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How to play pick up basketball

15 Essential Pick-Up Basketball Tips

One of the favorite outdoor activities of many – pick-up basketball, is played on the playgrounds around the world and it’s widely spread almost as basketball indoors. It was hard to single out just 15 tips for it, but we came up with the list.

Some of these you already know, some of these you’ll need to practice at least a little, and some of it will come to you naturally. It really doesn’t matter if you’re a complete beginner or you know basketball. Choose your style of game and be persistent.

1. One-on-one game

When playing pick-up, there’s maybe five more players on the court beside you, sometimes less. Sometimes you need to step up, and most often you get the opportunity for that when staying alone with a man who’s guarding you.

Simply don’t allow for a screen and tell your teammates you’re going one on one this time. This is the most effective way of scoring when you’re playing with the players you never played with before.

Sometimes you and your new teammates just don’t get along, so there’s no chemistry. And since there’s no chemistry, there is no game, which means your ball movement sucks. So to win a game and stay on the court you need to play one on one. Also, it’s the opportunity for the other players and the crowd (if there’s any) to see you’re worth something.

If you learn this, you’ll most likely learn to score because you’ll get plenty of shots to try.

2. Learn at least 3 offensive moves

If you want to be good at this you need to have at least three offensive moves you can use anytime. Practice only one move every time you step on the playground until it becomes something normal and natural for you.

Do these moves in a different way and with different speed so that your opponents can’t predict what you’ll do. You can practice faking the defender and then shoot over him. Or to drive right, fake the jump shot and then going for a jump shot or lay-up. Learn how to crossover your defender.

If you’re not physically capable of any of these, practice shooting. That way you’ll always be a valuable asset to a team that picks you up.

3. Work on your condition

Look, you don’t have to run a marathon, but go for a run now and then if you can. You will not only play pick-up with ease but also feel the health benefits of running in all other daily activities.

It’s not important how good you are if you’re tired. If you don’t have enough energy to get you through two or three games of pick-up, don’t even start it, work first on your condition. If you don’t know if it’s a smart idea to run in your old basketball shoes, this article might give you an answer.

Don’t worry too much, just do a few miles now and then. If you can, work with weights too. If you’re physically ready, you can outplay even the players better then you.

4. Fuel up

Don’t ever play pick-up basketball hungry. Now, what you’ll eat is up to you. If this meal is right before stepping on the court, it shouldn’t be something that could slow you down before you even started.

My choice is always something easy on the stomach that enters fast to muscles but also with a decent number of calories to keep me steady.

I recently wrote an article about this. You can go here with bananas and protein bar, apple and whey protein, chocolate bar and almonds, etc. but make sure there are enough carbohydrates in there (sweets and candy excluded). If you’re having lunch before pick-up, just make sure you don’t overeat.

5. Don’t lose confidence in pick-up games because…

Nobody’s watching you; you don’t have any crowd, you’re not on TV, it doesn’t really matter how you play. So keep that in mind whenever you miss a few shots in a pick-up game.

Attack the rim, be aggressive on defense, and good effort will bring back your confidence. A bad rhythm can change, you just need to work for it. Even if you don’t play often, come there with the boss attitude and do what you’re good at.

6. Learn how to play pick and roll

This is a simple but so effective basketball offensive play easy to learn. It works both for shorter and taller players because both are taking part in this play.

Basically, the taller and slower guy sets a screen for the shorter guy (blocks the movement of shorter guy’s defender). Then he rolls from the defender into an open space, receives the pass from the shorter and faster guy, and now has to decide will he try to score or get the ball back to shorter guy for a shot.

Pick and roll is easy to learn and implement for everyone and does wonders on the court. This is the move that can solve the game very fast if you do it right. It can be a cure if you’re playing against shorter guys and you have at least one big man with you.

