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In-Ground 54 in. Competition Power Lift System

Model: 78888


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In-Ground  54 in. Competition Power Lift System

In-Ground 54 in. Competition Power Lift System


Got skills? Perfect your game with your own Competition Basketball Hoop (In Ground). Play any time, all the time. This basketball hoop (in ground) comes with a 54 in. acrylic backboard and a Slam-It Pro® Rim with spring-back action. You’ll appreciate the Lifetime Power Lift® feature which allows you to easily adjust the height of the backboard with just a squeeze of the handle. The Competition Basketball Hoop (in ground) is made of top quality construction and innovative design so you get the most out of your game and your investment. UV protection and powder-coated steel provide weather resistance to discoloration and rusting. This hoop will endure harsh outdoor elements and your power-packed slam dunks for many, many years! Made in the USA from US and imported parts. Covered by a 5 yr. limited lifetime warrranty in US and Canada.

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

We suggest using a Ground Sleeve to make installation easier and to allow for relocation of your in-ground basketball hoop at a later date if necessary.


  • 3-Piece Powder-Coated Steel Square Pole
  • 5-Year Limited Warranty
  • All-Weather Net
  • Fade-Resistant Graphics
  • Power Lift® Adjustment
  • Slam-It Pro® Rim
  • Steel-Framed Acrylic Backboard


Model 78888
Adjustment Increments Infinite
Adjustment Range 7.5 ft. - 10 ft. (2,28 m x 3,04 m)
Adjustment Type Power Lift®
All-Weather Net Weight 150 g
Backboard Size 54 in. (137,1 cm)
Backboard Surface Acrylic
Backboard Type Steel-Framed Acrylic
Pole Sections 3-Piece
Pole Size 4 in. (10,16 cm) Square
Rim Slam-It Pro®
Warranty 5-Year Limited

Assembly & Manuals


In-Ground, 54 in. Steel-Framed Acrylic, Power Lift is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Shaky My son received this Hoop for his birthday last year and finally got around to putting it up. The instructions were pretty easy to follow for the most part. The only thing I am skeptical about, is it going to last. The instructions say to only put it in the ground 2 feet. It seemed very light. He started shooting hoops on it and every time he hit the backboard the whole pole and backboard would shake. It does not seem very sturdy.
Date published: 2016-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome hoop! We bought this hoop last year and it has been awesome! It was fairly easy to put together and install with a little muscle help. It has been very sturdy and we love how easy it is to adjust the height. The power lift system is epic! We have ages 35 down to 3 that want to play, and we adjust it frequently. It is very smooth to adjust. We have enjoyed this hoop and it seems to hold up in the cold or warm weather just fine. We also bought the court marking kit, but we haven't had a chance to paint it on yet. Excited for that when the snow melts!!
Date published: 2016-02-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Pole Bent...for the price not good Bought this basketball system for my son. After reading about Lifetime products, this was the Inground system we could afford, it was around $400.00. And I was happy with their company. The pole was up for about 3 months and the design of the three poles held together by screws, is a poor design!! Lifetime did provide us with new poles, so needless to say we have to reinstall everything and undo the old pole, which is in cement and put it all together again.I suggest to buy the more expensive pole or to buy the portable cheaper one.
Date published: 2015-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good value in-ground Have had this installed for 18 months now. A bit of rust appearing on the pole, but the adjustment is still smooth.It's not a $1500 setup, and I don't expect it to be as robust, but it will see the kids through to college!
Date published: 2016-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works well We've had this installed for more than 5 years. The handle recently broke, but was replaced free of charge by Lifetime.
Date published: 2015-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good product even better customer service I got the hoop almost 4 years ago and the part that makes it go up and down froze. Called in they told me I had a 5 year warranty I could have ended up paying a lot for replacements and not been to upset instead I got a new re designed better part and dealt with a great guy who took great care of me. Thank you !!!!
Date published: 2017-04-29
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Don't buy! Assembly instructions were ok to follow, but once i had the basketball net up we played with it for about 5 minutes before the two bolts holding the height adjustment snapped. Making the basketball net unusable.
Date published: 2014-08-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Final installation will not go together Cannot get the final steps of getting the base pole in far enough with the entire assembly .I will contact lifetime.
Date published: 2017-07-12
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Assembly of my 78888 model was going great.  I'm attaching the second last bolt, through the plastic handle that engages the piston, it is off by 1/4 inch so that I can't get the bolt through.  Any ideas?

Asked by: Todd
Hi , we just assembled ours this week and ran into a similar problem. If you disengage to the top part of cylinder it is easier to line up the handle bolt, then re-attach the top bolt once bottom handle bolt is attached. I was getting frustrated and ready to re-drill a new bigger hole but looked at it the next day with a new perspective and came up with this easier solution. Hope it help you . Good Luck 
Answered by: Ricky
Date published: 2017-06-17

Do you sell the pole and mounting kit separately? I bought a backboard and hoop kit so don't need the entire system. It's a lifetime 54 backboard from Target.

Asked by: Jeff
We do offer our mounting kits and pole sections through our customer service team. Our customer service team can be reached at 800-225-3865. 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: 2017-01-19

Are there any tips to level the rimonce you're done. The Pole seems street however the rim is angled right to left about an inch higher on the left

Asked by: Bob E
One way to change the angle of the rim is to loosen one side of the hardware slightly and tighten the other side a little more if possible. For additional assembly assistance 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: 2017-04-03

I have the Lifetime Competition system believe it is the smaller 44" backboard am I able to mount A Spaulding  54" acrylic with the power lift system?

Asked by: Cachow
Unfortunately a Spaulding backboard would not be compatible with any of our systems. If you would like assistance with finding a replacement backboard for your system you can contact our customer service team. Customer service can be contacted 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: 2017-02-02

Acrylic backboard and steel frame are separating. What glue should I use to fix.  Do you sell replacement parts. Can I purchase two top frame pads to secure the backboard to the frame?  Model #78888

Asked by: David
You can order a replacement backboard through our customer service department at 1 800 225 3865 or email them at customercare@lifetime.com. Please have your model number ready.
Answered by: huerta
Date published: 2017-06-29

I need three replacement parts that have broken on model 78888.  APY, Rim Pivot Brcket, ABQ, 3/8 x 5 1/2 Axle and AAQ, 3/8 Push Nut.  How can I order these parts?

Asked by: Tim Naylon
For replacement parts, please contact Customer Service at 1-800-225-3865 or email at customercare@lifetime.com.
Answered by: Steve1
Date published: 2017-03-31
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