The Basketball Court

There are lots of lines and shapes on a basketball court. You can explore all the lines, areas, components, and locations with this interactive diagram. You can hover with your mouse or click on the shadows to reveal more information.
The Basketball Court

The Basketball Court

Each team gets a hoop to defend located on both ends of the court. Teams can earn points by throwing the ball into their net.

Three-point Arc

The three-point line (arc) surrounds each hoop and denotes if a ball is worth two or three points. Inside the three-point line is the paint, free throw line, and restricted area.

Boundary Lines

The perimeter of the court consists of the sidelines and baselines. Together these lines are known as the boundary lines. If a player steps on or crosses the boundaries, they are out of bounds. A player can come back inbounds at any time, but if they step out of bounds with the ball, it's a turnover and the other team gets possession.

Center Circle

The center circle is where jump balls take place. The midcoast line runs through the center circle and separates the court into two halves called the front court and backcourt.

Court Locations

As a player, you'll hear about the elbows, top of the key, wings, corners, low blocks, high post, and low post. These are all used by players and coaches in designing plays and strategy.

Learn More About The Court

Check out these tutorials to learn more about the court in basketball.

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