Get to know shortly how we mark it on the map and what is the public Basketball court and what are the basic rules and regulations.


Basketball sign - Free Sport Parks Map

Its map label: Basketball

The outdoor Basketball courts are marked on the map with a dark red circle icon. Extra features are available (e.g. writing reviews, adding photo and video) on the data sheet at the locations marked with “i-circle”.

Features of Basketball court

The main feature of the outdoor Basketball court is that it is typically consists of two opposite basketball stands. 

Basketball court in Budapest, Bikas park - Free Sport Parks map
Outdoor Basketball court - Budapest (11th district), Bikás park
  • Names: Basketball court
  • Court dimensions: A regulation court in international games is 91.9 feet (28.0 meters) long and 49.2 feet (15 meters) wide. In the NBA and NCAA the court is 94 by 50 feet (29 by 15 meters). The outdoor court dimensions are completely variable you can find  small size courts and big sizes.
  • Markings: you can find courts with markings and without markings
  • Type of basketball stands: there are in generally two versions complate stand and stand fixed to a soccer goal.
  • Backboard dimensions: The backboard measures 6 by 3.5 feet (1.8 by 1.1 meters). There are in generally two versions small sized backboards and big sized backboards.
  • Net: mostly you can't find any net, but some location has a net or metal chain net.
  • Ground: asphalt / rubber / soil
  • Opening hours: sport parks, sport fields are usually open in 0-24 hours, but there are some fenced sport places with limited opening hours (eg from sunrise to sunset, etc.) that appear at the entrance.

Always take care of the cleanliness of parks, equipments and courts and the hygiene, so next time you will be happy to do sport there! And if you notice any damage or malfunction, please report it to us as soon as possible.


Basketball court dimensions

Dimensions: court, backboard, basket and ball

  • Court:
    • A regulation basketball court in international games is 91.9 feet (28.0 meters) long and 49.2 feet (15 meters) wide. In the NBA and NCAA the court is 94 by 50 feet (29 by 15 meters).
  • Backboard:
    • The backboard measures 6 by 3.5 feet (1.8 by 1.1 meters) and 4 feet (1.22 meters) inside the baseline.
  • Basket:
    • At almost all levels of competition, the top of the rim is exactly 10 feet (3.05 meters) above the court. The basket is a steel rim 18 inches (46 cm) diameter with an attached net.
  • Ball:
    • The size of the basketball is also regulated. For men, the official ball is 29.5 inches (75 cm) in circumference (size 7, or a “295 ball”) and weighs 22 oz (623.69 grams). If women are playing, the official basketball size is 28.5 inches (72 cm) in circumference (size 6, or a “285 ball”) with a weight of 20 oz (567 grams).

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Basketball court dimensions and markings - Free Sport Parks map
Basketball court dimensions and markings

Basketball basic rules

Out of signs and features get to know the basic rules and regulations also.

  • A violation that occurs when a player with the ball walks, runs or takes too many steps without dribbling.
  • A player is allowed two steps after picking up the dribble, and after two steps, the player must keep an established pivot foot to the floor.
  • Also, when a player dives for a loose ball on the floor and gains possession, a player can't roll over or attempt to stand.
  • The player that commits the violation is charged with a turnover.
  • Contact is part of basketball provided it's while performing normal defensive and offensive duties, reaching for a loose ball, or otherwise provided that the contact doesn't allow a player to gain an advantage on the play.
  • A field goal made taken from before the three-point line, which is worth two points.
  • A field goal made taken from behind the three-point line, which is worth three points. It is sometimes known as a "three-pointer" and often abbreviated as "3FG".
  • When a player commits a personal foul (any foul that is not a technical foul or a flagrant foul) while the person is not in the act of shooting, the opposing team gains possession of the ball to inbound it from the out-of-bounds area that is closest to the spot of the foul.
  • When a player commits a personal foul while the person is in the act of shooting, the opposing player who draws the foul is awarded two free throws if his two-point field goal attempt misses and three free throws if his three-point field goal attempt misses.
  • If the field goal attempt is made when the opposing player draws a foul, he is awarded the points and one free throw.
  • A violation called when the offense fails to bring the ball from the backcourt to the frontcourt within eight seconds after gaining possession.
  • When the violation is called, the offense loses possession of the ball and the opposing team inbounds the ball from the sidelines.
  • The player in possession of the ball when the violation is called is charged with a turnover.
  • The area of a basketball court outside the boundary lines. It is also a call made by referees when the ball crosses a boundary line.
  • Every level of competition has rules which govern the dimensions of the court. These dimensions include two end lines and two sidelines, as well as the height of the rim, backboard, and other parts of the court.
  • When a ball crosses a boundary determined to be outside the field of play, an out of bounds call is made. At some levels of play, a ball hitting the top of the backboard, or any hardware holding it up, is considered to be outside the field of play.
  • The rectangular area in front of the basket that is bounded by the baseline, the foul lanes and the free throw line.Offensive players are prohibited from remaining inside the key for more than three consecutive seconds, a violation that results in a loss of possession.
  • A penalty against the team in possession of the ball when the shot clock reaches zero. The penalty results in a turnover (change of possession to the other team).
  • In the NBA, or any league that uses 48-minute games, a player is ejected from the game (or "fouls out") when he commits six personal fouls. In NCAA, or any league that uses a shorter game clock, a player fouls out when he commits five personal fouls.

The source of these rules and more information is available on Sporting Charts basketball dictionary page.

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