Why Buy Bison?

What is the main advantage of purchasing a Bison system for our home?

In addition to being made in America by Americans, Bison has been a leader in designing and building safe and durable equipment for Division 1 Colleges, High Schools and all levels of indoor play.

Why should I spend a little more on a hoop for our driveway?

In most cases basketball systems are installed in front of your home and are very visible. In addition, once installed it is likely to be there for a long time, if not forever. Most homeowners want an impressive system that will look great for years. Having a quality system will also keep your kids at home and out of trouble when shooting hoops with their friends.


Why would I want to purchase a system with adjustable rim height?

Many families with kids of varying ages want height adjustability to make play fun for the entire family. As younger kids grow the system can grow with them.

How low can I adjust rims on Bison systems?

Generally, as low as 7 ½’ with some systems having infinite variable adjustment and others moving in 6” increments from official 10’ down to 7 ½’

When should I consider buying a fixed height, non-adjustable system?

If your kids are of an age where they don’t need lower rim height then there is no reason to be able to lower the rim unless dad (or mom) want to be able to dunk


Can I install a Bison system myself?

Most homeowners have the skill to do the install themselves and Bison provides detailed instructions and, in most cases, YouTube videos to help with installation. Depending on your inventory of tools at home you might need to rent or borrow a post hole digger. Typically, it takes at least 2 people to complete the final extension arm and backboard assembly which might cost you a 6 pack of beer to reward your neighbor or brother-in-law.

How long does it take to install a Bison basketball system?

Given the different models the time varies from 3–4-man hours to 8–10-man hours. In all cases, a concrete footing needs to be poured one day and the final assembly is done at least 48 hours later.

How deep do I need to dig the footing to install a Bison hoop?

It varies, depending on pole and backboard size and the “Safe Play Area”. Generally, the hole diameter is from 12” to 20” with depth from 30” to 48”.

Can I take my Bison basketball system with me when I move?

Some models include removable pedestal bases that allow the main components to be removed from the base and reinstalled with only the purchase of a replacement base. See details on each system.


What does “Safe Play Area” refer to?

Bison Safe Play Area is the distance from the face of the backboard to the front of the pole when the rim is at the official 10’ height.

What is the advantage of a greater “Safe Play Area”?

The more aggressive the play the more important the “Safe Play Area” is to avoid player contact with the pole even with pole padding installed.

Why does Bison provide free pole padding for all its residential basketball systems?

Bison is dedicated to player safety and is one of the only manufacturers who includes thick pole padding at no extra cost on every home basketball system.

Should I purchase optional backboard safety padding for my home basketball system?

All indoor competition rules require backboard padding for player safety, but it is a matter of personal preference whether to add this to your home system. Generally, if you believe that play will be aggressive and you choose a height adjustable system, optional backboard padding would be a wise choice.


Is glass superior to clear acrylic or polycarbonate backboards?

Yes, glass provides the preferred ball rebound and is not prone to scratching like other clear backboard materials.

Is glass durable outdoors in all climates?

Yes. Given current backboard frame and mounting designs glass is extremely durable in all climates for normal play except in case of deliberate vandalism.

What is the size of an official competitive glass backboard?

All indoor competition glass backboards are 72” wide and either 42” or 48” tall but smaller backboards are common for home courts.

What impact does the width of the backboard have on actual play?

While 72” boards are used in competition, 60”, 54” and 48” boards in most cases are wide enough for use at home.

Why does Bison offer smoked backboards as an option on some systems?

While competition glass backboards are clear, smoked boards show less dirt outdoors and eliminate the possible glare of clear backboards. Additionally, many homeowners prefer the premium look.


How does the size of the pole impact quality?

The rigidity of the backboard is in part impacted by the size of the pole and the wall thickness. Generally, the larger the pole the more closely it resembles indoor competition play.

Should I fill my pole with concrete to add pole rigidity?

While optional, it does impact the vibration of the backboard especially on 4” square pole systems.

What is the finish on a Bison pole system?

All Bison pole systems have an embossed black powder finish which is not only thicker but also less prone to showing scratches and other cosmetic deterioration over time.


Will Bison systems handle aggressive slam dunk action?

Yes, all of Bison’s systems are designed for the stresses caused by dunking and hanging on the rim. Rim contact is transferred directly to the pole system to eliminate stress on the backboard.

What is the warranty on a Bison Residential Basketball System?

Warranties vary depending on the system but are clearly stated in each system description. Some systems carry Limited Lifetime Warranties.