The basketball hoop looks smaller in size from a distance and seems quite challenging to pass the big ball through it. When making a shot it appears that only a single ball can be shot into the net, only if it is perfectly aimed or with the slightest mistake of an inch, your goal will be missed right?
Well, many young athletes are concerned about the actual size of the basketball rim and wonder can a basketball hoop fits two basketballs?
It may sound impossible at first by keeping in view the size of a basketball in a hand and the small hoop mounted on top of an iron pole. But a few women claimed to make the shot with 2 basketballs at the same, now you may think about how that can be possible!
Truth be told there is much more room up there in the rim than you think, Just don’t let your vision fool you. When you look upright the viewing angles changes and you see a smaller object than its actual size.
In this article, we will discuss the logic to help you find your answer.
What’s the diameter of the hoop & exactly how many basketballs can fit in?
The diameter of a standard basketball rim is 18-inch and the radius is 9-inch (divide the diameter by 2) and the total circumference is 56.5-inch. If speaking about the structure of the rim, it is made of solid steel with a diameter of ⅝-inches.
Another important thing you should know is that not all basketball rims are of the same size, for instance, a men’s basketball is smaller with a 9.5-inch diameter and 29.5-inch circumference. Moreover, basketball sizes also vary. Some basketballs are a less filled or low amount of PSI while others are completely filled. Also, men’s basketballs are bigger than women’s ball.
If we look technically, 2 men’s basketballs can easily go through the hoop, in fact, there is more room than that to even fit another half ball. But Some people are not convinced and think that they will be stuck and can only pass through if put some force or put them one by them.
Whereas, women’s basketball is an inch smaller than men’s basketball. They are of 9-inch diameter and 28.5-inch circumference. So, two women’s basketball can easily pass through a rim.
Aim at Wide Rim
After knowing the fact about the actual size of the basketball hoop, you can visualize and aim at a big rim with much higher confidence to make a shoot. If you are a basketball player, then your prescription might have changed about the game and now you could see extra room up there for errors. This will help you to boost your self-confidence and turn the tables while having a bad game.
Aim at the center of the circle from whatever angle you feel right. Just stay consistent when you aim to build a habit, so you know every time what to do to make the right shot.
The two basketballs can fit in a single hoop because the rim is actually much bigger than it seems from the ground. Next time when you play, just visualize that there is much room for error up there and you can easily make the shot with the right calculations and lots of practice.