7. Be a team player

I think this is clear. It doesn’t make sense to shoot all the time. You’re there just for fun, make it as fun for others too. Passing makes two players happy, scoring just one. Always look for an open teammate, don’t be possessive with the ball. It can bother your teammates, and they can easily choose someone else to play that time or some other time when you see them on the court.

Don’t be a ball hog, you’re not that good. Even if you are, think about your teammates and how to get them going. Even if you win, your teammates won’t be too happy. Another good side is that you won’t get so tired. Split the energy consumption between yourselves in the team. It makes life easier.

8. Protect your ankles

I can stress this enough because safety is usually the last thing ballers think about when playing pick-up and the truth is that it should be the first. Ankles are the most vulnerable because there’s a strong possibility that opposing player jumps on your foot or that you slip on the uneven or slippery court.

The first thing you can do here is to watch out and play moderately aggressive or not aggressive at all. The second thing you can do if you’re more serious about pick-up is to choose the right shoes with adequate ankle protection.

Feet health first. They carry the whole body; you have to keep them safe. If you’re not playing in basketball shoes, it would be smart to wear ankle braces for extra protection.

9. Work for a shot

If you’re new to a team and you want to show your skills fast, it’s best to work for a shot running from side to side and around the screens set up for you.

If nobody’s setting up screens, ask for a ball and try to get your teammates open so they do the same later for you. In any case, you need to work for a shot. Even if you make a few shots, if you just stand there the other players or crowd won’t be too fond of you. Besides, you won’t have so much fun not participating in the game.

Work for a shot and good things will come to you. Not to mention you’ll earn the respect of teammates.

10. Don’t let them provoke you

This is the worst of all. If you let them provoke you, I’m a hundred percent sure that your shot will go down for more then twenty percent. A few men out there have cold blood and nerves that allow them to react peacefully in a given moment. Be that guy.

Let them do the talking, stay calm and continue as nothing happened. Use the adrenalin the right way, direct it in the right direction. Besides, if they see you’re angry, they’ll try to provoke you even more so you lose control. It’s like that; it’s in human’s nature to provoke and sabotage when trying to win in something. Be smarter.

11. Always go for a rebound

You must think that if you’re a shorter guy that you don’t have to go for a rebound, that it’s a big man’s job to pick up boards. But in pick-up basketball, since there are only max six players in the half-court, you have much higher chances for a rebound than in a regular 5v5 game.

Accordingly, there’s a more significant possibility for you to get an open shot quickly after the rebound. So don’t hesitate here if you want a win. It’s a common thing in pick-up basketball that the man who’s guarding you don’t even follow on a rebound, so you’re left alone, and you didn’t even expect it. Which leads us to another super important tip:

12. Please, make open shots in the paint!

Ok, this is one of the essential things that you just need to be doing. Open shots are what wins games. If you want your teammates and other players to respect you, these are the shots you want to make. It’s the worst when you need to play with a guy that can’t make a clear 10-foot jump-shot when the game is on the line.

Another thing you should improve if you’re not doing it right is the lay-up. To make those you don’t need much talent or crazy physical attributes, just practice them a bit when you’re alone. Everyone’s going to love to play with you if you make open shots.

13. Have an identity

This means: be good at something. Anyone can be good at something. Find that one thing you do good in pick-up basketball and do it often. Some guys just don’t like to shot because they suck at it and that’s ok.

Basketball has many elements, and you can be good in at least one. Shooting, passing, rebounding, stealing, blocking, setting up screens, dribbling, being aggressive in defense, etc. Pick your skill. You’d be surprised at with how much confidence you come to the playground when you know you have one skill that you can always use with your eyes closed.

14. Use supplements

If you do not have a properly balanced diet, this is probably the first thing you’d need to do. Supplements will correct nutritional mistakes in your diet and probably allow you to jump and run more and try harder in pick-up games.

Depending on how you eat, there are some supplements that can instantly make you feel better. If you’re looking to improve your nutrition, here’s the list of all supplements that actually work, according to science. Just don’t spend your money on supplements that don’t do anything for you.

