Basketball Rules Overview

Basketball is a popular sort that is pretty easy to understand and follow. Though the leagues around the world do not have the following that other league sports have, the game is one that is well known and played by many. From high school to professional leagues, the rules of the game remain the same, allowing players to improve along the way in hopes of making it to the big leagues.

The rules of basketball are pretty straightforward. However, younger players often forget key rules, so it is important to address these rules at practices so that they are known and never forgotten. Basketball is a team sport, so to be successful, all team members must know the game rules. When an offensive team gain possession of the ball, they have 10 seconds to get the ball over mid–court. When the offensive team gains possession of the ball over the mid-court line, they must remain over the line. If they go back behind the line, the defense will gain possession of the ball.

When the offensive team makes a basket, they will gain two points on the scoreboard or three points if the short was taken behind the three point line. Free throws will only be worth one point and these are awarded when a foul is committed. At that time, the offense is awarded one or two free throws depending on the type of foul that has been committed. After the free throw, the rebounded ball can be retrieved if a basket has been made. The team that gains possession will then proceed with the game and try to score.

There are many types of fouls when playing basketball. Personal fouls committed when the player is shooting will award two free throws if the shot did not go in and one free throw if it does go in. Personal fouls include hitting, slapping, holding, pushing and illegal screening or picking. There are also intentional fouls and technical fouls.

The game of basketball is played in two halves. College games will have 20 minute halves while professional games have 12 minutes to the quarter, or 24 minutes to the half. There will be a gap of time between the quarters. If the game is tied at the end of the regulation period, an overtime session will begin and players will continue to play. The team with the most [points when the overtime ends will be the winner.

The overall game is easy to follow. Each team is assigned a basket and they will try to score while the other team defends the basket. The game is overseen by a referee who will call all fouls and ensure that all game rules are being followed. The game begins with a toss of the ball between the two teams. The one that gains possession will then travel to their basket and try to score.