Basketball Court Measurement Quiz

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What do you know about basketball court measurement? Do you think you can pass this quiz? A professional NBA (National Basketball Association) court is 94 by 50 feet (28.7 by 15.2 m). Courts are comprised of a few significant components. These include the baskets, the three-point arcs, free-throw foul lines, and the half-court line. Take this test and find out if you are an expert when it comes to basketball court measurement.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    What is the width across of the Paint?

    Explanation
    This is the rectangle area below the free-throw line between the lane lines to the baseline. It is sometimes called the "Paint" since, in most gyms, it is painted (red in PRES Gym). If any offensive player remains in this area for more than three seconds, it is a violation, and the other team gets the ball. Note: The NBA also limits the defensive players to three seconds in this area as well.

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  • 2. 

    Who Created the game of Basketball? 

    • A.

      Albert Einstein

    • B.

      Dr. James Naismith

    • C.

      Senda Berenson

    • D.

      George Washington

    Correct Answer
    B. Dr. James Naismith
    Explanation
    In 1891, Dr. James Naismith was assigned to create an indoor activity for students at the YMCA Training School in Springfield, Mass. The students, who were training to be P.E. teachers, were understandably bored doing nothing but calisthenics and gymnastics during those long New England winters. They longed for action and competition. Dr. Naismith combined elements of outdoor games like soccer and lacrosse with the concept of a game he’d played in childhood, Duck on a Rock. To win Duck on Rock, players threw stones to hit a target placed on top of a large boulder. A ball and an elevated goal—those are the simple ingredients of the sport that now has players and rabid fans in nearly every part of the world. More Basketball History Naismith’s class played the first game of basket ball (two words) using a soccer ball and two peach baskets nailed to a balcony railing ten feet above the floor. The class of 18 was divided into two teams of nine players. The gym they played in was just 54 feet by 35 feet (modern courts are 84 feet x 50 feet). The final score of that first-ever basketball game was 1-0. William Chase scored the lone goal from 25 feet—a half-court shot in that small gym. Naismith had just 13 rules for basketball, which he carefully typed on two pages. The game had to stop after each goal so the referee could climb a ladder and retrieve the ball from the basket. Fortunately, those early games were very low scoring affairs.

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  • 3. 

    Who started Women's Basketball? 

    Correct Answer
    Senda Berenson
    Explanation
    Women's basketball began in the winter of 1892 at Smith College. Senda Berenson, an instructor at Smith, taught basketball to her students, hoping the activity would improve their physical health.[1] Basketball's early adherents were affiliated with YMCAs and colleges throughout the United States, and the game quickly spread throughout the country. However, Berenson was taking risks simply in teaching the game to women. She worried a little about the women suffering from "nervous fatigue" if games were too strenuous for them. And, in order to keep it "acceptable" for women to play at all, she taught modified rules. These included a court divided into three areas and nine players per team. Three players were assigned to each area (guard, center, forward) and could not cross the line into another area. The ball was moved from section to section by passing or dribbling. Players were limited to three dribbles and could hold the ball for three seconds. No snatching or batting the ball away from a player was allowed. A center jump was required after each score. Peach baskets and the soccer ball were the equipment. Uniforms consisted of attire similar to school uniforms, including long baggy shorts. Meanwhile, current women's basketball uniforms consist of a jersey and gym shorts. Variations of Berenson’s rules spread across the country via YMCAs and colleges. The first intercollegiate women's basketball game was played between teams from Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, in 1896.

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  • 4. 

    Going down the lane line, What is the length of the space between the end of one hash mark to the beginning of the next?

    • A.

      12 inches (or 1 foot)

    • B.

      18 inches (or 1 1/2 foot)

    • C.

      24 inches (or 2 feet)

    • D.

      36 inches (or 3 feet)

    Correct Answer
    D. 36 inches (or 3 feet)
    Explanation
    The length of the space between the end of one hash mark to the beginning of the next is 36 inches (or 3 feet). This can be inferred from the given options, where each option represents a different length in inches and feet. The correct answer is the option that corresponds to the longest length, which is 36 inches or 3 feet.