15. Use your head

You need to remember that basketball is as mental as physical activity. Muscles are not enough sometimes. Moving without the ball, knowing when to find an open teammate, and making the right decision when the score is on the line, are just some of the things we meet with, in pick-up basketball.

When it’s a game-time, you need to think. If you have some problems in your life, basketball can be an occasional escape from them, but also these problems can affect your pick-up basketball game. Don’t worry about it and move on because everyone has a bad day. It will be better next time.

Wrapping up

There you have it. Now you’re ready to go out there and implement some of these tips. There’s really not much more to it than this. Cooperate with your teammates, don’t be a jackass and enjoy this game. If you want to play in your driveway, check out portable basketball hoops on Amazon. It’s a brilliant option if you have a place for it somewhere around the house.

What is Pickup Basketball & How Can You Find Local Games?

Back in my playing days, I was amazed at how much my overall game improved just by playing in pickup basketball games throughout the summer. While there is plenty of value in practicing by yourself, playing pickup games gives you the chance to simulate game action. Playing in pickup games is also a great cardio exercise and will help to get your lungs into basketball shape.

Pickup basketball games are a great way to get some good exercise and improve your basketball skills. We show you a few ways to find pickup basketball games and have some fun on the court.

Table of Contents

  • What is Pickup Basketball?
  • How Do You Play Pickup Basketball?
  • How Long is a Pickup Basketball Game?
  • Why is it Called a “Pickup” Game?
  • What are the Main Advantages of Playing Pickup Games?
  • How to Find Local Pickup Basketball Games

What is Pickup Basketball?

Pickup basketball is when a group of players gets together to play an informal game. There are no set rules and the game can be played in either a full-court or half-court format. The number of players in a pickup game varies depending on who all want to play.

Pickup games are often light-hearted and genuinely fun. However, there are no officials so that normally means there are no fouls called. Some hardcore pickup games adhere to the old “no blood, no foul” saying as an unwritten rule. In other instances, fouls are called on the honor system (defensive player must admit to fouling the offensive player).

How Do You Play Pickup Basketball?

Most of the time, pickup basketball games are played amongst strangers at parks, local rec centers, or YMCAs. In pickup ball, teams are formed by two captains who select their teammates. After the two teams are assembled, the two captains have to decide which team will have the first possession.

There are many ways to decide who gets the ball first. Some folks prefer a traditional jump ball while other people prefer to simply flip a coin. 

Another popular way to decide possession is to have a player from one team shoot from the top of the key from behind the three-point line. If the shooter makes the shot, his team gets the ball first. If he misses the shot, the other team takes possession.

After possession is decided, both teams must agree on how many points will win the game. Lastly, both teams must agree on whether or not to play winner’s ball (also known as “Make it, Take it”). Winner’s ball means that when a team makes a basket, they are allowed to keep possession of the ball.

Winner’s ball can be lots of fun because a team can get hot and make a tremendous comeback. However, winner’s ball can give an unfair advantage to a team that is stacked with good players. A large majority of pickup games employ the winner’s ball rule.

After all the details are agreed upon, the pickup game then begins and is played almost like a normal basketball game. The game ends when one team meets the agreed-upon point total.

How Long is a Pickup Basketball Game?

The answer to this question is “it depends”. As we mentioned earlier, in a pickup basketball game the two teams battle it out on the court until one team reaches the selected number of points. Most of the time, an agreement is made that the winning team must win by at least two points. 

For a quick game, the two captains may set the winning point total at ten. For a longer game, the teams may agree to play until a team reaches 50. The majority of pickup games are played until 21 points are scored.

Why is it Called a “Pickup” Game?

Basketball pickup games get their name from the randomness of the activity. Pickup games aren’t planned and some of the rules are made up on the fly such as whether or not three-pointers count as three points, two points, or even just one point. Pickup games are also referred to as street-ball.

