A Beginners Guide to Learning the Game of Basketball
Basketball is a popular sport with many fans throughout the world, and is currently the most attended sport in the United States. The sport has several different styles and variations depending on where the game is played, who is playing, and what kind of court is being played. The game can be a fast paced and exciting activity, and some people prefer it to other types of sports. Learning about the game and how to play can help anyone get into the mood for a good game.
Basketball is played on an uneven surface, roughly three feet between the foul line and the basket. Basketball is a team game where two teams, usually of at least five players each, compete against each other on a flat rectangular court with the goal of scoring points by knocking the ball through the hoop of the other team. Typically the basketball is hit with a ball through the hoop or made to roll through the hoops. It can also be shot through some hoops, but is typically shot through the netting on the floor.
The first person to make a basket in basketball is called a shooter. Unlike baseball, basketball does not have a batter and runs on the court until a player touches the ball into the hoop, or tries to make a basket. The last player on the team with the ball makes the play. Basketball is played much like volleyball, in that there are four players on each team, and each player is responsible for getting the ball into the basket. The game is usually played on an even surface, so the ball will bounce off of some hardwood floors and onto the hardwood flooring of some basketball courts. Most basketball courts have a regulation size court and are used for most sports.
There are two teams on each side of the rectangular court. The goal is to score more points than the other team. Each team has ten men total; four on each team are usually playing defense. In most games of basketball, three points are scored for every basket made, making it a simple game to learn, much like the game of basketball itself.
Basketball can be played with two players on each team, or up to a maximum of five. When playing with more than two players, a crossover is used to get the ball between players on opposite sides of the court. The point system is set up to be very simple, with a maximum score being the total number of points the team scores during one half of basketball. This number, incidentally, is usually tied to the turnover rate, meaning that teams that have a low turnover rate are usually given points. The fouls are placed on the floor in between players, and any time a foul is called, one of the players has to leave the game. Usually a warning is shown on the screen for this reason.
Dribbling is the basic skill of basketball. It involves control of the ball, which is passed from one player to another in order to make a basket. Most dribbling takes place when a rebound is possible, and a successful basket is made, the ball then goes back up to play again. When dribbling is not possible, the play ends, and the defense looks for a new opportunity. Unlike other sports, basketball can be played at almost any level, with almost anyone capable of playing it.