The Rules of Basketball


Basketball is a game played with two players on either side of the basket. Each team has two players on each side. In a FIBA-sanctioned game, there are four quarters of about 10 minutes, and after the second quarter, teams switch sides. The team with more points at the end of regulation wins, and in the case of a tie, the game can continue into an overtime period. Basketball is played by moving the ball from one side of the court to the other using a technique known as dribbling. A dribble is a type of shot in which a player continuously bounces the basketball off of his hands and fingers until it hits the basket.

In a basketball game, players have five seconds to advance the ball towards the hoop. If the player is fouled, he or she must make the shot within five seconds or forfeit the ball to the other team. A player may not stay in the key area for more than three seconds. Any time that a player remains longer than that will result in a foul. Infractions and fouls will result in a loss of possession or the awarding of a ‘free throw’.

A player may commit a personal foul by engaging in physical contact with another player, and the referee may call a technical foul on the offending player. This foul may result in a free inbound pass to the opposing team, or it may result in the offending player being sent to the bench. If the player commits five or more fouls, he or she is declared a “foul-out,” meaning that he or she is not allowed to play in the game.

A basketball center is usually the tallest player on the court. The center is responsible for blocking shots, picking up rebounds, and guarding the best perimeter player on the opposing team. The center must also dribble the ball with both feet and stop before starting another dribble. In addition, the center must also keep the ball in bounds, as it cannot be returned to the backcourt by the offensive team. However, this position has the highest salary in a basketball team.

In addition to playing by the rules, there are several other rules that must be followed. A player must not obstruct the opponent’s view, use foul language, or impede the opponent’s progress. A player may also commit a technical foul if he or she fails to follow the rules of the game. A player may also be called for a technical foul if they interfere with a player’s shot. A technical foul may be an offense in basketball, and can result in a penalty.

Aside from the rules of basketball, the game is a fun way to get exercise and meet people. While it may not be for everyone, the benefits of playing basketball outweigh any potential risks. It also teaches teamwork. Adults should always consult a doctor before committing to a full-time schedule of basketball. A lot of pressure is placed on the body while playing basketball, and injuries can occur. Be sure to warm up and stretch before beginning your game. Also, keep plenty of water with you, and rehydrate as needed.