Basketball Hoop Height for 8, 9, and 10-year-old Kids. The official recommendation stands for precisely 8 feet. We think you could go for about 6 inches up or down, but not more. The reason for this is that when the hoop is too high for them to shoot, they can’t: Hold their elbows upright. Keep eyes on the point. Keep balance.
Also, seeing the ball go through the hoop, which is much more likely to happen on a shorter rim, adds confidence and makes the game more fun, no matter your age. The recommended heights for basketball goals are the same for male and female. For professional basketball all the way down to 6th grade the goal is 10-feet.
The problem is, with a short stature and a limited skill set, children can't live out those dreams on a 10-foot basketball rim. In fact, many children younger than 10 lack the strength required to propel a regulation-sized basketball to a rim that's so high. The best way to give a child confidence that they will one day soar through the air like professional ball players is to adjust the rim and size of the basketball according to his or her age and height.
9-foot rims for 5th graders; 10-foot rims for 6th grade and above. Ten feet is what the bulk of the international and American kids shoot at, especially once they get to middle school. In setting the height of the rim, the primarily consideration is teaching kids proper shooting form.
Basketball. U6 (ages 4-5) U8 (ages 6-7) U10 (ages 8-9) U12 (ages 10-11) U14 (ages 12-13) Ball size. 27.5 or 28.5. 27.5" or 28.5" 28.5" 28.5" 28.5" Rim Height. 8ft. 8ft. 9ft. 10ft. 10ft. Court Size. Half Court - 2 hoops. Half Court - 2 hoops. Half Court - 2 hoops. Full Court. Full Court. Game length. 10 min halves. 12 min halves. 14 min halves. 14 min halves. 14 min halves. Half time. 1 minute. 1 minute. 1 minute
Aligned with the previously announced Youth Basketball Player Segmentation Model, the guidelines are specific to four age segments: ages 7-8, ages 9-11, ages 12-14 and grades nine-12. Highlights from the rules and standards include the recommended use of: Smaller basketballs for ages 7-8 (size 5, 27.5” circumference) and ages 9-11 (size 6, 28 ...
Height of Basket: Utilizing a lower basket height for 7-8 and 9-11 year-olds allows children to develop proper shooting form and increases the opportunity for shooting success. Scoring: All field goals for 7-8 and 9-11 year-olds are worth two points to encourage children to shoot within a developmentally-appropriate range.
The standard height for a basket is 10 feet, which on my calculator converts to 3.048 metres - near enough to three metres for a backyard set up, I'd suggest. From observation, and one of the actual responses, it seems that in SA - it's possibly different in other states - only U10s use a lower lower basket height, which used to be 8'6" - 2.59 metres.