Recently I was bored so I made a basketball hoop out of a bucket and a ladder and practiced with a soccer ball. Then my brother went to our new house and brought home a basketball. It is a junky old basketball that I pulled the skin off of. I started with the bucket sitting on top of the ladder but it kept falling off. So then I tied it on with a rope, it didn't fall off anymore. It works OK, but a real hoop would work much better.