A Wide Variety of Options
Basketball accessories are a very diverse and varied industry that offers a large number of unique items for the game of basketball. There are accessories that are used in order to make the game of basketball safer and there are accessories that are used to make the game more dynamic.
In some cases the term "accessories” is also used to describe standard basketball equipment, but mostly it refers to nonstandard optional items that can be used in conjunction with standard basketball equipment. The wide variety of items available means that there are literally basketball accessories available for every piece of standard basketball equipment.
Some of these accessories have been so popular they are considered standard equipment now as well. These items are usually the items that are proven to increase safety or are universally agreed on to enhance the game in an acceptable manner. In some cases these items can both increase safety and enhance the game.
Accessories that Enhance Safety
There are many different products available that can enhance the safety of the game of basketball. Many of these products are used to add padding to the basketball backboard or post and are considered standard accessories on most basketball courts.
In the case that the basketball system is held in place by a post, it is very important to the safety of the players that this post be properly padded. The post should be padded even if it is a suitable distance from the court boundaries to provide maximum safety. It can be a common occurrence for players to run or slide out of bounds and injuries can result if there is a collision with an unprotected post.
In the case of tempered glass backboards, it is a common practice to install padding to the bottom of the backboard. These types of backboard padding provide protection for both the players as well as the backboard itself. These backboards are generally very expensive and these padding accessories are a small investment in their protection.
Accessories that Enhance the Game
There are a multitude of basketball accessories available that are used to enhance the game of basketball. These accessories may be an addition to existing equipment, an improvement to existing equipment or a separate item that the players can use as a convenience during practice or other non-game events.
The most common basketball accessory that is now considered to be standard in most formal basketball settings is the "breakaway” rim system. Instead of the older style rims that were stationary and directly bolted to the backboard, these rim systems are spring loaded and provide a level of flexibility to the rim. These rims are considered standard equipment for any high level league because it offers an increased level of safety to players potentially grabbing the rim. The factory tuned flexibility in the rim lowers the risk of injuries to players' hands without adversely affecting the shots that hit the rim. This allows these rims to be implemented without affecting the integrity of the game.
There are many different types of accessories available including: