When the game of basketball was invented, the goal or the net was directly placed on a vertical wall. After each point, the ball was manually retrieved by climbing up to the net. Many games aspects that we take for granted nowadays, were not even considered during the early stages. As the game developed, many new aspects were added on to it. One such addition is the backboards for the nets. The basketball backboard were primarily added to prevent spectator intervention in the game. The nets were placed on balconies or parapets that were adjacent to spectator seats and the spectators constantly interfered in the game, during the earlier times. Addition of backboards prevented spectators from reaching out and intercepting the ball, which is headed towards the net. Basketball backboard brought about a totally new dimension to the game. Players realized that they can use the backboards as guide points for them to aim for the net. They even realized that they can get the ball into the net by bouncing them off the backboards. They also realized that the backboards kept the ball in play, even if the players missed their shots and they learned to adapt themselves to intercept the rebounds. Nowadays, backboard rebounds and other aspects of backboard play are important aspects of the game.
Professional basketball backboard are made out of tempered glass. This glass is thickly built to withstand the rigors of the game and also to ensure evenness of the rebounds. They are also of standard dimensions with pre marked areas like shooting squares and other markings. These markings are used as guidelines by people who are learning to play basketball. They also are used as guideposts to ensure that the ball rebounds directly into the net and not outside. Glass backboards are costly and are also difficult to maintain. So, they are not so popular for regular usage. People tend to use fiberglass or acrylic backboards for indoor and private usage. These backboards are sturdier and are also easier to maintain. They can provide the players with almost the same type of rebounds and bounce that the traditional glass backboards provide. Their sturdiness has ensured that they are a popular choice in coaching centers and indoor arenas. Backboards are also available in non standard sizes, which can be used for specific purposes and requirements. Basketball backboard are essential for people who are practicing and developing their game.