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.
Many young basketball players dream of playing like LeBron James, dunking the basketball, throwing alley-oops, swooshing 3-pointers and winning the game on a last-second shot. 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.
Basketball Rim Height. Basketball rims are 10 feet or 3 meters tall for high schools and pro leagues like the NBA. For youth leagues, the hoop can be shorter than 10 feet. This is the standard for all playing levels from high school and up. Younger ages play with shorter rims to enable the players to reach the rim with their shots.
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.
Rim height. ASEP and I have been recommending the following rim heights for years: 6-foot rims for kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grades; 8-foot rims for 3rd and 4th grades (8 to 10 year olds); 9-foot rims for 5th graders; 10-foot rims for 6th grade and above.
Height of Rim - 8 to 9 Feet Junior Ball - 27.5" International Size 5. 10 to 12 Year Olds (5th & 6th Grade): Start to introduce 5 on 5. (Still use 3 on 3 and other small sided games to teach basketball concepts in every practice.) No trapping defenses, zone defenses, or full court zone presses. Man to man defense half court. Full court man to man defense in 2nd half.
Age 5 To 7 (Kindergarten To 2nd Grade): 6 – 7 Feet. For children in this age group, use the lowest setting available on the basketball hoop which should be around 6 – 7 feet. The main goal is to let the kid accustom to the sport so no need to do anything complex yet. Age 8 To 9 (3rd Grade To 4th Grade): 8 Feet.
American high-schools, as well as high-schools around the world use the same basketball hoop for their games. 10 feet, or 305 centimeters, this height is the same as the NBA, WNBA, and NCAA. The height was chosen by the inventor of the basketball, James Naismith. Height of a Youth Basketball Hoop