In order to accurately and effectively play the game of basketball, one must understand the basketball court layout. The rectangular boundaries which indicate out-of-bounds, the center circle where jump balls take place, and the “paint” are all specific areas of the court which contain certain rules. Understanding these areas along with the others can help a coach to draw up plays during the game, players to get the most out of their game, and it also keeps fans from getting injured. Because of the fast paced nature of this game, it has attracted many spectators throughout the years, and continues to grow for a couple of reasons; it is high scoring, spectators are very close to the action, and trick plays entertain fans as well as coaches and players.
As I mentioned earlier, Basketball has quickly become one of the most popular sports around the world to play and to watch. In order to play at a professional level, one must possess strength, speed, agility, and a great sense of awareness. Take, for example, Michael Jordan; his finesse paired with height, speed, and an untamed desire to win propelled him and his respective teams to many championships. Michael Jordan was able to accurately use the basketball court layout to help create plays, understand his position, and help his teammates succeed. So, not only does the layout help coaches, but players as well. The layout is quite straight forward, as different colored paint and lines help to divide the court into its playable areas. In the middle of the court is a painted circle, about 3.6 meters in diameter where games or halves are started. Both the home and away baskets are identical, which a three-point arch, a restricted area also known as the “paint,” and the hoop in the middle about 1.5 meters in front of the out-of-bounds line. The “paint” is the painted rectangle under the hoop and the player who has control of the ball may only stay in this area for three seconds before a foul is called. The foul line, which is at the end of the “paint,” is about 5 .5 meters away from the hoop, and is used when a player commits a penalty. Within the three-point arch and the “paint,” a player may shoot a basket, but is is only worth 2 points.
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