3 Things to Remember When Building Backyard Football Goal Posts
If you enjoy backyard football, your field isn't complete without goal posts. Instead of using imaginary goal posts to kick field goals and argue with your friends about if this or that kick was good, you can solve all of these problems. Building goal posts seems like a much bigger hassle than it really is. Even if you do not have a yard 360 feet long by 160 feet wide to place a regular field, you can make the best out of the space that you do have. Follow the simple steps below to build goal posts on your own.
1. Sizing the Goal Posts
On a football field, the goal posts are made to fit inside the width of the end zone and are centered inside of it. Goal posts that are cover the length of your end zone will simply be too big, unstable and drastically unfair. The trick is to stake out the area that you are using as your football field. Keep in mind that they are longer than they are wide. A football field is 360 feet long and 160 feet wide. Professional goal posts are 10 feet high, 18 feet tall and 6 inches wide. This is impractical for most homeowners to do, but your goal posts should be sized according to the space you have.
2. Buy or Make
You can purchase goal posts at many sporting goods stores but they can cost a lot of money. They are much easier to assemble and will save you time and a headache. Building your own goal posts will be less expensive and you will also be able to size them properly to your needs. You can make goal posts out of cheap PVC pipe, two couplers and a T-connector. Have them cut to the lengths you need to form two uprights. Put a corner coupler at the bottom of each. You would then need two pieces connected to each coupler to form the crossbar. These two ends are connected together by a T-connector and one final piece of pipe is placed at the bottom for the post.
3. Permanent or Not
When building goal posts, you will be faced with the decision to make them a permanent structure or if you want to be able to take them down and store them. If you plan to keep them up, you will want to secure them to the ground. Use an auger to create a hole for the main post, remembering to pull the auger out every few inches. This will remove more of the dirt. Once the hole is deep enough, place the post and backfill the dirt. You can fill the posts with sand and then add PVC caps to each upright to prevent rain from getting inside. The sand will fill the crossbars and the post which will weight it down. Add PVC glue to each connector to seal it.
For a structure that is not permanent, you simply have to dig the hole. The PVC is easy to disconnect.