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Basketball Rules

The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) publishes official rules of basketball, though there are some variations. The NBA uses its own rules and court size, and the WNBA rules are a further variation on the NBA rules.

The Court

A typical basketball court is 84 feet long by 50 feet wide. The baskets are mounted 10 feet above the court. The three-point field goal area begins three feet from the sidelines and runs from the baseline to an arc that extends 23 feet 9 inches from the center of the basket.

basketball court diagram
NFHS basketball court diagram. Click to enlarge.
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