Basketball Court Regulations

Looking at a basketball court, it may seem pretty simple to put together. It actually takes a lot of effort and must be followed by regulations set aside by the national basketball association, NCAA, and UIL standards. Knowing these regulations will provide you with assistance when you decide to build your own basketball court.

Sideline to Sideline

The game of basketball is played on a rectangular court. The length of an NBA and NCAA court measures 94 feet long by 50 feet wide. High school regulations require the court to be 84 feet long by 50 feet wide. All other leagues typically play on high school regulation size courts. The half court is exactly the midpoint of the court. It is 47 feet from the baseline for NBA courts and 42 feet for high school.

Basketball Goal

A regulation basketball hoop is placed 63 inches from the baseline to the center of the basket and stands 10 feet from the ground. This is pretty much standard for all basketball courts. The backboard is a square fiberglass figure that is 72 inches wide and is 15 inches from the center of the basket.

Free Throw Line and Paint

The free throw line is 13 feet 9 inches from the center of the basket. It is 12 feet wide and runs parallel to the baseline. The center of the free throw line is equal to the center of the basket. The free throw line contains the top of the paint. The paint is the colored portion of the court that surrounds the basket. The free throw line has one line on each end running perpendicular and ends at the baseline. This rectangle is the paint. It is typically colored blue.

Three Point Line

From the center of the basket to the three point line measures 19 feet 9 inches. The three point line is 63 inches from the sideline. This makes the three point line equal all the way around from corner to corner.

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