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. For 5th grade, the goal should be placed at 9-feet. And for the 3rd and 4th grade(8 to 10 years-old) 8-foot rims. Lastly 6-foot rims for kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades.
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.
How Tall is a Basketball Hoop? For junior high, high school, NCAA , WNBA, NBA and FIBA, the rim is exactly 10 feet off the ground. Rims at every level of play are 18 inches in diameter.
Basketball Hoop Height for 4, 5, 6, and 7-year-old Kids. American Sport Education Program (ASEP) officially recommends that you start with a 6 to 7 feet tall basketball hoop. Our suggestion would be to stick with 6 feet. When they are this young, the rim height needs to allow them to gain control over the basketball and themselves.
For kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd-grade students: 6-foot rim height. For 3rd and 4th grade students (around 8 to 10 years old):8-foot hoop height. For the 5th graders: 9-foot rim height. For 6th graders above: 10-foot hoop height.
In junior high, high school, NCAA and so on, the basketball rim needs to be exactly 10 feet off the ground. As a result, it’s widely advised that you follow the regulation height once the players reach the right age.
Height of a Youth Basketball Hoop. Most middle-school or junior-high regulation game will use the same height as high-school. But some summer youth leagues might use a shorter hoop depending on the age range. We suggest the height of the hoop per age bracket as follows: Ages 5 – 7 (Grade: K – 2nd): 6 – 7 Feet
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.