn or damaged.</span></li> <li><span style="color: #333399;">Though not required, it is usually a good idea to spray lubricant on pivot points </span><span style="color: #333399;">or moving parts for optimal performance.&nbsp; </span></li> </ol> <p><span style="color: #993366;"><strong>Q:</strong>&nbsp; Is it better to use sand or water in my portable base?</span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><strong>A:</strong> 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. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><strong>Sand:</strong> 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.&nbsp; </span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><strong>Water:</strong> 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. </span></p> <p><span style="color: #333399;"><br /></span></p>Jason19 Jan 2011 9:12:54 AMHow I Used the Lifetime Space Planner to Plan Bear's Backyard<p>As you can see in my <a href="" target="_blank">last post</a>, Lifetime recently partnered with the <a href="" target="_blank">Utah Jazz </a>to sponsor&nbsp;Bear's Backyard--a&nbsp;play area for families.&nbsp;It has become&nbsp;a popular&nbsp;hangout for fans! I had the opportunity to go to&nbsp;a game&nbsp;the other night&nbsp;against the Atlanta Hawks. It was one of the first times&nbsp;coming back since&nbsp;I&nbsp;collaborated with the&nbsp;Lifetime Store to plan the area in October. It turns out, seeing kids having fun on&nbsp;the Lifetime&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">playgrounds</a> and <a title="buy a Lifetime Double Shot" href="" target="_blank">Double Shots&nbsp;</a>were one of the few happy sights that night...&nbsp;our beloved Jazz were <a href="" target="_blank">3-pointed to death&nbsp;</a>&nbsp;by those pesky Hawks, resulting in a score of&nbsp;110-87.&nbsp;As you can see in this photo, the faces of the people behind us are a little nervous. Fans left&nbsp;still hopeful though. I think we know that the Jazz&nbsp;will get back on their winning streak soon! <img src="" alt="IMG_0114.gif" width="300" height="225" /></p> <p>When putting together the plan for Bear's Backyard, we were faced with a challenge-- how many fun Lifetime products&nbsp;can you use to create the&nbsp;ultimate play area? Needless to say, I was up to the challenge.&nbsp;So, the first thing we did was meet, and determine which products we needed to show. Then the next thing I did was click over&nbsp;to&nbsp;the <a href=""></a> to use the free&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Space Planner</a>&nbsp;software. With&nbsp;top-view&nbsp;icons of each of our products, already scaled to&nbsp;exact size, it was easy and fun to&nbsp;design the area!&nbsp; My only&nbsp;drawback was that the <a title="buy a Lifetime Ace Flyer Teeter-Totter" href="" target="_blank">Ace Flyer </a>and <a title="buy a Lifetime Helicopter Teeter-Totter" href="" target="_blank">Helicopter&nbsp;Teeter- Totters</a> have not yet been loaded into the planner... though it did give me a good to-do item for the future. In the image shown here, I had to use default exercise equipment scaled to the size of both these items!</p> <p>Using the planner was easy to do. I drew out the floor plan, started dragging and&nbsp;and dropping products, and using the measurement tool to determine whether or not they were too close to eachother, I drug them around to fit as many as possible! I got a little ambitious I think, as&nbsp;the Lifetime Store&nbsp;Regional Manager&nbsp;had to remove a few items&nbsp;to increase safety when he&nbsp;actually loaded it with products.&nbsp;<img src="" alt="blog-image.gif" width="300" height="159" /></p> <p>The next time you need to plan a space with some Lifetime products, I would highly recommend the Lifetime Space Planner! It's free, easy to use, and nothing to download!&nbsp; There are useful icons for most Lifetime products and all sorts of other&nbsp;indoor and outdoor&nbsp;items-- trees, plants, furniture, landscaping items, and&nbsp;more!&nbsp; So if you haven't already, <a href="" target="_blank">click on over to our space planner</a> and check it out! One tip before I go-- one thing I learned about arranging a play area. If you are looking to buy a <a title="buy Lifetime playsets" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Playground </a>(or already own one), you should know that our slides are fast! Be sure to allow 4'-6' of space in front&nbsp;of the slide.&nbsp;The fast slide is&nbsp;lots of fun for kids!&nbsp; I remember in one of the local&nbsp;commercials we shot for the <a title="Lifetime Store website" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Store</a>, the kids started going down it as "cannon balls". They&nbsp;laughed like it was the&nbsp;funniest thing in the world!&nbsp;</p>admin07 Jan 2011 4:00:00 PMCome and Play at Bear's Backyard!<p>Now Utahns can try out Lifetime&nbsp;products before they buy them.&nbsp;Lifetime has partnered with the Utah Jazz to sponsor an area in&nbsp;the Energy Solutions Arena called Bear&rsquo;s Backyard. Featuring Lifetime <a title="buy a Lifetime playset" href="" target="_blank">playsets</a>, <a title="buy a Lifetime Double Shot" href="" target="_blank">Double Shots</a>, <a title="buy a Lifetime picnic table" href="" target="_blank">picnic tables</a>, <a title="about Lifetime teeter-totters" href="" target="_blank">teeter-totters </a>and more-- Bear&rsquo;s Backyard is&nbsp;the perfect place&nbsp;for the smallest&nbsp;to the tallest Jazz fans to&nbsp;get their wiggles out.</p> <p><img src="" alt="blog-post-bears-backyard-1.gif" width="300" height="200" />For the past few months,&nbsp;the place&nbsp;has been&nbsp;VERY busy! The first few nights it was open, the&nbsp;Double Shot hoops were so popular that the facilities&nbsp;crew&nbsp;had to set up&nbsp;ropes to form lines.&nbsp;</p> <p>If you visit, be sure to check out the&nbsp;fun interactive display that teaches children how Lifetime products are made. With an I-spy wheel full of plastic pellets,&nbsp;a powder-coated xylophone, and&nbsp;a Shatter Proof backboard&nbsp;and hammer to test the strength.&nbsp;Though it took a lot of time for our team to build, I must admit, this was very fun to put together!&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="" alt="blog-post-bears-backyard.gif" width="300" height="200" />Bear's Backyard is open during other events, too. Weekend games are especially fun because the Jazz Bear makes a special appearance. So next time you get the chance to attend a Utah Jazz game, make sure to check out Bear&rsquo;s Backyard, located on the upper bowl level.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>Katie03 Jan 2011 3:27:59 PMHoliday Hoop Decor<p><img src=" World 1.jpg" alt="Sea World 1.jpg" width="225" height="169" />This past weekend, my husband and I took&nbsp;our kids to the Christmas Celebration at SeaWorld San Antonio.&nbsp; The kids love seeing all of the extra holiday decorations and special festivities.&nbsp; And, of course, getting pictures with Santa Shamu is always a thrill!&nbsp;</p> <p>We've actually been&nbsp; to the <a title="about SeaWorld" href="" target="_blank">SeaWorld Christmas Celebration </a>the past four years.&nbsp; It's somehow unintentionally turned into an annual holiday tradition for us.&nbsp; While some things like Santa <a title="about Shamu" href="" target="_blank">Shamu</a> and the giant Christmas tree at the front gate are always the same, most of the other displays have changed each year.&nbsp; This year, one of the new Christmas attractions was Snowman Village, an area featuring snowman characters resembling famous people.&nbsp; Guess who was the first snowman that I saw?&nbsp; <a title="about the Spurs" href="" target="_blank">San Antonio Spurs </a>Basketball Player Manu "Snownobili" shooting hoops on a <a title="about Lifetime basketball hoops" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Portable Basketball Hoop</a>!&nbsp; But, as you can see,&nbsp; it appears the Texas heat must be a little too much for Snownobili because he got confused and threw the wrong ball.&nbsp; Looks like he scored with his snowball head instead of the basketball!&nbsp; Oops!</p> <p>It just goes to show, with a little creativity, even your <a title="buy a Lifetime portable basketball hoop" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Basketball Hoop </a>can get into the Christmas spirit. And, it got me thinking. I wonder what other ways people have incorporated their Lifetime Basketball Hoop&nbsp; - or any other Lifetime product - into their holiday decorating.&nbsp; So, if you string lights on your <a title="about the Lifetime Ace Flyer teeter-totter" href="" target="_blank">Ace Flyer, </a>or wrap garland on your hoop, or hang a&nbsp;wreath from your <a title="about Lifetime sheds" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime shed</a>,&nbsp;leave us a comment below and let us know!&nbsp; Or, better yet, snap a picture and share it with us on our <a title="Lifetime's Facebook page" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a> page.&nbsp; We'd love to see!<img style="float: left;" src=" World 2.jpg" alt="Sea World 2.jpg" width="150" height="225" /><img style="float: right;" src=" World 3.jpg" alt="Sea World 3.jpg" width="225" height="169" /></p>Jan15 Dec 2010 2:00:00 PMBlack Friday Deals - Up to $200 Off Lifetime Products at Backyards Inc.!<img src=' Lifetime Banner Blog.png' style='width: 223px; height: 234px;' /><br />Black Friday Deals<p>If you're headed out to start your holiday shopping this Friday&nbsp;(Black Friday), be sure to make your first stop at Backyards Inc., the Official Outlet Store for Lifetime Products.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>All six <a title="" href="" target="_blank">Backyards Inc. stores </a>in Utah will be open <strong>9am-3pm the day after Thanksgiving</strong> and will offer some of the biggest deals of the year, including <strong>up to $200 off</strong> select Lifetime products and some <strong>products for less than $15</strong>!&nbsp; Seriously, a table for just $14.99!&nbsp; (Surely one&nbsp; - or even two - people on your list could use a handy Personal Table that adjusts to four different heights...perfect for a child's desk, a microwave stand in a dorm room,&nbsp;a&nbsp;TV tray for dad, a hobby table for grandma, and much more!)</p> <p>Here's a quick list&nbsp;of just a few of the amazing IN-STORE deals you can get during this ONE-DAY&nbsp;SALE with the complete ad below. (In-store prices may vary from online prices.)</p> <p>$200 off - Lifetime <a title="about the Lifetime swingset" href="" target="_blank">10' Swingset&nbsp; </a>(Reg. $599&nbsp; On Sale $399)<br />$150 off&nbsp; -&nbsp; Lifetime <a title="about Portable Basketball Hoops" href="" target="_blank">Portable Basketball Hoop&nbsp; </a>(Reg. $249&nbsp; On Sale&nbsp; $99!)<br />$100 off&nbsp; - Lifetime <a title="about Lifetime Double Shot" href="" target="_blank">Double Shot Basketball Arcade Game </a>(Reg. $299&nbsp; On Sale $199)<br />$74 off - Lifetime <a title="about the Helicopter" href="" target="_blank">Helicopter</a> or <a title="about the Ace Flyer" href="" target="_blank">Ace Flyer </a>Teeter Totter (Reg. $249&nbsp; On Sale $174.99)<br />$30 off - Lifetime <a title="about the kids' kayak" href="" target="_blank">Kid's Kayak with Paddle </a>(Reg. $129&nbsp; On Sale $99.99)<br />$10 off - Lifetime <a title="about the kid's picnic table" href="" target="_blank">Kid's Picnic Table</a> (Reg. $59.99&nbsp; On Sale $49.99)<br />$9 off - Lifetime <a title="about the Personal Table" href="" target="_blank">Personal Table </a>(Reg. $23.99&nbsp; On Sale $14.99)</p> <p>In addition, each store location will have varying in-store specials on overstocked products.&nbsp; With deals this good, one stop and you can check everyone off your list!&nbsp; But remember, these deals will only be offered on Friday, November 26, IN-STORE at Backyards Inc.&nbsp; Happy shopping!<img src=" 500.jpg" alt="thanksgiving 500.jpg" width="500" height="455" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan24 Nov 2010 5:00:00 AMNational Basketball Day<p><img src="" alt="Ed.jpg" width="400" height="117" />Today is unofficially National Basketball Day.&nbsp; It was on November 6, 1861 that <a title="James Naismith bio" href="" target="_blank">James Naismith </a>was born.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Thirty years later, Naismith was a young physical education teacher at a YMCA in Massachusetts with bored students who needed an indoor athletic distraction during the winter.&nbsp; Naismith decided to nail two peach baskets to the balcony at both ends of a gymnasium.