Glossary of Basketball Terms, Slang & Lingo. This is a list of common basketball lingo, terminology and jargon terms. The game of basketball was created by Dr. James Naismith in 1891 in Springfield, Massachusetts. The game is a team sport with limited contact, that is typically places two teams consisting of five players against each other.
Basket (score) - The term 'basket' can used when a player successfully scores a field goal. Basket Cut - An offensive action involving a player making an explosive cut directly towards the hoop. BEEF - An acronym used often by coaches teaching players how to shoot with correct technique for the first time.
Basketball is played on a rectangular court 28 metres long and 15 metres wide (approx. 92 ft by 49 ft) with a basket at a height of 3.05 metres (10 ft) at each end. Most indoor courts have a floor made of wood. Points are scored by throwing the ball through the opponents' basket.
A. Airball: A shot at the basket that misses everything and doesn't touch the rim, backboard or net. Alley-Oop: When one player jumps and catches a pass from another player and simultaneously dunks the ball or shoots it in before landing. And One: When a player gets fouled while shooting and the ball goes in. The player then gets one free throw.
A basket that is scored in the final seconds of a game (right before the buzzer sounds), especially one which results in a win or a tie that leads to overtime play. C carrying. Also called palming. A violation in formal play which occurs when an offensive player holds the ball excessively at the ball's apex while dribbling.
Basketball is a game filled with all sorts of lingo and slang. Analysts can throw around terms that may sound like a foreign language, but basketball jargon has a manageable learning curve. Here’s a list of 55 basketball terms to help new fans better understand the game:
Here are some examples of basketball (or b-ball) slang and terminology you'll hear players and fans use. Air Ball If a player is throwing the ball and it flies the length of the court but still misses, it's an air ball .
As with any sport, basketball has its own terms and phrases to describe game moves, plays, positions, and more. Knowing some basketball lingo will help you to enjoy the game more while you play or watch from courtside seats — or your sofa. alley-oop: A designed play in which a player lobs the ball toward […]