Basketball Rules Quiz

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Are you a basketball aficionado? Do you have what it takes to outsmart the best in the game? Test your knowledge with our thrilling Basketball Rules Quiz! This fast-paced challenge will put your understanding of the game to the ultimate test. From traveling violations to shot clock rules, we've got it all covered. Whether you're a player, coach, or die-hard fan, this interactive quiz will keep you on the edge of your seat. Get ready to dribble through a series of mind-boggling questions and score big by proving you're a true basketball rules guru. Get your sneakers on and let Read morethe games begin!


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    Check all items below that are names of basketball violations.

    • A.

      Traveling

    • B.

      Blocking foul

    • C.

      Grabbing

    • D.

      Elbowing

    • E.

      Field goal

    • F.

      Unsportsmanlike conduct

    • G.

      Dangerous play

    • H.

      Offsides

    • I.

      Technical foul

    • J.

      Lane violation

    • K.

      Over the limit

    • L.

      Pass interference

    • M.

      Charging

    • N.

      Tackling

    • O.

      Yellow card

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Traveling
    B. Blocking foul
    D. Elbowing
    F. Unsportsmanlike conduct
    I. Technical foul
    J. Lane violation
    M. Charging
    Explanation
    Traveling in basketball refers to the violation when a player holding the ball takes more steps than allowed without dribbling, breaching the two-step limit after stopping their dribble. Elbowing is a foul that involves a player using their elbow to push or strike an opponent. A lane violation occurs when a player enters the key area (the painted rectangular area near the basket) too early during a free throw attempt or jumps ball situation, infringing on the opponent's space. Charging is another foul where an offensive player runs into a stationary defender, resulting in a turnover or a foul called against the offensive player. Technical fouls are assessed for unsportsmanlike conduct, such as arguing with referees or displaying poor sportsmanship, and can lead to free throws or possession change.

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  • 2. 

    A Blocking foul is:

    • A.

      Preventing the ball from going into the basket.

    • B.

      Using hands to stop an opponent.

    • C.

      Getting in the other team's way to give your teammate space.

    • D.

      The use of a defender´s body position to prevent an opponent´s advance.

    Correct Answer
    D. The use of a defender´s body position to prevent an opponent´s advance.
    Explanation
    A blocking foul occurs when a defender uses their body position to impede the progress of an opponent. This can happen when the defender moves into the path of the opponent, causing a collision or obstruction. It is considered a foul because it disrupts the opponent's ability to advance and is not a legal defensive move. The use of hands to stop an opponent or getting in the other team's way to give your teammate space are not specifically related to blocking fouls.

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  • 3. 

    Which of the following is an explanation of the charging foul?

    • A.

      Running into a player that has possession of the ball.

    • B.

      Running into a defender that has established position.

    • C.

      Using arms to create space.

    • D.

      Stepping into the free-throw lane before the ball hits the rim on a free throw attempt.

    Correct Answer
    B. Running into a defender that has established position.
    Explanation
    A charging foul occurs when an offensive player runs into a defender who has already established their position on the court. This means that the defender is in a legal guarding position and the offensive player initiates contact with them. The offensive player is responsible for avoiding contact in this situation, and if they fail to do so, a charging foul is called. This is different from a blocking foul, where the defender is not in a legal guarding position and therefore cannot draw a charge.

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  • 4. 

    A dead ball occurs after which of the following?

    • A.

      The clock runs out, and the buzzer goes off.

    • B.

      The referee blows the whistle.

    • C.

      A basket is made.

    • D.

      All of the above.

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above.
    Explanation
    A dead ball occurs after the clock runs out and the buzzer goes off because the play has ended. It also occurs when the referee blows the whistle to stop the game, indicating a violation or foul. Additionally, a dead ball occurs after a basket is made because the play is temporarily stopped to allow the opposing team to inbound the ball. Therefore, all of the given options result in a dead ball.

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  • 5. 

    Not inbounding the ball quickly enough results in a:

    • A.

      2-second violation.

    • B.

      3-second violation.

    • C.

      4-second violation.

    • D.

      5-second violation.

    Correct Answer
    D. 5-second violation.
    Explanation
    When a team fails to inbound the ball within the allotted five seconds, it results in a turnover. The opposing team then gains possession of the ball and can attempt to score. It is typically considered a minor violation, and the opposing team is awarded possession of the ball.