&nbsp; He divided his students into teams and they attempted to toss a ball into the baskets&hellip;the game of basketball was born.&nbsp;</p> <p>According to notes kept by Naismith about the first "Basket Ball" game,&nbsp; the game was played with nine players on each team using a soccer ball.&nbsp;&nbsp; Today, even though the rules and equipment have changed slightly, basketball is played by more than 300 million people worldwide, making it one of the most popular team sports.</p> <p>James Naismith may have invented the game of basketball, but Lifetime re-invented it.&nbsp; Since 1986, Lifetime has truly transformed the game of basketball by bringing it to your home and your level.&nbsp; So, in honor of James Naismith and his history-making invention, I wanted to share a few facts about <a title="history of Lifetime" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime's own inventions and history</a>:</p> <ul> <li>1986- Lifetime invents and patents the first basketball system that could be adjusted in seconds</li> <li>1992- Lifetime invents the first complete basketball system packaged in one box, allowing for mass distribution</li> <li>1993- Lifetime invents a blow-molded <a title="see Lifetime portable basktball hoops" href="" target="_blank">portable basketball base </a>that is airtight and watertight</li> <li>1996- Lifetime invents the Power Lift&reg;, the first one-hand, pneumatic height adjustment mechanism for basketball hoops</li> <li>Today, Lifetime is the world's leading manufacturer of basketball equipment.</li> <li>Today, Lifetime manufactures more than 60% of the <a title="see all Lifetime basketball systems" href="" target="_blank">residential basketball systems</a> sold in the U.S.</li> <li>Today, Lifetime manufactures more than 1 million basketball hoops each year</li> </ul> <p>Pretty amazing to think that all of these industry-revolutionizing inventions were ALL developed by <a title="about Lifetime Products" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a>, in Utah!&nbsp; So, if you ever find yourself wondering which basketball system to buy, remember to look for the Lifetime brand - the company that re-invented the game of basketball by inventing residential adjustable height and portable basketball hoops!</p>Jan05 Nov 2010 10:15:00 AMNew Basketball Height Adjustment Mechanisms<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="120" height="207" /></a>Since our beginning in 1986,<a title="Learn more about Lifetime Products" href="" target="_blank"> Lifetime</a> has revolutionized the sporting goods industry by inventing the first basketball system that could be adjusted in seconds. Today, Lifetime is the world leading manufacturer of residential basketball systems and continues to bring new, innovative products to the market.</p> <p>We are excited to tell you about two new height adjustment mechanisms for our <a title="Lifetime Basketball Systems" href="" target="_blank">basketball systems.</a> The first is the <a title="Front Ajust Basketball Systems" href="" target="_blank">Front Adjust&reg;.</a> As its name suggests, this adjustment mechanism allows you to adjust the height of your basketball pole from the front of the basketball system, instead of from behind. With this convenient new location, there is no need to walk around to the back of the system, and it is easier for people of all ages and heights to adjust their basketball hoop. It has a two-handed grip that easily allows you to adjust your rim height from 7.5 to 10 feet.&nbsp;</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="107" height="188" /></a>The other adjustment mechanism is the <a title="Pump Ajust Basketball Systme" href="" target="_blank">Pump Adjust</a>&reg;. This height adjustment was specifically engineered to give you the easiest, most precise, adjustment on the market. It has no trigger to pull or handle to squeeze, and easily adjusts in seconds with just one hand. Simply grab the handle and move it up or down to the desired height and it automatically holds in place. It also has infinite height increments from 7.5 to 10 feet. This instant and effortless adjustment action allows players of any age or skill to enjoy the game.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>These new Lifetime basketball systems are&nbsp;available through&nbsp;The Sports Authority,&nbsp;and&nbsp;are coming soon in the&nbsp;<a title="Lifetime Online Store" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a>.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>Jason23 Aug 2010 5:11:00 PMNew Product Videos Online<p><a href=""></a><a title="Lifetime Video Library" href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>We at Lifetime Products&nbsp;are proud to announce our&nbsp;all-new <a title="Lifetime video library" href="" target="_blank">video library</a>!&nbsp;</p> <p>We have been busy working&nbsp;to produce Lifetime product videos for nearly all of our products.&nbsp; These videos are a great way to&nbsp;help&nbsp;you better understand the products and check them&nbsp;out before you buy, especially if you are ordering online and have not seen a product in person.&nbsp;The videos allow you to&nbsp;view the product from all angles and&nbsp;see the various features in action.&nbsp;Our video library is growing every day and with&nbsp;about 200 product offerings, more are certainly on the way!&nbsp; You will soon start&nbsp;seeing these new product videos pop up on a lot of the websites that sell our products, including in the <a title="Lifetime Online Store" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a>, <a title="" href=";topnav=&amp;search=lifetime&amp;N=0&amp;Ntt=lifetime&amp;cm_re=1_en-_-Top_Left_Nav-_-Top_search&amp;lang=en-US" target="_blank"></a>, <a title="Sam's Club" href=";searchCategoryId=all"></a>, <a title="competitiveedgeproducts" href="" target="_blank"></a>, <a title="" href="" target="_blank"></a>, <a title="" href=";SearchType=Header" target="_blank"></a>, <a title="amazon" href=";field-keywords=lifetime+products&amp;ih=4_3_1_0_0_0_0_0_1_1.117_99&amp;fsc=2" target="_blank"></a>, and more.&nbsp;</p> <p>You can also&nbsp;see <em>all </em>of our&nbsp;product videos by visiting the <a title="Lifetime video library" href="" target="_blank">Video Library</a> on <a href=""></a>, or by visiting our YouTube Channel at <a href=""></a>.&nbsp; (You can even subscribe to the Lifetime Products YouTube channel to easily get notified when new videos have been posted.)&nbsp;&nbsp;The videos are&nbsp;organized by&nbsp;category:&nbsp;&nbsp;tables and chairs, lawn and garden, basketball, playground, trailers, and corporate videos. Additionally&nbsp;on our YouTube channel, you can also watch some videos we have "favorited" from other users' videos&nbsp;that feature our products.</p> <p>Keep checking for more videos on new and existing products. If you are looking for a certain Lifetime product video and have not&nbsp;found it, please send us an email at <a href=""></a> and we will either let you know where it is, or get it on the list to be produced.</p>Katie30 Jul 2010 4:00:00 PMGood Things Utah features Lifetime Products<img src=' Lifetime Banner Blog.png' style='width: 223px; height: 234px;' /><br />Good Things Utah<p><a title="Watch video part 1" href="" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="" border="0" /></a>Backyards Inc., <a title="Backyards Inc" href="" target="_blank">The Official Outlet Store for Lifetime Products</a>,&nbsp;recently supported a very deserving family on <em>Good Things Utah</em>, by&nbsp;donating some Utah-made products from Lifetime Products!&nbsp;&nbsp;<em>Good Things Utah's</em> viewers nominated the "Makeover My Backyard"&nbsp;winner, The DeYoung family from West Valley City, in Utah.&nbsp;They&nbsp;have endured some rough life challenges, including the mother Emily being&nbsp;diagnosed with Lupas and a glass-littered lawn from the previous owners.&nbsp;Backyards Inc. was a part of a team of Utah companies that came together to re-vamp their backyard in a matter of weeks.The&nbsp;donations included a new lawn, sprinklers, curbing, and a handful of cool products&nbsp;sold at Backyards Inc. including a&nbsp;<a title="buy a Lifetime playset" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Playset</a>, <a title="buy a Lifetime shet" href="" target="_blank">Lifeitme Shed</a>, <a title="buy a Lifetime picnic table" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 8' Picnic Table</a>,&nbsp;and a <a title="buy a Lifetime basketball hoop" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Basketball Hoop</a>. The Lifetime Playset was definitely a hit with the kids...and reporters!&nbsp; Check out the videos on <em>Good Things Utah's</em> website and congrats again&nbsp;to the DeYoung family!&nbsp;<a title="Watch the Backyard Reveal" href="" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="" border="0" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>admin13 Jul 2010 10:00:00 AMWant a Recipe for Summertime Fun? Just Add Water.<p><img style="float: right; border: 0;" src="" alt="" width="300" height="200" align="right" border="0" />&nbsp;At Lifetime Products we've&nbsp;added a refreshing spin on the game of&nbsp;Basketball with the <a title="poolside hoop" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Poolside Hoop</a>.&nbsp;Round up friends and family for&nbsp;some friendly&nbsp;competition in a cool pool on a hot day. This Lifetime Portable Poolside Hoop is designed with a&nbsp; telescoping 44 in. acrylic fusion backboard with fade-resistant graphics and superior rebounding performance. Full-sized basketball included!&nbsp;</p> <p>You'll appreciate the portable roller base&nbsp;design which&nbsp;allows you the option of relocating the system.&nbsp;Simply tip &amp; roll to the desired location by your pool, then fill the base with sand or water to provide the needed stability. You can easily change the location of the game from one end of the pool to the other&mdash;the shallow end&nbsp;for the kids or the deep end&nbsp;for the adults. Customize your game with the unique&nbsp;telescoping height feature which&nbsp;raises or lowers the backboard. Choose from six different height&nbsp;settings between 4 &ndash; 6.5 accommodate all ages and sizes. <img style="float: right; border: 0;" src="" alt="" width="300" height="200" align="left" border="0" /></p> <p>SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: For our faithful blog readers, we will be offering a limited time discount on the products I feature in my articles. Order the 1306 <a title="poolside hoop" href="" target="_blank">Poolside Hoop</a> from and enter the following code reference to receive a&nbsp;$20 discount! The code is Pool20Off, and will be valid on from&nbsp;07/05/2010 to 07/19/2010. Keep watching each month for great deals on new and&nbsp;innovative products from Lifetime Products.</p>Charlys05 Jul 2010 10:00:00 AMBackboard Materials<p>There are many different types of backboard materials to choose from. Sometimes all of the options can be a bit overwhelming. Here is a quick run-down of the different backboards available when you purchase a <a title="Lifetime Basketball Systems" href="" target="_blank">basketball system</a> from <a title="Lifetime Products" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a>. Keep in mind, all graphics on Lifetime&rsquo;s backboards are screen-printed with UV-protected inks for superior color and protection against fading, peeling, or scratching.</p> <p><strong><a href=""></a><a href=""></a><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="150" height="108" /></a>Impact Backboard</strong></p> <p>The Impact Backboard is molded of high-density polyethylene (HDPE), making it virtually unbreakable. Many of Lifetime&rsquo;s beginner <a title="Portable Basketball Systems" href="" target="_blank">portable systems</a> will have an Impact Backboard.&nbsp;Impact backboards are perfect for someone just starting out and needing a beginners basketball system.</p> <p><br /><strong><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="133" height="92" /></a>Acrylic Fusion</strong></p> <p>The Acrylic Fusion Backboard integrates an acrylic playing surface with an unbreakable polyethylene frame for a durable, pro-glass look. The Acrylic Fusion board is a usually on beginner/intermediate basketball systems.</p> <p><br /><strong><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="155" height="111" /></a>Shatter-Proof Fusion</strong></p> <p>Shatter-Proof backboards are made with Makrolon polycarbonate, making them virtually unbreakable and many times stronger than acrylic. The superior impact strength of Makrolon polycarbonate provides enough protection to withstand tough abuse and gives the backboard a durable, pro-glass look. Most intermediate/Advanced portable and in-ground basketball systems will have a Shatter-Proof Fusion Backboard.