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How To Play Basketball

Learning how to play basketball is fun and can be very fulfilling, because the game of basketball is fast-paced and exciting to both watch and play.

How to Play Basketball - The Basics

Basketball is played by two teams on a court 94 feet long by 50 feet wide. The court has a basket at each end, and the goal for each team is to shoot the basketball in their basket as many times as possible during the game. Ultimately, the team wants to shoot and score more points than the opposing team and have the higher score when the game ends.

How to Play Basketball - The Beginning

At the beginning of the game, one player from each team meets in the middle of the court for the tip off. The tip off is the official start of the basketball game, where the ball is put into play by an official tossing the basketball up between the two challengers. During the tip off, the rest of the team stands just to the outside of the mid-circle in designated spots. It is the goal of the two tip off participants to jump up and hit the ball to one of their teammates, thus having the first possession of the basketball game.

How to Play Basketball - Shooting and Scoring

When your team has possession of the basketball, they have a limited time to attempt a shot. The NBA gives you 24 seconds to shoot, and time is kept by the shot clock. In college ball, you get 35 seconds on the shot clock.

In any game of basketball, you can score one of two ways: make a basket while the ball is in play or make a shot from the free throw line.

Whenever the ball is in play, you have many different choices on how to shoot and score. You can choose from a variety of jump shots - the baseline, fade away, hook shot, the key, and there are other shots like the dunk, lay-up and tip-in. You can try a perimeter shot or make a drive to the basket. There is also the three-pointer, which is shot from behind the arc.

A player gets the chance to score on a free throw when an opponent is called for a personal or technical foul. You get two free throws if the other team commits a foul while they are shooting or in a team penalty. You get one free throw shot if you are fouled in the process of making a shot.

If a player commits more than 5 personal fouls in the course of a game, they are kicked out of the game. If you get caught in a technical foul, the punishment is even harsher. You only get 2 technical fouls per game before you are out. As a whole, the team gets 5 fouls per quarter before they have to enter the penalty. If your team commits a foul inside the penalty, your opponents get awarded with free throws.

In professional basketball, a game has 4 quarters, 12-minute each, that make up 2 halves. If the score is tied at the end of the fourth quarter, there is a 5-minute overtime. Then, overtime play continues, as long as the score remains tied at the end of an overtime period, until one of the teams wins.


 

 

 

 

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