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Sports & Gaming

Basketball Rules Explained: Inside 16 Common Rules

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Jun 24, 2021 • 7 min read

From NBA basketball to the Olympic games to pick-up games at the local gym, basketball is a popular sport able to be played at multiple skill levels. Like all sports, basketball has a unique set of rules that establish guidelines for personnel, penalties, and gameplay. Learn more about the rules of basketball and the penalties for breaking them.