DID YOU KNOW? In high school and women’s college games, it is 19′ 9″ from the line to the center of the hoop. In men’s college games, it is 20′ 9″. In professional leagues, it varies but goes as high as 23′ 9″.
Basketball courts come in different shapes and sizes and colors. In the NBA, the court is 94 feet by 50 ft (28.65m by 15.24m). Under International Basketball Federation (FIBA) rules, the court is minutely smaller, measuring exactly 28 m by 15 m (91’10.4″ by 49’2.6″). A high school court is slightly smaller, at 84′ by 50′ and some elementary schools have courts measuring 74′ x 42′. In amateur basketball, court sizes vary widely. The baskets are always 10′ (3.05m) above the floor (except possibly in youth competition). Basketball courts have a three-point arc at both baskets. A basket made from behind this arc is worth three points; a basket made from within this line, or with a player’s foot touching the line is worth two points. The free-throw line, where one stands while taking a foul shot, is located within the three-point arc.
The three-point line is the line that separates the two-point area from the three-point area; any shot converted beyond this line counts as three points. If the shooting player steps on the line, it is counted as two points only. Any foul made in the act of shooting beyond the three-point line would give the player three free throws if the shot doesn’t go in, and one if it does.
The distance to the three-point line from the center of the basket varies depending on the level or league, and has changed several times. These are the current distances, with the league or level using each distance:
19.75 ft (6.01 m): High School
20.75 ft (6.32 m): NCAA
21.65 ft (6.60 m) to 22.15 ft (6.75 m): WNBA and FIBA
25 ft (7.62 m) to 23.75 ft (7.24 m): NBA