The History of Basketball


A game of basketball consists of 12 players on the court. Of those players, five can be on the court at a time. Players are classified into 5 positions: the point guard, the center, the defensive guard and the offensive forward. A player can move from one position to another, but cannot stay in a particular position for more than three seconds. Those who do remain in a key area for more than three seconds will be called fouls.

The main objective of basketball is to score points and make a goal. To score a goal, a player must shoot the basketball through the hoop in the opposing team’s basket. Once the ball reaches the hoop, the team with the most points wins the game. To play this sport, teams must be composed of at least five players. The players are allowed to make substitutions during the game, but they are not allowed to move the ball while it is in their hands.

In the game of basketball, a player can commit fouls by intentionally touching another player or making physical contact with him. The player must not be in the defensive player’s way, and he or she must not foul the offensive player. The violation can be minor or severe. In any case, it will disrupt the game. Some of the most common violations include double dribbling, traveling, and a three-second paint violation. To avoid these, players should make sure they are not on the other team’s court while the game is in progress.

A few weeks after the game’s invention, students began introducing it to YMCAs. A College magazine that had been distributed to YMCAs across the nation featured the rules of the game. The student body was diverse, and the game spread rapidly. In a few short years, basketball was introduced to many other countries. Soon after, high schools and colleges adopted it as a winter sport. That was not long ago. The game gained widespread popularity.

The emergence of small and medium-sized players in the sport has had a profound impact on the game. In the 1950s, Bill Russell led the University of San Francisco to two NCAA championships and became one of the best centres in the history of professional basketball. In the late 1950s, Wilt Chamberlain came to prominence. Many consider him the greatest all-around big man in the game. Ernie DiGregorio and Lew Alcindor were also among the first to use the behind-the-back pass to move the ball. These two men helped develop the skills and techniques that would make basketball a great game.

In a FIBA-sanctioned game, teams alternate sides of the court. The team that scores more points wins the match. If the scores are tied, overtime periods are played. The offensive team can keep the ball moving around the court by dribbling or passing it to a teammate. The dribble is an important skill in basketball, as it involves constantly bouncing the ball against the floor. It is one of the most popular ways to keep the ball moving around the court.