How many points is a field goal worth?
What skill is required to advance the ball?
What is a violation in basketball?
- Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court, compete with the primary objective of shooting a basketball through the defender's hoop.
- A field goal is worth two points, unless made from behind the three-point line, when it is worth three.
- After a foul, timed play stops and the player fouled or designated to shoot a technical foul is given one, two or three one-point free throws.
- The team with the most points at the end of the game wins, but if regulation play expires with the score tied, an additional period of play (overtime) is mandated.
- Players advance the ball by bouncing it while walking or running (dribbling) or by passing it to a teammate, both of which require considerable skill.
- On offense, players may use a variety of shots – the layup, the jump shot, or a dunk; on defense, they may steal the ball from a dribbler, intercept passes, or block shots; either offense or defense may collect a rebound, that is, a missed shot that bounces from rim or backboard.
- It is a violation to lift or drag one's pivot foot without dribbling the ball, to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands then resume dribbling.
- Informally, players may play three-on-three, two-on-two, and one-on-one.
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