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="156" height="103" /></a>Steel-Framed Tempered Glass</strong></p> <p>The steel-framed Tempered Glass backboard is the ultimate professional-play backboard material. Tempered glass is the premium playing surface and gives you the look and play of the professional game. The sturdy steel Y-extension arms provide superior rebound and play, and the heavy-duty steel frame gives added rigidity to the backboard. Most high-end, advanced <a title="In-Ground Basketball Systems" href="" target="_blank">in-ground basketball systems</a> will have a Tempered Glass Backboard.</p> <p>&nbsp;<br />Although these are the basic materials used for the backboards on Lifetime basketball systems, there are still many options to choose from. Some backboards come with a weather-resistant steel frame or a frame pad that adds rigidity to the backboard and improves rebound. Click <a title="How to Select a Basketball System" href="" target="_blank">here</a> for extra tips on how to pick out the right residential basketball system for you. Good Luck!!</p>Shalane15 Jun 2010 9:29:00 AMGreat Gifts for Dad<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;">Father's Day is just around the corner - Sunday, June 20.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Still pondering what to get dear old Dad? Lucky&nbsp;for you, I've pulled together a list of Lifetime products in various price ranges to help you come up with a great gift idea that's a little out of the ordinary and sure to please any man on your list!&nbsp; And,&nbsp;as a special Father's Day's shopping treat,&nbsp;you can use coupon code <strong>Dadgift5 </strong>for $5 off any purchase over $15 in the <a title="Lifetime Online Store" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Online Store</a> now through Saturday, June 19.&nbsp; Happy shopping!</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;"><em>Under $20</em></span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;"><strong><a title="Lifetime peg strips" href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" />Lifetime Shed Peg Strips - 2 strip pack - $19.99</a></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;">Does the man on your list have a <a title="Lifetime sheds" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime shed</a>?<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>If so, here's a simple gift that will add lots of space.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>These molded peg strips attach directly to the Lifetime shed walls (screws included) and include 10 assorted peg hooks for hanging tools.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;"><em>Under $40</em></span></strong></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-bidi-font-weight:bold;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';"><a title="Lifetime Personal Table" href="" target="_blank"></a><a href=""><strong><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></strong></a><br /><strong><a title="Black Personal Table" href="" target="_blank">Black Lifetime Personal Table - $39</a><br /></strong>If the man in your life spends most of his time tinkering around in the garage and fixing this and that, then he&rsquo;ll love the Black Lifetime Personal Table. It&rsquo;s the perfect size to help with small projects and hobbies since it adjusts to&nbsp;four different heights.&nbsp; It also comes in handy on game day as a&nbsp; TV dinner tray while he snacks in his recliner at home, or he can fold it up and take it along to the tailgate party! <br /></span></p> <p class="MsoBodyTextIndent">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';"><strong><em>$100-$125</em></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';"><strong><a title="Lifetime sport table" href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" />Lifetime Sport Table with Benches - $110</a></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';">Here's a versatile table that's great for an outdoor enthusiast or</span><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;"> a sports fanatic.</span><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;"><span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>You&rsquo;ll hit a home run when you give him the Lifetime Sports Table.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>The separate benches store flat under the table so he can easily take a table and seating for four of his buddies to tailgate parties, little league games, </span><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;">camping, </span><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri;">or even just to his favorite quiet fishing hole.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';"><strong><em>$150-$200</em></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';"><strong><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a><a title="Lifetime Poolside hoop" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Poolside Portable Basketball Hoop -$169</a></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';">Help Dad stay cool this summer with a Lifetime Poolside Basketball Hoop.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-ansi-language:EN;" lang="EN">This hoop adjusts to six different heights without the use of tools, so it&rsquo;s great for Dad to play with the kids or with his friends. And, the portable design allows him to roll it to any location around the pool to get the best shot.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';"><strong><a title="Lifetime wheelbarrow" href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" />Lifetime Wheelbarrow - $180</a></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';">If your guy loves to work outside, the Lifetime Wheelbarrow is a must-have gift.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Dad's back will appreciate the extra-wide two-wheel wheelbase and low center of gravity that provide better load stability and distributes 85% of the load weight to the wheels and only 15% to the operator!<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span>Plus, the front of the tub is also tapered which makes dumping the 500 pounds he can haul in it<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp;</span>lots easier! </span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';">&nbsp;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';"><strong><a title="Lifetime glider bench" href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" />Lifetime Wood Glider Bench - $180</a></strong></span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-fareast-font-family:'Times New Roman';">Sometimes it's just nice to let Dad sit and relax.<span style="mso-spacerun:yes;">&nbsp; </span></span><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-ansi-language:EN;" lang="EN">The Lifetime Garden Glider Bench provides the all the charm of a wooden bench with the convenient low maintenance of high-density plastic. With a weather-resistant simulated wood and powder-coated steel construction, Dad will love that he doesn't need to stain or sand it or worry about uncomfortable splinters, unsightly warping, or rusting.</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:'Arial','sans-serif';font-size:10pt;mso-ansi-language:EN;" lang="EN">Want a chance to WIN a free Lifetime Yard Cart for your hubby or Dad? Visit&nbsp;<a title="Consumer Queen" href="" target="_blank"></a> for details of how to enter!</span></p>Jan09 Jun 2010 12:00:00 PMMemorial Day “Salute our Troops” Event Recap!<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="257" height="160" /></a>The &ldquo;Salute our Troops&rdquo; Memorial Day Event held at the <a title="Backyards Inc" href="" target="_blank">Backyards Inc</a>, Riverdale location, was a great success and a whole lot of fun! Backyards Inc. donated 5% of their proceeds from that day to the Utah Military Families Foundation (UMFF). The grand total came to $1,640.60 for the UMFF, so thanks for all those who came out to support our local military! Backyards Inc. also kicked off a 10% military ID discount to continue at ALL six <a title="BYI store locations" href="" target="_blank">store locations</a>!</p> <p>&nbsp;<a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="261" height="160" /></a>People of all ages came out to enjoy the event. There were free products, contests, prizes and even face painting and treasure digging for the kids! Frankie from <a title="97.1 ZHT" href="" target="_blank">97.1</a> did a live remote broadcast in the afternoon, and we would like to thank <a title="5 Buck Pizza" href="" target="_blank">5 Buck Pizza</a> for providing free pizza for the event.</p> <p>Congratulations to Roger G. for winning the drawing for a <a title="LIfetime Basketball" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime portable basketball hoop</a>, and to Fred M. for winning the <a title="Wheelbarrow" href="" target="_blank">wheelbarrow</a> weight guessing contest!!</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="256" height="184" /></a>Thanks to those of you who were able to make it out to the event! We hope it gave you the opportunity to get out and have some fun on Memorial Day and to show your support and appreciation for our local military!</p>Shalane03 Jun 2010 12:04:00 PMEnjoy the Game at YOUR Level!<p>In 1986, Lifetime Products introduced and patented the first complete <a title="Adjustable Basketball Systems" href="" target="_blank">basketball system</a> that could be adjusted in just seconds. Over the years, Lifetime has revolutionized the <a title="LIfetime Basketball" href="" target="_blank">basketball </a>industry and has literally changed the game to fit everyone&rsquo;s level.</p> <p>As I&rsquo;m sure many of you are aware, there is a wide variety of height adjustment mechanisms available, and sometimes it can be overwhelming knowing the differences between them all! Here is a list of some of Lifetime&rsquo;s main height adjustments to help you choose what might work best for you.&nbsp;</p> <p><br /><strong><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="211" height="153" /></a>Telescoping Height Adjustment</strong></p> <p>The telescoping height adjustment allows you to raise and lower the basketball hoop without the use of any tools. You can easily adjust the rim height from 7.5 to 10 feet, in 6-inch increments.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="132" height="159" /></a>Quick Adjust&reg;</strong></p> <p>The Quick Adjust&reg; is the original broomstick height adjustment mechanism. It allows you to raise or lower the rim height from 7.5 to 10 feet using a broomstick.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<br /><strong><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="162" height="118" /></a>Speed Shift&reg;</strong><br />The Speed Shift&reg; height adjustment easily adjusts from 8 to 10 feet with just one hand. It adjusts in 6-inch increments, and has counter-balance springs that do most of the work for you!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="171" height="120" /></a>Action Grip&reg;</strong><br />The&nbsp; Action Grip&reg;&nbsp; adjustment also adjusts with just one hand. You can easily adjust the rim height from 7.5 to 10 feet in 6-inch increments, bringing the game to your level.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" width="181" height="138" /></a>Power Lift&reg;</strong><br />The Power Lift&reg; offers instant and effortless height adjustment from 7.5 to 10 feet in <strong>infinite increments</strong>! The precision height adjustment adjusts in seconds with just one hand, allowing players of any age or skill level to enjoy the game.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>All of Lifetime&rsquo;s basketball systems adjust in height and all of the adjustment mechanisms pictured above can be found on both <a title="Lifetime Portable Basketball Systems" href="" target="_blank">portable&nbsp;basketball hoops</a>&nbsp;and <a title="Lifetime In-Ground Basketball Systems" href="" target="_blank">in-ground&nbsp;basketball hoops</a>. Typically, the telescoping and quick adjust mechanisms are found on systems geared more toward beginner, Speed Shift and Action Grip are for intermediate, and the Power Lift systems give you the feel and look of a pro game.</p>Shalane12 May 2010 3:57:00 PMCongrats March Contest Winner!