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JumpUSA.com Tip: With portable basketball hoops you can take the game with you anywhere! Portable hoops have backboards ranging from the old fashioned fan-shaped to the newer rectangular backboards. The backboard sizes range from 48" to 54" wide. Quality portable hoops have clear polycarbonate or acrylic backboards. The higher end models also come with pole padding and backboard edge padding. Gauge of pole ranges from 3.5" to 4" diameter. You can fill a portable hoop base with either water or sand. The heavier of the two -- sand -- is the better choice because the portable hoop will be more solidly stationed to the ground making it harder to make sway, move or shake from hard play.