Basketball 101

Basketball 101

The Basics

Basketball is an entertaining and intense game played around the world. If you are new to basketball, there are a few basic things you should know.

Basketball court

The game is played on a rectangular wooden surface known as a basketball court, and this court has lines all over it. On the court is a hoop attached to a backboard for each team where scoring happens throughout the game.

Basketball hoop

The objective of basketball is to score points by shooting the ball into your team's basket. Depending on where you stand on the court when you shoot, it will either be worth two or three points.


Basketball equipment

Basketball is played with very minimal equipment. You'll need one hoop for a half-court game and two hoops for a full-court game. You'll also need a basketball.

Here is a list of basketball equipment:

Positions and Roles

basketball positions

Each basketball team plays five athletes on the court. There is the center, point guard, shooting guard, small forward, and power forward. Each player has a role on the court like the center who takes jump balls. The point guard is the best dribbler on the team and leader on the court. The shooting guard is great at making three-pointers.

Rules, Fouls, and Violations

basketball Fouls and Violations

Basketball is a simple game at its core. But it has lots of rules around the timing of the game, how long you can hold the ball, and how you can interact with other players.

Dribbling, passing, and shooting are the main ways to move the ball on the court. There are rules and regulations associated with each of these. For example, you are not allowed to dribble with two hands, called a double dribble.

Your team can only have the ball for 24 seconds in the NBA as the shot clock keeps track of each possession.

If a player commits a foul or violation, the other team gets possession of the ball for a turnover. In addition, the other team gets free shots called free-throws that are taken at the free-throw line.