<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>It&#39;s March&hellip;and in honor of the NCAA Basketball Tournament and St. Patrick&#39;s Day, last we week had some madness of our own on <a href=""></a>. We hid 5 shamrocks on our website that revealed a secret code to win a 50&quot; portable basketball system for our <a target="_blank" href="" title="March contest details">March monthly contest</a>!&nbsp; </p> <p>Thanks to everyone who entered. We hope you had fun searching for the shamrocks. I&#39;m happy to say congratulations to our lucky random winner: </p> <h2>Bill B. of Hoschton, GA!</h2> <p>So what was the secret code?&nbsp; <strong>SAVE$10</strong>.&nbsp; Don&#39;t forget, even if you didn&rsquo;t win, you can still use the code SAVE$10 to save $10 off any purchase over $20 at <a href=""></a> through March 28.</p> <p>And, you can also visit <a target="_blank" href="" title="MomCentral bball giveaway details">MomCentral</a> for a chance to win a <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Youth Basketball hoop">Lifetime Youth Basketball Hoop</a>, valued at $110!&nbsp; Simply leave a comment on the <a target="_blank" href="" title="MomCentral giveaway details">MomCentral</a> blog by Sunday, March 28 and they&#39;ll pick one lucky person to win!</p> <p>Keep checking our blog and following us on <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime&#39;s Twitter page">Twitter </a>and <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime&#39;s Facebook page">Facebook</a> because our April contest will be starting in just a few more days.&nbsp; Get ready, I think our crafty fans will like this one a lot!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan26 Mar 2010 12:08:00 PMMore Giveaways!<p>Do your kids have basketball fever now that the NCAA Basketball Tournament has started?&nbsp; Good news!&nbsp; We have two chances for you to WIN your very own Lifetime Portable Basketball Goal so your kids can start practicing all the shots like their favorite star player.</p> <p><strong>Giveaway #1</strong><br /><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Our <a target="_blank" href="" title="March contest blog post">monthly contest</a> ends tomorrow (Tuesday, March 23) at midnight.&nbsp; One lucky winner will win a <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime Basketball Hoop details">50&quot; Portable Basketball goal</a>!&nbsp; To enter,&nbsp; simply find the 5 hidden shamrocks hidden on various pages of <a href=""></a> that look like this &clubs;.&nbsp; Each shamrock has a letter or number beside it.&nbsp; Unscramble the letters and numbers from all of the shamrocks to spell a secret message. Then, send an e-mail to <a href=""></a> with your full name and tell us what the secret message says.&nbsp; </p> <p>And, don&#39;t forget that after you unscramble the message, you can use it as a discount code at <a href=""></a> good for a savings worth the amount revealed in the secret message on any purchase over $20!&nbsp; (Discount valid March 17-March 28.)</p> <p><strong>Giveaway #2</strong><br />If you have little ones in your house, be sure to head on over to <a target="_blank" href="" title="MomCentral Giveaway Details"></a> for a chance to win a <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime Youth Basketball hoop details">Lifetime Youth Basketball Hoop</a>!&nbsp; This smaller version is perfect for younger kids just learning to play since the hoop adjusts from 5.5 to 7.5 feet.&nbsp; Simply leave a comment on the <a target="_blank" href="" title="MomCentral Giveaway details">MomCentral </a>blog by Sunday, March 28 to be entered to win!&nbsp; Doesn&#39;t get much easier than that.<a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a></p> <p>Good luck!</p>Jan22 Mar 2010 11:14:00 AMMarch Contest - Win A Portable Basketball Hoop!<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>It's March and there's "madness" everywhere!&nbsp; Call us crazy if you want, but since there's a big <a title="Official NCAA website" href="" target="_blank">basketball tournament in March</a>, this month we've decided to give away - yes, you guessed it -&nbsp; a Lifetime Portable Basketball Hoop!</p> <p>This <a title="Buy a Lifetime Basketball hoop" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime portable basketball hoop</a> features a 50" shatter-proof backboard with a Slam-It&reg; rim and a 35-gallon base.&nbsp; With the Speed Shift&reg; height adjustment feature, you can easily adjust this hoop from 8'-10' with just one hand so players of all ages and levels can enjoy playing!&nbsp; Backed by a 5-year limited warranty, the entire system is constructed of weather-resistant materials including powder-coated, rust-resistant steel and UV-protected graphics.&nbsp; Retail value is $240.</p> <p>This month's contest is going to be fun.&nbsp; Grab the kids because this is one the whole family can enjoy!&nbsp; Since today is St. Patty's Day, we've hidden shamrocks all over our <a href=""></a> website that reveal a hidden message&hellip;Lifetime's version of a pot o' gold at the end of the rainbow!</p> <h3>How to enter:</h3> <p><strong>Mandatory:</strong><br />1. Visit <a href=""></a> and find the 5 shamrocks hidden on various pages throughout the site that look like this &clubs; &clubs;.<br />2. Each shamrock has a letter or number beside it.&nbsp; Unscramble the letters and numbers from all of the shamrocks to spell a secret message. <br />3. Send an e-mail to <a href=""></a> with your full name and tell us what the secret message says.</p> <p><strong>Bonus Entry:</strong><br />For an extra entry, follow us on <a title="Lifetime's Twitter page" href="" target="_blank">Twitter </a>(@Lifetime365) and retweet "I just entered the #LifetimeMarContest to win a Portable Basketball Hoop from @Lifetime365 <a href=""></a>"</p> <p>The contest begins Wednesday, March 17 at 12:01AM MST and will end Tuesday, March 23 at 12:00 Midnight MST.&nbsp; We'll announce one random winner on Wednesday, March 24, 2010.&nbsp; (Entries are limited to one entry per email address. <a title="Official contest rules" href="" target="_blank">Click here</a> for complete contest rules.)</p> <p><strong>Psssst.</strong>&nbsp; Need some hints to help find those pesky shamrocks?&nbsp; Become our fan on <a title="Lifetime's Facebook page" href="" target="_blank">Facebook</a>&nbsp; and follow us on <a title="Lifetime's Twitter page" href="" target="_blank">Twitter</a> because we'll be announcing one hint each day to our fans and followers!&nbsp; <strong>First hint: </strong>once you've figured out the secret message, you can use it as a discount code at <a href=""></a> good for a savings worth the amount revealed in the secret message on any purchase over $20.&nbsp; (Discount valid March 17-March 28.)</p> <p>May the luck O' the Irish be with you!</p>Jan17 Mar 2010 3:40:00 AMAmbassador Huntsman Tours Lifetime China Facility and EcoHouse<p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>Last week, I had the honor of traveling to Xiamen, China, to show our factory and new EcoHousing Initiative to Jon Huntsman Jr., previous governor of Utah and current Ambassador to China. The tour of our Xiamen facility was well organized and I could not be more pleased with the way things turned out.</p> <p>A bit of history. In 2008, we opened a wholly-owned and operated facility in Xiamen, China. This means we have tight control over product quality. This is a huge distinction and big advantage over imitation "Lifetime" products made in China by other companies. By having our own manufacturing facility overseas, we can be more globally competitive and more effectively and profitably manage our international sales and distribution to the more than 52 countries we sell products to worldwide. Being wholly-owned also means the facility, the equipment, the products, and the employees are all Lifetime's &mdash; making Lifetime more profitable overall. That profit comes back to benefit everyone in the company, in our Utah community, and all of our customers. Staying competitive with companies manufacturing overseas makes us more profitable, which is essential to maintaining our Clearfield, Utah factory, which is our largest manufacturing facility and our corporate headquarters.</p> <p>It was a pleasure to show Ambassador Huntsman our Xiamen facility and tell him about our manufacturing operations, goals, and our great employees on both sides of the ocean. It was also very exciting to show him the Lifetime EcoHouse that we are manufacturing 100% in our Utah factory and hear his thoughts on our entire EcoHousing Initiative. The Ambassador sent this message after his visit:</p> <blockquote>"The management and employees at Lifetime have created what could be a revolutionary approach to dealing with humanitarian needs across the globe. I compliment them on running a quality business and maintaining a sense of innovation that could benefit others globally."</blockquote> <p>We hope this amazing high-level international exposure for the EcoHouse can help us get this new product global attention. This is a great innovation that will be manufactured in Utah and shipped around the world to improve people's lives. It will take time to get started, but the potential is endless and can help us keep jobs in Utah while helping others.</p> <p>You can read more about our EcoHousing Initiative at <a title="Lifetime EcoHouse" href="" target="_blank"></a>. As Lifetime continues to grow into an international company, we always strive to do right by our employees, our community, and our customers. I'm proud to be part of this new initiative and all the continuous improvements at Lifetime Products. I look forward to the many good things that lie on the horizon.</p>Richard Hendrickson26 Jan 2010 8:00:00 AMNeighborhood Basketball Tournament<p><a href=""></a><a href=""></a><a href=""><img border="0" src="" alt="" /></a>If you&rsquo;re family is like mine, you&rsquo;ve got some real <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime Basketball">basketball </a>fans in the house.&nbsp; Instead of just watching games on TV during basketball season, I try to get my kids and neighbors in on the action with neighborhood basketball tournaments. Whether you&rsquo;re playing &ldquo;H-O-R-S-E&rdquo; or a simple game of one-on-one, there&rsquo;s just something about a <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime Basketball">basketball goal</a> that demands for friends to get together and have some fun.</p> <p>You could play family vs family, girls vs boys, or even adults vs kids (just be careful&mdash;if the kids win, they will never let you live it down!). Get your game started on an adjustable-height basketball system from Lifetime Products&mdash;that way, you can lower the hoop, so even younger kids can be all-stars. </p> <p>To celebrate the championship game, you could even give away hot chocolate and snacks to everyone who turned out to watch the event. Or maybe you could turn the entire tournament into an official neighborhood event and hold a potluck dinner after the final game. This is an awesome way to bring people together and get to know your neighbors better. So, get out there, give that <a target="_blank" href="" title="Lifetime Basketball">basketball</a> a workout and get the whole neighborhood in on the fun!</p>mcarroll15 Dec 2009 1:34:00 PMBasketball Polar Bear<p><a title="polar bear video" href="" target="_blank"><img title="polar bear video" src=" bear video.jpg" alt="" /></a></p> <p>I took a trip to San Diego this past weekend for the&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">International PRSA conference</a>.&nbsp;Awesome information and great speakers. But, four days&nbsp;of&nbsp;workshops, exhibitions, and keynote speakers-- needless to say, it's healthy to take a break! What better place to do&nbsp;just that&nbsp;than the <a href="" target="_blank">San Diego Zoo</a>!&nbsp;For me, the highlight of the zoo is watching the polar bears. I was so excited to get to the exhibit, only to find him spread out on his belly, fast asleep. After a few minutes of debating&nbsp;wether or not&nbsp;I should move on,&nbsp;suddenly, he&nbsp;opened his eyes and lumbered over to the pool.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p>Kids and adults alike ran toward the glass, watching with excitement. This polar bear knew exactly what he wanted to do. He swam to one side of the water, grabbed his ball with&nbsp;one humongous paw, and swam&nbsp;to the other side right in front of a&nbsp;group of children. What happened next was hillarious. A game of '1 on 7 basketball' between the kids and the bear! Or was it a game of&nbsp;break the glass?&nbsp; You decide.