All About Basketball
Basketball is an aggressive and fast team sport, usually played indoors on a court.
The objective of the game is to throw the ball through the hoop, which hangs at a particular height of 10 feet above the ground.
Each team contains five players on the court at any one time, with up to five substitutes sitting on the side line.
The game begins with the ball being thrown up by the referee. Two players, standing in the center circle, jump for it and try to pass it to one of their team players. Players pass the ball to one another or run with the ball while dribbling it on the ground. The aim is to basket the ball in the opponent’s basket.
Referees control the game. No hitting or pushing to halt the opponents is permitted. If a player commits more than five fouls, he is sent off the court for the rest of the game.
The game is played on a rectangular floor called the court with a hoop at both ends. If one team puts the ball into play behind the mid-court line, it has ten seconds to get the ball over the same. If it doesn't, the ball is provided to the defense. Once the offensive team gets the ball over the mid-court line, it can no longer hold possession of the ball in the area at back. If it does, the ball is given to the defense.
Each successful throw gives two points, except for throws outside the three point line (3 points), or for free throw penalties (one point).
If a basket or field goal is away from the three-point arc then that basket gives three points. Free throws are provided to a team according to some rules involving the number of fouls made in a half and/or the type of foul made. Fouling a shooter always results in two or three free throws being awarded to the shooter, depending upon where he was and when he shot. If he was beyond the three-point line then he gets three shots.
Other types of fouls do not result in free throws being awarded until a certain number has been gained during a half. Once that number is reached then the player who was fouled is provided with a '1-and-1' opportunity. If he succeeds in his first free shot, he gets a second attempt. Similarly, if he misses the first throw, the ball is live on the rebound.
There are various types of fouls but few important among them are mentioned here:
Personal Fouls: Personal fouls include any type of illegal physical contact.
Illegal pick – when an offensive player is moving. When an offensive player sticks out a limb and makes physical contact with the opponent