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Backboard

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What Is The Definition Of Backboard?

1. The backboard is a piece of basketball equipment that has a basketball rim attached to it. The backboard is usually rectangular in size and is most commonly made of Plexiglas, due to the need for it to be very durable. Also, since Plexiglas is clear and transparent, it does not obstruct the view of the spectators sitting behind the backboard.

The regulation size of a backboard for NBA regulations is 72 inches wide by 42 inches tall. Although the average backboard is rectangular, it can also be seen in an oval shape on basketball courts that are at playgrounds and other areas that allow play for recreational purposes only.

In addition, a regulation-sized backboard also has an inner rectangular taped or painted on it that is 24 inches wide by 18 inches tall. The purpose of this inner rectangle is to help with the shooter’s accuracy.

Examples Of How Backboard Is Used In Commentary

1. Due to the shot clock winding down, Rodman shoots an erratic three-pointer that banks in off the backboard.

Sport The Term Is Used

1. Basketball

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