The Basics of BASKETball
Basketball is a popular team sports where two teams, usually of five people each, compete against each other on a flat, rectangular court with the goal of making the other team score more points than the current team on the court. Basketball is played in several different ways depending on the type of game and the specific circumstances of the game. In most games played between two teams, players rotate continuously, with one player receiving the ball and taking the necessary action to score a basket. A point is when a player makes a basket, usually using a free throw shot, or a forced shot, or a turnover of a ball by a team member. The game is normally played with three scorers, with two guards and one forward.
A typical offensive play in basketball involves the ball handler and a shooting guard who screen for an open shot. Often times, there will be two or more scorers on the same floor with a bucket being scored by one shooter. However, a shooter can only make baskets if that player is able to handle the ball correctly and make shots of a high degree of difficulty. Two types of players who can do this are a power forward and a point guard.
Basketball is played differently in the United States and Canada than it is internationally. For example, in the United States the sport is usually played as a minor league indoor sport instead of an outdoor game. This has a significant impact on the rules for the sport. As a result, certain aspects of the game, especially offensive plays and shooting have been made more difficult because of the weather conditions.
Because of the difference in playing surfaces and the need for a large field for basketball, the sport is played with a unique kind of ball called the BASKETBALL. BASKETBALL is a soft, rubbery plastic ball similar to a golf ball but smaller. The circumference of BASKETball is one inch across and the length is about five feet nine inches. Since the basketball is a man-made material, it cannot be used in any other sport.
BASKETball consists of a foul line, which mark the end of the foul line on the court, and a basket. Unlike basketball, where there is only one basket, players may initiate plays on the BASKETball court. However, unlike soccer balls, BASKETballs may not be thrown, only launched. If a ball is launched into the basket, the rotation of the BASKETball allows the ball to ricochet off of the rim of the basket and then fall to the floor. Each player has a BASKETball that has their own rotation speed, but once they make contact with the ball, it will continue its travel through the hoop, until it falls out of the hoop and is reset.
The object of BASKETball is to score points. There are a total of 32 teams in the league, and each team is assigned a baseline position. This means that the front line of players – the starters – will stand at the foul line, while the bench will line behind the front line. The two linesmen (guards) and two small guards play the points, while the two big men play the centers. Another type of BASKETball that may be played is the Tournaments field goal try, which has teams of all six players standing at the foul line, attempting to shoot a three-point basket. There are also BASKETball courts designed for younger children, who are not as skilled at using their legs to dribble a ball around the perimeter of the court.