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Basketball is a game that requires minimal equipment. It can be played both indoors and outdoors, and is one of the most popular sports in Australia. Perhaps this is largely due to the fact that there are a generous spread of leagues to play in.
In the Australian basketball community, we have the:
National Basketball League (NBL)—is the major league for men who play basketball in the country, as well as the New Zealand. Founded in 1979, the league is grazed by eight teams; seven Australian nationalities and one New Zealand team. The league would haven its 39th season as the 2016-17 NBL seasons, which would be capped off by its last games sometime around match this year.
Women’s National Basketball League (WNBL)—this is analog to the NBL but this is the feminine version. It was founded two years after the inception of the NBL. Again like the NBL, it has 8 teams, and it is currently presided over by Paul Maley, and is overseen by the association of women’s professional basketball in Australia.
South East Australian Basketball league (SAEBL)—this is a league that welcome the participation of the gender, and involves men and women competition. This is a very powerful league to particularly watch out for in the country. It was established the same year that the WNBL was established. It comprises 15 male and 15 women teams, and it is presided over by Simon Brookhouse. Though Australia’s sports teams are not paid as much as other parts in the world, they still have excellent players and arena attendance.
Big V—this is another league in Australian basketball that is built of 12 competitions, and is famous for the Men and Women state championships (SCM). It was established in 1987.
Queensland Basketball League (QBL)—founded a year before Big V, this league is a semi-professional basketball league that consists of competition that welcome the participation of men and women. It comprises 14 men and women teams each.
Waratah league—this is another basketball league, precisely based in New South Wales, in Australia. It was founded in 1991, and comprises 11 men’s team and 9 women’s team, making a total of 20 teams.
The Rules Of Basketball
The rules of basketball, are clear and direct. However, they can differ according to the level of play e.g. professional to college rules.
Most of the rules we are going to discuss below can be functional in almost any basketball game. The team with the most number of points automatically becomes the winner.
Points are awarded for every ball thrown and scored at the opponent’s basket. 3 points are awarded to a basket made on the outside of the three- point arc, 2 points for a basket within the three point line and 1 point for each free throw made.
A basketball game comprises of two teams with 12 players maximum and 5 maximum for each team. Substitutions are done according to how the team prefers.
The game is played in four quarters, each 10 minutes. If it’s a tie at the end of the game, there is an extension of 5 minutes until one team beats the other in having more points.
Rules For The Offense
- You should dribble the ball using one hand and moving with the two feet, if you happen to touch the ball with both hands you should immediately stop dribbling, move with one foot, the stationary foot is known as the PIVOT FOOT.
- Once you have stopped dribbling you are not allowed to dribble again, if you violate this rule your team will lose the basketball to the opponents.
- The ball should always remain on the court,as the offensive team you can lose control of the ball to the other team if you get the ball out of the restricted area.
- While dribbling your hand should remain at the top of the ball, if you happen to touch at the bottom and still go on dribbling it is known as CARRYING THE BALL and is punishable by the opponents getting the ball.
- Backcourt violation happens when the offensive team gets back to the backcourt after crossing the half court. The offending team is allowed to recover the ball if it is hit in the backcourt by the defending team.
If you are on the defense team then you are the team with no basketball. The primary rule that applies to defense team is not to commit a foul (having an unjust benefit by making physical contact that may lead to the offensive player missing a basket or loosing the ball)
When your team possesses the ball you have 24 seconds maximum to try and make a shot. Offensive players are not allowed to stay in the restricted area for longer than 3 seconds
If you happen to make more than five fouls you are disqualified from playing the game.
If you foul a player who is making attempts to score he is given the equal number of free- throws( three from outside and two from inside) as the shots taken. if even after the foul the player manage to score the shot is counted and he is awarded another free- throw.
Incredible Basketball Dunk Variations
Want to show young athletes the most exciting part of basketball? Show them examples of great athletes dunking and give them something to aspire to!
Basketball now requires more agility and athleticism largely because it has become faster than the original game that was invented in 1891 by Dr. James Naismith. Players are jumping and reaching heights above the rim in order to dunk the basketball, which almost never used to occur.
There isn’t anything much more satisfying to a basketball fan than an epic dunk. Therefore, players have created a wide variety of impressive dunking styles.
Competitions take place at professional, college and high school levels to feature creative and artistic dunks, and each player takes years to perfect each dunk. The first step is to be able to jump high enough to dunk, and then a player can start adding variations. Players also learn to dunk on lowered nets or trampolines.
Here are some of the most creative dunks every basketball players strives to make one day.
Players of various jumping abilities and sizes owing to its undemanding body mechanics execute the tomahawk. It is a staple of most game situations primarily because the use of both hands provides ball-security. Moreover, the two-hand finish exerts tremendous force on the rim and basket.
Daryl Dawkins has shattered NBA backboards twice with tomahawk dunks. In one variation, a 360-degree spin can be completed simultaneously with or prior to the tomahawk dunk.
2. Double pump
The ball is usually controlled with both hands at the start of the jump and once the player is in the air, they bring the ball to face or chest level. The player then quickly thrusts the ball down and fully extends their arms in order to bring the ball just below the waist.
The ball is finally brought above the player’s head and dunked into the basket with both hands. The double pump should appear as one fluid motion. The ball can also be held below the waist for milliseconds in order to display the player’s hang time.
Whether it is the result of body angle takeoff or an 180-degree spin, players perform the double pump with their backs towards the rim.
3. Windmill dunk
At the onset of the jump or prior to takeoff, the ball is usually brought to the abdomen and then the player starts the windmill motion by moving the ball just below the waist according to the length of their extended arm. Following the motion of the fully extended arm, the player moves the ball in a circular motion, moving from the front towards the back before slamming the ball through the rim.
However, due to momentum, the player might be unable to palm the basketball through the entire motion and the windmill dunk is often completed with just one hand largely because the centripetal force allows players to guide the ball with their dunking hand.
In some cases, sticky powder or resin is applied to the player’s palm in order to prevent loss of possession by improving grip.
4. Alley oop dunk
The alley oop dunk is typically performed when the player catches a pass in the air and then slams the ball in the hoop. These usually occur in contest or game settings.
Additionally, when there are only seconds remaining in the shot clock or game, the alley oop can be attempted on an in-bound pass because the clock will only start counting down when an in-bounds player touches the basketball.
5. Behind the head
This dunk is usually executed directly underneath the rim, with players facing away from the rim. The player jumps holding the ball in both hands, extends his hands fully and slams the ball down through the rim from behind his head.
Being ‘posterized’ is one of the most embarrassing things that can happen to a professional basketball player. This typically happens when a player dunks in another player’s face. It comes down to the fact of who can jump higher.