Basketball is a sport played between two teams of 5 players on a rectangular court. The objective of the game is to shoot a ball through a hoop that is 18 inches in diameter and 3 meters high. There are many techniques involved in this game – shooting, passing, dribbling and rebounding. Basketball has specialized player positions as well as offensive and defensive structures. The games are played in quarters, each lasting 10 or 12 minutes. Five players from each team may be on the court at any one time. Substitutions are unlimited but can only be done when play has stopped.
The game is widely played in Singapore with the Men’s National Basketball Team finishing 5th in the 2011 Southeast Asian Games. There are many basketball courts located throughout Singapore which are easily accessible by the general public. The most renowned basketball association would be the National Basketball Association (NBA). NBA is the pre-eminent men’s professional basketball league in North America and is considered to be the premier professional league in the world.
Fun Fact - The first basketball hoops were made of peach baskets
Fun Fact - When basketball was first invented, soccer balls were used for playing the game. It was not till 1929, that a ball made specially for basketball was introduced.
Shots that are scored from outside the three-point line (the D-shaped arc) earn 3 points. The shooter must have both feet on the ground outside the arc prior to the attempt.
Shots that are attempted from inside of the three-point line are worth 2 points.
A free throw is an unchallenged shot from the free throw line, which is taken while the clock is stopped. These shots are worth one point when successful. Free throws are awarded after the occurrence of a technical foul or a personal foul against a player.
Try out Basketball today!
Here are some tips to get you started.
WHAT TO WEAR
- Basketball jersey, or any loose fitting breathable t-shirt
- A pair of sports shorts
- Basketball sneakers or sports shoes
THINGS YOU WILL NEED
ADDITIONAL ITEMS YOU MIGHT NEED
- Ankle Guard