How to attach a basketball net to the rim

Updated February 21, 2017

The game of basketball can be played when there are no nets on the basketball rim. But when there is no net, it's sometimes difficult to know when the ball has passed through the rim as the result of a shot. A net can prevent basketball court arguments about whether or not a shot was a make or a miss. The other advantage of a net is that it helps ease the ball straight down after the shot passes through the rim. This saves the time of going to chase down the ball after shots are made.

Determine which end of the net is to be attached to the basketball rim. Lay the net flat on the floor. The end of the net that has a larger diameter is the end that attaches to the rim.

Climb a ladder with your net in hand at the basketball rim. Some home basketball rims are attached to supports and weighted bases. If you have one of these, you can also tilt the basketball supports over to bring the net to ground level.

Take one strand at the end of the net and place it into one of the rim's metal loops underneath. The rim will have a series of these metal loops underneath. They are curled. The net strand must be inserted around the loop until it goes through the centre of the curl.

Follow the strand of netting that you just inserted past the next knot in the netting to reach the next strand. Insert that strand into the next metal loop underneath the rim.

Continue inserting strands into metal loops until all of the metal loops have been filled with netting strands.

Continue inserting strands into metal loops until all of the metal loops have been filled with netting strands.

Get off the ladder and remove it from the vicinity of the basketball rim, as players could run into it while playing basketball.


A new net can take a few hours of play to break in properly.


Be careful when climbing the ladder.

Things You'll Need

  • Ladder
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