&nbsp; Although, I do wish he had a <a title="buy a Lifetime basketball hoop" href="" target="_blank">basketball hoop</a> so&nbsp;I could have&nbsp;seen his shooting form, that could be one big slam dunk!</p> <p><a href=""></a></p>Katie15 Nov 2009 11:00:00 AMiPhone Cases, Basketball Hoops, and Video Reviews<p>My husband and I made the big leap a about a month ago.&nbsp; We bought iPhones.&nbsp; I have to say, as reserved as I was about making a jump to such a trendy gadget of which I thought I wouldn&rsquo;t really need, I LOVE it!&nbsp; It is soooo user friendly and the voice control feature is astonishing.&nbsp; It is so cool to do a Google search just by talking to your phone, then simply tap the phone number Google pulls up to call the place you were trying to find... or tap the Google map to get GPS directions!&nbsp; Amazing.</p> <p>But, of course, we couldn&rsquo;t just simply purchase iPhones and be done.&nbsp; Oh, no.&nbsp; Naturally, we had to find snazzy cases, too.&nbsp; After running around to more than five different stores, I narrowed my choice down to the <a target="_blank" href="" title="about Speck Candy Shell">Speck Candy Shell</a> and the<a target="_blank" href="" title="about iFrogz Luxe"> iFrogz Luxe</a>.&nbsp; I loved the fun two-tone colors and unmatched durability of the Candy Shell, yet the iFrogz felt great in the hand and had a sliding bottom piece for easy docking.&nbsp; </p> <p>I came home and showed my husband my narrowed-down choices online.&nbsp; (Ummm, just so you know, they are both available much cheaper online than in stores.)&nbsp; But, still, which one to pick?&nbsp; Well, when I did my Google search for iPhone case reviews, one of the first sites that popped up was actually a video review.&nbsp; I was planning on reading some user reviews, but it never even dawned on me there might be video reviews for a phone case!&nbsp; Turns out there are dozens of in-depth video reviews available for almost every style and brand of iPhone case made.&nbsp; These reviews were super helpful!&nbsp; Nothing fancy or professional about them, but lots of specifics and answers to details I never would have thought about, plus up-close product shots from all angles.&nbsp; </p> <p>Anyway, it got me thinking...there must be video reviews about almost every kind of product if there are video reviews for phone cases!&nbsp; Hmmm, I wonder if there are any video reviews of Lifetime products?&nbsp; (Well, obviously, I knew there were at least a few because I have done a couple myself for <a target="_self" href="" title="The Great Wheelbarrow Showdown video review">Lifetime wheelbarrows</a>, <a href="" title="The Great Wheelbarrow Showdown video review">Lifetime yard carts</a>, and <a target="_self" href="" title="Building Our Lifetime Shed video">Lifetime plastic sheds</a>...although not nearly as in-depth and detailed as the reviews I found for phone cases.)&nbsp; Anyway, sure enough, a quick Google Video search for &quot;Lifetime basketball hoop reviews&quot;, pulled up several video reviews, most of them on <a target="_blank" href="" title="what is expotv"></a>.&nbsp; The reviews, or &quot;Videopinions&quot;, are unsolicited by Lifetime and are from everyday homeowners who own <a target="_self" href="" title="buy a Lifetime basketball hoop">Lifetime basketball hoops</a>. There are also numerous written reviews about Lifetime basketball hoops on various sites, as well.&nbsp; Here are just a few of the Lifetime basketball hoop video reviews I found that may be of help to you: </p> <p><a target="_blank" href="" title="expotv"><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a></p> <p>&nbsp;<a target="_blank" href="" title="expo tv"><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a></p> <p><a target="_blank" href="" title="expo tv"><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a></p> <p>So, my point with all of this:&nbsp; if you&#39;re making an investment in a product - an iPhone case, a Lifetime product, or any product - be sure to take advantage of today&#39;s wonderful technology.&nbsp; Take the time to do a quick search online to help you make a wise and educated decision.&nbsp; Manufacturer&#39;s websites can provide you with all of the specs and benefits of a product.&nbsp; <a target="_blank" href="">Google Video</a>, <a target="_blank" href="">YouTube</a>, and <a target="_blank" href="">Expotv </a>are all great sources for customer video reviews.&nbsp; And, most all online stores usually have written customer reviews for each product that are extremely insightful, too.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"> <p>Oh, yea.&nbsp;I forgot to tell you... we ended up buying the iFrogz Luxe cases and so far they are great!</p> </p> <p></p>Jan27 Oct 2009 6:00:00 AMPumpkin Basketball and Gourd Bowling<p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>This past weekend we headed to a local pumpkin patch for our squadron&#39;s annual Fall Festival. It was an easy and fun way to celebrate autumn and Halloween without having to attend yet another costume party!&nbsp; </p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>It&#39;s tough to say what my kids&#39; favorite activity was because there were so many cute things to do.&nbsp; As soon as we got there, my daughter was immediately drawn to the Corn Box...a metal bin filled with corn instead of sand and loaded with buckets, shovels, and trucks.&nbsp; However, the Corn Box soon took a back seat as soon as she heard the sputtering sound of tractors and noticed there were hayrides and little cart rides. My son enjoyed winding through the hay maze and pumping the old-fashioned water pumps for the plastic duck races.&nbsp; And, naturally, they both took advantage of the free face painting.&nbsp; (Personally, I passed on the face painting, but was thrilled to see they were using a <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime adjustable height table">Lifetime 4&#39; adjustable height table</a> as their painting station!)&nbsp; </p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>The farm also had stuff your own scarecrow stations, petting zoos, obstacle courses, and pumpkin basketball.&nbsp; Yes, you read that right...pumpkin basketball.&nbsp; They had a <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime portable basketball hoop">portable Lifetime basketball hoop</a>, but in the spirit of the festivities, you played with a pumpkin instead of a basketball.&nbsp; Hey, it&#39;s round and orange, right?&nbsp; Obviously, I was a bit concerned since pumpkins are heavy, hard, and tend explode when dropped!&nbsp; Thankfully, it was a fake pumpkin!&nbsp; They also had Gourd Bowling... roll a pumpkin at gourds set up like bowling pins.&nbsp; Yes, once again, these were all fake, too.&nbsp; Whew!&nbsp; </p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>If you&#39;ve never been to a pumpkin patch, they are worth the trip for the fun and to support your local farmers.&nbsp; And, don&#39;t forget to check your local apple farm and corn mazes for Fall festivities, as well.&nbsp;&nbsp; You&#39;d better hurry though, because most are only open with special festivities through the end of October.</p> <p>Save yourself some work and check out <a target="_blank" href="" title="Pumpkin Patches and More">this great website</a> I found that makes it easy to search for pumpkin patches near you!&nbsp; Have fun and Happy Halloween!</p>Jan22 Oct 2009 8:00:00 AMPro Basketball in your Backyard<div style="float:left;padding-right:8px;"> </div> <p><a title="98874 Mammoth In-Ground Basketball System" href="" target="_blank"><img style="border-bottom:0px;border-left:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-top:0px;margin-right:0px;border-right:0px;" title="image" alt="image" src="" align="left" border="0" height="127" width="119" /></a>Okay, so the big boys from the pro&#39;s won&#39;t <i>actually</i> be in your backyard, but you can deck your yard out to look every bit as professional. </p> <p> First off you&#39;re going to want to pick up a <a title="98874 Mammoth" href="" target="_blank">98874 Mammoth</a> <a title="98874 Mammoth" href="" target="_blank">In-Ground Basketball System</a> from <a title="98874 Mammoth" href="" target="_blank"></a>. This setup is huge (72-inches) and professional quality just like you&#39;ve likely seen in High Schools, Colleges, and even some professional sports teams. </p> <p>Once you&#39;ve got your <a title="98874 Mammoth" href="" target="_blank">98874 Mammoth</a> you need to decide whether or not you you want a half-court or full- court game. The obvious answer if you want a full-court experience is to buy two <a title="98874 Mammoth" href="" target="_blank">98874 Mammoth</a> systems. That may not be an option for you, so why not consider a <a title="portable basketball systems" target="_blank">portable basketball system</a>? With a <a title="portable basketball systems" target="_blank">portable basketball system</a> you can wheel it to where the action is at game time, then wheel it away for storage after the final whistle. </p> <p><a title="Court Marking Kit" href="" target="_blank"><img style="border-bottom:0px;border-left:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-top:0px;margin-right:0px;border-right:0px;" title="image" alt="image" src="" align="right" border="0" height="83" width="100" /></a> So now you&#39;ve got your hoop (or two, if you&#39;re going full-court), but you still don&#39;t have a &quot;court&quot;, it&#39;s just a patio with a hoop next to it. Time to pick up a <a href="" target="_blank">Court Marking Kit</a>. This thing&#39;s got everything you need to turn your tired old patio into a real basketball court: snap-line chalk, a court-line roller, and complete instructions for layout; just add paint! </p> <p> You probably already have a <a title="Heavy-Duty Official Size Rubber Basketball" href="" target="_blank">ball</a>, but you can always use one more (or several for making practice more efficient). Once you&#39;ve got more than one ball, you&#39;ll need something to keep them in, like a <a href="" target="_blank">Ball Bag</a>. </p> <p><a href=""><img style="border-bottom:0px;border-left:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-top:0px;margin-right:0px;border-right:0px;" title="image" alt="image" src="" align="left" border="0" height="95" width="95" /></a>Preparation is key. When the big backyard competition goes down, you don&#39;t want to be caught with a broken net, or flat ball. Grab a <a href="" target="_blank">Pump, Needles, Net, and Whistle kit</a> and you&#39;re set for most of the major problems that might crop up. It even includes a whistle so your referee can keep order. </p> <p><a title="Mammoth Light Kit" href="" target="_blank"><img style="border-bottom:0px;border-left:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-top:0px;margin-right:0px;border-right:0px;" title="image" alt="image" src="" align="right" border="0" height="109" width="87" /></a> Back in the good ol&#39; days, when darkness fell, the game was over and it was time to go home. Lucky for you the <a title="98874 Mammoth" href="" target="_blank">98874 Mammoth</a> comes ready for the <a href="" target="_blank">Mammoth Light Kit</a> to keep the game rolling, even after the sun has set. </p> <p>So what are you waiting for? Get your game in your own back yard &mdash; like a pro. Once you&#39;re done setting it all up, share some pics with us!</p>Joe11 Aug 2009 2:10:00 PMWhy No NBA Label?<p>Over the years, many of my friends and family have asked me why Lifetime doesn&rsquo;t have the NBA logo on their <a href="" title="about Lifetime basketball">basketball hoops</a>.&nbsp; Well, the answer is simple.&nbsp; Money.&nbsp; To have the <a href="" title="who is the NBA">NBA </a>logo on Lifetime backboards, it would cost money. A lot of money.&nbsp; Money that Lifetime chooses to instead put into the actual quality of their products.&nbsp; Whether it&rsquo;s using that money for more research, new manufacturing equipment, or improved materials, the end result is a <a href="" title="about Lifetime&#39;s quality">higher quality product</a> for you.</p> <p><a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a>As a former employee, I can assure you that&nbsp;this philosophy carries through all aspects of Lifetime.&nbsp; You won&rsquo;t find any lavish corporate offices at the Lifetime Products headquarters in Clearfield, Utah.&nbsp; No marble floors, revolving doors, or plush corner offices with beautiful wraparound windows.&nbsp; Nope, far from it.&nbsp; The Lifetime Products headquarters are actually in the <a href="" title="about the Freeport Center">Freeport Center</a>, an old army warehouse depot.&nbsp; Each long (almost windowless) building that Lifetime occupies houses a different portion of Lifetime&#39;s manufacturing process.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s not that Lifetime doesn&rsquo;t care about their image, it&rsquo;s just that they would rather invest in their products and state-of-the-art manufacturing technologies&nbsp;to better benefit the consumer, rather than invest in fancy, shamcy, corporate offices for themselves.&nbsp; If you&rsquo;ve never read the <a href="" title="history of Lifetime Products">history of how Lifetime Products began</a>, take a few minutes to check it out... it&rsquo;s pretty amazing.&nbsp; The owner started making basketball hoops in his garage and he still maintains that down-to-earth attitude... even today after 37 years of Lifetime&#39;s tremendous success.&nbsp; You won&rsquo;t find him driving a decked out car or flying around in a corporate jet, he&rsquo;s just your average guy-next-door.<a href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" /></a><a href=""></a></p> <p>So, while Lifetime realizes there are some people who buy products&nbsp;based soley on labels, Lifetime feels it is in<em> your</em> best interest not to pour money into expensive licenses.&nbsp; And, if customers do their homework and research when buying a product, hopefully, they will realize that the Lifetime logo truly represents <a href="" title="Lifetime&#39;s quality">quality</a> and <em>that</em> is the only logo, brand, or label on the product that really matters.&nbsp;</p>Jan14 Jul 2009 12:00:00 PMSlam Dunk in Your Pool<p><a href=""><img border="0" src="" alt="" /></a>I sure hope you had a fun fourth of July!&nbsp; We had a great weekend, but we didn&#39;t do anything special or festive other than watch fireworks.&nbsp; Kind of sad... especially since our tradition, when we lived in Arizona, was to host a pool party and BBQ at our house every Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day.&nbsp; We&#39;d invite our four closet friends and spend the day playing 3-on-3 volleyball and then the guys would throw down a serious game of hoops with our Lifetime Poolside basketball/volleyball system.&nbsp; </p> <p>Let&#39;s get something straight.&nbsp; I&#39;m not talking about a leisurely game where you splash around in the pool and daintily tap the ball over the net or into the hoop for fear of knocking down the flimsy goal.&nbsp; I&#39;m talking about a game of volleyball where you actually have to jump up to spike the ball over the net, instead of simply lifting your arm because the net is chest level.&nbsp;&nbsp; And, playing a full-up, hardcore game of 1-on-1, complete with slam dunking.&nbsp; <a href=""><img border="0" src="" alt="" /></a><a href=""></a><a href=""></a><a href=""></a><a href=""></a></p> <p>We didn&#39;t have a puny toy basketball hoop like some of the other pool basketball hoops and volleyball systems you find.&nbsp; Our <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime Poolside Basketball Hoop">Lifetime Poolside basketball hoop</a> was a full-sized backboard with a full-sized base.&nbsp; It was the exact same backboard and base you&#39;d buy to put in <a target="_blank" href="" title="buy a Lifetime Portable bball hoop">your driveway</a> (with the exception of different graphics), only with a shorter pole.&nbsp; Depending on the model you buy, some of the Lifetime Poolside Basketball Hoops actually adjust to six different heights&nbsp; <a target="_blank" href="" title="Buy a telescoping Poolside Basketball hoop">(telescoping model)</a>&nbsp; so kids or adults can play.&nbsp; What&#39;s really cool is our model came with two full-sized backboards to play full-court basketball with a hoop at each end or side of your pool.&nbsp; Then, we simply turned the backboards around and attached a regulation-sized and quality volleyball net (which came with the system)! </p> <p><a href=""><img border="0" src="" alt="" /></a>When we sold our house, we included all of the pool toys, equipment, and furniture .&nbsp; EXCEPT,&nbsp; the Lifetime Poolside&nbsp;Basketball hoops were way too valuable to just throw in with the house to someone we didn&#39;t know.&nbsp; So, we made sure to give those to a friend!&nbsp; Aaah, how I miss those fun summer pool days.</p>Jan09 Jul 2009 4:00:00 PMNew Basketball Products at www.BuyLifetime.com<p><a href=""><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="image" src="" border="0" alt="image" width="106" height="85" align="right" /></a> Basketball poles are a necessary evil. You've got to get the rim up there some how, but running into a pole doesn't feel very good. It should go without saying that you should avoid running in to the pole if at all possible. Professional teams put pads on their poles, now you can, too, with the Lifetime <a title="Lifetime Basketball Pole Pad" href="" target="_blank">Basketball Pole Pad</a>, the <a href="" target="_blank">Reebok 4 X 4 Pole Pad</a>, and the <a href="" target="_blank">Mammoth Pole Pad</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><a href=""><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="image" src="" border="0" alt="image" width="84" height="105" align="right" /></a> The game doesn't end just because the sun goes down. The <a href="" target="_blank">Mammoth Light Kit</a> provides illumination so your game can continue long after dark. These court lights are constructed from weather-resistant, powder-coated steel with bright halogen bulbs that are encased by protective covers.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><a href=""><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="image" src="" border="0" alt="image" width="141" height="124" align="right" /></a>These aren&rsquo;t your neighbor&rsquo;s wimpy basketball setup, these are Lifetime&rsquo;s high-quality Basketball Systems.</p> <ul> <li><a href="" target="_blank">LIFETIME 50" Shatter Guard Black Fusion Action Grip System</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 54" Competition Clear Temper Glass Complete Basketball System</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">RBK 54" x 36" x 1.5" Square Clear Tempered Glass Competition In-Ground Powerlift System</a></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><img style="border-top-width:0px;display:inline;border-left-width:0px;border-bottom-width:0px;margin-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-right-width:0px;" title="image" src="" border="0" alt="image" width="149" height="134" align="right" /> You&rsquo;re not ready to cement in a professional style basketball system? No problem, try out one of Lifetime&rsquo;s portable systems.With these portable basketball system, you can change the location whenever you change your mind.</p> <ul> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Streamline Portable Basketball System</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Pro Court 42" Portable Basketball System</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Portable 48" Shatter Guard Fusion Quick Adjust System</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 50" Shatter Guard Fusion Portable Courtside Basketball System</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Portable 48" Shatterguard Fusion Quick Adjust w/Slam it Rim</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Courtside Portable, 44" Acrylic Fusion Backboard, Quick Adjust II Pole, Black Slam-it Rim</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 50" Perforated Action Grip Portable System</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Reebok Pro Court 44" Bevel Impact Portable Basketball System</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Reebok 54" x 33" x 1.5" Square Shatter Guard XL Portable Basketball System</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">REEBOK XL 52" x 33" x 1.0" Square Shatter Guard Backboard, Powerlift System w/Slam-it Pro Rim</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Reebok XL 52" x 33" x 1.0" Square Shatter Guard Backboard w/Orange Slam-it Rim</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">REEBOK Courtside BL. 44" Acrylic Fusion Backboard, Quick Adjust w/ Black Slam-it Rim</a> </li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">RBK, BLACK 48" Shatter Guard Fusion Action Grip Inground System w/Slam-it Rim and POLE PAD</a></li> </ul> <p>What if you already have a pole or a mount and only need backboard and rim? Lifetime&rsquo;s got you covered there, too!</p> <ul> <li><a href="" target="_blank">RBK 48" Shatterguard Fusion Backboard and Slam-it Rim Combo kit</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 42" New Edge Impact Backboard w/ Black Classic Rim</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Blk 44" Rectangular Impact Backboard w/Blk Slam-it Rim Combo</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Black 48" Shatter Guard Fusion Backboard w/Black Slam-it-Rim</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Blk 44" Rectangular Impact Backboard, w/blk Classic rim</a> </li> </ul> <p> <hr /> </p> <p><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="image" src="" border="0" alt="image" width="134" height="194" align="right" /> Basket ball nets fade, fray, and break over time. The <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Basketball Net</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Red, White and Blue Net</a>, and <a href="" target="_blank">Heavy Duty Lifetime Basketball Net</a> are made of weather-resistant nylon and work great with indoor or outdoor basketball systems.</p> <p>Can a game of basketball really be complete without some sort of official with a whistle? We didn&rsquo;t think so either.</p> <ul> <li><a href="" target="_blank">12-Pack Plastic Lanyards</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Economic 12-pack of Plastic Whistles</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Brass whistle w/ lanyard</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime 3 - Pack Basketball needles</a></li> </ul>Joe06 Feb 2009 3:00:45 PM98874 mammoth<p><a title="98874 Mammoth" href="" target="_blank"><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="image" src="" border="0" alt="image" width="221" height="240" align="right" /></a> The <a title="98874 mammoth" href="" target="_blank">98874 Mammoth</a> basketball system, you&rsquo;ve seen them in High Schools, Colleges, and used by professional sports teams, now you can put the same, professional <a href="" target="_blank">basketball equipment</a> in your backyard.</p> <p>The <a title="98874 mammoth" href="" target="_blank">98874 Mammoth</a>&rsquo;s backboard is a regulation-sized 72&rdquo; by 42&rdquo; made of 8mm thick tempered glass. The rim is powder-coated orange and has a heavy-duty Spring-Flex with a steel wraparound bracing.</p> <p>With Rapid Cam&trade; Height Adjustment, the <a title="98874 mammoth" href="" target="_blank">98874 Mammoth</a> has easy, one-hand adjustment from 7.5-feet to regulation 10-feet.</p> <p>The <a title="98874 mammoth" href="" target="_blank">98874 Mammoth</a> is available with <strong>free shipping</strong> from <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Joe07 Jan 2009 5:01:00 AMMissing instructions?<p>We've all been there&nbsp;for after-Christmas clean up... carting piles of garbage bags filled&nbsp;with wrapping paper and carboard boxes off to the recycling bin or garbage.<img src="" border="0" alt="" /> In all the excitement, it's easy to&nbsp;throw out something you'll&nbsp;need later. Be it a&nbsp;certain box,&nbsp;bag, or set of instructions.&nbsp;If you&nbsp;received a Lifetime Basketball system, storage shed, trailer, or any other product this year and&nbsp;cannot find&nbsp;the instructions, you're in luck! All of our instructions are online at&nbsp;<a href=""></a>. Just <strong><a href="">click here</a></strong> to see a full list of assembly instructions, then search for your model&nbsp;number. Happy Holidays from Lifetime! &nbsp;</p>Katie30 Dec 2008 8:23:00 AMHappy Veteran's Day!<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />Happy Veteran&rsquo;s Day!&nbsp; As a kid, to me, this was just another day to get out of school.&nbsp;&nbsp; But, now that I&rsquo;m an adult and my husband is in the Air Force, the holiday obviously has a much greater meaning to me and I appreciate the significance behind this annual day of recognition.&nbsp; With <a href="" target="_blank">Veteran&rsquo;s Day</a> today, as well as election day last week, it&rsquo;s seems only appropriate to&nbsp;show our&nbsp;American pride.&nbsp;</p> <p>Did you know that ALL of Lifetime&rsquo;s sheds are made right here in America and are backed by a <a title="warranty information" href="" target="_blank">10-year warranty</a>?