Meet Our Team

We Love Sports!

My Backyard Sports was founded with the belief that many homeowners want a higher end, more fulfilling home sports experience but did not realize that it was truly available to them. My Backyard Sports is leading and fulfilling this need. Some homeowners assume the price is out of reach. At MBS we bring the Sports Stadium experience to your backyard that meets your specific needs and budget.

  • Michael Kraner Founder

    Michael is an avid sports participant and fan and believes many of the greatest lessons in life are learned ‘On the Court and Between the Lines.’ Most of these courts were in Brooklyn, NY, his hometown and Bergen County, NJ where he resides with his family.

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  • Debbi Rapaport Co-Founder

    Debbi is both entrepreneurial in spirit and in practice, having started two other companies in addition to being co-founder of My Backyard Sports with her husband Michael. Debbi has a graduate degree in psychology from Harvard University and lends her insight on marketing and consumer behavior. As a licensed real estate agent, she also sees an increased positive impact of My Backyard Sports installations at residential homes on their market value at the time of resale.

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  • Scott Stricof VP, Franchise Development

    Scott is a passionate sports enthusiast. He grew up in New York City where he played multiple sports and also attended numerous professional games as an avid fan. His love of sports include baseball, basketball, hockey, football and tennis. Scott currently resides with his wife and two children in Westchester County, NY. In his free time Scott loves to coach and play sports with his twin boys.

