Basketball Rules and Regulations

A category with questions about the rules and regulations of basketball. Including questions about topics like: the distance of the three point line, free throw line, and types of fouls.

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What are the various positions in basketball?

Typically, there are five (5) main positions: two guards, two forwards, and a center. By rule, there is nothing that any one of these positions can do that the others cannot. But they all have traditional "roles" which they usually adhere to. They are listed below.

However, note that many basketball coaches tend to simplify their offense by starting five players who are either wings or posts. Posts play around the basket, and usually get the ball when they're already in a position to score. Wings are ball-handlers with a better outside shooting ability, usually, or at least have the skill to take their defender off the dribble and get to the basket for a closer shot.

Point Guard

  • Generally the shortest and fastest players in the team. They are often the best at dribbling and therefore they are often called upon to bring the ball up the court on offense while the rest of the players get into their positions. They are often the leader on the floor, calling out plays, and controlling the tempo of the game. They have the ball in their hands the most out of any position.
  • Point Guards are usually the shortest players. They have excellent dribbling and usually play point and on the wings. Should be a good passer and a very good dribbler. Able to use both hands evenly. Cannot be selfish. Sets up the offense.
  • They aren't always the smallest- Note, Michael Jordan was a guard and he was 6 feet 6 inches tall and he played the point guard position sometimes
  • Point guards are usually the ones that handle the ball. They bring it up and down the court and call the plays. They are essentially the quarterback of basketball.
  • There are two distinctly different point guards: those who are score-first, pass-second and those who are pass-first and score-second. Allen Iverson is the score-first point guard, while Steve Nash is the pass-first point guard.
  • Examples of a point guard: Allen Iverson, Steve Nash, Chris Paul, Mike Bibby

Shooting Guard

  • Usually taller than the point guard. Often these players are the best shooters from longer distances. They are also expected to be very fast and need to be able to dribble well.
  • The back-up ball handler, usually better shooters (hence the name).
  • The job of the shooting guard is to get open and find a shot or find another open player to keep the ball moving.
  • Usually one of three types of shooting guards: The cutter and slasher, who gets dunks and layups for most of the points; The scorer, who can score in so many ways, often takes tough and contested shots; and the shooter, who love to hit jump shots. Examples of each: Kobe is a scorer, Ronnie Brewer is a slasher, and J.J. Redick is the shooter.
  • Example of a shooting guard: Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Tracy McGrady, J.J. Redick

Small Forward

  • Vary in mold. Taller than shooting guards but not as big as power forwards, these players are often very versatile, and can either shoot well from long range or get near the basket and get rebounds, etc.
  • Forwards are some of smallest players on the team. Usually plays around the wing or corner and usually drives along the baseline. Should be a solid rebounder. A good runner. A hard driver and a good passer.
  • Very much like shooting guard, usually starts lower on court.
  • Example of a small forward: LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Larry Bird

Power Forward

  • The next biggest player. They traditionally do not stray out and shoot long shots but play near the painted area and by the basket, trying for short-range shots and layups. Good power forwards are also very good at rebounding. Recently in the NBA many power forwards have emerged and can shoot three pointers very well.
  • Forwards fight under the net to get open for an easy lay up. They are post players and are usually taller than the guards.
  • Usually larger players (hence the name); starts low with small forward.
  • Example of a power forward: Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett

Center (Centre)

  • Usually the tallest and slowest players on the team. Their primary jobs are to get rebounds and score points when close the basket. They are rarely expected to dribble the ball much nor shoot from more than 15 feet away. Some centers are very dominant at scoring from in close while many others only score a handful of points per game. The best players at blocking shots on defense are often centers.
  • The center stays around the paint, which is the colored part of the floor around the basket. Should be a solid rebounder and a good inside shooter.
  • The center has to be able to move around and help move the ball and occasionally shoot. For the most part they are very helpful on defense.
  • The center is the biggest or strongest player, and is usually interchangeable with power forward.
  • Example of a center: Shaquille O'Neal.
  • Player positions can also be referred to by numbers: the point guard(pg) is the 1, the shooting guard(sg) is the 2 guard, the small forward(sf) is the 3, the power forward(pf)is the 4 and the center(c) is the 5.
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What are the rules of a basketball game?

There are a lot of rules for basketball, too many to be mentioned here. Click on the links under the "Related Links" heading below to view detailed information concerning the rules of basketball.
The game is a contest between two teams that play against each other. The team objective is to shoot the ball into the metal hoop or basket. The hoop or goal is ten feet from the floor.

A team has three positions. There is one center per team and plays at the post position, the area ten feet within the basket. The middle area is referred to the wing area and this is the where the forward plays. There are two forwards per team. There are two guards per team. The guard play at the top of the key.

