Scoring through NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball There are a lot of rules set out for scoring. And according to the newly baptized rules and interpretations, there are 7 articles involving the scoring within the period of the game. It is divided into two categories: men and women’s division. Although the point system is the same with the two, some instances require special attention. It will be discussed further. The following articles are intended for scoring. Article 1 It is stated that if any shot is taken within the three-point line, it shall be counted as two points. However the shot was made, if the ball is tapped, directed, or thrown. Article 2 Any shot that was made beyond or on the three-point line shall be counted as three-points. Now, if any shot was made in the opponent’s field basket, it will be counted as two points regardless the point of area it was released. In the scorebook, a shot like this will not be credited to the player but will be written as a footnote. Article 3 The moment an official has found out to permit a team that leads them to a wrong direction, all activities made and the consumed time will be counted as if there were no improper directions made. This will only be accepted if the mistake is discovered and that person is an official who have recognized the error. After errors have been made into considerations, the game will resume and teams will go back in their proper directions. Article 4 There will be no influence whatsoever of the game clock to goal counting. Article 5 When doubt arises whether a single score made within the period of the shot-clock or if a player tries to contact for a goal and it met the flange or ring, activities before the start of the next live ball will be canceled. Exceptions of fouls (flagrant technical, flagrant personal, intentional technical, intentional personal, or a direct technical) will be advised and additional time that is corrected will be included to the clock of the game. Article 6 When a goal was made from a free-throw, it will be accounted for the player to made the free-throw and to the team he is in. One successful free-throw will be credited as one point. Article 7 This is for the women’s category only. If before a goal, a foul was made by player-control, this particular goal will be dismissed. Article 8 Points will be awarded for the shooting player/team if infractions for goaltending or interference of the basket are done by the team defending the ring. That is all there is when it comes to the rules of scoring in the NCAA. A team will be recognized as the winning team if they scored more than their opponent the moment the game ends. But reviews will be done when cases arise. In cases of games being interrupted due to situations that are beyond the expectations and control of the entire committee and coordinator including the teams, the game will be continued from the point it was interrupted. Otherwise involved teams will agree on a decision or there are particular rules to settle it. The committee handling the entire season will not entertain or recognize any protests done by any team. Meaning, decisions made are final.
NCAA Bracket Picks: Basketball Tips and Predictions Choosing the perfect picks to fit the bracket is one of the painstaking events in a fan’s NCAA life. Every time you fill-in the bracket, doubts, hesitations and a lot of self-convincing shall be done before the entries are filled. Those who have experienced filling out the bracket know that there is so much more than the Madness March has caused them. Still thinking on how to gather the right recipe for an effective bracket? There’s two: luck and skill. Since luck is a phenomena people has no control of, better stick to number two: skill. Yes, you could predict a very impressive bracket just by basing your chances on the performance of each team. You have to research briefly to get the precise data to make a better judgment call. Now, if you can’t still do that, take your chances by browsing down the tips stated below. 1. Points or wins Usually, the basis of choosing all goes down to the points a team has scored in each event. It’s called Points Ratings. Wins Ratings refers to close games. Whether a team excelled in the victory margins or outperforming others as well, it’s a step you have to get onto. For example, Team Alpha and Team Beta have the same points ratings. But if Team Alpha gained more in wins ratings, then Team Alpha has a better chance to capture the NCAA hype than Team Beta. 2. Performance Focus your senses to the fact that power rankings are being withdrawn from NCAA basketball. The relevant data which includes wins and losses, scores of the games, performance from different places (home, neutral, away), recent game performances, victory margins, etc. Just basing your choice from these pieces of data, you’ll have a pretty good idea on what team to give your full faith into. Aside from the objective ranking, also look at the numerical rating. 3. Consistent Standings This is what most likely happens during a tournament: teams that are expected to win over other teams win; and teams that are expected to lose, lose. Those who are expected to win over teams are also expected to lose to those that they are supposed to. Those who had the opportunity to beat better teams lost their integrity with stinkers. If you look closer, those who are more consistent are the one who might have a better shot at winning. If you have been eyeing a team with a very impressive consistency record, then they would have a high chance of being "the one" and are most likely to beat the underdogs. 4. Wins and Losses This is the battle between the weaklings and the unbeatable. One look on how a good a win is and how bad the loss is will let you equally determine if the team deserves the right to be included in your bracket. If the team that won against hard-to-conquer situations and opponents, it is the best inevitable sign to dig into. 5. Recent Play Consistency in a play is fairly predictable. A team can be great in one encounter and suck on another. To get a hold on which team outsmarted the most and made a real impression for the last few weeks, base on their ratings. Compare the previous game from the recent one. The first game is obviously of major importance. If an underdog had been very lousy on the first parts and made it to the final four as the end approaches, do you think they deserve a better position in that bracket? Definitely, yes.
