How to Measure Basketball Hoop Height?


Basketball hoop height:

A basketball hoop is the most engaging element of the game. Having it placed at a correct height is crucial for basketball to be played fairly.

Lower height can give the team a competitive advantage or make you practice light while having it placed higher than standard makes it harder for dunks.


The correct height proposed by NBA officials is 3.05 meters which is the same height as when basketball games originated in 1891


Read my full article on How High Is a Basketball Hoop is officially in Meters

Correct Approach:

Take a measuring tape and place it on the tip of the basketball hoop. One end on the tip and another end on the ground. The result should be 10 feet or 3.05 m as officially proposed by NBA.

Things Required:

For correct measurement you should have:

  • Stiff measuring tape
  • Folding ladder
  • notepad and a pencil

Avoid bends:

The basketball hoop sometimes bends with the evolution of breakaway Rims. The hoop is not firmly fixed to the board but with a flexible rod. 


The breakaway rims release the pressure exerted on it during strong dunks So, it's your job to avoid any slight bends during measurement of the hoop.


Little bends can make the measure readings go wrong. If you want to achieve 10 feet from the tip of the hoop to the ground level have someone use the ladder and make sure the hoop rod attach is straight without any bends.

Hoop Height difference:

Hoop height is different for various age groups. A younger athlete can set the hoop lower while player ages 9 to 11 has a hoop height of 9 feet. 


Adults nba players have a standard of 10 feet in height. Keep in mind which hoop you measuring for.


Some young athletes might not know the ideal hoop height for them if they are beginners or starting you should make a hoop height up to a level that they can dunk from.


Later increase the height accordingly. To sum all up if your measuring the hoop first make sure to which age group this hoop belongs and for what purpose. 

Exclude basket net:


If you measuring without a ladder and just the tape you must take start from the top of the hoop ring and not from the basket net. 


The hoop ring is the correct starting point while measuring. Not the top of backboard or net of hoop


Many people sometimes make the mistake of starting from the net of the basket which is the wrong form of measuring the basketball hoop height


Dunk calculator to adjust hoop height:

If 10 feet is too much and you don't know which correct hoop height to go for while playing basketball. 


You can use dunk calculator  to find out the correct approachable hoop height you can use to practice from which later you can improve your dunking ability


Double Rim problem:

The rim can be sometimes double or triple ring making it strong but the drawback of double rim hoops in ball often bounces off from it. 

If you are facing a double rim while measuring hoop height you can utilize a Hoop metal rod to which the hoop is attached to the backboard as the starting point. Double ring rims can make the measuring reading a bit more than standards.

Double Rims are not being used in NBA but in some outside fields and in streets or high school basketball grounds double rims are being used to give more strength to the hoop.

Use a thread Instead:

If you lack a measuring tape you can still measure the hoop height by using a simple plain thread. 


Take the thread tie one end with the metal supporting hoop rod or the basketball hoop rings and place the other end on the ground.


Mark the starting and ending points with a pencil and then use a stationary scale to measure the thread.

Summing Up:

  • Correct Approach
  • Avoid bends
  • Hoop Height difference
  • Exclude basket net
  • Dunk calculator to adjust hoop height
  • Double Rim problem
  • Use a thread Instead