Basketball Backboard Regulation Sizes

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The basketball backboard is a raised vertical board typically composed of fiberglass. It is rectangular and has an attached rim.

Height

  • A standard backboard is 3-1/2 feet tall.

Width

  • A standard backboard is 6 feet wide.

Rim Dimensions

  • The rim is 18 inches in diameter and should be 10 feet off the ground.

Rectangle

  • The backboard is to be clearly marked with a white rectangle centered behind the rim. The rectangle is 24 inches wide and 18 inches high.

Net

  • The optional white cord net hanging from the rim is 15 to 18 inches long and is used to quickly verify whether a ball passed through the rim.

Transparency

  • Most backboards, particularly those in organized leagues, are transparent for the sake of spectators. Less-expensive kinds made of a non-transparent material often can be found on playgrounds and in driveways.

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