The key is the area that reaches twenty feet from the baseline of the court. The players who have control of the ball are said to be on the offensive. The team without control of the ball is said to be on the defensive. The offensive team tries to shoot the ball into the hoop, also known as scoring, while the defensive team's objective is to try to keep the offense from scoring.

The offensive team, by putting the basketball into the hoop, can score one point, two points, or three points. The offense will score one point by scoring on a free shot or free throw. The free shot is given to an offensive player who was fouled by a defensive player.

The player on defense fouls the offense player by pushing, hitting, or otherwise coming into contact with the offense player. The charity shot is allowed to a player who can shoot at the basket without being contested. The offensive player who is fouled will receive two charity throws each time he or she is fouled.

The team will receive two points if the team shoots the ball into the hoop from within the three point line. If an offensive player puts the basketball in the hoop from outside the three point line he or she will score three points for his team. The team with the most points at the end of basketball games wins. Basketball is very easy to learn and fun to watch. The game is growing in popularity everyday.

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How many players are on a basketball team?

In the NBA, there must be a minimum of 10 players on a team and a maximum of 15 players. Only 12 players can be active to play a game, and 10 players must be active with 5 starters and 5 reserves, or bench players. There are 5 from each team playing on the court at any one time. If a team does not have 5 players on the court, the team forfeits and the other team automatically wins.

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What is the height of an NBA basketball hoop?

== == The official height of an NBA basketball hoop is 10 feet from the floor to the rim.

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How far is the free throw line from the basket?

The free throw is 13 feet away from the front of the rim and 15 feet away from the backboard.

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How long is a basketball game?

A basketball game (NBA) is technically only 48 minutes. However, with half-time, timeouts, fouls, and close games, a basketball game is actually around 2 1/2 hours.

The game is divided into 4 quarters, each 12 minutes long. Should the score be tied at the end of the fourth quarter, the game will go into a 5 minute overtime period. Should the game be tied at the end of overtime, there will be a 5 minute second overtime, and so on.

College basketball games are 40 minutes, with no quarters but instead two 20 minute halves. If the score is tied at the end of regulation, the game will proceed into a five minute bonus period called overtime, similar to the NBA.

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A basketball player makes 80 percent of his free throws during the regular season consider his 8 free throws what is the probability he will make exactly 6 free throws?

0.7969, 0.3355, 0.2936, 0.1468

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How much is the most expensive basketball hoop?

20.234 billion

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What is an 'assist' in basketball?

An assist is when player A passes the ball to player B and player B makes the shot in a short time, resulting in player A getting an assist.

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What EXACTLY is the foul 'holding' in basketball?

The foul ''holding'' in basketball is when you are guarding some player and lets say they get past you and you hold onto their jersey, shorts, hand, etc.

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What is blocking in basketball?

When the offender (person on offense) is driving (dribbling toward the basket) the defender may be called by the referee as a block. That is when you are moving with the offender, and you block them by sticking your foot out. A block is considered a foul, so be careful. I would suggest to avoid getting called for a block by picking a spot on the court and getting there before the offender. If you do that, keep your feet on the ground (if you move its a foul) and stand still. The offender will most likely dribble into you, and the offender will be called for a charge (ramming into you) and the offender will get the foul.

However, a block could also be a blocked shot or pass. that is when the defender hits the ball in the air. This is sometimes called getting stuffed. If the defender makes physical contact when doing this, then it is a foul on them. If they don't make physical contact, then it is not.

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When was the three point shot added to basketball?

The NBA adopted the 3 point line at the start of the 1979-1980 season, which is of variable distance, ranging from 22 feet (6.7 m) in the corners to 23.75 feet.

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How many fouls does each player get before fouling out in men's NCAA basketball game?

A player is disqualified in NCAA basketball when being charged with their 5th personal foul.

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Can you fake a free throw after your fouled?

No, I believe that's illegal in the NBA.

This is true for the NBA, but in most other leagues the rules in tis case are a lot more relaxed.

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What are the chances of making a half court shot?

not really that high but I'm saying maybe 1 out of every 10 shot's (did this at the court) so like 10%.

Accuracy of probability increases with the number of attempts. Assuming 10% to be a good estimate then: The probability of making the shot on the first try is .1 or 10%. For 2 completions in a row the probability drops to: .1 x .1 or .01 or 1% (You will miss 99% of attempts). For 3 in a row the probability drops to: .1 x .1 x .1 or .001 (You will miss 99.9% of your attempts. Like anything else, the more you train the better adapted you become.

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What is 'traveling' violation in basketball?