International Basketball Regulations Basketball is a contact team sport played by 12-15 members but only 5 players each team are allowed to go inside the court at a time and play the game. Others who are left on the sides are substitutes. It was first played in Springfield, Massachusetts in 1891. It can either be played indoors or outdoors. And the name was derived from shooting the ball inside a basket which is known as the ring. Basketball, like every game, has its certain rules and regulations that are needed to propel an exciting and organized game. The time that was introduced varies from one organization and tournament to another. Wherein this article will discuss the rules and regulations used during international section. Objective The main objective of the game is to outrun scores. This is done by shooting the ball through the opponent’s basket while preventing opposing team to score or get a hold of the ball. Attempting to score is called a shooting. Two points will be equivalent to one shot while 3 points happens when a shot is taken 6.25 meters from the basket basing on the international aspect. Regulations Time An international basketball game lasts about 2 hours. Within this time, there would be 4 quarters of playing time of 10 minutes every quarter. Add the 15 minutes that are allotted for half-time break and the other 2 minutes for the other quick breaks. At the end of the second quarter, teams change baskets. Time is stopped when the game is not active or when certain problems arise while the game is at play. Time-outs would typically last not more than a minute. This also applies for clock stoppages. Time-outs are used for short meet ups with players when the coach wants to emphasize something important. Team A basketball roster is comprised of 12 players. And the game is played by two opposing team. In each team, out of the 12 members, only 5 are allowed to actually play inside the court each time. So technically, you would see 10 people inside the court battling it out for one ball. Teams have their own coach who gives out strategies and developments of the team. More like a teacher at the side of the court. Aside from the coach, the team also has its own personnel like assistant coaches, statisticians, managers, trainers and in case of emergency, a doctor. Attire This goes for both men and women. The standard uniform that everyone should follow is a pair of comfortable shorts and jersey. Printed at the front and back of the jersey, the player’s number should be visible enough for everyone to see. Sneakers are high-top to provide ankle support. Aside from these, you’ll also notice that the team’s name, sponsors and player’s name is printed. Game Officials Officials calling the shots are consisted with the referees, two umpires, and table officials. Table officials are the ones who are responsible for recording scoring, substitutions, timekeeping, team and individual fouls, and the shot clock. Equipment Two of the most important equipments that are needed for a basketball game to be in session are the court and the ball itself. The court looks rectangular and flat with two baskets at the opposite sides. This will be enough for freestyle basketball. But in competitive areas, the requirements are more complicated. Equipments needed aside from the court and ball are the score sheets, possession arrows, clocks, scoreboards and clock systems that are operated by the table officials.
