Holding Court: Court Sports Facts and Numbers

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Holding Court: Court Sports Facts and Numbers


10 feet: The regulation height of the basket in basketball (a height that is related only to the fact that the YMCA where James Naismith created the game had too low a ceiling to accommodate anything taller.) www.202Osite. org/fun-facts/Fun-Facts-AboutBasketball.html

6 feet: The size of the key (area in front of the free throw line) on a basketball court, prior to 1959. (It was widened to 12 feet in that year.) And, while the width will stay the same, the shape of the key in international basketball will change in 2012 from a trapezoid to a rectangle, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basketball_court

$100,000: The approximate cost of building a post-tensioned tennis court. (Post-tensioned concrete reduces or eliminates control joints, and resists cracking.) www.concretenetwork.com/tennis-court/cost.html

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$50,000: The approximate cost of building a basic asphalt tennis court (without post-tensioning), www.concretenetwork.com/tennis-court/cost.html

900: The approximate number of years the game of tennis has been in existence. (It originated in 12th-century France as a form of recreation for monks. They hit a ball with their hands over a rope strung across the monastery courtyard.) www.atlantatennisschool.com/tennisfacts. …

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