Basketball is a fast-paced team sport. Of each team, five players are replaying (passing) and dribbling in an attempt to shoot at the basket and score points. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. In case of a tie, one or more extensions are played until there is a winner.
Good basketball players are pros and huge stars; at the Olympic Games there are competitions for men and women. At Olympic Games, world championships and many national and regional games the rules of the International Basketball Federation, FIBA, are followed. In North America the rules are university basketball and National Basketball! Federation (NBA) are slightly different - see the next page for the differences.
With timekeepers, basketball is a very fast sport, with the emphasis on incredible athletic ability and reaction speed, fast movements and lightning-fast scoring. When a team gets the ball, it only has 24 seconds to shoot, otherwise the ball goes to the other team. A big clock on the field shows the time a team has left. Players can be replaced by reserves at any time. This means that a player can be changed and put back into play as often as the coach wants.
A basketball court has a number of lines. The field is divided into two halves and your own half is called the back court. Within the bounds of the game there is played up to: a foul, error (see page 20), time-out, a ball going out or the end of the playing time.