Basketball hoop

Backboard (basketball)

A backboard is a piece of basketball equipment. It is a raised vertical board with a basket attached. It is made of a flat, rigid piece of material, often plexiglass. It is usually rectangular as used in NBA, NCAA and international basketball. But many backboards may be oval, particularly in non-professional games.

A basketball hoop is flexibly mounted to a basketball backboard via a flexible connection between the backboard and the connection supporting the hoop. The shock of a basket or a dunk is absorbed by the connecting part, so that the rim goes back to a horizontal position once again.

In contrast to basketball, beach basketball and netball use baskets that have no backboards.

Diagram of basketball backboard

Layout prescribed by the rules of the International Basketball Federation, the National Basketball Association, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

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