Scoring System In Basketball
In this tutorial, we will learn what a field goal is, how it is made, and how many points it's worth.
Basketball Field Goals
A field goal in basketball is worth two or three points and requires a player to shoot the ball into his team's net. Field goals can be made from anywhere on the court as long as the ball-handler is inbounds.
REMEMBER: No one calls them field goals except for announcers, analysts, and die-hard fans. This is the technical term used in the rulebook.
Basketball Three-Point Line
Basketball Field Goal Rules
For a field goal to count three things must happen:
- You must shoot the ball into your team's basket
- You must keep both feet inbounds when taking the shot
- The ball must leave your hands before the shot clock expires
IMPORTANT: Yes, it is possible to score points for the other team if you shoot a field goal in your opponent's basket.
Basketball Court Boundary Lines
A player must remain inbounds when shooting a field goal. Both feet must stay inbounds and if either foot touches the boundary lines, it will result in a turnover and the other team will get the ball.
Basketball Inbound pass
Basketball Shot Clock
The shot clock keeps track of how long a team can have possession of the ball. In the NBA, the shot clock lasts 24 seconds. In college basketball, the shot clock lasts 30 seconds. The shot clock will reset after any successful field goal is made.
Basketball Shooting Fouls
If a player is fouled while attempting a field goal he is awarded with free throws. The player will get either two or three free throws depending on where they attempted the shot. We will learn more about shooting fouls Basketball Shooting Fouls.
Basketball Field Goal Percentage
A statistic you should know as a basketball fan is a player's field goal percentage. This stat will tell you how successful a player has been in the past at shooting from both inside and beyond the three-point line. In both college basketball and the NBA, a good field goal percentage is anything above 50%.