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Graham did an awesome job and my boys are so excited to finally have lines on the court!
Keri Russell
Keri Russell
00:28 28 Apr 21
This is a great company if you are interested in purchasing a basketball set from them. The guys were on time, professional and cleaned up. No mess was left behind. The quality of the basketball pole set was fantastic. I played ball when I was younger and it’s great to play with family and friends making memories. Highly recommend them.
Christine Shalayda
Christine Shalayda
17:46 27 Apr 21
Amazing company from start to finish. Mike was a pleasure right from the start. Honest, informative and professional. The hoop is amazing . Debbi and Devin were polite and helpful the whole way . I could go on and on. I have been playing and coaching basketball for over 40yrs. If you want quality this is the company to work with. Can’t wait for my court to be painted in a few weeks !!! Thank you so much, my kids love it!! Danny Alcott.
Jayda Alcott
Jayda Alcott
22:28 31 Mar 21
Mike and his team were wonderful. The product and service is remarkable. We love our hoop and couldn’t have asked for a better company to transform our driveway.
Uzair Baig
Uzair Baig
22:07 16 Mar 21
Michael and his team put in a basketball hoop and high school key and three point line. They were outstanding to work with, very professional and the quality of their products is excellent. We could not be happier with the work they did.
Chuck Torree
Chuck Torree
16:55 14 Mar 21
We purchased a Goalrilla basketball backboard and rim from a sporting goods chain. After talking with the recommended installation company from the sporting goods chain we reached out to My Backyard Sports. We were not happy with the big chain service promise. Michael was amazing and shared with us so many details around the hoop installation process from the cement pouring to the backboard hanging. The gentlemen that did the installation were fast, cleaned up perfectly and installed the equipment without a flaw. It's been more than a year and the install is as good as day one, our kids use it almost everyday. I would without a doubt recommend My Backyard Sports for any sports related installation.
Michael Bekiarian
Michael Bekiarian
16:33 12 Mar 21
Very happy with My Backyard Sports. My three boys love the basketball hoop. Michael and his team were professional and responsive. Thank you My Backyard Sports.
Todd Mitchell
Todd Mitchell
16:00 08 Mar 21
We reached out to MICHAEL to build this hoop for the kids during a pandemic not only did he deliver the product on time but he also delivered memories that will last forever highly recommend using Michael and his company
Mike Liloia
Mike Liloia
23:33 20 Feb 21
I purchased a basketball hoop for me and my 9 year old son in the spring and was a great purchase. I am able to practice with my son at 9 feet for his age and 10 feet for different leagues. I coach my sons team and it helps me work on good drills that will really help the kids get better. My son has friends come over and play pickup games which keeps them away from screens. I highly recommend this company from quality of product and came and did installation on date they said. Will be able to have a lot of fun for years and years.
willis schouten
willis schouten
15:52 01 Feb 21
Michael and the team at My Backyard Sports did a tremendous job recommending and installing our basketball hoop at our home. The personalized and customized service, quality and affordable products, attention to detail and the magical, signature big red bow made this experience wonderful. I highly recommend My Backyard Sports for any of your outdoor athletic court needs!
Scott Saperstein
Scott Saperstein
22:12 27 Jan 21
My basketball hoop was damaged by a vehicle, and My Backyard Sports provided me a fast quote to replace it, great price, and got the job done very quickly, both removing my old hoop and installing a new one. Great team, great product, great service!
Matt Burke
Matt Burke
21:38 27 Jan 21
Great hoop great service. Having it installed on our driveway helped my son get into his high school team. Thank you!
Sas Shalom
Sas Shalom
20:24 27 Jan 21
Chad Issaq
Chad Issaq
17:18 27 Jan 21
Really the BEST company to work with! Reliable, professional, friendly and easy to work with. We love our basketball court, pickle ball court and hoop. It all came out exactly as we expected it to. Don’t go anywhere else!
shari Alter
shari Alter
15:14 25 Jan 21
Mike and his team are a pleasure to work with. They built our two boys an amazing backyard Ultrabase hockey rink this summer (which has now been adapted to an ice rink). Mike is super attentive and responsive. The team built the rink with great care and quality. They are perfectionists and no detail was spared. The cherry on top of the sundae was customized decals for the dasher boards which put a big smile on the kids’ faces. We recommend MBS without reservation.
David Katz
David Katz
00:57 25 Jan 21
We are very satisfied with the basketball court and My Backyard Sports were a pleasure to work with.
Mesivta Ahavas Hatorah
Mesivta Ahavas Hatorah
23:11 19 Jan 21
This is a Company that cares about the quality of the product, their service and your happiness with the end result. Michael and team were on top of this from my first call and 2 years later still checks up periodically if things are well and we are happy with the hoop and court.