What are the Main Advantages of Playing Pickup Games?

There are several advantages to playing pickup basketball games. Here are a few of the main ones:

1. Conditioning: Nothing will get a player in great physical shape faster than playing pickup basketball. In pickup ball, players are constantly sprinting up and down the court. Since there are little to no fouls called and also no timeouts, there is less time for players to rest. This will help build up a player’s endurance level.

2. Increased Toughness: Pickup games are usually played outside on the asphalt. Playing outside in the summer heat instead of an air-conditioned gym will increase a player’s toughness. Also, pickup games are usually more physical since there are no officials. This will also help toughen a player up.

3. More Fun: Lots of hardcore hoopers admit that pickup games are more fun than regular basketball games. Since there are no officials and no coaches, there’s often less anxiety and a sense of ease amongst the players. Regular basketball games can bring about stress and lots of frustrations. Pickup games reduce stress and offer a fun experience.

4. Meet New People: Though pickup games are often played amongst people who don’t know each other, they’re a great way to meet new people who love to play basketball. Many lifelong friendships are formed because of a random pickup game on the asphalt. Pickup basketball is a fantastic way to make new friends.

How to Find Local Pickup Basketball Games

There are tons of different ways to find pickup basketball games in your neighborhood. If you have a smartphone, you can download several different apps that will show you where and when pickup games will be played. Some of the most popular apps are HoopMaps, InfiniteHoops, and Pick-N-Play. All three of these apps let you search for pickup games by typing in your zip code.

Though these apps are a fantastic way to play pickup games, many people prefer to just show up at their nearest outdoor city court. There is nothing wrong at all with this method. Keep in mind though that you run the risk of having to play by yourself on an empty court. 

Mike Noblin

Mike has been involved with basketball for over 30 years as a player, coach, and bettor. He has a degree in Sports Psychology and enjoys following both the NBA and College Basketball on a nightly basis.

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Passion for basketball usually begins with the ball hitting the basket. Do not deprive yourself of this pleasure, learn to score from under the basket, then from two steps ... But after that, you should think about what elements to master in order to become a “correct” basketball player. We won't let you get bored - we won't fill all basketball practice with boring stops and turns. But in general, you can’t do without it, because the correct work of the legs, the habit of standing firmly, not mincing, not taking extra steps, quickly and correctly changing the direction of movement is an absolute must for a basketball player. Plus, of course, dribbling and passing.

In general, to start the basketball path, “School 2.0” recommends exercises to develop the following skills during basketball training:

  1. Throw
  2. Footwork
  3. Transmission
  4. Maintaining

Do two or three dozen workouts, combining the exercises from the following list, and you will notice real progress. Start each workout with 2-4 minutes of quiet running and such a joint warm-up:

Exercises are performed one after the other without stopping.

  1. Shoulder warm-up. Stand up straight and stretch your arms out to the sides. Make circular movements with straight arms 10 times forward, then 10 times back.
  2. Pelvic warm-up. Put your hands on your belt, feet shoulder-width apart. Perform rotations in the hip joint, as if twisting a hoop, 10 times in each direction.
  3. Back workout. Bend your elbows and press to your chest, feet shoulder-width apart. Do rotations in the lower back 5-10 times in each direction.
  4. Knee warm-up. Stand up straight, feet together. Squat down a bit and put your hands on your knees. Then perform rotational movements with your knees, helping yourself with your hands. Do 10 times in each direction.
  5. Ankle warm-up. Put your hands on your belt. Place one foot on the toe slightly behind you. Resting on your toes, do 10 rotations in the ankle joint in each direction, then change legs.
  6. Squats. At the end, do 5 deep squats, keeping your heels on the floor and extending your arms in front of you.


Get used to throwing correctly right away - with one hand (the other can only hold the ball), with reverse spin. The forearm is perpendicular to the floor, the arm straightens completely, the hand “closes”. Listen to how the ball blows up the net - it's a thrill.

