Improve Your Knowledge Of The Basketball Court Dimensions, Lines & Markings

There are various basketball court dimensions and sizes. The actual size of the court will depend on the age of the basketball players and the level of competition.







It is very important for younger players to play on the appropriate size basketball court. This allows them to play hard, compete, have fun and not get tired out too quickly.

For the younger players, I also recommend two other things.

First, using a basketball that they are comfortable with and can control properly. To learn more about this visit our page on Basketball Dimensions And Sizes.

Second, lowering the height of the basket down so that all players are comfortable shooting the basketball - not throwing it.

The size and dimension of the basketball court have an impact on how well players performs. If the court is too big for the players, they will get tired very quickly. If the court is too small, the players' overall game will be restricted.

The following Basketball Court Dimensions will help players, parents and coaches determine the appropriate size court they should be playing and practicing on.

Dimensions Of A Basketball Court


  • A youth basketball court measures 74 feet long by 42 feet wide.

  • A high school basketball court measures 84 feet long by 50 feet wide.

  • Junior high and middle school courts vary in size. Some will use the high school basketball court dimensions, while others will use the youth basketball court dimensions.

  • All lines on the court are 2 inches thick.

  • The center circle is 12 feet in diameter.

  • The three-point line in high school is 19' 9" from the basket.

  • The basket is 4 - 6 feet from the baseline.

  • The free throw line is 15 feet from the backboard.

  • The free throw line is 19 feet from the baseline.

  • The free throw line is 13 feet from the front of the rim.

  • The basket is 18 inches in diameter and is positioned 6 inches from the backboard.

  • The basket is 10 feet off the ground.

  • The free throw lane is 12 feet wide.

  • The three-point arc straightens out 5 feet from the baseline.

  • The backboard is typically 6 feet wide by 3.5 - 4 feet high.

  • The box on the backboard measures 24 inches wide by 18 inches high.

Important Note On Basket Height:

I recommend that the height of the baskets be adjusted as follows to help the players practice proper shooting form.

  • Age 6 to 9 years old - Basket height of 8 feet.

  • Age 10 to 12 years old - Basket height of 9 feet.

  • Age 13 and older - Basket height of 10 feet.




I hope you found this information on Dimensions Of A Basketball Court to be helpful and informative. Playing and practicing on a basketball court that is age-appropriate makes a huge difference in the performance and development of the players.

If you need more great information on court dimensions or other basketball topics, I would suggest you purchase some good basketball books and videos. These will provide you with a wealth of knowledge about the game of basketball.







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