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10 Myths about Basketball

Myths about Basketball

Basketball was one reason I did not hate high school, and it was an honor to be on the team. If you think that only tall people can be good at basketball, you are wrong. The shortest girl of my batch (a little below 5 feet) was the best player among us and never missed a goal. Like every other sport, basketball requires you to follow a set of rules and regulations. However, many of the guidelines you may have received for playing the game are more or less made up.

Basketball is not as complicated as the associated myths make it sound.

Myth #1

Dribbling higher than the waist is a violation. There is no such rule that goes against high dribble. Everyone has different comfort levels and their height of dribble can vary. Some may dribble up to their knees and some may prefer to dribble to the level of their neck. How can a person focus on the game if he/she is constantly trying to regulate his/her dribble?

Myth #2

Reaching in is a foul. Reaching in to snatch the ball from the opponent is never a foul unless you make physical contact with the person, such as a push, pull, or hold. As long as you are only trying to touch the ball, it is totally fine. Precisely, avoid any personal injuries to the players of
the opposing team.

Myth #3

If it looks funny, it must be travelling. This is a very common misconception about the travelling rule, which applies upon running with the ball without dribbling. In most basketball games, two steps are allowed before a travel is called. The key to identifying a travelling foul is by determining the pivot foot of the person in charge of the ball. If a person dives and then slides
after taking hold of the ball, it shall not be considered as travelling until he/she has lost momentum. The player can roll over once after reaching a standstill and then dribble or pass the ball before moving the pivot foot. Moving or changing the pivot foot can cause a penalty to the ball holder.

Myth #4

A defensive player must remain stationary to take charge. This statement is simply illogical, and it is a wonder it even exists. A legal guarding position is defined as both feet on the ground while facing the opponent. Practically, once the defender has obtained a legal guarding position, he/she will move to maintain that position against the opponent. This may involve
having one or both feet on the ground during contact with the opposing player.

Myth #5

Over the back is a foul. It is typical of referees to call in a foul when a shorter player has thrown the ball to goal and a taller player grabs it from behind. It can only truly be called a violation if there was contact. If the opponent was able to catch the ball without touching the player, net
or basket rim, it is certainly legal. The game does not have separate rules for tall and short players.

Myth #6

Fumbling ends the dribble. Fumbling occurs when the player accidentally loses control of the ball, and recovering it is always permissible. A dribble reaches its end when the player catches the ball in one or both hands, or touches the ball with both hands at the same time. Basketball
does not punish being clumsy or overwhelmed. Sometimes the ball may slip from the player’s hand and taking a few seconds to regain composure is very natural.

Myth #7

Slapping the backboard is unacceptable. Nobody really wants to hit the backboard on purpose. It is frequently pinned on the defender who is only making legal attempts to block the opponent or take charge of the ball. Therefore, there is nothing wrong with accidentally making contact with the backboard.

Myth #8

Referees make calls that affect the outcome of the game. This so-called ‘rule’ does not even make sense. Referees do not decide how the game turns out. The players give shape to the how the game will end. Players commit fouls and make violations, and the referee’s job is to point them out. The book of rules decides the nature of penalties.

Myth #9

If the ball touches the defender’s foot during a pass, that is a foul. Rationally speaking, that is only illegal if the defender voluntarily does so by kicking the ball or intentionally applying force with any part of the leg. Basketball shall not be turned into a game of soccer.

Myth #10

There is no returning from out-of-bounds. If a player tries to save a ball by going out-of-bounds and is not the first to touch it after it returns in-bounds, the other team does not win the right to take charge. It is only a violation if the player keeps ball in hand while leaving and returning within the boundary line. If you have played basketball by any other rules that seem suspicious or false, feel free to share!

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Devendra is a passionate sports person as well as a blogger that loves to write the sports blog, especially about cricket.

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