- Baseline / End line
- Free Throw Line / Foul Line
- Midcourt line / Half-court line / Timeline
- Three-point Line / Three-point Arc
The Baselines / End lines
The baselines or end lines are the lines located on the ends of the court. Depending on who you talk to, you may hear someone call these lines either the baselines or end lines. From now on in this tutorial we will refer to them as the baselines.
The Boundary Lines
The sidelines and baselines make up the perimeter of a basketball court. Together they also form the boundary lines dividing the court between inbounds and out-of-bounds. We'll learn about the boundary lines later in this chapter.
The Free Throw Line / Foul Line
The Midcourt Line / Half-court Line / Timeline
The midcourt line is located on the middle of the court and divides it equally in two. It is also known as the half-court line and the timeline. We have no idea why there are three (3) names for this line. From now on in this tutorial, we will refer to this line as the midcourt line because we think it is the easiest to understand.
The Three-point Line / Three-point Arc
The three-point line or the three-point arc surrounds each team's basket. It is used to determine how many points a basket is worth. We will learn more about its significance in future chapters when we talk about scoring points.