Basketball Goals

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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There isn't too much variation among basketball goals. As a general rule, they are always six feet wide by three and a half feet high and made of either glass, graphite, wood, metal, or some sort of composite. Unless you're making the rounds on the peewee circuit, basketball goals are 10 feet high--that goes for men and women's games alike, even if women's basketballs are slightly smaller.

Basketball goals are placed at opposite ends of the court, which usually means at a distance of 94 feet. While this is standard college and NBA floor length, many high schools and junior high schools play on shorter courts. Kids shooting hoops in their own driveway or backyard are content to have one goal and a "clear" line that opponents in one-on-one games must cross in order to simulate pro contests (and avoid what's known as "cherry-picking").

Choices in Basketball Goals

When shopping for basketball goals, there are a few basic styles one must consider. The most popular type of goal for residential courts is the outdoor "in-ground" setup. Here, the pole to which the backboard and rim are attached is physically inserted in the ground, which requires a bit of mechanical know-how.

A lot of indoor courts tend to sport portable goals that are mounted to casters or wheels. These hoops have bases that may be filled with sand, water, or other weighty materials to help keep them grounded, even when players slam home thunderous dunks. Spend a little bit more and you can find portable units that have reinforced bases and added ground stakes for even better all-around balance and sturdiness.


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