Lets say hypothetically you are a basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers. It would be in your contract to stay in Los Angeles for as long as the contract requires. That meaning you could not leave the city without breaking the contract. If you do leave the city it would be breaking the contract do to a "traveling violation"

Movement while playing for your team is another such way to incur one fault where you run with the ball in hand and don't bounce it back

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How far back is the 3 point line in middle school?

12 feet

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Who guard the goal post in some games?

who guard the goalpost in foot ball

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What does the semi-circle four feet from the baseline on a NBA court signify?

The semi-circle is also known as the restricted zone. The circle signifies the line where players can and cannot pick up a charge. If someone is trying to pick up a charge and is standing inside the semi-circle (or closer to the basket), then they are inside the restricted zone and will not pick up a charge, but rather a foul, having the other player involved shooting free throws. If the person is outside the restricted zone, then the person gets the charge and the other player picks up the foul.

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How were the rules of basketball formed?

On Dec. 15, 1891, James Naismith, a Canadian physical education instructor, invents basketball, while working at the Y.M.C.A. College at Springfield, Massachusetts On Jan 15, 1892, Triangle magazine in Springfield, MA published the rules for a brand new game: the one we know that began by attaching peach baskets to a suspended board. It is better known as basketball. More input from FAQ Farmers: * The Rules of basketball were formed by James Naismith. They were formed at a time were little knowledge was available. So they were formed as a way for a sport to be played indoors during the winter. They were formed by careful examination of People at the Y M C A and other sports such as soccer and football.

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How many minutes in a college basketball half?

20 minutes

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How many feet from the free throw line to baseline?

19 feet

From the back of the free throw line to the inside of the baseline.

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What were the rules of basketball in 1891?

# The ball may be thrown in any direction with one or both hands. # The ball may be batted in any direction with one or both hands (never with the fist). # A player cannot run with the ball. The player must throw it from the spot on which he catches it, allowance to be made for a man who catches the ball when running at a good speed if he tries to stop. # The ball must be held in or between the hands; the arms or body must not be used for holding it. # No shouldering, holding, pushing, tripping, or striking in any way the person of an opponent shall be allowed; the first infringement of this rule by any player shall count as a foul, the second shall disqualify him until the next goal is made, or, if there was evident intent to injure the person, for the whole of the game, no substitute allowed. # A foul is striking at the ball with the fist, violation of Rules 3,4, and such as described in Rule 5. # If either side makes three consecutive fouls, it shall count a goal for the opponents (consecutive means without the opponents in the mean time making a foul). # A goal shall be made when the ball is thrown or batted from the grounds into the basket and stays there, providing those defending the goal do not touch or disturb the goal. If the ball rests on the edges, and the opponent moves the basket, it shall count as a goal. # When the ball goes out of bounds, it shall be thrown into the field of play by the person first touching it. In case of a dispute, the umpire shall throw it straight into the field. The thrower-in is allowed five seconds; if he holds it longer, it shall go to the opponent. If any side persists in delaying the game, the umpire shall call a foul on that side. # The umpire shall be judge of the men and shall note the fouls and notify the referee when three consecutive fouls have been made. He shall have power to disqualify men according to Rule 5. # The referee shall be judge of the ball and shall decide when the ball is in play, in bounds, to which side it belongs, and shall keep the time. He shall decide when a goal has been made, and keep account of the goals with any other duties that are usually performed by a referee. # The time shall be two 15-minute halves, with five minutes' rest between. # The side making the most goals in that time shall be declared the winner. In case of a draw, the game may, by agreement of the captains, be continued until another goal is made. Source: http://open-site.org/viewedit.cgi?cat=&edit_id=50871

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Where do the starters stand at the tip-off?

You'll have your post or highest jumping player doing the tip standing at the inner circle facing the goal your shooting on. Normally your point guard stands in backcourt at the top of the key protecting the goal in case the other team gets the tip.

Two wings stand on either side of the tip on the outer circle, one in backcourt, one in front court. Then your power forward will stand opposite the point guard ready for the ball to make an easy basket.

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If a team shoots their technical foul on the wrong basket who gets the score?

I am a high school basketball official. Good Question. There is a rule on what to do if that situation arises. Rule 2-10 is about "correctable errors." It states that the officials may correct an error if a rule is inadvertently set aside and results in: a. Awarding of an unmerited free throws b. Failure to award an unmerited freethrow(s) c. Allowing the wrong player to shoot the free throws d. Allowing a player to shoot the free throws(s) at the wrong basket e. Erroneously awarding or canceling a score. You are interested in "D." Officials may correct this error (provided it is recognized during the first dead ball after the clock has properly started). No matter how many he/she made or missed at the wrong basket, the free throws are nullified and he/she shall shoot at the proper basket. During this, points scored, the time consumed and all related activity prior to the recognition of the error shall not be nullified; meaning if a team scored then the error is realized, that basket counts.

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