1. Shooting stand

  1. Stand straight, feet shoulder-width apart, ball in hand.
  2. At the signal, take a throwing stance, and at the next signal, return to the starting position.
  3. Ready to throw: legs bent, back straight, slightly tilted forward. Throwing hand behind the ball (not sideways!), the second hand holds the ball in front-side.
  4. Raise the ball to shoulder level.
  5. Repeat 10 times with right and left hand.

2. Single handed throw on the spot

  1. Get into the throwing position. The ball lies in one hand at the level of the head, the elbow is directed forward, the second hand does not help.
  2. Squat down a little and with the simultaneous extension of the legs and elbow, throw the ball up in front of you. Stay in the final position until the ball hits the floor.
  3. Repeat 10 times with right and left hand.

3. Throw with one hand into the ring from one meter

  1. Stand under the ring, the ball is in your hand at shoulder level. The other hand does not help!
  2. Squat down and at the same time extend your legs and arms, make a throw around the ring. Keep the final position of the straightened arm and closed hand until the ball hits the floor.
  3. Try to hit the ball in the corner of the rectangle drawn on the shield, then the ball will be in the ring.
  4. Throw from different positions. 10 times with the right and left hand.

4. Medium throw

  1. Stand at a distance of 3-4 meters from the ring and take a throwing stance. Sit down and with the simultaneous extension of the legs and arms, make a throw around the ring. Keep the final position of the straightened arm and closed hand until the ball hits the floor.
  2. Throw from different positions.
  1. Stand a few meters from the ring. Make yourself an autopass, take a small jump forward, catch the ball, take a shooting stance, and hit the basket.
  2. Perform the exercise 10 times with your stronger arm.

5. Two steps - throw

  1. Stand three meters from the ring. Take two steps from the spot and throw the ring.
  1. Get on the three-point line. Take a couple of hits with the ball, then two steps and throw the ring.
  1. From the three-point line, make yourself an autopass. Then catch the ball, take two steps and shoot the ring.
  2. Try to hit the ball in the corner of the rectangle drawn on the shield.
  3. Repeat 10 times with right and left hand.

6. Two steps - low shot

  1. Get on the three-point line. Take a couple of hits with the ball, then two steps and throw from the bottom of the ring.
  1. Stand three meters from the ring. Take two steps from the spot and throw the ring from below.
  1. From the three-point line, make yourself an autopass. Then catch the ball, take two steps and shoot the ring.
  2. Try to hit the ball in the corner of the rectangle drawn on the shield.
  3. Repeat 10 times with right and left hand.


Glue your feet to the floor. No extra steps! Otherwise - "jog", whistle, give the ball to the opponents.

1. Jump stop

  1. The exercise is performed on the spot. Make yourself an autopass, catch the ball with two hands and at the same time do a two-foot jump into a basketball stance.
  2. Determine the axial (supporting) leg and perform turns on this leg forward and backward.
  3. Then imitate the following sequence of actions:
    take the ball in your hands, being completely in the air;
    land on both (!) feet at the same time;
    do turns around the same (!) leg.
  4. Repeat the exercise 10 times: 5 times turning on the right foot and 5 times on the left.

2. Step stop

  1. The exercise is performed on the spot. Make yourself an autopass, catch the ball with both hands and stop at the same time with two steps into the basketball stance.
  2. The axial (supporting) leg will be the one with which you took the first step - on this leg, perform turns forward and backward.
  3. Repeat the exercise 10 times: turning 5 times on the right foot and 5 times on the left.

3. Zigzag without a ball with a jump stop

All changes in the direction of movement are made by a clear turn around the near leg - even through the “face”, even through the “back”. This is very important in basketball!

4. Zigzag without a ball with a stop in steps

It is performed in the same way as the previous exercise, but the stop at the cone is one-two, not a jump.


