Shooting in basketball is a way for players to score points for their team. When shooting, a player uses one or two hands to push the ball towards the basket with the intent of having it go in the hoop.
Basketball Shooting Rules
There are rules in basketball that describe how a player can shoot the ball. Here are the rules of shooting in basketball:
- A player can shoot the ball from anywhere on the court as long as they stay inbounds
- Players can use one or two hands to shoot
- There is no limit to the amount of force a player can use when shooting
- Players can shoot overhand or underhand
- Players cannot kick the ball into the net
PRO TIP: Players can earn points for their team even if they bounce the ball off the floor and it goes into the net.
Basketball Shot Form
Shooting with accuracy and consistency requires skill and technique. A player's shot form is an important part of shooting field goals. When holding the ball, a player should use his dominant hand to cradle the ball and push it, while the non-dominant hand to guide it towards the hoop.
Basketball Why Shoot?
Here are some of the reasons why players should choose to shoot the ball on the court:
- To score points
- To avoid a shot clock violation
- If there's an opening on the court
Basketball Field Goals
A field goal is a successful shot that goes into the net. Field goals are worth two or three points depending on the location of where the player shot the ball.
Three Point Field Goals
Two Point Field Goals
If the ball is shot from inside the three-point line, the field goal is worth two points.
REMEMBER: In basketball, teams score points in their own basket that is guarded by the opposing team.
Basketball Inbound Passes