In one of our previous articles, we covered some of the rules that basketball has. However, the main element of the sport is actually the hoop. That’s what players use to score the points. A lot of people don’t know how high it is and the changes that were made to it through the years. So, the question is, How high is a Basketball hoop? Below, we are going to cover everything that you need to know on this topic.
A backboard is a piece of basketball equipment. It is a raised vertical board with an attached basket consisting of a net suspended from a hoop. It is made of a flat, rigid piece of, often Plexiglas or tempered glass which also has the properties of safety glass when accidentally shattered. The backboard is usually rectangular as used in NBA, NCAA and FIBA tournaments. In recreational environments, a backboard may be oval or a fan-shape, particularly in non-professional games
The top of the hoop is 10 feet (305 cm) above the ground. Regulation backboards are 6 feet (183 cm) wide by 3.5 feet (107 cm) tall. All basketball rims (hoops) are 18 inches (46 cm) in diameter. The inner rectangle on the backboard is 24 inches (61 cm) wide by 18 inches (46 cm) tall, and helps a shooter determine the proper aim and banking for either a layup or distance shot. All of the above is true for both the FIBA and NBA courts.
How high is a Basketball hoop?
The only case in which the height of the basketball hoop is modified is in children’s basketball. In mini-basket, the dimensions of the backboard are reduced to 2.60 meters. The objective is to make it easier for the little children to make a basket. Professional glass backboards used to break from 625 pounds (283 kg) of force or more. However, modern professional and higher-level college play backboards do not have the glass absorbing any weight to avoid breaking the glass and backboard as a whole.
The first glass backboard was used by the Indiana Hoosiers men’s basketball team at the Men’s Gymnasium at Indiana University. After the first few games at their new facility in 1917, spectators complained that they could not see the game because of opaque wooden backboards. As a result the Nurre Mirror Plate Company in Bloomington was employed to create new backboards that contained 1 1⁄2-inch-thick (3.8 cm) plate glass so that fans could see games without an obstructed view. It was the first facility in the country to use glass backboards.