This hoop is very sturdy. The kids love it and it has made the pool alot more fun. I actually bought it summer 2012 but am just writing this review apr 2013 and it is holding up perfectly. Looks like new. Its not the cheapest one but is worth a little extra money because it lasts and doesn't fall apart like some of the other pool toys we have.
My family plays rough and this basket takes a beating. It is well made and has held up well over the winter in all the Georgia elements. I recommend this basket to all my friends with pools. You can even shoot regulation size balls.