Basketball Equipment

Includes questions about all equipment involved in the game of basketball, whether it be regarding the hoop size, basketball size, or the length of the backboard.

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Where can you find a diagram of the basketball court showing the players' positions on the court?

View the related link below for a diagram showing the basic spots on the floor for each position.

These are in no way permanent spots, but just spots that the positions tend to spend the most time. If a lane is open to drive in, you are not going to stand in your "spot," but will drive in. The spots are just guiding you.

What materials are basketballs made of?

Nearly all basketballs have an inflatable inner rubber bladder inside, generally wrapped in layers of fiber and then covered with a tacky surface made either from leather (traditional), rubber, or a synthetic composite. As in most inflatable balls, there is a small needle valve opening to allow the pressure to be increased or decreased.

Precise specifications no doubt vary slightly from league to league; NBA, WNBA, Olympic, International, Under 20 etc., etc. Best consult specific league websites for most current details.

What is the diameter circumference or radius of a basketball?

  • The Men's Size 7 regulation basketball has a circumference between 29.5-30 inches. It weighs 20-22 ounces, and has a diameter of 9.39 inches.
  • The Women's Size 6 regulation basketball has a circumference between 28.5 and 28 7/8 inches. It weighs 17.5-19.5 ounces and has a diameter of 9.07 inches.
  • The Junior's Size 5 basketball has a circumference between 27.25 to 27.75 inches. It weighs 16.6-18 ounces and has a diameter of 8.7 inches. It is recommended for boys and girls under 12 years old (junior league).
  • The mini Size 3 basketball has a circumference between 22 to 22.5 inches. It weighs 10-11 ounces and has a diameter of 7 inches. It is recommended for small children (age 5-8)

How many dots are on the surface of a basketball?

According to the Spalding website, (, there are 122 dots per square inch on a Spalding basketball which makes approximately 35,000 dots total. Some basketballs have different designs, though, and will have a different number of total dots.

but the dots are grips so the ball wont slip out of your hand

What is 'traveling' violation in basketball?

Lets say hypothetically you are a basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers. It would be in your contract to stay in Los Angeles for as long as the contract requires. That meaning you could not leave the city without breaking the contract. If you do leave the city it would be breaking the contract do to a "traveling violation"

Movement while playing for your team is another such way to incur one fault where you run with the ball in hand and don't bounce it back

What are two changes in basketball equipment since 1892?

Backboards have been invented to prevent spectators from leaning over balconies where baskets were attached and interfering with shots. Also, a laceless basketball became official in 1950. The basketballs are not laced or sewn any more. they dont use peach baskets any more to play the game with, like they did when it was invented. the backboard and basketballs are laced or sewn anymore

How does air pressure affect the bounce of a basketball?

The question is best answered in terms of elasticity.

A highly elastic collision will retain most energy (a good bounce), an inelastic collision dissipates (wastes) almost all energy.

Imagine a steel ball bearing dropped onto a thick steel plate. The ball bearing will bounce up and down for a long time - elastic collision.

Now imagine dropping a piece of plasticine.

One "goop" and it's all over - no bounce. Inelastic collision.

Putting more air into the basket ball makes it "tighter" and more elastic. The more elastic, the more energy is preserved, so the better the bounce.

For the same reason, pumping car tyres up to their safest pressure (and no more!!!) makes them more elastic, so they waste less energy when they deform while rotating, and you get (a bit) better gas mileage.

The more air pressure in the ball, the higher the ball will bounce. The less air pressure, the lower the ball will bounce. This is the same for just about any ball, too- not just basketballs.

When a basketball has more pressure it tends to bounce higher because of the consequent reduced surface area. The reason a basketball that has a lower pressure bounces not so high is because alot of the energy used to bounce the ball is lost because of friction and transfer to heat.

Surely the simple answer is that when filled to a high pressure, the ball is forced to retain a spherical shape (most volume for constant surface area). When such a ball hits a surface there is a distortion around the point of contact, and the higher the pressure the more rapidly the spherical shape is restored, which forces the ball to reverse its motion all the more rapidly. A deflated ball has no such pressure and won't bounce at all.

Also more probabilities are there for how air pressure effects on a basketball. The reasons may be as follows:

When a basketball is released, its own body goes down due to gravitational attraction. On the other hand, the air in the ball goes down after it as its weight is less than the ball. So the air will give an upward pressure which will effect the downward motion of the basketball. Again when the ball bounces up, a moment before that bounce, the air inside will start to come down quickly for repelling from the inside upward surface of the ball. Now when the ball goes up, the downward pressure of the air effects the ball.

How do you get free basketball shoe catalogs?

Haha, man I'm still trying to figure that out myself.

My best advice is to just search the internet and see what comes.

Hope that helped at least a little bit.

Who invented the ball used for basketball?

