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# How many laps will it take around a basketball court to equal a mile?

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It takes 18.3 laps around NBA and United States collegiate basketball courts to equal a mile and 19.7 laps around the smaller U.S. high school basketball court. A mile will require 18.7 laps around International Basketball Federation regulation size basketball courts and 22.7 laps in the U.S. junior high school standard basketball courts.

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National Basketball Association and U.S. collegiate basketball courts measure 94 feet by 50 feet. High school regulation basketball courts in the U.S. measure 84 feet by 50 feet, while junior high school courts are 74 feet in length and 42 feet wide. International Basketball Federation basketball courts go by the metric system measuring 28 meters in length (91.86 feet) by 15 meters (49.21 feet).

To get the number of laps it will take around a particular basketball court to equal a mile, take the length of the basketball court and multiply it by two. Then, take the width of the basketball court then multiply it by two as well. Add the sums for both the length and width of the court and the result will be = N. A mile is equivalent to 5,280 feet, so dividing it with N gives you the number of laps it will take to run a mile in a particular basketball court.

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