An in-ground basketball hoop is one of three types, including portable and mounted. It’s the most traditional of the three, as it most replicates professional style hoops. From a performance perspective, it’s thought of as the best because of the stability it provides. They are installed in one of three ways; directly into the ground, using a ground sleeve, or a J-Bolt with a Pier.
The first one is most common for lower-to-mid level models in particular. This is where you simply cement the pole into the ground. You dig a hole, set the pole down into it, then fill it with concrete. The key here is to ensure that the pole is straight and so the rim height is exactly 10 feet.
A ground sleeve tends to be used on more expensive hoops. The process is similar to a direct burial, with the difference being that you cement a sleeve into the hole. The pole then is set into the sleeve, and the backboard is attached.
The advantage with this system is that the hoop is more portable, since it can be removed from the sleeve. However, doing so is not easy as the pole tends to become attached to the sleeve, especially when exposed to freezing weather.
The J-Bolt and Pier installation is a bit more unique. You slide a square pipe into the hole, then attach a plate that hinges on top of it. Next, you bolt the pole to the plate while it’s lying flat on the ground. Finally, you push the hoop up to an upright position. This is the best system because the hoop can be easily removed from the plate and taken elsewhere. It’s primarily used for the most expensive hoops.
Overall, in-ground hoops are best for residential use. Even some of the higher priced portables still lack the sturdiness of an in-ground models. If performance is what matters most, then an in-ground hoop is the way to go. A cemented hoop will create a more rigid backboard, so the ball bounces well coming off the backboard.
It’s also better suited for dunking because of its durability and stability. Portable hoops have a base that takes up a lot of room, but in-grounds take up little to no space at all. This allows for more room under the basket so players can utilize this space as they would at a gym. For adults, this almost a must.
Being grounded can mean being aware of the ground and your connection to it. In yoga and in martial arts, being grounded can mean using your feet while standing to create a stable foundation. You can also use your feet, and your connection to the earth to feel where your center of gravity is.
Being Centered and Controlling
Being centered can mean being aware of where your center of gravity is, perhaps in part by being aware of your feet. But it can also mean unifying your body in such a way that each part is “connected” to the next.
But the body is all ready connected you might point out.
Yes, the parts of the body are connected, but due to the nature of our body we can change the quality of the connection between the parts.
By positioning the parts of our body with respect to gravity or using muscle power (or a combination of both) we can make the connections between the parts of our body more rigid. This can be advantageous if we want to create stability or the foundation for some sort of attacking action but it can also be dangerous in that an opponent can use this same rigidity to pull us of balance or throw us.
In addition, by unifying the parts of our body, by rigidly connecting each part to the next, we solidly position our center of gravity relative to our body as a whole. underpinning
If we do the opposite and go completely flaccid then we cannot stand up. We become like a sandbag. In such a state we no longer have a center of gravity. Instead, our weight is evenly dispersed throughout our body and if someone pushes pulls or prods us, our body no longer moves as one. It instead absorbs and dissipates the energy of whatever is being done to us.
With this understanding we can redefine being centered as the ability to control the parts of our body so that we can create a center of gravity, shift it, or disperse it at will.
Being Grounded and Sensitive
Meanwhile, what of grounding. With grounding we can feel where our center of gravity is, assuming we are sensitive enough. If we are upright we can have a part of ourselves stable and other parts not so solid. We can support relaxedness with stability and vary somewhere between the two. The more relaxed we are the easier we can use our senses, the more sensitive we become. If we make our feet soft enough that we can feel where our center is and yet firm enough to control our body and help to keep it upright we can stay balanced.
If we apply this idea of sensitivity to other parts of our body, say our hands, we can use our hands to feel where our partner or opponent is. We can then learn to sense what they are doing and depending on the extent of how rigid they are we can then use our “connection” to our opponent to help control them.
In real life terms, being grounded and being centered we can stay balanced whether we are trying to remain balanced with respect to the earth or whether we are engaged with a partner.
Being grounded we use connection to feel. Being Centered we control connections. The sum total of both is being present. Being present we can sense change in whatever form it takes and we can create the change that we desire.