== == James Naismith invented the game of basketball in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts but at the time he used a soccer ball. U.S. patent #1,718,305 was granted to G.L. Pierce on June 25, 1929 for the "basketball" used in the game. Spaulding was one of the first companies that manufactured basketballs. The first formal rules were devised in 1892. Initially, players dribbled a soccer ball up and down a court of unspecified dimensions. Points were earned by landing the ball in a peach basket. Iron hoops and a hammock-style basket were introduced in 1893. Another decade passed, however, before the innovation of open-ended nets put an end to the practice of manually retrieving the ball from the basket each time a goal was scored. In 1959, James Naismith was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame (called the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame.) Tony Hinkle designed the current orange ball that is in use today. He introduced it in the 1950's so that the players and spectators would be able to see it more clearly.
James Naismith

What brand shooting sleeve do NBA players wear?

It depends on the player and their sponsors, the most common are Nike and Under Armour

What are Chitimacha baskets made of?

Chitimacha baskets are made from a special river cane that grows in the bayous.

What type of basketball is used in NCAA?

There a many different balls used. Generally speaking each conference has it's official ball. The official ball for the tournament is the Wilson Solution. This ball is commonly used by other schools as well. Some schools use the Nike Elite Championship ball and I believe I've seen teams use the Spaulding TF1000 (a very common ball at the high school level).

What are the different kinds of defenses used in basketball?

There are many kinds of defenses, and some coaches use their own made up forms of defense. The most common forms of defense are zone, 2-3 defense (two players in a line around the free-throw line and three players in a line with one on the right wing, one under the basket and one on the left wing), 3-2 defense, 1-3-1 defense, man to man defense, and full press defense. You can also add any kind of trapping to any one of those defenses.

What is the best way for a 14-year old to shoot a basketball such as proper form stance follow through etc?

For anyone to shoot the best way is to practice. I know you probably hear that all the time, but its true. The form you can practice is: start out with the ball in front of your stomach in a crouched position. Then take the ball and bring it up to your chest. As you bring it up to your head, slightly arch your back. Be sure to not arch it too much....youll end up falling over. Now roll the ball off your fingertips about maybe 3 or 4 ft. in the air. You should get a nice backspin on it if you do it right. Practice this form and each time do it a little faster until it is a flowing motion. Now when you go to shoot square up to the basket and be sure to follow through. (My annoying gym teacher would say, "Reach into the cookie jar.") When you shoot it you probably wont get that backspin, in fact its really hard to. So don't worry about the spin when you shoot.

Proper way how to shoot with a basketball at age 14? Age dosent really matter. Hold the ball to your waist, and bring it up to your chest and extend your arm, flick your wrist. ahha me? i add alil style in it. when your done flicking..make both your hand's fingers pointing out. i call this the butterfly haha.. to practice your backspin. lay down and put the ball in front of you and just shoot up and if it comes back down to where the ball was, it was a straight shot. keep doing this and most of your shots will be straight. my teacher always tells me to do the cookie jar, it works. alot of backspin but ain't easy to get it in.. gotta get use to it first. hmm i take about 250 shots a day. something else i learned is called B.E.E.F.. bend elbows, eye-contact, follow-through.

How much money do basketball courts cost?

Check out the link below for more information. Depending on how big the basketball court will be, the price could range anywhere from a few thousand to a hundred thousand dollars. The prices are generally set per tile, not per court (for example, a good quality basketball court is usually made out of tiles that cost around $15 a piece).

What is the equipment used and needed to play basketball and what are the costs?

The equipment needed to play basketball are a basketball, first off, and a hoop (generally the ones found inside school gyms). Those are the only materials needed. Some materials that can be used, however, include jerseys and shorts, a gym, and lines on the ground that pinpoint the three point line, free throw line, etc. There are a wide variety of costs for how much of this you decide to purchase.

Were basketballs ever made of pig bladders?

No, basketballs are impossible to be pig bladders because they would rot after time yes cause some people in some country's are to pov to buy leather to make a ball so they get pig and sheep bladders and wrap cloth around them. They last for more than a week before they need replacing. pig bladders are not the basketball material anymore cuz they would totaly rot after a couple dayz! it could be possible to make one out of that.. but i highly doubt it.. so technically my answer is NOO.. The first basketballs were leather soccer balls (the early game eschewed much dribbling) and contained a pair of rubberized pig bladders to hold the air. These were then encased in a cloth bag to hold them in position. This technique was the the standard air bladder for footballs, soccer balls and rugby balls until the 1920's The first basketballs were leather soccer balls (the early game eschewed much dribbling) and contained a pair of rubberized pig bladders to hold the air. These were then encased in a cloth bag to hold them in position and then covered with a patchwork leather cover. This technique was the the standard air bladder for footballs, soccer balls and rugby balls until the 1920's.