Basketball is one of the fastest games in the world. People all around the world are very much eagerly watching and playing this game. It is the most interesting game, which can be played with in half an hour of time. Whereas all the games we play will surely take more than half a daytime. As it is the fastest game, people who wish to play this game needs more and more amount of energy. The player should be very alert to catch the ball from one end to the other end of the ground. The most important criteria a player should have are he should be very strong and courageous to handle the ball. The significance of basketball is it increases the concentration and stamina of a human being.
Anyone can play basketball. There is a separate tournament for men and women. International basketball federation (FIBA) and national basketball association (NBA) are the two famous associations, which organize the tournaments of the basketball with great success. The FIBA was started at june16, 2004. The NBA was started at July 16, 2004. Both the associations organize the matches separately with similar rules and regulations. There may be slight changes with the policies and rules between the two associations. For any kind of a game, the final will be the Olympics. Basketball has been joined to the Olympics in the year 1936. As we all know it is been played once in four years. In the 1976, the Olympics have also introduced a separate game for women basketball.
To play the basket ball game the player should need only two items, one is the basketball and the other one is the rectangular sized ground. For each team there should be five members. As the game is filled with full energy, if the player got tired after playing for a long time, he may get relieve from the game with the player as substitute. The basketball associations have imposed certain rules for the shape and size of the basketball. The ball should be spherical in shape with 29.5 to 29.875 inches. There are also restrictions related to the size of the ground. A ground should be 28 meter long and 15 meter broad. The basketball ground is a rectangular shape ground with two poles on the either side of the ground. The surface of the ground is designed with wooden fiber, so that the basketball bounces with good effect.
According to the international basketball federation, t he game is played in 2*20 minutes. Whereas according to the national basketball association the game is played in 4*12 minutes time. If the player was fouled for more than five times, then he will be removed from the game. The main aim of the basketball game is to throw the ball in to the opposite team basket. If the player shoots the ball behind the circle, the team will get 3 points. The same way if the player shoots the ball in front of the line, then he will get 2 points. The player gets free throw if the opposite team was fouled. The player gets one point for the free throw.