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About Basketball

 

BASKETBALL IN AUSTRALIA

It doesn’t matter whether you are a girl or boy, aged 5 or 85, able-bodied or with a disability – Basketball is Everyone’s Game. Basketball is an Olympic sport and the second most popular team sport for participation in Australia.

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THE AIM OF THE GAME

Basketball is played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court with the purpose of the game being to score field goals. The objective is to shoot the basketball through a Hoop (basketball ring) mounted on a backboard 10 feet (3.05 metres) off the ground. A field goal scores two (2) points for your team, whilst a shot made from behind the ‘3-point arc’ scores three (3) points. At the conclusion of the game, the team with the highest score wins.

THE RULES

What players CAN do:

  • Score points by shooting or ‘laying-up’ baskets.
  • Slam Dunk!
  • Pressure, chase and block the ball.
  • Dribble the ball towards the basket.
  • Rebound the ball defensively and offensively.

What players CAN’T do:

  • Draw any physical contact on an opponent.
  • Intentionally pull, hold or trip an opponent.
  • Carry the ball without dribbling.
  • Receive more than 4 personal fouls in a game.
  • Belittle, intimidate or argue with umpires.