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  • 6. 

    Before a player attempts to score, a team cedes control of the ball to the opposing team:

    • A.

      A turnover

    • B.

      A technical foul

    • C.

      A charging foul

    • D.

      A blocking foul

    Correct Answer
    A. A turnover
    Explanation
    A turnover occurs when a team loses control of the ball to the opposing team. This can happen through various means such as a steal, an errant pass, or a player stepping out of bounds. In any case, the result is the same - the team that had possession of the ball now loses it, and the opposing team gains control.

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  • 7. 

    An unguarded attempt to score from a line 15 feet from the basket is called:

    • A.

      A 3-pointer

    • B.

      A field goal

    • C.

      A free throw

    • D.

      Shooting

    Correct Answer
    C. A free throw
    Explanation
    A free throw is an unguarded attempt to score from a line 15 feet from the basket. It is called a free throw because the player is given an uncontested shot without any defensive interference. Unlike a field goal or a 3-pointer, which are taken during live game play, a free throw is awarded to a player after a foul is committed by the opposing team. It is an opportunity for the player to score points without any defensive pressure.

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  • 8. 

    A hand check is:

    • A.

      A personal foul

    • B.

      Intermittently or continuously using one or both hands on an opposing player

    • C.

      When a defensive player uses both of their hands to block the motion of an offensive player

    • D.

      All of the above

    Correct Answer
    D. All of the above
    Explanation
    A hand check is considered a personal foul in basketball. It refers to the act of intermittently or continuously using one or both hands on an opposing player. Additionally, it is also considered a hand check when a defensive player uses both of their hands to block the motion of an offensive player. Therefore, the correct answer is "All of the above" as all the statements mentioned are true regarding a hand check.

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  • 9. 

    • If two opposing players possess the ball simultaneously, the referee will call:

    • A.

      A held ball (also called a jump ball)

    • B.

      A turnover

    • C.

      Tip-off

    • D.

      A dead ball

    Correct Answer
    A. A held ball (also called a jump ball)
    Explanation
    When two opposing players possess the ball simultaneously, the referee will call a held ball (also called a jump ball). This means that neither player has clear possession of the ball and it will result in a jump ball situation where the referee will toss the ball up in the air and two players will try to gain possession by tapping or catching it. This is a common way to resolve situations where both teams have equal claim to the ball.

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  • 10. 

    Using the hands to interfere with or limit an opponent's freedom of movement is called:

    • A.

      Holding

    • B.

      Grabbing

    • C.

      Unnecessary Roughness

    • D.

      Hand Check 

    Correct Answer
    D. Hand Check 
    Explanation
    Hand check is the correct answer because it refers to the act of using the hands to interfere with or limit an opponent's freedom of movement. This can occur in sports such as basketball or soccer, where players may use their hands to impede the progress of an opponent or restrict their movement. Hand checking is often considered a foul or violation, as it gives an unfair advantage to the player performing the action.

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  • 11. 

    True or false: Incidental contact is a violation.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Incidental contact refers to accidental or unintentional contact that occurs during the normal course of play in sports. It is not considered a violation as long as it does not involve any intentional harm or foul play. Therefore, the statement "Incidental contact is a violation" is false.

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  • 12. 

    Stepping into the lane too soon on a free-throw attempt is referred to as:

    • A.

      A false start

    • B.

      A lane violation

    • C.

      A moving violation

    • D.

      Off-sides

    Correct Answer
    B. A lane violation
    Explanation
    Stepping into the lane too soon on a free-throw attempt is referred to as a lane violation. This occurs when a player crosses the free-throw line before the ball has hit the rim. It is considered a violation of the rules and results in a turnover, with the opposing team being awarded the ball.

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  • 13. 

    As soon as a ball is given to a free-throw shooter on a throw-in, the play is considered to be:

    • A.

      Dead

    • B.

      Live

    • C.

      Over

    • D.

      A technical foul

    Correct Answer
    B. Live
    Explanation
    When a ball is given to a free-throw shooter on a throw-in, the play is considered to be "live." This means that the game is still in progress and any actions or decisions made by the players can affect the outcome of the play. The ball is in play and the shooter has the opportunity to make a shot or pass the ball to a teammate. The play is not considered dead or over, and there is no technical foul involved in this situation.

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  • 14. 

    One and one are:

    • A.

      A shot that is worth only 1 point

    • B.

