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Basketball Basketball is a game played on a rectangular court which is usually indoors The objective of the game is to score more points than the opposing team by putting an orange round ball through a hoop called a rim The rims are placed at opposite ends of the court ten feet above the ground The rim is connected to a four by six foot backboard Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world and it is played by both men and women Each basketball team is allowed five players on the court at a time The players consists of two guards two forwards and a center You have to keep bouncing dribbling the ball down the court You can not stop dribbling until you are willing to pass the ball to another player You can not touch another player or it will be called a foul Playing offence is the most prominent part of playing basketball Basic offensive skills include passing ball handling shooting and rebounding Passing the ball is the fastest and most efficient way of advancing the ball up the court There are five types of passes that are chest where the ball is thrown at chest height bounce where the ball is bounced on the ground before it reaches the other teammate overhead where the ball is thrown with both hands over your head baseball-style in which the ball is thrown like a baseball and behind-the-back in which the player throws the ball at waist height with one hand whipping around the back Another offensive strategy is shooting The basic types of shooting are the layup the jump shot the foul shot and the hook shot The defense id just as important to winning the game as the offense The goal of the defense is to stop the opposing team from scoring Good defenders use quickness to intercept the ball and are careful not to foul There
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