# What is the purpose of the square on a basketball backboard?

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## Where is the sweet spot on the basketball backboard?

Aim in the Sweet Spot

Every hoop has a sweet spot, the rectangle box on the backboard that is twenty four inches horizontally and eighteen inches vertically. When you aim at this rectangle, with good form, scoring becomes an expected outcome.

## What is the sweet spot in basketball?

The sweet spot is the location at which the object being struck, usually a ball, absorbs the maximum amount of the available forward momentum and rebounds away from the racket, bat, club, etc.

## Can the ball touch the top of the backboard?

ANSWER: Under all codes, a ball hitting the top of the backboard (as well as the sides and bottom) is considered as “in play.” However, if the ball goes OVER the top or touches any of the supporting braces above or behind the backboard, it is considered to be out of bounds.

## Where do you aim on a backboard?

When taking a bank shot your aim should be above the box and a quarter of the way across the backboard. It should land softly off the backboard. You should shoot a bank shot so that it hits the backboard after the peak of its arc on the way down.

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## How do you use the square on a basketball backboard?

The rectangle must have outside dimensions of 24 inches horizontally and 18 inches vertically. The base of the rectangle must be level with the basketball ring. The top edge of its base is to be on an even plane with the top of the ring.

## What does shot clock mean in basketball?

Section I—Definition. The ‘shot clock’ shall refer to the timing device that displays a countdown of the time within which the team possessing the ball must attempt a field goal.

## What’s the size of an NBA backboard?

The backboard shall be a rectangle measuring 6′ horizontally and 3 ½’ vertically. The front surface shall be flat and transparent. A transparent backboard shall be marked with a 2” white rectangle centered behind the This rectangle shall have outside dimensions of 24” horizontally and 18” vertically.

## Can you throw it off the backboard to yourself and land?

It is legal to throw the ball off the backboard as a pass to yourself. The only time it is illegal is when attempting a free throw. While attempting a free throw the ball must hit the rim as well.

## Can you catch your own airball?

Catching your own airball is allowed if it was a legitimate shot unless you’re playing your pickup game according to NBA rules, which makes you a douchebag. The top and side of the backboard is not out of bounds, only the back-facing plane of the backboard is. Step-throughs are not traveling.

## Is it legal to shoot over the backboard?

The NCAA rule for shooting over the backboard states, “The ball shall be out-of-bounds when any part of the ball passes over the backboard from any direction.” This means a college player can’t score on such a shot even if the ball makes contact with the basket support or the back of the unit.

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