      A player is allowed to make one free throw and may attempt another if the first one is successful.

    • C.

      A non-shooting foul

    • D.

      An alternative to man-to-man defense

    Correct Answer
    B. A player is allowed to make one free throw and may attempt another if the first one is successful.
    Explanation
    The correct answer is "A player is allowed to make one free throw and may attempt another if the first one is successful." This explanation is supported by the context of the question, which mentions "One and one." In basketball, "One and one" refers to a free throw situation where a player is awarded one free throw and if they make it, they are given an additional free throw attempt. This is commonly used in situations where a team has committed a certain number of fouls in a period.

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  • 15. 

    If a team commits more fouls then they are allowed per quarter or half, they are considered to be:

    • A.

      Over the limit

    • B.

      In the bonus

    • C.

      Penalized by one free throw attempt

    • D.

      Awarded free throws

    Correct Answer
    B. In the bonus
    Explanation
    If a team commits more fouls than they are allowed per quarter or half, they are considered to be in the bonus. This situation allows the opposing team to shoot free throws on non-shooting fouls.

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  • 16. 

    When the conditions described in the previous question happen, the other team would be considered to be:

    • A.

      Over the limit

    • B.

      In the bonus

    • C.

      Penalized by one free throw attempt

    • D.

      Awarded free throws

    Correct Answer
    B. In the bonus
    Explanation
    When a team commits more fouls than they are allowed per quarter or half, and the opposing team is consequently awarded free throws, it is commonly referred to as being "in the bonus." This means that the fouled team is now in a bonus situation, and they are awarded free throws regardless of the type of foul committed.

    So, the correct option is: In the bonus

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  • 17. 

    The maximum number of consecutive seconds an offensive player can be in the paint is:

    • A.

      2

    • B.

      3

    • C.

      5

    • D.

      10

    Correct Answer
    B. 3
    Explanation
    In basketball, the paint refers to the area inside the key or the shaded area under the basket. According to the rules, an offensive player can only stay in the paint for a maximum of three consecutive seconds. This rule is in place to prevent players from camping out near the basket, which could lead to an unfair advantage. Therefore, the correct answer is 3.

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  • 18. 

    True or false: In the NBA, there is a limit to how long a defensive player can be in the lane.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Unlike the NCAA and some other basketball leagues, the NBA does not have a rule that limits how long a defensive player can spend in the key or paint area. This is often referred to as the "defensive three-second rule." In the NBA, defensive players can remain in the paint for an unlimited amount of time as long as they actively guard an opponent or are in the process of contesting a shot.

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  • 19. 

    Taking more than two steps without dribbling the ball is called:

    • A.

      Traveling

    • B.

      A false start

    • C.

      Walking

    • D.

      Both A and C

    Correct Answer
    D. Both A and C
    Explanation
     Traveling refers to the violation in basketball when a player takes more than two steps without dribbling the ball. This is against the rules as it gives the player an unfair advantage in terms of distance covered. Walking is another term used to describe this violation, so the correct answer is "Both A and C."

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  • 20. 

    Violations and misconduct that are detrimental to the game and penalized by free-throw opportunities are called:

    • A.

      Aggressive fouls

    • B.

      Intentional fouls

    • C.

      Flagrant fouls

    • D.

      Technical fouls

    Correct Answer
    D. Technical fouls
    Explanation
    Technical fouls are violations and misconduct that are detrimental to the game and are penalized by free-throw opportunities. These fouls are usually non-contact fouls that involve unsportsmanlike behavior, such as excessive arguing with officials, disrespectful gestures or language, or delay of game tactics. Unlike aggressive fouls, intentional fouls, or flagrant fouls, technical fouls do not involve physical contact with an opponent. Instead, they focus on behavior that goes against the spirit of the game and disrupts its flow.

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Danielle Shafer |BS (Sports Management) |
Basketball
Danielle holds a Bachelor's degree in Sports Management and Coaching from Urbana University along with a Master's degree in Marketing from the University of Nottingham. With a passion for sports education and community involvement, she volunteered at Special Olympics events from January 2012 to teach basketball and directed camps like the Wayne High School Basketball Camp in May 2012. As our basketball aficionado, she brings her A-game to review our hoops quizzes. With a slam dunk career in sports marketing and a passion for the game, she ensures our basketball quizzes hit nothing but net.

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