The standard basketball court is 94 feet long and 50 feet wide. The size is defined by FIBA, or the International Basketball Federation, which publishes uniform court dimensions for international competition. However, courts for public use and schools may differ slightly from FIBA standards. The boundaries of the court are set by lines that run along the perimeter, called sidelines and front lines. The center line divides the field into two equal parts, parallel to the front lines.
In the NBA, the three-point line extends 23 feet 9 inches from the basket, while in college and high school, it is 19 feet 9 inches. Regardless of league, the three-point line has transformed basketball into a fast-paced game that relies on a combination of speed and skill to succeed.
To accommodate players of all ages and skills, many indoor courts feature multiple basketball courts with different sizes and layouts. For example, youth half courts are usually 42 feet long and 37 feet wide, while pro half courts are 47 feet long and 48 feet wide. The same principles apply to 3 vs 3 games, which typically take place on a smaller basketball court that is 35 feet wide and 45 feet long.
To make a basketball court safe and secure, all rims should be at least 10 feet high and the floor should be made from a durable material such as hardwood, rubber, or concrete. The court should also be inked in a bright color and clearly visible with all lines clearly defined.