Basketball

Basketball

Basketball is a one of the top sports in Special Olympics. Players take it up at all ages and all abilities, from young players learning to handle the ball, keeping it under control while dribbling, to older more experienced players who have the moves and know the strategies to play challenging ball.

Special Olympics Basketball offers a series of adaptations of FIBA rules that are optional when conducting team competitions. Some of these adaptations include adjusting the length of the game, allowing a player to take two steps beyond what is ruled by FIBA as traveling, allowing the free throw shooter 10 seconds to release the ball, enforcing a rule that allows only five seconds of closely guarded play in front court, and rewarding two free throws beginning with the seventh team foul in each half.

Basketball Fact Sheet
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Basketball Rules
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