Thursday, September 25, 2008

Basketball Rules

Basketball rules came into being the day the game was first played in 1891. The international basketball rules are governed by the technical commission of the International Basketball Federation. Most leagues, including the NBA (National Basketball Association), govern with their own rules.

The primary objective of basketball is to score more points by putting the ball in opposition's basket, which is placed ten feet above the ground. On completion of the game, the team that scores the most points wins. Recreational and high school games last thirty-two minutes, college and international games last forty minutes, women's professional games last forty minutes, and men's professional games last forty-eight minutes.

Referees on court are administers of the basketball rules. A basketball team consists of five players. A game begins with a 'jump ball' at the centre of the court, in which the referee tosses the ball high into the air and two players of each team line up in the middle of the court and try to direct the ball to one of their teammates.

As per basketball rules, the team that possesses the ball plays offense and the opposition plays defense, protecting their basket. The offensive team has a set time, usually thirty-five seconds to score by putting the ball through the opposition's basket. The player possessing the ball cannot run or walk with the ball without dribbling (bouncing the ball against the ground). Once the player stops dribbling, the ball must be passed or shot, or it must be touched by another player before the original player can regain the ball.

According to basketball rules, there are two ways of scoring points; the first is to make a basket, which is worth 2 or 3 points, depending on the distance of the shot. The second way is to score a foul shot or free throw, which is awarded to a player when the opposition commits a personal foul or a technical foul. Possession of the ball alternates when the offense scores or when the defense is successful in gaining the ball. When the offense team misses a shot, the ball is free and all players have equal opportunity to retrieve the ball, which is called making a rebound.

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