Basketball is one the world’s most popular sports. The game is played on a court that measures 28 by 15 metres. A basket (hoop) is mounted 3.05 metres high at each end of the court. Two teams of five players play four quarters each of 10 minutes against each other. The players use their hands to bounce the ball on the court in order to move with it around the marked play zones of the court. Players also pass the ball to each other and have strategies for both attack and defence.
The aim is to score as many points (goals or baskets) as possible before full time. A player can score 2 or 3 points when the ball goes through the hoop depending on the player’s position on the court. A single point can also be scored from a penalty if the ball goes through the hoop. Basketball is a relatively easy game to learn and play, despite the large number of rules. It’s a very fast game that requires good technique and final scores are often very high, all of which makes it very entertaining to watch. The myth that basketball players must be tall is simply not true. Many of the world’s best players are of normal height. Basketball is a sport for all, and can be played both in- and outdoors.