Basketball Game Terms at gamerisms
These basketball game terms
and jargon are part of sport gamerisms, Define Your
Basketball part 3 completes basketball gamerisms provided for
basketball players and fans who fantasize about playing pro hoops.
Basketball Game Terms: P
Basketball Game Terms: R
the free throw lane.
- Palming: act
of securing the ball in the palm of a hand
resulting in a violation if performed during dribbling.
- Passing Lane:
refers to passing area between defenders in
order to move the ball to a teammate.
portion of playing time to complete a game,
example=NBA rules allow for four 12 minute periods.
& Perimeter Shot: term for location
behind free throw circle in the forecourt used to put outside shots in
- Personal Foul:
when there is physical contact between
challengers, a foul is sure to follow.
- Pick and Roll:
jargon for this player movement=set screen,
pivot, move towards basket to receive pass.
- Picked Off:
term for a successful screen that prohibited a
defender from reaching the opposing player in control of the ball.
- Pick-up Games:
basketball game terms for 'let's play' among
a group of amateur players.
Foot: refers to either the right or left foot that is
stationary on the
floor when a player has ball possession. When 'doing the pivot dance',
be sure the pivot foot remains stationary while 'step dancing' with the
other foot. If a player moves the pivot foot, then he/she is considered
to be traveling and a foul called that results in lost ball possession.
- Pivot Man:
basketball game terms that refer to the team's
center. Can also be Pivot Woman, yes?
jargon for player who is a huge asset to the
team in that he/she sets up and plans the strategic moves of the team.
refers to either the point guard playing position or points scored.
Foul shots put 1 point on the scoreboard; field goals inside the
three-point line=2 points and outside the three point boundary=3 points.
- Point Guard:
player whose duties are moving the ball up the
court and running offense.
term for location either near the basket or foul
line, but outside the free throw lane.
- Power Forward:
skillful player who can ably score and grab
- Press: the pressure is on the ball carrier by the opposing
Basketball Game Terms: S
attaining the ball after a shot on offense or
game official who monitors and calls all
violations, field goals, fouls and issues penalties.
basketball game terms for motion to block a shot.
term for exact time that the ball is released from
the shooter's hands.
Circle: term for area where no other player can enter
while a free
throw attempt is being made until the ball strikes the backboard, rim
or net. The same rules applies when a player from each team are going
for a jump ball.
- Reverse Dunk: a backward
dunk, over the shooter's head.
- Reverse Lay
Up: let's do another lay up as the first one
was blocked. See lay up.
term for 18-inch ring that holds the net and is
attached to the backboard.
a rapid strategic move by the challenger that avoids
a defender and rolls on down to the basket.
jargon for a 'green player' in his/her first pro
view of the team players.
this player is on the run and taking a shot.
Jumper: and this player is still running, but
taking a jump shot.
Basketball Game Terms: T
- Scoop Shot: underhand
shot made by a scooping motion
advancing to the basket.
game official who monitors and records points, field goals, free throws
and all fouls for every player and team. The scorer also updates the
referees about changes.
refers to a blocking move by an
offensive player either by standing beside or behind a defender in
order to free up a teammate to shoot, receive a pass, or drive in to
- Shooter's Roll:
skillful move that bounces softly off the
rim and in to score.
Guard: term for a skillful shooter who often
Range: the point or distance that a player makes
Clock: this clock counts down from the 24 seconds in NBA
play as to
when a team must shoot and hit the intended rim or basket.
boundary lines running from baseline to baseline.
- Sixth Man:
basketball game terms for the best sub that a
- Sky Hook:
jargon for a shot that is released from above the
level of the rim.
- Small Forward:
term for an agile, shorter player who can
make awesome jump shots.
- Square Up:
stare that basket, line up the ball and shoot.
Lineup: the best of the team, these 5 players
start the game.
term for getting the ball from an opposing player.
Now watcha going to do?
- Strong Side:
this is the area where the ball and the action
a player is out and the sub is in to play.
- Swing Man:
jargon for versatile player who can play 2
jargon for a shot that scores without the ball
hitting the rim or backboard—a thing of beauty!
term for exchanging defensive assignments with a
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abbreviation for time out or technical foul.
Foul: is called on the player and the team. If the team
goes over the
limit of these fouls, the opposing team wins free throw(s).
Foul: term for a foul called that is not physical in
nature, but rather
called because of verbal abuse or cursing usually towards
officials--just plain bad mouthing. Opposing team is given a free throw
or throw-in. Anyone who has watched basketball knows that a coach or
other team member along with players have and can receive this type of
Line: refers to the center line when the
10-second rule is ongoing.
Rule: refers to rule where the team in possession of the
ball must take
it to the centerline in 10 seconds or take the foul.
Line: semi-circle marking out from the basket
Play: term for the 2-step success of a two
point field score then a free throw.
- Three Pointer:
a field goal shot behind the three-point
line, worth three points.
rule: 3 seconds is all you get within the free throw lane and that
includes your feet, or you suffer a three-second violation.
5 seconds is all you get to move the ball inbound. Throw-ins result
after a ball lands out-of-bounds or a personal foul has been called not
requiring free throw(s).
the line that divides the two halves of the court.
- Tip in:
tap that rebound and tip it in.
refers to jump ball that starts the game action.
- Top of the
Key: location near the free throw circle just
behind the free throw line.
Official: game official who monitors the ball as it
moves up court after a possession turnover.
this player scoots behind his/her teammates on a
term for strategic move to focus on offense
rather than defense when team has ball possession in their backcourt.
basketball game terms for rapid double-teaming of the
occurs when a player illegally moves his/her feet while in possession
of the ball. Examples are moving 3 steps without a dribble, lifting the
pivot foot before dribbling/jumping and landing without releasing the
ball. The penalty for traveling is loss of possession.
Double: occurs when any player achieves double digit
statistics in a
single game in three statistical categories (i.e. 10 points and 10
rebounds and 10 assists). Well done!
- Triple Threat:
positioning that will allow a player to
pass, shoot or pivot.
- Turnaround Jumper: quick move by a player whose back is to
the basket. This 3-step 'dance' is pivot, jump and shoot.
basketball game terms for loss of possession.
- Two-shot Foul:
opposing team wins 2 free throws after this
foul is called.
the bigger, better team just lost to a supposedly
second-rate team or underdog.
- Weak Side:
the area of the court where the ball is not;
therefore, not much action here.
- Zone: defense
where players are assigned an area to guard
as opposed to a single opposing player.
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