&nbsp;&nbsp;My <a title="buy a Lifetime shed" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime shed</a> was delivered last week and one of the first things that caught my eye on the&nbsp;packaging was the American flag with &ldquo;Made in the USA&rdquo; printed under it.&nbsp; (Stay tuned to future posts for my shed building progress and videos!)&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Yep, made in the good &lsquo;ole USA&hellip;. in the state of Utah to be exact.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; That&rsquo;s pretty cool, huh?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a> is proudly headquartered in <a href=",_Utah" target="_blank">Clearfield, Utah</a>. That&rsquo;s where the owner <a title="history of Lifetime" href="" target="_blank">started the company</a> almost 25 years ago.&nbsp; So, on this patriotic holiday, I thought I would enlighten you with a few more &ldquo;proud to be an American&rdquo; facts that should make you feel good about your purchase and proud to own a Lifetime Product:</p> <ul> <li>ALL Lifetime <a title="buy a Lifetime shed" href="" target="_blank">sheds</a> are made in the USA.</li> <li>ALL Lifetime <a title="Lifetime chair info" href="" target="_blank">folding chairs</a> are made in the USA.</li> <li>ALL Lifetime <a title="Lifetime trailer info" href="" target="_blank">trailers</a> are&nbsp;ASSEMBLED in the USA.</li> <li>ALL Lifetime <a title="Lifetime yard cart info" href="" target="_blank">yard carts</a> are ASSEMBLED in the USA.</li> <li>ALL Big Stuff (made by Lifetime) <a title="Big Stuff playset info" href="" target="_blank">playsets</a> are made in the USA.</li> <li>98% of Lifetime <a title="Lifetime bball info" href="" target="_blank">basketball</a> products are made in the USA.</li> </ul> <p>And, of course, manufacturing all of these products translates into jobs, jobs, jobs! Lifetime employs 1,550 people in Utah, and 2,200 worldwide!</p> <p>Now that&rsquo;s just good news!&nbsp; I hope you enjoy and appreciate this important American holiday today.&nbsp; And, to all of our soldiers who are protecting our country and our freedom (and those who have done so in the past), THANK YOU!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan11 Nov 2008 12:00:00 PMLifetime Brands<p>Earlier this year, we bought a <a href="" target="_blank">GMC Acadia</a>.&nbsp; I LOVE it!&nbsp; It was the first crossover SUV of its kind and now several other automakers have followed suit.&nbsp; The Acadia is an SUV on the outside with the seating configuration of a mini-van on the inside.&nbsp; Perfect for those of us who like the idea of a mini-van, but not all the psychological baggage that comes along with them!</p> <p>Over the past few months, as friends see our vehicle they will often say comments like, &ldquo;This reminds me a lot of a <a href="" target="_blank">Saturn Outlook</a>.&rdquo;&nbsp; Or, &ldquo;Is this like a Saturn Outlook?&rdquo;&nbsp; Well, you know why?&nbsp; They are the same car!&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank">GM</a>&nbsp;owns both the GMC and&nbsp;Saturn brand and, consequently, the Acadia and Outlook bascially come off the same production line.&nbsp; (And, the <a href="" target="_blank">Buick Enclave</a> too!).&nbsp; For various marketing and sales strategies, companies often make the same product with slight variations and sell them under a different brand.&nbsp; We probably notice it most often in the automobile industry, but clothing manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, food manufacturers, etc. all employ these brand tactics.&nbsp; And, yes, so does Lifetime.&nbsp;</p> <p>As Katie pointed out in her <a href="">&ldquo;What&rsquo;s In A Name&rdquo;</a> posting, customers know and trust the quality and reputation associated with the Lifetime name.&nbsp; The majority of our products are sold under the <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime brand</a>.&nbsp; However, I thought I would point out that we do have a few other brands that are still products made by <a title="Lifetime company history" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p>So here&rsquo;s our list&hellip;</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a title="Lifetime basketball" href="" target="_blank">Basketball</a></span></strong> system brands made by Lifetime<br /><em>Lifetime<br /><a title="Mammoth Bball details" href="" target="_blank">Mammoth</a><br />Atlas <br />Reebok</em></p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><a title="Lifetime tables and chairs" href="" target="_blank">Table and chair</a></span></strong> brands made by Lifetime<br /><em>Lifetime<br />Executive Choice</em></p> <p><strong><a title="Buy playground equipment" href="" target="_blank">Playground equipment</a> </strong>brands made by Lifetime<br /><em><a title="Big Stuff playset details" href="" target="_blank">Big stuff</a></em></p> <p><br />So, keep your eyes open for these brands when you are shopping.&nbsp; Despite sporting a different logo, you can be assured our other brands are of the same high-quality as those with the Lifetime logo.&nbsp; One important thing to note is that all of our <a title="Lifetime shed details" href="" target="_blank">sheds</a>, <a title="Lifetime utility trailer details" href="" target="_blank">trailers</a>, and <a title="Lifetime yard cart details" href="" target="_blank">yard carts</a> bear ONLY the Lifetime name&hellip;so don&rsquo;t sacrifice quality and be fooled by imitations!</p> <p>Oh, and here&rsquo;s a little tip if you&rsquo;re in doubt whether a product is made by Lifetime&hellip; all products made by Lifetime, regardless of brand, will have printed (in words, not a logo) &ldquo;Manufactured by Lifetime Products, Inc.&rdquo; on the box or label where the manufacturers&rsquo; name and address is listed.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>Jan05 Nov 2008 1:11:00 PMLast Minute Homemade Lifetime Halloween Costumes<p><img src="" border="0" alt="" />A few days ago we helped my son Nathan make his first homemade Halloween costume.&nbsp; I&rsquo;m embarrassed to admit, but this is the first year we have fully embraced the fun and festivities and attempted a homemade costume.&nbsp; I&rsquo;ve always wanted to, but normally Nathan has always eyed something in the store that he really wanted to be like Elmo, a spider etc. (except last year when he wanted to wear his own flight suit to be a fighter pilot like Daddy!).&nbsp; And, it just made things a lot easier anyway.&nbsp;</p> <p>This year Nathan is really into <a href="" target="_blank">Disney&rsquo;s Wall-E</a>, and robots in general. So, we made our own robot.&nbsp; First, we spray painted two rectangular boxes with silver metallic paint.&nbsp; Next, we cut the bottom out of the &ldquo;body&rdquo; box, and we also cut a head hole and arm holes.&nbsp; In the smaller &ldquo;head&rdquo; box, we cut out a big rectangle for his face to poke through. Then it was time for the creativity and imagination of a 5-year-old to take over.&nbsp; Naturally, every robot must have lights.&nbsp; So, I covered some of those&nbsp;<a href="">Stick 'N&nbsp;Click</a>&nbsp;lights with colored plastic wrap to make red and blue lights. (Best use I've found for those things yet!)&nbsp; Nathan added some pipe cleaners for antennas; old caps for eyes; and stickers, nuts and washers for control panels etc.&nbsp; I must admit, it turned out really cute and I can honestly say I think it&rsquo;s one of my favorite costumes so far!</p> <p>But, the whole homemade costume idea got me thinking.&nbsp; I wonder if anyone has every tried to be a Lifetime product for Halloween.&nbsp; Sure enough, after just a few quick <a href="" target="_blank">Google</a> searches, I came up with some creative ways to be a <a title="Lifetime table details" href="" target="_blank">table </a>or <a title="Lifetime basketball hoop details" href="" target="_blank">basketball hoop</a> for Halloween!&nbsp;</p> <p>So here are the links I found to a few ideas for you if you&rsquo;re crazy about <a title="About Lifetime Products" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime</a>, <a title="Lifetime table details" href="" target="_blank">tables</a>, or <a title="Lifetime basketball details" href="" target="_blank">basketball</a>.&nbsp; Some are cute (like the one in the photo above), some are scary... but, all of them are pretty funny and creative.&nbsp; Of course, I&rsquo;d add one other small detail to your costume that these people skipped&hellip;the Lifetime logo!&nbsp;&nbsp;:)&nbsp; Seriously, if you do dress up as a Lifetime product, send us a picture, we&rsquo;d love to see it and post it on our blog!</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Basketball Hoop Costume</span></strong></p> <blockquote> <p><a href="">&gt;</a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> </blockquote> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Dinner Table Costumes</span></strong></p> <blockquote> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> </blockquote> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Scary Head on A Platter Table Costume</span></strong></p> <blockquote> <p></p> </blockquote> <p>Happy Halloween!</p>admin29 Oct 2008 5:34:00 PMWhat's Wrong With This Picture?<p><a class="" title="On The Drive Home post" href=""><img src="" border="0" alt="" />Michael’s last posting</a> talked about all of the basketball hoops he passed on his drive home.&nbsp; So, I started looking around during my drives as well.&nbsp; Normally, this Lifetime365 blog has been featuring upbeat, inspirational stories.&nbsp; But, the overall purpose of a corporate blog is to be open and honest.&nbsp; So, sometimes, it needs to serve as a reality check.</p> <p>Unfortunately, instead of counting how many basketball hoops I passed on my drive, I noticed how many people set up their basketball hoops improperly.&nbsp; I pass this particular basketball hoop in the photo on my way to take my son to preschool everyday and it just makes me cringe.&nbsp; It reminds me of one of those children’s coloring book games where you are supposed to find and circle all of the things wrong in the picture.&nbsp; This photo has so many things wrong, it’s too scary to count!</p> <p>First of all, it’s not a Lifetime basketball hoop… and that’s just wrong in itself.&nbsp;&nbsp;:)&nbsp; Ok, all kidding aside, whether it is a <a class="" title="Buy a Lifetime basketball hoop" href="http://www.lifehttp//" target="_blank">Lifetime basketball hoop</a> or not, this basketball hoop is completely unsafe for multiple reasons. I know even Lifetime’s competitors do not advocate or support setting up a basketball hoop in this manner.&nbsp; </p> <p><a class="" title="lifetime portable basektball hoop details" href="">Portable basketball hoops</a> are a great invention.&nbsp; You can take them with you if you move, they are easy to “install”, and you can relocate them if necessary.&nbsp; The bases are made to be filled with sand or water to weigh down the base and keep the system from tipping.&nbsp; But, let me be completely honest with you…even though they are labeled as “portable”, they are actually really heavy and don’t move very easily when they are full!&nbsp;&nbsp; Reality check - your 10-year-old is definitely not going to be able to simply tip the basketball hoop over when it is filled and conveniently push it around the driveway and out of the way like it’s a vacuum cleaner.&nbsp; More honesty…yes, it’s difficult even for adults.&nbsp; The portability actually only becomes a true feature when the base is empty.&nbsp;&nbsp; Why?&nbsp; We want to keep you safe!&nbsp; We’ve done our homework.&nbsp; The systems are put through dozens of rigorous safety tests to determine how heavy the bases need to be to keep them from tipping.&nbsp; Unfortunately, too often, people simply lay bags of sand, cement blocks, or large rocks (like in the photo) on top of the base to weigh it down.&nbsp; (Ironically, lifting that huge rock is probably harder than moving the basketball hoop!)&nbsp; What if those “fixes” don’t weigh enough?&nbsp; What if they slide off?&nbsp; What if your kid tries to rebound the ball and falls on the cement block?&nbsp; At risk of sounding like your mother…the directions are there for a reason!&nbsp; Please follow the assembly&nbsp;instructions your manufacturer provided and fill the base with the appropriate amount of sand or water to prevent your hoop from tipping over.&nbsp; (If you have a <a class="" title="Lifetime basketball system details" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime basketball system</a>, I&#39;ve made it easy to access your assembly instructions, just <a class="" title="Lifetime basketball assembly instructions" href="" target="_blank">click this link</a> and find your model.)