Layout of a Basketball Court

Posted: July 22, 2015 in Craig Raucher, Sports
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Craig Raucher currently serves as commissioner of the Brooklyn/Staten Island Athletic League in New York City. Under the guidance of Craig Raucher, the league has evolved over the last 30 years to become the city’s premier amateur athletic league.

Understanding the layout of a basketball court is vital to the success of any team. A basketball court consists of a large rectangle divided into squares. The center of the court contains the center circle, which commonly includes a team logo or school mascot. The center circle comes into play for tipoffs at the start of the game and the start of the second half. Moving from the center circle toward the basket, the player encounters the three-point line. Any shot taken behind this line is worth three points instead of the standard two.

The majority of the game takes place inside the boundaries of the three-point line, as this is the area where teams run their offensive plays. Fifteen feet directly in front of the basket is the free throw line. Sometimes referred to as the charity stripe, this is where players stand to shoot free throws after fouls. Beyond the free throw line and continuing toward the basket is an often painted rectangle known as the three-second area, the lane, or the zone. Offensive players can only remain in this area for three seconds without taking a shot, or they commit a three-second violation.

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