The basketball rules constitutes those regulations and directive that govern the course of the game throughout the duration of the play. The rules generally remain the same worldwide. However, some variations are authorized by the various authorities under whom the game is being played. The games, which are governed in the North America, are ruled and regulated by either NBA or NCAA. However, the international game rules are laid down by FIBA and are followed in rest of the world outside the North America.
The basic objective of the game is to score the maximum points by throwing the ball inside the opponent’s basket. In this process, one had to prevent the opponent from doing the same, without performing fowls of any kind. The points vary with the distance from where the ball is shot in the court. For example, any shot, which is successful, would add up two points. However, it would add up three points when the shot has been taken from a point that is further from three-point arc.
The total number of players that can play simultaneously is ten, five from each team. The games are being played with four quarters. Each quarter can be 10 minutes or 12 minutes depending on the association under which it is being played. The other general rules include that the ball must not leave the court during the game and any interference to the goal is not allowed. There are various other minute details to the rules, which must be followed to play the game fair and square.