There’s nothing wrong with using garbage cans for goals, but if you’re ready to step it up, you might consider making your own goal out of PVC. The project isn’t too time consuming, especially considering most store bought goals require assembly. If you’re willing to put in the time you can save some serious cash. You should be able to do this project for around $25.The final product measures about 44″ x 26″, about half the size of regulation.
What you’ll need:
- 200″ of ¾ PVC pipe (often sold in 10ft lengths so you can just buy two )
- Pipe fittings/connectors (quantities listed below)
- A large bag of 8″ cable ties
- Optional: sand and epoxy
- A free Saturday morning
Grab your hacksaw and saw all your PVC piping to the appropriate length. As the old carpentry saying goes, “measure twice, cut once”. I’ve found the easiest way to assemble the pieces is by creating two U shapes. The diagram is color coded to help you visualize what I mean. Once the two U shapes are connected, insert the crossbar. Note: you might find the crossbar needs to be cut down just a little. My crossbar is probably closer to 30.5″. Finally attach the mesh net using your zip ties. As far as netting goes, you have a lot of options. The goal in the picture uses cheap fishing netting purchased from eBay. I would only recommend this if you plan to play with a ball. A puck would be to heavy for this wimpy net.
If you want to add a little weight to your goal, fill it with sand and seal the tubes to the connectors using epoxy.
03/05/2010 – Update: For a larger goal that is 54″ x 44″ x 24″ use 1½” PVC and refer to the conversion chart below.
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