Standard Basketball Ring Height

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Standard Basketball Ring Height
The NBA, WNBA and NCAA use the same standarized hoop height. (basketball hoop image by Lario Tus from Fotolia.com)

Basketball courts vary in size among the National Basketball Association, the International Baskeball Federation and high school, but all have the same standardised hoop height. Interestingly, the official ring height has remained unchanged in over 100 years of basketball's history.

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Official Height

The official rim height, as used by the NBA, NCAA and WNBA, is 120 inches (10 feet). This was the height of the first peach basket "nets" nailed to an indoor, elevated running track by basketball inventor, James Naismith.

WNBA

While the WNBA currently uses the standard height of 10 feet, there is debate over lowering the height. Supporters for lowering the rim to 9 feet argue it would increase scoring and, therefore, interest in the WNBA.

Considerations

Although 10 feet is the standard height for basketball hoops, this height would prove discouraging to most children learning to shoot baskets. Because of this, hoops for children ages 5 to 9 are sometimes set at 7 feet, 6 inches. A height of 8 feet, 6 inches can be used for children ages 10 to 12. Lowering the goal aids in the development of proper shooting technique.

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