Basketball Court Dimensions
Basketball is a very popular sport worldwide. In the Olympics, millions of people thrilled by the basketball matches, and winning the title in basketball is one of the greatest honor for the nations. It is considered to be the second popular sport in the world after soccer.
Basketball is a fast and exciting game. You need simple pieces of equipment like a hoop and ball to play. You can also play or practice basketball even on your own, so it is a very preferred, common, and popular game in the world.
Basketball is played on a rectangle-shaped court, with a ball and two hoops at each end. The courts and the basketball hoops have some official dimensions accepted worldwide. If the court is not at the specified dimensions, so the games will not be official. In amateur basketball, court sizes vary widely. Also for recreational purposes, the court size can vary according to your own pleasure or to the available area.
Basketball Court Dimensions in NBA and FIBA
FIBA is the association that governs basketball worldwide while NBA is the basketball association of the U.S. NBA and FIBA have different court dimensions but in the Olympics, FIBA regulations are effective.
Court length in NBA is 94 ft which equals in metric, 28,65m. In FIBA it is 28m (91,86ft)which is shorter about 2 ft or 0,65m.
Court width in NBA is 50 ft which equals in metric, 15,24m. In FIBA it is 15m (49,21ft) which is shorter by 0,24m, about less than 1 ft.
One dimension that NBA and FIBA both agree on is the height of the rim which is 10ft equals 3,05m.
Basketball courts have a three-point arc at both rims. If you score a basket from behind this arc it is worth three points. If you score within this line, or with a player’s foot touching the line, it is worth 2 points. In NBA, the three-point line is 23,75 ft (7,24m) away from the basket but it is shorter in the corners it is 22ft (6,7m). But in FIBA it is about half a meter shorter in the center which is 6,75m. In the corner, it is 6,6m, quite the same as the NBA.
There is also a free-throw line which is 15 ft (4,57m) from the plane of the backboard in the NBA. In FIBA it is just 9 cm longer which equals 4,6m. Whenever one player fouls another player than free-throw shots are rewarded. The player stands in this line and shots freely to the rim. A foul shot is worth 1 point.
In the center, there is a circle that is 12 ft (3,66m) in diameter in NBA, and only 6 cm smaller in FIBA, 3,6m in diameter.
Size Of The Backboard and Ball
Both FIBA and NBA agree on the size of the backboard. The backboard is the vertical board on which the hoop is attached. It is 6 ft (183cm) wide and 3,5ft (107cm) tall. Basketball rims or hoops are 18 inches which equals 46cm in diameter.
A basketball is a spherical ball to play basketball games. The official size is 75 cm (29,5inches) in circumference, in men’s competition. The weight is 22oz, which equals 620g. The size of basketball changes in women and youth competitions. Except for the official sizes, there are many forms of basketball used recreationally.
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