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Ground Sleeve for 3.5 in. Round Basketball Pole

Model: 0023


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Ground Sleeve for 3.5 in. Round Basketball Pole

Ground Sleeve for 3.5 in. Round Basketball Pole


If your basketball system has a 3.5 inch round pole, Lifetime’s 3.5 inch round basketball ground sleeve will provide you with the rigidity of an inground system and the convenience of later removal. At Lifetime, we strive to keep your options open! Lifetime’s 3.5 inch round basketball ground sleeve requires cement for installation, which provides the rigidity you desire. Simply slide the basketball pole into Lifetime’s 3.5 inch round basketball ground sleeve and a locking tab will secure it to the ground. For later removal, just remove the bolt and slide the pole out.

NOTE This ground sleeve cannot be used to convert a portable system into an inground system. To make such a conversion, call Customer Service at 1-800-225-3865 for special parts and instructions.

For more information about assembly, read the Owner's Manual Sample.



Model 0023

Assembly & Manuals


3.5 in. Ground Sleeve is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Made the job easier. The ground sleeve made the job simpler for my husband to install.  Waited for the cement to harden around the ground sleeve then inserted the pole.
Date published: 2014-06-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 3.5 inch ground sleeve This worked well in securing the Lifetime basketball hoop into the ground and removing it will be relatively easy. The instructions called for 8 bags of cement, but we only needed two, one and a half in the hole and 1/2 in the lower support tube. It is unclear why the instructions recommend putting the paper cement bag in the lower support tube.
Date published: 2017-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product, great company, steep price. Bought the basketball system for inground installation and later decided to put in the sleeve. The sleeve has an additional cost. So I ordered it got in it works out great. Company did a phenomenal job of getting it to me but the overall cost was high. But I believe the quality of the product will be remembered long after the price.
Date published: 2014-03-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to install Purchased this sleeve after I purchase the in-ground hoop and very glad I did.
Date published: 2014-05-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great! Easy installation but attachment bolt should screw into bottom pole.
Date published: 2016-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Basketball Sleeve It did exactly what was expected.
Date published: 2017-05-21
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Is this sleeve compatible for the Lifetime model 1529 basketball set? We want to put in in the ground. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Asked by: Kim22
Unfortunately this ground sleeve accessory would not be compatible with model 1529. This ground sleeve is designed to be used with a 3.5" round pole. This model of basketball system has a 3" round pole and we also do not recommend converting a portable system with a 3" pole to an in-ground unit.
Answered by: Lifetime Products
Date published: 2017-04-06

Has anyone successfully removed the pole from this sleeve after many years of rusting in place? I have tried everything and cannot remove it.

Asked by: Tom67
should of greased the pole first they don't tell you that
Answered by: evil
Date published: 2017-04-04

do you ship to Canada?

Asked by: Mike
Yes we do ship to Canada. There will be a shipping charge to get product to Canada so to get that cost you will need to contact our Online Sales Department. They can be reached at 800-424-3865 or by email at buy@lifetime.com. Our Online Sales Team's hours are Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm (MT).
Answered by: Lifetime Products
Date published: 2017-06-13

How long is this replacement sleeve? Will it work for the Model 71281 in ground hoop system?

Asked by: RBohlings
The sleeve is 15.8" long and yes, it'll work with model 71281.
Answered by: LifetimeProducts
Date published: 2014-12-16

The instructions say that the front of ground sleeve should be 4" from playing surface. Ours will be about 8" away. Is this a problem? the backboard should overhang the concrete pad I believe even if pole 8" away.

Asked by: lem6611
We would recommend contacting our Customer Service Department regarding your question and they will be able to better assist you. Our Customer Service Team can be reached at 800-225-3865 or by email at customerservice@lifetime.com. Customer Service hours are Monday-Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (MT).
Answered by: Lifetime Products
Date published: 2017-09-19

Should i still dig 24" deep eventhough im using the sleeve? How far away should the sleeve be placed from the playing surface? Do i need to use or/and where does the rebar need to be placed?

Asked by: CA2114
Yes you need to dig the hole 24 inches deep but the sleeve will only go in about 14 inches deep. The sleeve needs to be about 4 away from the playing surface. Lastly rebar does not need to be used.
Answered by: jlsalmond
Date published: 2017-01-27

what do I need to convert a portable system into the ground

Asked by: craig c
There is some steps to get this to be in ground. You can contact our basketball experts at 800-225-3865 and they will be able to assist you.
Answered by: jlsalmond
Date published: 2015-04-07

Do you ship to Australia?

Asked by: Kath82
To check on availability of getting this product shipped to Australia we will need to have you call into our Online Sales Team at 800-424-3865.
Answered by: Lifetime Products
Date published: 2017-08-23
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