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About Basketball

Basketball is a high energy team sport that relies on speed, agility and hand-eye coordination. In basic terms, the game is a competition between two teams to score the most baskets. However, it can be very challenging to score points when the other team is standing between you and the basket. Although the game may seem that simple as a viewer, there are actually many factors that play into a successful game of basketball, including proper uniform, fouls, positions and gameplay, to name a few.

The basketball court's dimensions for an NBA court is 94 by 50 feet. There are lines marking the bounds of the court, including a foul line and three-point arc on each side of the court. There is also half court line in the middle of the court, separating the court into two halves.

One of the most important rules to understand about basketball is that if a player in possession of the ball wants to move across a court, he must always be dribbling the ball. If he stops, he can either pass the ball or shoot, but he cannot dribble again. If a shot is made within the three-point arc, that team is rewarded two points. Shots scored from outside of the arc is rewarded three points. Games usually consist of four quarters that last 12 minutes each.

There are ways for gameplay to be stopped. The game clock will stop for referee calls, foul shots and any time that the ball is out of bounds. A basketball game can be interrupted when a player commits a foul. A foul includes double dribbling, traveling or making illegal contact with a player of the opposing team while they are either dribbling or shooting. If a player gets fouled while shooting, they are able to take two free throws from the foul line, which is an opportunity to gain points without any defenders. Obeying basketball foul rules is the best way to keep possession of the ball and play the fairest game possible. The basketball uniform consists of a team's jersey, shorts and appropriate shoes. The two teams wear different colors so the referee is able to differentiate the players and teams.

Regardless of the basketball league, there are 10 players on the court during any point of the game, five from each respective team. Positions include the point guard, shooting guard, center and forwards. The guards are traditionally responsible for bringing the ball down the court, while the center and forwards play closer to the basket.


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