Basketball The Court

Chapter 1

In this chapter, we welcome you to the sport of basketball and introduce you to the basketball court where the game is played.


So, you've chosen to learn the sport of basketball. Great choice!

The Court

Let's begin by looking at the playing surface. Below is a picture of the basketball court. Don't be intimidated by this picture. We'll walk you through every piece of it step by step in this chapter.

Basketball court Image

What We'll Be Learning

First, we'll learn about the lines on the court. There are five (5) types of lines you'll learn about:

  1. Baseline / End line
  2. Sideline
  3. Free Throw Line / Foul Line
  4. Midcourt line / Half-court line / Timeline
  5. Three-point Line / Three-point Arc

After, we'll learn about dimensions of a basketball court followed by a discussion of the major components on the court:

We'll end with a discussion of the boundary lines and the various locations on the court you'll hear about as a fan.

Glossary Terms

At any point, you can go to our glossary and look up any of the terms discussed in these chapters. Here are all the terms we will be covering related to the basketball court:

Interactive Graphics

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