How to Assemble an Arcade Alley Basketball Game

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Things You'll Need

  • Backboard
  • Scoring arm assembly
  • Screwdriver
  • 7-foot return net
  • Basketball hoop
  • Electronic scorer or timer
  • 2 strips of rubber tape
  • 1 AA battery
  • Chair with back

Although some people play basketball shooting games at arcades or fun centers, it can be even better when you've got a machine of your own at home. Brands such as Arcade Alley manufacture indoor basketball games and, once assembled, you can become the most popular house on the block.


Locate the "Scoring Arm Assembly" and the backboard. Slip the four already installed screws on the Scoring Arm Assembly into four holes at the bottom of the backboard.

Tighten the screws, one at a time, until snug but not overtightened.

Cover the newly tightened screws with rubber tape. This prevents any scratches to doors or chairs from exposed metal screws.

Setting Up the Machine

Install the clips provided to hang the backboard on the top of the door.

Slip the scoring arm through the top middle loop in the net and attach the hoop to the slots in the Scoring Arm Assembly.

Unfurl the return mat, clipping the widest portion of the mat to the top of the door on either side of the backboard with the wire to the right.

Locate and connect the two wires, located inside the red border. When the two halves are connected, you can plug the wire into the jack on the scoring arm assembly.

Insert a AA battery into the "Scorer/Timer" on the back of the unit.

Place a chair with the seat facing the door as close to the door as possible. Clip the scorer to the backrest.

Affix the smaller end of the return net to the slots located on the scorer and plug the wire into the jack.

Pull the return net taut and turn on the scorer to begin play.


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