Akiva Distenfeld
Akiva Distenfeld
15:30 19 Jan 21
Great quality basketball hoop. Very knowledgeable staff!
Billy McMahon
Billy McMahon
15:20 19 Jan 21
I highly recommend Backyard Sports. Responsive, professional and polite. They really did a great job on our basketball hoop installation.
John Dabney
John Dabney
23:08 16 Jan 21
Mike and his team are absolute rock stars. From the first call, to follow up, customization, installation... everything! You can’t go wrong with them!
Ismael Valenzuela
Ismael Valenzuela
17:23 16 Jan 21
I am a father of 2 very athletic boys and am fortunate that they have never been the type of kids to choose a video game controller over playing ball outside. The Covid pandemic hit our household hard when organized youth sports were shut down for months and after cancelling a few planned family vacations, my wife and I decided to put the money into an outdoor basketball court, where we knew the ROI would be immediate and lasting for years to come. We could not have been more right!!! There is not a day where it’s not being used... and even better... we get to spend more time with the boys since friends will come from all over to shoot around, play pick up games, and play H-O-R-S-E.Our salesman Jonathan was professional, knowledgeable and extremely helpful throughout but what set My Backyard Sports apart from the other companies we had contacted was when Michael, the owner, personally reached out to answer any questions we had... and he stayed in contact throughout the entire project! That level of caring and involvement is not common in today’s cookie-cutter world of rushed jobs and cutting corners. I would highly recommend My Backyard Sports to anyone considering this type of investment for their families to enjoy! Thanks Jonathan and Michael... you guys absolutely ROCK!
Jason Russo
Jason Russo
21:57 14 Jan 21
Dean Gentle
Dean Gentle
22:22 11 Jan 21
Five stars are not enough to give to Michael and the gang at My Backyard Sports. I was impressed from my first conversation with Michael to watching our hoop be installed by members of a team that truly love and take pride in what they do. Despite the pandemic and adverse weather conditions, the team showed up on Christmas Eve to make sure our new hoop was great Christmas surprise! I would recommend My Backyard Sports to anyone looking for a quality job!
Al Ryan
Al Ryan
01:35 01 Jan 21
Wow. Called several installers for my new hoop. The boys at mybackyardsports.com called me straight away. Quick appropriate quote on phone. Quick follow up with install process. Quality - outstanding. You know when you get lucky online - then feel so fortunate and well taken care of? That’s the deal here.Thanks guys! I’d give you 6* if it allowed!
Paul Essner
Paul Essner
17:01 04 Dec 20
Victor and team have great ideas to to fit most budgets.
George Zacieracha
George Zacieracha
17:17 09 Nov 20
I worked with My Backyard Sports to have a personalized hoop installed as a birthday present! I was very pleased with their responsiveness to all of my questions and their assistance in helping me pick out the best product for my needs. The installation was professionally done and the area was left clean when the installers were done. Would highly recommend this company to others!
Dennis Ondrejik
Dennis Ondrejik
19:02 28 Jul 20
Ok, option if you're really patient and willing to clean up yourself.Experienced and insightful sales department, but it took over six weeks to get the hoop installed. I understand COVID has impacted everything, but I had to follow up myself every week to get things moving.The base was clearly not centered, but they installed the hoop anyway.Overall it looks ok, though it would have look much better should they have cleaned up and hauled away.I must say I was expecting more for an almost 3k investment.
Carlos C
Carlos C
23:24 22 Jul 20
Not only does the hoop look amazing. It plays perfectly. The customer service by Michael and his team was second to none. Although this hoop will last my lifetime, if I ever needed to buy another, I would buy this again.
Zachary Lyons
Zachary Lyons
19:48 13 Jul 20
I purchased a basketball goal from the website. After purchasing and charging me I was informed that they could not honor the purchase. Three days later and my money is still pending being refunded.
Kevin Starr
Kevin Starr
17:59 24 Apr 20
From start to finish, design to installation, Mike and the team were truly professional and excellent. Could not be happier with the way my basketball court turned out — the kids don’t stop playing for a minute! Mike was personally involved throughout every step of the way, going above and beyond at any time of day to answer my questions and make the big decisions. Even after a massive tree fell on the court only a few months after building it, causing massive damage, Mike and the team stepped in right away, prioritizing me to ensure my kids would not have to go too long without the court they love. If you’re reading this, don’t hesitate to choose Mike!
Kevin Cyrulnik
Kevin Cyrulnik
16:30 25 Mar 20
Michael's team did a great job. Very communicative, professional and meticulous. The kids are thrilled and we're very happy with our purchase and experience.
Elio Lombardi
Elio Lombardi
01:43 18 Mar 20
