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March Madness is officially in full swing! For anyone who's feeling a little clueless about the rules of basketball, you'll be glad to know that the game is relatively easy to follow. Once you understand the basics, you'll be feeling like a pro in no time.
The General Game
Two teams have five players on the court at all times. The game starts with a tip-off, where two opposing players attempt to gain control of the ball after it is tossed up into the air in between them by an official. Once a team gains possession of the ball, it has 35 seconds to take a shot. If the shot is made, the other team starts with the ball and a new shot clock. If the shot is missed, the team that rebounds gets a new shot clock.
Depending on who has control of the ball, each team takes turns playing offense or defense. The offense moves the ball up and down the court by dribbling or passing; the defense does everything they can to make sure the offense doesn't shoot and score. Either the offense makes a basket and the defense takes possession of the ball, or the defense steals the ball from the offense. Whoever has the most points at the end of the game wins.
Every college basketball game is played 40 minutes total; each half is played for 20 minutes. At the start of the second half in a college basketball game, the teams change baskets, shooting at the opposite end from the one they shot at during the first half. If there's a tie at the end of 40 minutes, the game goes into a five-minute overtime.
The game is played on a rectangular court with a 10-foot-high hoop at each end. The court is divided in half by the midcourt line, where the tip-off takes place to start the game. The three-point line is the designated arc surrounding the basket, and the free-throw lane (commonly referred to as the key or the paint) is the colored area underneath the basket. Although it's a small section of the court, the majority of the action takes place in the free-throw lane.
How to Score
When one player makes a traditional basket, they score two points. Then the ball goes to the other team to give them a chance to score. If a basket is made outside of the three-point arc, that basket is worth three points. A free throw, shot from the top of the free-throw lane, is worth one point.
Keep reading for the most common fouls and violations that stop the game.
It's tip-off time for March Madness, and that means one thing: lots of basketball. Bring that spirit into your home with these 12 hoop-centric finds. From pacifiers and arcade-like games to sporty dolls, you'll find something for every kid and age. Click through to get your budding basketball stars bouncing and dunking both on and off the court.
In honor of March Madness, we're turning our focus to the basketball court this week. While celeb tots may not have an allegiance to collegiate teams just yet, they seem to love taking in NBA games (courtside, of course) with their famous moms and dads. We've scouted some of the sweetest shots of celebrity hoops fans cheering on their beloved ballers.
One of the first heralds of Spring has sprung: March Madness kicks off today! Whether you're even paying attention to the college basketball event, you can still get into this slideshow. With b-ball on the brain, I've been reminiscing about my favorite basketball players from the big screen. Check out the characters I would put together for the ultimate cinematic dream team!
We are excited to share one of our favorite stories from espnW here on FitSugar!
By Kate Fagan
Meet the NBA's first female coach. Well, not yet, but that's at least what Natalie Nakase has in mind. The question is, when will the league be ready? Before we get to The Dream, we must visit the beach.
The beach is where Natalie Nakase is sweating through a Navy SEAL workout with Billy Knight and Earl Watson. The trio attended UCLA together a decade ago, playing basketball for the Bruins. Now, during an afternoon session in Santa Monica beneath the blazing summer sun, they are shuffling and backpedaling and straining on the constantly shifting sand.
A few minutes into their session, a man bikes past and eyes them, craning his neck to get a better look at the unusual scene: two strong, tall, black men crawling on the beach alongside a small, fit, Asian woman. "We always draw a few stares," Nakase says with a laugh. "I guess people don't see this every day."
Nakase has spent the past few years coaching professional basketball overseas — coaching men who tower over her — and the 32-year-old California native earns a living in the offseason by training kids and college players. She doesn't have to be here today, submitting to this torture with Watson, a veteran NBA point guard, and Knight, a shooting guard who plays abroad. But all three friends are chasing something, an intangible edge that comes with pushing the limits.
Which is why Nakase is dragging a 15-pound weight bag through the sand between four orange cones about 20 yards apart, pausing at each one to do 20 soldierlike pushups. After she finishes her last set, she rises, covered in sweat, chest heaving, and brushes the sand off her shins and knees. She has not rested more than a minute before Knight grabs a weight bag and takes off running for a distant lifeguard stand. The 5-foot-2 Nakase follows him, her strides short and strong. Knight returns first, then collapses into the sand and watches while Nakase grinds through her final steps. As Watson looks on, he says to Knight, "NBA players wouldn't even do this s---; they'd quit halfway through."
The day before, Nakase had told Watson her ultimate goal, the same one she had expressed to Knight a year earlier:
"I want to coach in the NBA."
Spoiler alert: Results from the day's Olympics events are available online hours before evening broadcasts of the games. If you'd rather watch the athletes compete and learn the news on TV, please do not look at this slideshow.
The second day of the 2012 Olympics brought more medals for the US, a couple surprising upsets, and plenty of inspiring images of athletes competing. Catch up on the games through these action shots!
It's the road to the final four! Sixty-four college basketball teams are vying for the NCAA title starting today, and with just a few hours until tip-off, parents everywhere are scurrying to finish their brackets. Rather than turn to the so-called experts, you may want to turn to your tot to finish up the form! As AT&T suggests in the ad above, any parents that have ever entered an office pool can probably tell you, it's the mom who had her kindergartner fill out her bracket that usually wins. Whether it's the mascot they like, the colors of the uniform, or a personal relationship with the team (45 percent of LilSugar readers would like their kids to attend their alma mater), kids always seem to know best!
So tell us, did you turn to your tot to fill out your bracket this year?
- Set up a mini basketball game. Using Nerf balls (so younger kids won't hurt each other) and lower hoops, create a court just the right size for the littlest basketball fans. If they're too young to understand playing a full game, try a game like HORSE, where each time a tot scores a basket she gets a letter until she spells out the word horse. Better yet, choose a word that is associated with your favorite team for them to spell out.
- Create a basketball-themed buffet. Dessert tables are still all the rage, and a March Madness table is easy to create. Basketball-decorated cake pops, a basketball cake, bowls filled with cantaloupe cut with a melon baller, and themed cookies, like the ones pictured above ($65), make for a beautifully themed table.
- Put the kids in training camp. During half time, arrange a series of dribbling and shooting drills, silly obstacle courses, and ultimately a piñata for tots to develop their hoops skills.