How to Build a Basketball Court


Whether you're on a basketball team, hoping to shed a few pounds, or looking for a way to spend time with your kids, it's very convenient to have a basketball court in your own backyard. Building a simple, effective basketball court is easier than you might think. The main material is concrete, so laying a basketball court is not much more than pouring a concrete slab.

Things You'll Need

  • Concrete, blacktop or asphalt
  • Spray paint
  • Basketball stencil kit
  • Tape measure
  • Basketball hoop
  • White paint (optional)
  • Paintbrush (optional)
  • Determine whether your basketball court will be a full court or half court. Professional basketball full courts are 94 by 50 feet, high school courts are 84 by 50 feet, and a half court is 30 by 35 feet.

  • Use a tape measure and white tape to mark the dimensions of your court on the ground.

  • Level the space your court will be on if necessary. It is important your court is level.

  • Pave your court with asphalt, concrete or blacktop. You will need to have this professionally done.

  • Use a basketball stencil kit to paint your foul line, three-point lines, painted areas and circle. As of publication, these could be bought online starting at $37 (see Resources). Follow the directions that come in the stencil kit.

    To mark the lines yourself without buying a kit, mark the dimensions (see Resources). Use a measuring tape and marking paint to mark the sidelines, baselines, the tip of the three-point line, free-throw line and the distance from the three-point line to the sidelines. You might mark with chalk first, in case you make a mistake with the paint. Use white paint and a paintbrush.

  • Choose between a pole hoop or movable basket for your hoop. A pole hoop must be placed 1 1/2 feet into the ground, while a movable hoop requires no digging and is easily adjustable.

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