How Does a Basketball Game Work?
Basketball is a popular sport that was first played during the ancient Olympics. Basketball is also known as ball game and is played by two teams, usually of at least five players each, against the objective of shooting the basketball toward the hoop of the other team while blocking the other team’s hoop with their own hoop. The basketball is thrown through the hoop using one or two hands. The goal of the basketball game is to score more points than the opponent. The game rules of basketball differ from country to country, but essentially, it is still a game played with a ball.
The sport of basketball can be traced back to around the 18th century in Europe when the game of croquet was developed. Croquet was a game played with a four-paddle spade. The four paddles had a handle so that it could be retrieved quickly. The sport of croquet evolved into billiards and then finally basketball. Early basketball games involved throwing the ball through the hoop that had holes in it, much like a modern-day volleyball. Inevitably, the foul penalty and changes in rules led to a change in the shape of the basketball hoops.
Today, basketball is played with a regulation hoop that is called a hoop, or free throw line. A penalty is assessed if the player goes beyond the free throw line or tries to shoot the ball beyond the arc. Unlike tennis or baseball, basketball requires a foul to be called before play can continue. A foul is assessed for offensive fouls, but it is not called for just anyone to make a shot. Also, a basket foul is called for when a player throws the ball into the basket and it goes into the rim without being pushed in.