Look up, way up in most gymnasiums across North America and you are likely to find a ceiling-suspended basketball system strung across the rafters in any number of configurations.
Designed to be easily removed when necessary, these ceiling-hung units make allowances for a lack of space or distance restraints from other traditional installation methods such as wall attachments. As with the other equipment located within the walls of any gymnasium, these products are designed to provide a safe playing environment for all to enjoy.
That said, our installation process is a diligent one, ensuring these systems are correctly installed, configured and operated. While the installation process will vary across the different available configurations, the below guidelines are general in nature and provide an overview of the process.
If you are unsure of how to install any type of gymnasium equipment, be sure to consult the manufacturer or have trained professionals handle the installation on your behalf.
Plan the Overhead Structure
The entire system is riding on the stability and strength of the bracing structure to be mounted in the ceiling rafters above. Be sure to consult the installation instructions provided with your system and plan the design.
In most cases, these structures are rectangular, with cross bars to support pulleys, motors and safety straps.
Use the heavy formed steel support fittings to properly secure and anchor the framing system to the steel support fittings.
Install Pulley System, Motor and Safety Strap
Now that your frame has been constructed, you will want to install and secure the pulley system that will eventually lower and raise the system, as well as the motor to power it (if equipped). Additionally, perhaps the most important item should also be installed; the AUT-O-LOC safety strap system, which protects individuals on the ground in the event of a system failure.
Hoist & Secure Mast
Next up is the piece that will eventually hold your backboard and the part that will be lowered and raised as part of the system’s operation. You will need to hoist the mast up to the framing above and then secure it using the supplied hardware.
Install Rear Brace
In dealing with limits, these systems are all equipped with bracing systems and in the case of a rear-braced system, the mounting bracket will be installed on the rear of the mast using the supplied measurements.
You will then secure the bracing bar to the rear section of the overhead framing and to the mounting connection on the rear of the mast.
Route Pulley Cable
Now that the bracing system is in place, you will want to route the supplied cabling through the mast and into the pulley system for successful future operation.
At this point, you will now use the supplied mounting hardware to safely secure the backboard to the mast system.
As with any overhead structures, additional safety checks are always necessary as well as testing the operation of the mechanism. Be sure to head back into the ceiling to double-check all connections in the bracing system and check the functionality of the system before clearing it for use.