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48 in. Courtside Portable Basketball Hoop

Model: 51550


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48 in. Courtside Portable Basketball Hoop

48 in. Courtside Portable Basketball Hoop


At Lifetime, this is how we roll! Our portable hoops are designed with a portable roller base that can be filled with sand or water for stability. No concrete installation required! Water is easier to manage as far as filling, moving, and draining the base. Sand provides more rigidity, is more suitable if you want your system to withstand higher winds, aggressive play, and leaking. Portable hoops provide year-round fun, exercise, and friendly competition in the convenience of your own yard. This Shatter Proof Makrolon™ portable hoop is designed with the pro-glass look of Makrolon® polycarbonate, which is virtually shatter proof. All of our portable hoops are constructed with powder-coated steel to resist rusting. You’ll appreciate the easy one-hand height adjustment feature that allows you to adjust the height of your backboard from 8 feet to 10 feet. A portable hoop from Lifetime allows you to pick the spot, pick the height, pick the players, and get your game on! Made in the USA from US and imported parts. Full assembly required. Covered by a 5 yr. limited factory warranty in US and Canada.

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


  • 5-Year Limited Warranty
  • All-Weather Net
  • Fade-Resistant Graphics
  • Heavy-Duty Portable Base
  • Shatterproof Fusion™ Backboard
  • Slam-It® Rim
  • Speed Shift® Adjustment


Model 51550
Adjustment Increments 6 in. (15,2 cm)
Adjustment Range 8 ft. - 10 ft. (2,4 m - 3,0 m)
Adjustment Type Speed Shift®
All-Weather Net Weight 70 g
Backboard Size 48 in. (121,9 cm)
Backboard Surface Polycarbonate
Backboard Type Shatterproof Fusion™
Base Dimensions 46.6 in. x 30.0 in. x 8.2 in. (118,3 x 76,2 x 20,8 cm)
Base Size 31-Gallon
Base Type Courtside
Pole Size 3 in. (7,62 cm) Round
Rim Slam-It®
Surface Thickness 0.09 in. (2.5 mm)
Warranty 5-Year Limited

Assembly & Manuals


Courtside, 48 in. Shatterproof Fusion, Speed Shift is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 10.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Missing parts / Poor base design I was missing some parts and a quick email took care of that.The base is poorly engineered. They give you two 1.5" holes (on top, not the back) to pour 362 pounds of sand into the base. Using an old plastic drinking cup and a funnel, I spent several days pouring sand into the base. The instructions say to tip the goal over and use a funnel to fill the base. It's impossible to do so.For reference, an old portable basketball goal I had as a kid had a 3.5" hole in the rear of the base that utilized a screw-on cap and gasket. One could fill the entire base in about 10 minutes, and there were no air pockets.With this system, you're guaranteed to get frustrated trying to eliminate air from the base and get as much sand into it as possible. I would advise finding a portable basketball system with a better designed base.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much fun and easy to set up! My ten year old son recently played with his friends who had this amazing basketball hoop. It is definitely a great quality, sturdy, adjustable hoop and you can move it around easily if you need to. The back part is shatter proof and it is also rust proof if you have it outside. I watched my friend put it together, and the assembly was not bad either. It looked so easy that even I could probably manage it! I am definitely looking forward to getting one for my son very soon.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So Much Fun For Our Family This basketball hoop is a lot of fun for our family. It was pretty easy to put together. The height is adjustable which I love and I also like that you put sand (or water) in the base to keep it sturdy and stable. This moves around well, if we want to move it to a different place. Right now we have it in our big shop because it is so cold outside! We have all played basketball together and try to at least a couple times a week, as a family. It is great excercise for the whole family. With winter here, this is a great way to get your family active! Get outdoors and have some fun! If you do have this outside, it has powder-coated steel to resist rusting. This is a great addition to our shop and we love playing basketball as a family! I recommend this to anyone looking to buy a portable basketball hoop. Product was received, opinions are my own.
Date published: 2017-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing service Bought this product a year ago or so and during winter time when everything is cold, I tried to adjust the height of the net. During adjusting I bent the tubing and cracked the handle. Sent an email to Lifetime service, got response right away and within 3 days I got the parts for repair. Amazing service and delivery. Kids love it.
Date published: 2017-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome basketball hoop. Very sturdy! Grandkids love it! This is a great product. Very well built with a lot of great features. Looks awesome and is very sturdy. Holds up to hours of playing basketball with grandkids and older kids too. Very happy with this purchase. Would definitely buy another one. Thanks Lifetime for your awesome products!
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Product still holding up. I brought this portable hoop two years ago. Last year while trying to move it for an approaching hurricane I accidentally bent a tubing. Called customer service who sent a replacement surpriseingly no charge. Great company to deal with.
Date published: 2017-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great fun for all of the family Kids love to play basketball. This is a sturdy basketball hoop set. The back is shatter resistant. It is very easy to put together. Excellent quality. This is a great product!
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great customer service A part was damaged attempting to put it away for a hurricane approaching. They replaced it at no cost. The product is holding up very well after a few years of purchasing it.
Date published: 2017-05-11
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I am planning to keep the 51550 model in the garage and roll it in and out to the driveway, but I cannot find out what is the hight from base to the end of the backboard when the hoop is at its lowest setting. Can anyone confirm the hight for me please?

