How to play Basketball
You will need and find :
T- shirt, Shorts, Compression Shorts, Knee Pads, Socks, Suitable Shoes, 28.5 ball for girls, 29.5 ball for guys, First Aid Kit, Gym Bag, A small towel, a Local Basketball Court, Water bottle, Extra Hair bands for girls
You are on a team of 5 players against another team of 5 trying to shoot opposite teams' hoops to score points by throwing the basketball into the basketball hoop. The offensive team is the team that has a member holding or dribbling the ball. The offensive team is the team with no players possessing the ball. You may substitute players in off the bench during the game.
You may pass the ball to any player on your own team while dribbling, when you stopped dribbling, or when you just caught the ball. Your goal is to keep the ball away from the opposing team and shoot the ball into their hoop.
There are different ways to score points. One way is by making any shot anywhere within the 3-point line. That is worth 2 points. Another way is by making a shot behind the 3-point line, which is worth 3 points. The third way is when you make a free-throw, which is worth one point each. You only get to make free-throws when you get fouled by an opposing team mate when you have the ball. You get three free throws if you attempted a three point shot, and two if you attempted a two point shot. Should you make the shot while getting fouled, it will result in those points plus one free throw.
You have to be dribbling when you are walking or running with the ball. When you stop dribbling and hold the ball, you may not dribble again. If you still have the ball and you move from your spot, it's called double-dribbling (a turnover), where the other team gets the ball. However, pivoting is allowed. Pivoting is when you stop dribbling, and keep one foot at one spot while rotating with your other foot. Double-dribbling is also when you dribble the both with both of your hands. The only kind of dribbling allowed in basketball is with one hand while walking or running.
You to be dribbling the ball when the ball is passed to you as you run around the court. If you hold the ball while running, a turnover occurs, and the defensive team gets the ball.
When an opposing player is holding or dribbling the ball, you may not forcefully touch the opposing player. You may put one forearm on them if they are backing you down (such as in the post), but two arms/hands are not allowed. You cannot push with your forearm, but must just try to keep it still like a wall.
An NBA game lasts for 48 minutes, divided into 4 quarters 12 minutes in length. The time does not stop unless a player is fouled. In college, the game is 40 minutes long with two 20 minute halves.
You should be used to passing the ball instead of dribbling the ball all the way across the field without your team mates' help. Also, when someone legally gets the ball or intercepts a pass from you while your dribbling, don't get mad at that person, because it's part of turning the tables around to make the game fair for everyone.
Now, you can go outside, gather some friends, and play some basketball!