Summer of 2019. My kids are away at sleeapaway camp. They are due to come home the third week of August, and the first week of August my wife and I decide we want to surprise them with a hoop and basketball court in the driveway. On an incredibly short time frame, Mike came to my house, sent me links for what I needed and got the excavation, installation and and painting of the driveway done on an expedited schedule! When my kids got off the camp bus and we got home, we pulled up to the house with them shrieking OH MY GOD as they saw the court, hoop and red ribbon hanging on it! The rest of the afternoon was a three point shooting contest.I cannot recommend My Backyard Sports more strongly. Use them!
Jason Paris
Jason Paris
15:53 03 Mar 20
Michael Kraner and his team were absolutely wonderful to work with: My Backyard Sports replaced the gym floor at the Temple Israel Center in White Plains, and did so facing some significant challenges. Overall, Mr Kraner was genuine, as he and his team worked tirelessly to deliver and complete the project on time, with a focus on the quality of the work while communicating regularly with the building management. I highly recommend My Backyard Sports!
Michael Dittelman
Michael Dittelman
15:26 03 Mar 20
Mike and his team were very professional, knowledgeable and provided great service. The quality of work was exactly as expected and we would highly recommend them to anyone looking for the best!
Samantha Williams
Samantha Williams
19:53 25 Feb 20
Great experience working with Mike. His level of responsiveness and honesty is tough to find, highly recommend MBS
stu scott
stu scott
03:11 22 Feb 20
Michael and his team did a great job helping me choose the hoop brand and the model and then working with me on the install days. The custom decal made a big difference for my 9 year old. He is very happy with the hoop. It looks great and all within the budget.
Elman Rafailov
Elman Rafailov
03:30 21 Feb 20
Mike is extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and a truly genuine businessman. I rarely post reviews but I felt compelled to do so to aid future customers with their decision process that they needn't look past MyBackyardSports. They are second to none.
Brooks Stansfield
Brooks Stansfield
19:32 14 Feb 20
My Backyard Sports has given me and my family an enormous gift! Our basketball hoop and turf are just outstanding. Excellent quality of product. And the service was always friendly and super responsive. I already have neighbors raving about our hoop and contacting the company. You've got a customer for life down here in college basketball land! Eric from Raleigh, NC
Eric Solomon
Eric Solomon
01:24 08 Oct 19
Great experience. High quality hoops and installation.
Matt Waldis
Matt Waldis
19:10 25 Sep 19
Michael and the MyBackyard Sports team were fantastic to work with and our hoop is amazing! The kids (and adults) are getting a ton of use out of it already. We can’t thank them enough and would strongly endorse their services to anyone considering a hoop or sport court.
Jay Askinasi
Jay Askinasi
12:51 02 Sep 19
Thanks Mike, Charles, and the rest of the team! Great quality hoop and professional installation across the board, highly recommend My Backyard Sports!
Mike Kopec
Mike Kopec
10:03 30 Jul 19
We had a challenging placement to install our basketball hoop (backyard, slope, rocks, etc.). Mike and his crew took on the challenge and handled everything with professionalism and with a personal touch. The crew was extremely professional, clean and courteous. Mike also suggested the right hoop for our circumstances and didn't try to up sell me to a more expensive model.The finishing touch was a bow on the hoop. My kids were very surprised and excited. It rained the day of the install but that didn't stop my son from going out to play.I would highly recommend them!!
Shakeel Rangrez
Shakeel Rangrez
17:48 24 Jul 19
Great service for painting basketball court lines! Very professional and responsive.
Caitlin Luby
Caitlin Luby
15:49 08 Jul 19
Mike and his team are great! Kids playing ball everyday.
Larry Politis
Larry Politis
20:31 20 Jun 19
Very quick and great work done by these guys! Highly recommended!
Ariel
Ariel
20:33 16 Jun 19
I had a great experience with Mike and his installers. The hoop and installation were super quick. Mike and his team are very experienced and easy to work with. A++ work!
Rob Goldstein
Rob Goldstein
17:23 07 Jun 19
Top-notch experience overall. Very professional team, delivered on what they promised, and provided excellent communication throughout the whole process. We could not be more satisfied.
Robert Perkins
Robert Perkins
21:04 12 May 19
Very courteous and prompt. Highly recommend.
Zak Maniya
Zak Maniya
08:36 09 May 19
Mike#23 and his team at My Backyard Sports are a SLAM DUNK! Their passion for perfection and genuine customer service is top notch. Mike went above and beyond the rim to make sure every detail was covered to design the best bball court for our family. Much appreciated and highly recommended.
Brett Herrman
Brett Herrman
00:30 28 Apr 19
Great company to work with. The staff took care of installation based on my schedule. Very simple and easy. If your looking to build a hoop speak with Michael he loves what he does. His team did an excellent job.
Morris Cornman
Morris Cornman
16:59 25 Apr 19

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