Asked by: Peter
When the backboard is at the lowest height setting on this unit the backboard would actually be lower than the top of the main pole. The measurement of the main pole for this system is approximately 110.5".
Answered by: Lifetime Products
Date published: 2016-10-24

This year, for the first time, I plan to leave my goal up over winter. In the northeast where it can obviously get very cold and snow covered. I have water in the base. Should I add anything to it to prevent freezing or cracking of the base?

Asked by: CA76
The material that the base is manufactured from is designed to expand and contract with the heat and the cold to prevent cracking.
Answered by: Lifetime Products
Date published: 2016-11-01

I need to order replacement bolts that connect the stabilizer rods to the pole. We lost them in the process of moving.

Asked by: MikeJnc
For replacement parts, please call 1-800-225-3865 or email customercare@lifetime.com.
Answered by: LifetimeProducts
Date published: 2014-12-16

I purchased a model 51550 appx 5 years ago. The plexiglass part of the backboard is coming unglued. Is something like that covered under warranty?

Asked by: Mike
This model of basketball system comes with a 5 year limited warranty. You are more then welcome to file a warranty claim to see if our warranty department is able to help in any way. If not, replacement backboards can be ordered through our customer service department. For pricing and additional information please contact our customer service team 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: 2017-04-11

what is simplest method/alternative to strecth the lift spring once you are to that point. I am looking for a another substitute to the wrench suggested as mine is not long enough

Asked by: ciscokidd
I've attached a link for an instructional video: http://youtu.be/h-IeAD0a3xM
Answered by: LifetimeProducts
Date published: 2014-07-23


Asked by: LIAM
For the instructions please go to the following link: http://www.lifetime.com/customerservice/assemblyinstructions. Put the model number in the box and leave the Product ID box blank. Do NOT choose a language and press the submit button. Scroll down the page and choose the newest version. You can then download the instructions.
Answered by: LifetimeProducts
Date published: 2015-01-27

Are all of your rims on various models standard 18" diameter?

Asked by: Robby
Yes, all of our rims are a standard size of 18". The only system that does not have a standard sized rim is our Youth System.
Answered by: Lifetime Products
Date published: 2017-11-30

I recently purchased a Lifetime 51550 basketball hoop for my children to use. Upon assembly, it appears that it is too low by about 6" on the highest setting. I'm sure it's something simple, but I can't seem to figure it out. Any hep would be appreciated.

Asked by: Chic
For help troubleshooting this issue, please call Lifetime Products at 1-800-225-3865.
Answered by: LifetimeProducts
Date published: 2014-12-29
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