NCAA Tournament: A Review on the Basketball Field March Madness The popular name given to The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is March Madness. This is considered as the most prestigious championship game ever held in American Collegiate sports. Even the baseball playoffs don’t seem to match the 7 seeds of the best of the best round in the championship. NCAA is indeed the height of sports in the making. Sixty-five teams go inside the battlefield, only one remains standing. Tournament Field The field is composed of 65 teams. Thirty-four of which is selected by the committee and is determined by bids "at-large". The other 31 proceeds to the conference championship. Most of those who proceeded are chosen to be in smaller tournaments done after the season. Usually this takes place during the first week of March. 65 Teams? Got that right. Sixty-five teams are going to battle it out. This is because NCAA didn’t want teams get eliminated at-large bids. Instead, they added "play-ins". This is the part when number 64 and 65 face off and the team who wasn’t squashed can have the chance to play with the number one seeds. One fact that you have to be aware of and is very evident in the play-in game is: it’s not what you put inside the brackets that you filled out in your pool or on a website. Lingo What in the world are seeds, RPI, regions and ranks? When the 64 teams split, they are sectioned into 4 regions. The selection committee set up the particular regions. This committee is responsible for making it a point that every region must be equal in strength and weakness. Seedings are not the same when talking about rankings. Every team is seeded equally based on their abilities. How does seeding take place? Theoretically speaking, seeding happens upon hailing the best players. Those 4 teams chosen as the best becomes seed number 1, the next best as seed number 2, and the seeding goes on. Seeding is said to be specific until the tournament ends. It is not interchangeable. Unlike in rankings, the team’s performance is defined. It can be manipulated through the entire game by how good a team’s game went. Rankings are unofficial and are gathered through polls generated through the sportswriter’s decision. Next, RPI, which stands for three words - ratings, percentage, index. This is the strict mathematical method of ranking each team. RPI is somewhat a secretive attempt to rank a team. Guess that added up to the confusion. But that would be all right, the important thing is, you have grasp at least something. Schedule A tournament schedule is not actually fixed. It can change every year, including the location. Although the sequence is forever the same. The first week within the month of March is called as the Championship Week. This is the time when the tournament’s championship games are held. The Sunday wherein the Championship Weekends is called as the Selection Sunday. It is held on a late Sunday afternoon. Sweet Sixteen is the term given for the 16 teams that qualify after the first weekend has passed. These 16 who remains will be divided into two. The first 8 will play on a Thursday and the next 8 on a Friday. After the two Sundays and Saturdays that passed, the Final Four is announced.
A Dose of NCAA Basketball History The National Collegiate Athletic Association was the trendsetter in ambiguity and victory. It is has undergone a lot of ups and downs. From the very founder of the game which all basketball enthusiasts have to be thankful for, Dr. Naismith. He, who showed people that a game this big can come from a game so seemingly small then. It’s like looking through the hourglass where sands of time has lost track of the day that has passed. NCAA basketball revitalized the blood of every college individual. Dreamers and supporters alike are the ones who made every event possible. NCAA begins on the month of March. This is usually the time where cheerleaders strut their moves and the best players are molded into persons who will pave the way to get into the NBA or get into the school of their choice. "March Madness", as they call it, had become a traditional season where colleges from different parts of the United States meet for a chance to get to the top. This wouldn’t all be possible without the help of a few significant people who paved the way for the firsts. First event. First MVP. First team champion. It’s all included in NCAA’s history record. It was stated that the very first NCAA tournament for men’s basketball was held at Northwestern on March 27, 1939. There were only 8 teams that competed against each other coming from 2 different regions. Oregon was the very first to be declared as champions for that event, defeating Ohio State. The NCAA was the king of the basketball arena but not until the 1950’s came. NIT went into the scene and was then considered as the more prestigious event than NCAA. Teams then preferred to play in NIT and choose to skip the NCAA season. Because of this irony, the best teams never met. But either way, some of the best schools choose to enter both tournaments that made playing more interesting. In the 1940’s, Oklahoma A&M won two titles in the NCAA. Those who were defeated in NIT recovered much and gained integrity when they entered the NCAA. While some schools decided to stick with NIT, there are others who lost on their first and second round with NIT and decided to finish the season in the NCAA. A third-place event was added into the game schedule in courtesy with the East region. That was in 1941. The national third-place game was first held in 1946. This lasted until the 1980’s. In comes 1951. This was the year where the expansion of 8 teams were made into 16. Seattle became the site of the semifinal and championship games in 1952. This was also the place where the genuine "final four" was made. 1956 became historical for this year paved the way for the tournament to be divided into regions of four. Thus, the most magnificent and famous games were made. In 1974, NCAA became a tournament with 32 teams. They also allowed more schools to participate in conferences. When 1979 came, it expanded to 40 participating teams. This is the year when Michigan State won national championship against Indiana State. This tournament was one of the most historical events ever accounted for in all of NCAA seasons. Earvin "Magic" Johnson became well known going against Larry Bird. As the expansion follows over the years, in 1985, it had become a 64-team match. The tournament’s popularity reached the corners of the country far and wide. Negotiations from television networks to air the game via satellite speeding through the internet, radio, etc. had been agreed upon.