Mastering the culture of passing will not only earn you the respect of your playmates, but it will also give you a lot of fun. Maybe even more than hitting the ring.

1. Passing with two hands into the wall

  1. Stand 3-5 meters from the wall. Pass the ball into the wall with both hands from the chest.
  2. Hold the ball with both hands from the sides and direct it to the wall with a wrist movement. As a result, the arms at the elbows should straighten, and the hands should “close”.
  1. Move further back to make longer passes. At the moment of such a transfer, one leg takes a step forward. Catch such a transmission from the floor.
  2. Repeat the exercise 15-20 times.

2. Passing with one hand into the wall

  1. Stand 3-5 meters from the wall. Pass the ball into the wall with one hand from the shoulder.
  2. Hand behind the ball, thumbs up. Carpal movement.
  3. Repeat the exercise 15-20 times for each hand.

3. Lying One-Hand Pass

  1. Lying on your back, pass with one hand up.
  2. Repeat the exercise 15-20 times for each hand.


Great basketball dribbling is the key to all doors. Not to mention how effective it is.

1. Palms on the ball

  1. Take the ball in your hands and move it from hand to hand, hitting it with your palms.
  2. Start slowly and then speed up. 15 seconds slow, 15 fast.
  3. Repeat 1-2 times.

2. Ball on fingers

  1. Quickly toss the ball with your fingertips from one hand to the other: raise and lower in front of you;
    sit down and get up;
    raise and lower in motion.
  2. Perform each exercise 2-3 times for 15 seconds.

3. Ball around the body

  1. Move the ball from one hand to the other as quickly as possible: around the body;
    around the head;
    in the round-leg basketball stance;
    in a basketball stance figure eight around the legs.
  2. Do 5 reps each side.

4. Low dribbling on the spot

Low ball dribbling in different positions:

  1. Basketball stance, feet parallel. Dribble to the side of your foot. Free hand in defense position.
  2. Sit on the floor and dribble the ball from your side, bringing the ball closer or further away.
  3. Repeat 15 times with each hand. Do 2-3 sets.

5. Medium dribbling in motion

  1. Medium dribbling of the ball (height - to the waist) in motion. Do it at speed.
  2. Make a turn leaving the ball in place and picking it up with the other hand.
  3. Dribble two courts with each hand.

6. V-dribbling in front of you

  1. Stand in a basketball stance.
  2. Dribble with one hand in front of you in a V, with your right and left hands in turn.
  3. Repeat 15 times with each hand. Do 2-3 sets.

7. Crossover

  1. Move the ball in place in front of you from one hand to the other.
  2. First do the exercise for each stroke.
  3. Then - for every third hit.
  4. After translation, touch the floor with your free hand.
  5. Repeat 15 times with each hand. Do 2-3 sets.

8. Underfoot transfers

  1. Transfer the ball between the legs from one hand to the other.
  2. Translate every third hit with the ball.
  3. After translation, touch the floor with your free hand.
  4. Repeat 15 times with each hand. Do 2-3 sets.

That's it for starters. Of course, it would be nice to learn how to fly - in the sense of jumping high without a trampoline. But that's another story. If you only jump, you are a jumper. And if you have mastered these exercises, you are almost a basketball player. Then you can already learn to play in a team, in real contact conditions.

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Rules of basketball

How the rules of your favorite game have changed

How the rules of your favorite game have changed


Basketball was invented by James Naismith in 1891. Then everything was different: playgrounds, baskets, balls…

!!! Read about the evolution of balls in the article:

Basketball was invented by James Naismith in 1891. Then everything was different: playgrounds, baskets, balls…

!!! Read about the evolution of balls in the article:

The history of basketballs

The history of basketballs

What balls are played now and how it happened

The beginning

The rules have also changed a lot during this time. Initially, there were only 13 of them in basketball:

