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 while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. Players score points by shooting the ball through the hoop. Basketball has become popular for a number of reasons: Basketball is fun to play: Basketball has a very fast and exciting pace of play. Also, each player on the court gets to play both offence and defence and the roles of each player are only loosely defined. The duration of the game itself is 48 minutes (four 12-minute periods) plus 15-minute halftime. But since the game clock stops frequently in basketball, games run an average of around 2 1/2 hours, unless they go into overtime. A traditional basketball team has 12 players, with five basketball players on the court at any given time. Unlimited substitutions are allowed. The five players can be segregated into the following positions: Point guard: Usually players with the best ball-handling skills and vision in the team play as point guards. Basketball is a very easy sport for all ages to learn how to play. All you really need to do is be able to dribble a ball while running at the same time, run quickly back and forth across the court and pass the ball to people who are open if you are not. Basketball rules are simple, you cannot push a player while on the offensive to gain an advantage, but unlike what the basketball rules say, the NBA does “allow” offensive players to push defenders away. They always do it during dribbling. You cannot really do this in FIBA games or official basketball games. These rules can be easily learnt from a basketball coach or basketball tutor in a basketball class. Playing basketball helps to improve motor coordination, flexibility, and endurance. It also encourages speed, agility, and strength. These skills are shown to have a positive effect on promoting a healthy body weight and encouraging more physical activity, which can enhance cardiorespiratory fitness and self-esteem.
Basketball will help you to build confidence and to improve your overall self-esteem. Basketball will help improve your sleeping habits and reduce stress. When you play basketball, the brain will release 'feel-good' hormones such as dopamine and endorphins. These chemicals make playing basketball positively addictive. Basketball teaches you about being a good team player and can be a great social sport. Basketball puts a lot of stress on the body and injuries can happen, so warming up, stretching your muscles and joints, and cooling down is important. Make sure you have plenty of fluids on hand and rehydrate regularly.