Referring to official basketball court dimensions is helpful if you are building a residential backyard basketball court, and of course is essential for building courts that conform to all college and high school regulations. At First Team, we manufacture a complete line of basketball goals for every situation, including portable basketball goals, fixed height basketball goals, and adjustable basketball goals. We also offer roof mount goals, which are ideal for homes where there is not enough room for a backboard and basket on a pole set into the ground. Basketball is a great sport that is fun for players of every age and ability, whether you are playing on a team or just playing a casual pick up game with friends and family on the weekends. Call First Team today for more information on choosing the right basketball goal system for your home, school, or commercial court.
The first step in the basketball court design process is determining who will be using the court and for what purpose. If it will be an indoor court for competition level play, the basketball court and backboard must meet NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) or National High School Federation regulations. Although there are many similarities between high school basketball, college, and National Basketball Association (NBA) courts, if you consult a diagram, you will see that there are also differences when it comes to features like the shape and size of the three-point arc, width of the free throw lane (the �paint�), and the radius of the restricted area arc (the restricted arc is not present on a high school court). The three-point line is 20 feet 9 inches in college and 19 feet 9 inches in high school. The NBA three point line is 22 feet, as measured where a line parallel to the baseline intersects the long axis of the court and the center of the basket. This is because the NBA three point arc is not a true arc as in NCAA and high school. The NBA arc is formed by the straight lines on the side of the three-point line which are three feet from the sideline in a zone starting at the baseline, and ending when it crosses the 23' 9' arc at the top of the key. One basketball court dimension which is consistent for all levels of play is the distance of the free throw line / foul line: 15 feet from the front of the backboard (not from the center of the rim). Another consistent measurement is that the front of the rim is 24 inches from the backboard. Referring to a template is the best way to see how all of the markings on basketball courts work together.
The basketball court buying guide for residential courts covers many options. Look at pictures of home basketball courts, and you will see everything from a portable basketball goal at the end of the driveway to professionally installed full sized regulation backyard courts with custom logos and high end flooring. These are questions to ask when designing a basketball court for a home:
One of the most important pieces in court design is shopping for the basketball goal. There are numerous combinations of backboard sizes and materials, post construction, hoop types, nets, specialty features, and accessories. Indoor competition courts optimally have wall mount basketball goals. Tempered glass backboards offer the best shot rebounding and play, while acrylic provides a similar look to glass at a lower cost. Other backboard materials include fiberglass, smoked tempered glass, >steel, and perforated aluminum. An NBA or NCAA regulation backboard has a width of 72 inches, and this is also an excellent choice for a residential court to simulate a more realistic playing experience and to practice for team sports. Whenever players of different ages or abilities will be using the hoop, it makes sense to choose an adjustable goal that can be changed from about 6 feet high up to regulation 10 feet tall. Portable systems are perfect for spaces where it is not feasible to permanently install a goal. First Team makes portable goals that are suitable for homes, recreation centers, and gymnasiums. Optional accessories to complete your court include: