Beyond the arc: Singapore's basketball courts

A basketball court measures 28m by 15m; but if you have seen one, it does not mean you have seen them all. They are anything but based on a cookie-cutter design. Using a drone, photojournalist Ong Wee Jin explores the visual cornucopia of the island's basketball courts, arising from the varying use of colour, lines, markings and, sometimes, their unique surroundings.

1.  In a 2005 Housing Board publication setting out the guidelines for designing a precinct within an HDB town, some of the considerations in the planning for a multipurpose court were that it should preferably be located in a shadow zone and away from roads, ground-floor units and windows of homes. When a court is too near to flats, it should have a safety fence built. The guidelines said there should either be a hard court and street soccer pitch, or a multipurpose court for every 1,800 to 2,400 dwelling units in a precinct. For precincts with more dwelling units, all three play facilities should be present.

2. In the National Sports Participation Survey 2017 by Sport Singapore, basketball was the most popular team sport among teens aged 13 to 19. Among young adults aged 20 to 39, basketball came second to football. Among older adults aged 40 and above, the sport does not feature in their top 10 sporting or physical activities, with their preference being for individual over team sports.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 11, 2019, with the headline 'Beyond the arc '. Print Edition | Subscribe