Introduction to Basketball
Basketball is a fast-paced sport where two teams, usually of five players each, against one another on a rectangular floor, fight for the ball on the principal goal of shooting the basketball as far from the opponent’s basket as possible while preventing the other team from shooting the ball very close to their basket. In its basic form, a game of basketball involves two teams each defending their respective baskets while the other team scores points whenever they shoot the ball into the basket. Unlike some games of basketball where players take turns being the “ball”, in basketball as a player is constantly on the court and can only legally take a shot when that player is ready to take it. This leads to a dynamic that can often lead to tense, competitive and even heated situations.
The sport of basketball can be divided into two different types: free-for-all and organized basketball. In a free-for-all game, there are generally no referees to call fouls and there is no form of regulation. Two teams take turns attempting to make the basket with five players on each team. However, in organized basketball there are often goals located within the half court and these goals require at least five players to hit the rim or the top of the basket. Many of these games are played with three and four-man versions, and the fouls must be administered at the same time. Additionally, in many organized competitions, the winner receives an extra point for having the most total points when the game is completed.
One of the oldest sports known to man is basketball. It was developed during the late nineteenth century in America by African-Americans as a recreation and a way to earn a living. Basketball differs from soccer in many ways; aside from the fact that it does not require the ball to be touched at any time other than when the player makes a basket or attempt to shoot the ball into the hoop, basketball involves a high degree of physical activity unlike soccer which involves very little. There are three phases to a typical basketball game: set up the action, take part in the action, and get points. Each phase of the game requires its own set of skills.