Basketball is a popular game among people of all ages and is played for fun at summer camps, country clubs and in other public settings. It can be played as a single player game or as a competitive game in which teams of two or more players compete against one another on a circular court with the goal of scoring the most points. The game is particularly popular in America, where it was invented by George Naismon and has become a staple Summer Sport. Basketball involves a lot of jumping, running and balancing but there is much more than that too.
Basketball involves two teams playing on opposite ends of a half-court area that is divided by a soft or hardwood floor. Each team is composed of five players and the basketball goal is situated on the opposite end of the half court. Basketball is a fast paced and exciting game and is played with a typical basketball court consisting of three parallel vertical bars for the ball to bounce off of, a centerboard, a hand-checker, and a free throw line.
In basketball you are generally provided with two basketballs, a starting basket and a non-starting basket that are placed in the front of the rim of the half court. Each player on both teams takes a turn trying to make their basket through the hoop and attempts to hit a free throw shot with their rebound shot. Free throws are scored at the free throw line by attempting a throw from beyond the arc. Points are added up when a player makes two free throws.