  1. The ball can be thrown in any direction with one or two hands.
  2. The ball may be hit with one or both hands in any direction, but never with the fist.
  3. The player may not run with the ball. The player must throw the ball from the point at which he caught it, except for a player running at high speed.
  4. The ball must be held with the hands. You can not use the forearms and body to hold the ball.
  5. In any case, hitting, grabbing, holding and pushing the opponent is not allowed. The first violation of this rule by any player shall be called a foul; the second foul disqualifies him until the next ball is scored, and if there was an obvious intention to injure the player, then a disqualification for the whole game. It is not allowed to replace a disqualified player.
  6. Punching the ball is a violation of points 2 and 4, the penalty is described in point 5. commit no foul).
  7. A point is scored if a ball thrown or bouncing off the floor hits the basket and stays there. Defending players are not allowed to touch the ball or basket while shooting. If the ball touches the edge and the opponents move the basket, then a point is scored.
  8. If the ball goes out of bounds, it must be dropped into the field by the first player to touch it. In the event of a dispute, the referee must throw the ball into the field. The thrower is allowed to hold the ball for five seconds. If he holds it longer, then the ball is given to the opponent. If either side tries to play for time, the referee must give them a foul.
  9. The referee must monitor the actions of the players and fouls, and notify the referee of three consecutive fouls. He shall have the power to disqualify players under rule 5.
  10. The referee must watch the ball and determine when the ball is in play (inbounds) and when it is out of bounds (out of bounds), which side should be in possession of the ball, and any other actions that the referee would normally take .
  11. The game consists of two halves of 15 minutes each with a break of 5 minutes between them.
  12. The side with the most goals during this time period is the winner.

The most important rule change in the history of basketball is the introduction of dribbling. In the original version of the game, this was prohibited by paragraph 3 of the rules.

One of the first changes in the game and the rules was the replacement of the basket with a ring with a net. It seemed to be very inconvenient to climb after the ball every time after a hit. Around the same time, free throws, dribbling appeared, and the composition of the teams was fixed for 5 players on the court at the same time. Before that, in some matches, up to 50 people could be on the court at the same time. All this happened back in 1896-1897.

The emergence of FIBA ​​(International Basketball Federation)

Basketball at the beginning of the 20th century became more popular and the rules in each country could be different. This was one of the reasons why FIBA ​​appeared in 1932 year. At the first FIBA ​​Congress, the teams were approved (5 people and 2 substitutes), and it was decided that after each goal there would be a throw-in in the center. This rule was removed after 4 years to reduce the advantage of tall players.

Over the next few years, the main changes were related to the number of personal fouls, the number of players on the bench and the introduction of a time limit for getting the ball into the opponent's half of the court.

More changes came in 1952 after the Olympics. The game became very boring, because the teams held the ball, having received a minimal lead in the score. Everyone understood this and searched for solutions for several years in order to save the life of basketball. At 1954 Danny Biason proposed to the NBA to limit the time for the shot to 24 seconds. At the 1956 Olympics, there was a similar rule: it was necessary to make a throw in 30 seconds. At the same time, to add equality between defense and attack, another rule familiar to us appeared: you need to start dribbling the ball before the supporting leg comes off.

Then the game became similar to the modern one from a technical point of view: dribbling, shots, a three-second zone appeared. In 1979, the NBA added a three-point line, and in 19In 1984, FIBA ​​also added an arc.

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Changes in the rules and basketball since 1956 have included the number of free throws, the situations in which these free throws are given, and individual and team penalties. Some rules were introduced, and a few years later they were canceled. For example, the "3 for 2" rule: if a player was fouled in the shooting phase, then if one of the first two shots was missed, he could make another free throw. This rule was later removed.

Since the 1990s there have been constant changes: the emergence of alley-oops, changes in the timing and rewriting of the rules of running, which continue to this day.

From the most interesting: if the team has 0.3 seconds or less to throw the ball from behind, then it must be a one-touch throw. It takes at least 0.4 seconds to perform a full throw.

Derrick Fisher made similar throws:

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