Basketball is a well-known team sport where two competing teams, usually of five players each, compete against each other on a flat rectangular court with the objective of scoring a basket with a basketball through the opponent’s hoop while thwarting the other team from scoring through their own hoop. This game has been played across many cultures and over time has gained tremendous popularity not only in America but all over the world. However, it should be noted that this game was in existence long before America even existed. Back in ancient times, basketball was a common form of war played between groups of men. Since ancient times, basketball players have honed their skills and developed into some of the best athletes that exist today.
In the early days of basketball, usually two teams would compete to win the game and the winning team would take the prize and take back to their home town with it. The game evolved to what we call basketball today with the addition of air-aided basketball, which allows players to shoot the ball using the force of the wind which is much more powerful than the air pressure that was present in the first versions of basketball. Basketball uses a ball made of a hard material and a basketball hoop, typically made of a metal or rubber material, which is placed between the two teams.
Each team has three members who are called ‘players’ and each player has a specific role within the team. There are 12 players on each team. The coach of the game usually controls the rules of the game through the implementation of professional rules which govern the rules and procedures that must be followed in a given game of basketball. Some of these rules may include using a basketball hoop that has a higher rim to prevent high-ups from attempting to shoot the ball over the rim. Through professional rules, the game of basketball has developed into a highly competitive sport enjoyed by millions of people across the world and it is now considered to be an international sport.