&nbsp; And, furthermore, the hoop should be on a flat surface.&nbsp; As you can see in this photo, these people have even shimmied another rock under the front of the basketball hoop in an attempt to make it level.&nbsp; Better idea - take the extra time and necessary steps to level your ground by adding more dirt, pouring concrete, etc.</p> <p>Another sight that disheartens Lifetime employees is when we see basketball hoops set up for the city street to be the court area.&nbsp; Even if you think your street doesn’t have much traffic, you never know when a kid (or adult) may run to chase the ball and not notice an oncoming car. (This particular basketball hoop in the photo is in double danger since it’s actually on the corner of two streets!)&nbsp;&nbsp; Playing in the street puts both the basketball players and drivers in danger.&nbsp; And, if the hoops are actually placed directly on the street (rather than on a sidewalk or curb) they can be a driving hazard.&nbsp; Did you know for this very reason that some cities and subdivision Homeowner Associations actually have ordinances making it illegal to place your basketball hoop on the edge of the street?&nbsp; Save yourself some hassle and do some checking before you decide where to set up your hoop.</p> <p>Obviously, Lifetime encourages people to get out and play basketball.&nbsp; It’s a fun activity that promotes healthy lifestyles and brings families and neighborhoods together.&nbsp; But, we also encourage you to be smart and safe.&nbsp; When you set up your basketball hoop, be sure to find a secure place for your hoop and then follow the assembly instructions completely and properly.&nbsp; <br /></p>Jan15 Oct 2008 7:37:00 AMOn the Drive Home<p><img style="border: 0px;" src="" alt="" width="285" height="286" />After writing <a title="Memory of a Lifetime" href="">my last post</a> about my first encounter with a&nbsp; <a title="Lifetime Basketball Systems" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Basketball System</a>, I started thinking about how many other people probably had a similar experience as mine. In fact, on my drive home from work last week, I decided to count how many basketball systems there were, and how many of them were from Lifetime. In my short 10 miles from work to home, I counted 60 basketball hoops along my path, and out of those, close to 80% of them were made by Lifetime! So I&rsquo;m guessing that many have had an experience similar to mine.</p> <p>If you do, I&rsquo;d love to hear about it! In fact, while looking for the <a title="Jordan VS. Bird McDonalds Commercial" href="" target="_blank">Jordan vs. Bird commercial</a> a couple of weeks ago, I ran across video of some guys creating some pretty cool memories of their own on a Lifetime System. Check them out here:&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank">Backyard Basketball</a></p>admin29 Sep 2008 7:30:00 AMHow to Contact Lifetime Products<p>We’ve been seeing a few comments posted here from customers trying to reach our <a href="">Customer Care</a> team.</p> <p>While we’re glad to try and address your questions here, most of the time we pass your questions directly on to our Customer Care team who is happy to help you get the information or help you need regarding your product.</p> <p>We always invite your&nbsp;comments and don’t want to discourage anyone from writing in (after all, that’s what this blog is all about), we do want to make sure that when you have questions they get answered as quickly as possible.</p> <p>That said, when you want to talk to a product or lifestyle expert, this is the place to post those questions, comments, suggestions, examples, etc. </p> <p>When you have questions regarding assembly, warranty, replacement parts, etc.&nbsp; you’ll want to contact Customer Care. First, check the Customer Care section of our web site at <a href="" title=""></a>, we may have already answered your question, or you can always contact&nbsp;a representative&nbsp;using one of the email links on our Contact Us page: <a href="" title=""></a>.</p>Joe15 Sep 2008 11:29:00 AMMemory of a Lifetime<p><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="/imagecache/blog/Slam-It System.jpg" border="0" alt="" width="301" height="467" /></a>The first time that I played basketball, or at least tried to, it was on a piece of plywood bolted above a neighbor's garage back in the mid 80's. I say "tried", because the ball never came remotely close to the rim - although it did hit the family station wagon multiple times.</p> <p>That's what makes my first encounter with <a title="Lifetime Products" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime</a> so memorable. It was in my best friend's driveway in the spring of 1990 - I was 12. I helped him unpack the shiny white poles for his new basketball hoop, while he picked an ideal spot for it in the corner of his driveway. With shovel and tools in hand, we began to install what would turn out to be the hub of recreation for us and several friends over the next half decade.</p> <p>While I didn't know then who <a title="The Lifetime Story" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime</a> was as a company, I quickly became familiar with the advantage of their product. After the push of a broom handle, and a 'click', 'click', 'click' the rim was now on my level, thanks to the innovative <a title="In-Ground Goals" href="" target="_blank">Quick Adjust</a> height adjustment feature. Suddenly I could dunk like <a title="Michael Jordan" href="" target="_blank">Jordan</a>, or drop a 3 like <a title="Larry Bird" href="" target="_blank">Bird</a>. My most memorable shot came from the street as I closed my eyes, hefted the ball, and watched it the the garage...<a title="Bird Vs. Jordan" href="" target="_blank">nothing but net</a>.</p> <p>I drove by my friend's old house a few weeks back, and the hoop is still there, along with all the memories. Last month marked 5 years for me here at Lifetime, but thinking back on that first hoop, I realize that Lifetime has been a part of the way I live since the seventh grade.</p>admin10 Sep 2008 10:27:00 AMLocal Elementary Hoops it up with Lifetime<p>It was a big day for my son -- he's 8 and switching schools. Today we got to meet his principal, teacher, and people that he'll be seeing while furthering his education.</p> <p>We also got to see his classroom, and more importantly, the playground. You remember how important recess was in elementary school, right? Yeah, really, <em>really</em> important!</p> <p>It's been a while since I've been on a school playground. Back in my day they had two kinds of <a href="">basketball</a> <a href="" target="_blank">hoops</a>, the tall ones (at regulation height) and the one for the younger kids (permanently set lower).</p> <p>At this school, however, they had <a href="" target="_blank">adjustable-height</a> <a href="">backboard</a>s from none-other than <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a>! Sweet!</p>Joe28 Mar 2008 5:11:00 PMLifetime basketball hoops<p><a title="Lifetime basketball hoops" href="" target="_blank"><img style="border-top-width:0px;display:inline;border-left-width:0px;border-bottom-width:0px;margin-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-right-width:0px;" title="Lifetime basketball hoops" src="" border="0" alt="Lifetime basketball hoops" width="240" height="84" align="right" /></a></p> <p><a title="Lifetime basketball hoops" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime basketball hoops</a> are the industry standard in residential <a href="" target="_blank">basketball equipment</a>.</p> <p><a title="Lifetime Products" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime</a> has been selling <a title="Competitive Games and Recreation" href="" target="_blank">competitive products</a> for decades, <a title="Lifetime basketball hoops" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime basketball hoops</a>, full basketball systems, goals, standards, in-ground and portable hoops, and <a title="Lifetime basketball hoops" href="" target="_blank">basketball accessories</a> bring professional quality basketball to your backyard or driveway.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;re looking for basketball hoops, you&rsquo;re looking for <a title="Lifetime basketball hoops" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime basketball hoops</a>.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a> offers a wide variety of <a title="Lifetime basketball hoops" href="" target="_blank">Lifetime basketball hoops</a> with FREE SHIPPING straight to your doorstep!</p>Joe27 Mar 2008 1:18:00 PMPortable basketball systems<p><a title="Portable basketball systems" href="" target="_blank"><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="Portable basketball systems" src="" border="0" alt="Portable basketball systems" width="203" height="240" align="right" /></a> <a title="Portable basketball systems" href="" target="_blank">Portable basketball systems</a> like the BlackFusion by <a href="" target="_blank">Lifetime Products</a> takes the forms and cement out of your backyard basketball game.</p> <p>Instead of digging a hole, setting forms, mixing, reinforcing pouring cement, temporarily bracing the pole, and waiting for it to cure certainly makes for a stable (and permanent) addition to your backyard or driveway. We realize that sometimes people might not want to do that, and we&rsquo;ve got a solution with our <a title="Portable basketball systems" href="" target="_blank">portable Basketball systems</a>.</p> <p>Many of Lifetime&rsquo;s <a title="Portable basketball systems" href="" target="_blank">portable basketball systems</a> include height-adjustment mechanisms, this one has a telescoping height adjuster that is as simple as twisting a knob, bringing basketball down to the junior players, too (with heights from 7.5 feet to 10 feet)</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"></a> offers <strong>free shipping</strong> on this portable basketball system, delivered right to your door.</p>Joe26 Mar 2008 9:55:00 AMInground basketball<p><a title="Inground basketball" href="" target="_blank"><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;border-left:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="Inground basketball" src="" border="0" alt="Inground basketball" width="494" height="173" /></a></p> <p><a title="Inground basketball" href="" target="_blank">Inground basketball</a> hoops are cemented into the ground, rather than set on a portable base. <a title="Inground basketball" href="" target="_blank">Inground basketball</a> systems provide rigidity and firmness, and generally take up less space than portable basketball systems.</p> <p>Cement is required for the installation of an <a title="Inground basketball" href="" target="_blank">inground basketball</a> system (allow that to set fully for 72 hours after installation before play), but once set up, a cemented <a title="Inground basketball" href="" target="_blank">inground basketball</a> goal can provide years upon years of entertainment and enjoyment for almost all ages.</p> <p><a title="Inground basketball" href="" target="_blank">Inground basketball</a> systems are available with <strong>free shipping</strong> from <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.</p>Joe25 Mar 2008 11:26:00 AM98874 Lifetime<p><a title="98874 Lifetime" href="" target="_blank"><img style="border-right:0px;border-top:0px;display:inline;margin-left:0px;border-left:0px;margin-right:0px;border-bottom:0px;" title="image" src="" border="0" alt="image" width="221" height="240" align="right" /></a> The <a title="98874 Lifetime" href="" target="_blank">98874 Lifetime</a> basketball system, you&rsquo;ve seen them in High Schools, Colleges, and used by professional sports teams, now you can put the same, professional <a href="">basketball equipment</a> in your backyard.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">98874 Lifetime</a>&rsquo;s backboard is a regulation-sized 72&rdquo; by 42&rdquo; made of 8mm thick tempered glass. The rim is powder-coated orange and has a heavy-duty Spring-Flex with a steel wraparound bracing.</p> <p>With Rapid Cam&trade; Height Adjustment, the <a title="98874 Lifetime" href="" target="_blank">98874 Lifetime</a> has easy, one-hand adjustment from 7.5-feet to regulation 10-feet.</p> <p>The <a title="98874 Lifetime" href="" target="_blank">98874 Lifetime</a> is available with <strong>free shipping</strong> from <a href=""></a>.</p>Joe03 Mar 2008 8:55:00 AM