Rules of Basketball Dribble, Dunk, Dominate

By Nidhi Singh

Basketball teams have five players on the court, with substitutes waiting on the bench to swap in during breaks

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A standard basketball court is 94 feet (28.7 meters) long and 50 feet (15.2 meters) wide. It is divided into two main sections by the midcourt line.

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Points are earned through field goals (2 or 3 points), free throws (1 point after fouls), and three-point shots (3 points from beyond the arc)

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Players dribble the ball while moving, except when shooting or briefly pausing..

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Players pass the ball using chest passes, bounce passes, or overhead passes to create scoring chances and move the ball efficiently.

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Players aim to score by shooting the ball into the opponent's basket using techniques like layups, jump shots, or dunks from different distances and angles.

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The defensive team aims to stop the offense by blocking shots, stealing the ball, and contesting passes, often resorting to fouls to disrupt the opponent's play.

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Fouls, rule violations, happen on offense or defense. Types include personal fouls for illegal contact, shooting fouls during shot attempts leading to free throws, and technical fouls for unsportsmanlike behavior or rule violations, which may also lead to free throws or loss of possession.

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A typical basketball game has four 12-minute quarters in the NBA, with varied durations in other leagues. Overtime periods occur if the game is tied at the end of regulation.

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