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  • 5. 

    How far is the three-point line (Arc) from the center of the rim to the top of the key for a high-school court?

    • A.

      19 feet 9 inches

    • B.

      20 feet 3 inches

    • C.

      22 feet 2 inches

    • D.

      24 feet 5 inches

    Correct Answer
    A. 19 feet 9 inches
    Explanation
    The 3 Point Line (Arc): High School – the 3 point arc is 19 feet 9 inches at the top of the key also there is a straight line extending out 5 feet 3 inches (63 inches) from the baseline in the corner.

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  • 6. 

    How high is a standard High School rim from the floor?

    • A.

      8ft

    • B.

      9ft

    • C.

      10ft

    • D.

      12ft

    Correct Answer
    C. 10ft
    Explanation
    Back in 1901, in Springfield, Massachusetts, all gymnasium facilities were uniform, and called for the running track to be placed 10 feet off of the gym floor in every gym. So when James Naismith nailed his peach basket to the running track — the official height of a basketball basket thenceforth became 10 feet.

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  • 7. 

    The Radius of the Center Court Circle and the Free Throw Circle have the same dimensions.  What is their Radius?

    • A.

      12 feet

    • B.

      10 feet

    • C.

      8 feet

    • D.

      6 feet

    Correct Answer
    D. 6 feet
    Explanation
    The Center Circle and Free Throw Circle have a radius of 6 feet; therefore, their diameter is 12 feet. The Center Circle is only used to start the game with a jump ball. On jump balls, non-jumpers must remain outside the circle until the ball is tapped by one of the jumpers.

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  • 8. 

    The Free Throw Line is 15 ft from the_____________

    • A.

      Edge of the Baseline

    • B.

      Front of the Backboard

    • C.

      Center of the Rim

    • D.

      Front of the Rim

    Correct Answer
    B. Front of the Backboard
    Explanation
    The foul line (Free Throw line) is 15 feet from the Front of the backboard. To teach proper shooting techniques, the Leagues, for youth players, allows 7 and 8 year old players to use an 8-foot high basket. They use a free throw line that is 12 feet 10 inches from the front of the backboard.

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  • 9. 

    What is the length of a standard High School Basketball Court from baseline to baseline?

    • A.

      100 feet

    • B.

      74 feet

    • C.

      94 feet

    • D.

      84 feet

    Correct Answer
    D. 84 feet
    Explanation
    The standard size of a High School Basketball court is typically 84 feet long and 50 feet wide. Some Junior High School court will measure 74 feet long and 42 feet wide.

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  • 10. 

    How wide is a basketball Hoop?

    • A.

      16 inches

    • B.

      18 inches

    • C.

      20 inches

    • D.

      22 inches

    Correct Answer
    B. 18 inches
    Explanation
    All basketball rims (hoops) are 18 inches in diameter. A women's ball is about 9.23 inches in diameter and a men's ball is about 9.55 inches in diameter. So, almost two women's balls will fit in the rim at the same time, Wow! The regulation women's ball is a minimum 28.5 inches round (the circumference), which is 1 inch smaller than the men's ball which is 29.5 inches round.

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  • 11. 

    How wide is a standard High School Basketball Court from sideline to sideline?

    • A.

      50 ft

    • B.

      47 ft

    • C.

      60 ft

    • D.

      62 ft

    Correct Answer
    A. 50 ft
    Explanation
    High school courts are 50 feet wide by 84 feet long.

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Danielle Shafer |Bachelor Degree - Sports Management |
Basketball Expert
Danielle holds a Master's degree in Marketing from the University of Nottingham and a Bachelor's degree in Sports Management and Coaching from Urbana University. With a passion for sports education and community involvement, she volunteered at Special Olympics events from January 2012 to teach basketball and directed camps like the Wayne High School Basketball Camp in May 2012. As our basketball aficionado, she brings her A-game to review our hoops quizzes. With a slam dunk career in sports marketing and a passion for the game, she ensures our basketball quizzes hit nothing but net. Let Dainelle be your guide to the ultimate basketball quiz experience!

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