Did you know the Basketball Key changed in 2010?

Did you know that the basketball key or ‘restricted area’ on a basketball court changed back in 2010? This means that the pre-2010 key is now redundant.

The basketball key is one of the names given to the area below and in front of the basketball hoop. It is also known as the lane or the paint.

Since the 2010 FIBA rule amendments (implemented following the 2010 FIBA World Championship), its shape is rectangular for games sanctioned by all three associations, 16 feet (4.9 m) wide for both NBA and FIBA keys, and 12 feet (3.7 m) for NCAA keys. Prior to 2006, the key in FIBA-sanctioned tournaments was a trapezoidal shape. For venues where basketball competitions and teams regularly play, getting the lines re-painted must be of high importance.

The most-commonly enforced rule on the key is the “three seconds rule” in which the team of a player on offence who stays on the key for more than three seconds loses possession of the ball. Another rule is the lane violation. This occurs if a player from either team enters the key before a free-throw shooter releases the ball in the act of shooting. A recent innovation is the introduction of the restricted area arc directly underneath the basket where the defending player cannot force an offensive foul on the opposing player.

What to do if your basketball key hasn’t been updated.

  • If your basketball court markings have not been updated we can potentially install the new key depending on the surface type.  There are various solutions depending on your needs. We find the best practice is to consult with clients to ensure the best option available.
Basketball Key

Complete sand & seal of the entire basketball court. This will return the sports flooring to a like-new condition finished with a new set of lines.

Cleaning and painting of the specific area. Localised cleaning of the basketball key area will then allow the new basketball key lines to be applied.

When revising the current lines it is always best to colour match the existing sports surface. This way the new line markings will blend in far easier.

If you are unsure if your basketball court meets the new regulations contact us for a free consultation.