Basketball

Have you ever played basketball?

Basketball

Rules In Basketball

Have you ever played basketball? Basketball is a sport played worldwide where you try to shoot a ball into a hoop. This sport was created by Dr. James Naismith in the 1800s. The leagues for professional players are NBA and WNBA. NBA is for men and WNBA is for women. There are 5 positions in basketball: point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward, and center. These positions are also known as 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. When I play basketball, I am usually a guard.
The goal in basketball is to get the ball into the basket. The basket should be 10 feet off of the ground, and there will be one defender on each offensive player. The team with the ball can score a field goal, or basket, with shots inside of the three point line which are 2 points, and shots outside of the three point line, which are obviously 3 points. Also, when you get fouled in the motion of shooting, you get to shoot free throws from the free throw line. Free throws are 1 point.
The job of the point guard, 1, is to be a leader on the court. The point guard should have good ball handling skills. Also, the point guard should be able to call plays, so they should know the plays very well. The shooting guard, 2, would probably be a very good shooter, and should be able to hit shots from long distances. The small forward, 3, should be aggressive when they have the ball, not letting anyone else grab the ball from them. The power forward, 4, is usually in the low post, which is on either side next to the basket. They should generally be tall and be good at rebounding and blocking shots. The center, or 5, is basically the same as the power forward, they are usually taller, though.
There are many violations in basketball. When a violation occurs, the ball usually goes to the team without the ball. Traveling, or walking without dribbling when with the ball, is a violation. There is one exception to traveling; you are allowed to take two steps when going to the basket. Another is carrying the ball, or putting your hand under the ball when dribbling. Double dribbling is when you pick up your dribble (stop dribbling), and then start to dribble again. There are a lot of other violations, too.
There are fouls in basketball. A foul is when you make a lot of contact with an opposing player. Some different types of fouls are shooting fouls, or when you get fouled while in the motion of shooting, reach-in fouls, and more. An and one is when you get fouled while shooting the ball, and you make the shot. You will get one free throw after you make the shot.
Basketball is played at all ages, from little kids to elderly people. The NBA, or National Basketball Association is the men’s professional basketball league in America, and is considered to be the top men’s basketball league in the entire world. Basketball is also played in college. The NCAA, or National Collegiate Athletic Association, is a college basketball league.
Some of the best basketball players ever that played in the NBA are Michael Jordan, Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul -Jabbar, Magic Johnson, and LeBron James. Some of the best in WNBA history are Sue Bird, Tamika Catchings, and Cynthia Cooper.
Basketball is my favorite sport because it is fun and active. I have been playing this for a long time. If you like to be active and have fun, you should try basketball.

Bibliography:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basketball

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Basketball_positions

http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/nbarankalltime/greatest-players-ever

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WNBA%27s_Top_15_Players_of_All_Time