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The Question:

Where can I find out the size and dimensions of a basketball court? I want to paint one on the driveway.

The Answer:

I hope you have a big driveway! A regulation college court is 94 feet long and 50 feet wide, while high school courts are supposed to be 84 by 50 feet. The free-throw line (2 inches wide) is 15 feet from the backboard, which supports a basket 10 feet high at the upper edge. Into this hoop you attempt to throw a ball between 29½ and 30 inches in circumference. If you're feeling daring, try sinking one from the three-point line—19 feet, 9 inches out for amateur play, or 22 feet if you think you can hang with the pros.

Feel like installing a tennis court (or perhaps a bowling alley) in the backyard? Check out our list of other Standard Measurements in Sports.

—The Editors


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