Playing Basketball: A Game of Defense Defense in the arena is one of the most vital responsibilities of every teammate in the field of basketball. It is as important as an offensive move. On the contrary, defense can make a team win a specific game even if the winning score is 1-0. It proves that with proper defensive work, a team could pick it off till the championships. Playing basketball is not just a game of shooting some hoops but also of guarding the ring. Sure they teach offensive techniques that require rigorous training and resistance. But that’s just the beginning. The real technique in winning a game is how to prevent an opponent from making that shot. This is one area that some of the coaches and players poorly rely on. They just don’t seem to realize how important defense is to their strategies. This should be their top priority. Even though defense in the court was proven many times, still, majority of the playing teams doesn’t seem to recognize this and fail to put extra effort to train on this one. Playing defense is as important as playing offense. That is the second time it was reiterated in this article. Because it is true. No matter how hard you try to get through, you still can’t make the perfect shot because of the extreme defense your opponent is showing. If teams would realize that pursuing for the ball is just a part of the whole game, probably they’ll include defense practice more often than offense. And dedicate their time in it. A team and its coach must have to attend to all aspects in ball playing. In other words, they have to be well-rounded. Players who think so much of their career doesn’t want to play as blockers. Why? How could you end up as MVP if all you do is block and prevent shots without giving yourself the opportunity to shoot? Think about that. No offense but, if this one popular player who calls the shots never had good teammates who defended every opponent from nagging him, how in the world can he prove himself to make that ball go inside the basket? Coaches who tend to recognize this would assign respective players to play defense. But that would only prove a 50-50 chance of winning the game. Coaches must train in their players the ability to defend every angle of the court...all of them. Then again, not all players can play defense. Only some are proven worthy. But still, it is good to be prepared than be caught off guard. Either way, teams must have the spirit in them to guard their base. And in order to do this, each player must have in them these certain qualities: 1. Instincts. A player must know how to react with every situation that may occur inside the court, and fast! 2. Has the knowledge to play numerous kinds of defenses like half-court traps, man-to-man, etc. 3. Infinite stamina to follow his guarded opponent wherever he goes. 4. Supporting number 3, he should also have quick feet and hands to be able to run and move as fast as his opponent can. 5. Quick reflexes. He should know how to detect an incoming shot and be able to block it. He must have the ability to jump as fast as he can repetitively.
NCAA Tournament Pools: Bracket Strategies for the Basketball Season ‘08 There are a lot of predictions to get through the trend of picking the right 16 teams to fill out the brackets. Okay. Make a wild educated guess. Pick one team. Any team. Make sure that it will come out after March Madness ends. Can you do that? Of course you can! That is, if you make every decision a very precise one. You can’t keep on trusting your instincts or toss a coin and depend your answer on that. Well, science was based on theories but they have allotted so much time digging into those researches before constructing an elaborate definition of one word that can still be objected in due time. This can also be applied to NCAA basketball. So here’s the deal. You want to take home the big bucks. And you have a really good team at the end of your bracket. Question is, are those teams ideal? As a lot of people say, wagers made for the sake of entertainment are most likely illegal. And yet, who’s talking? Think about that and reflect on these strategies. Think Before They Do Go against time. Better yet, think as they would then counter on it. Before the games begin, you have to have a clear idea what will happen if you have chosen the seeds who were appropriate enough to battle out with the weaker ones. It is definitely a good choice to make the good seeds go first just to settle the odds. That would be a good move, and is definitely the right decision because most people would think about that kind of method. But if you could’ve played it like a chess player would, that might be the solution. Pick certain upsets. Be sure these upsets won’t destroy the bracket if guesses were wrong. In this manner, you are not risking so much for so little. Tournament pools are most likely to award points, with every round, those points increases. From 2, you could gain 16 every round once your bracket reached the elite eight. If the following rounds are equivalent to more points, you can accumulate them by trying to maintain a team playing in the following weeks. Know Your Opponent You are not competing against the basketball team themselves. It’s that accountant on 10th floor that you made a deal with you have to look forward to. Know what team he would prefer. This will enable you to maximize chances of being one step ahead. Scouting the opposition is not a bad idea. Base on the History If a particular team had been seeded to be in the number one seed, there could’ve been a very good reason why the top seeds remain on top. Look on the brighter side; you have more chances of winning than losing. Note one more thing: luck would be on your side if you have figured out the teams who have dominated the enormous conferences. Be confident and less intimidated Being intimidated is a big downfall on your part. So what if your opponent keeps on claiming that he knows his team inside and out? People who have such a very, very high level of self-confidence tends to over think the situation thus not considering what problems may come at hand. Yes, be confident but not overconfident. Even though you have known the team you have included in your bracket, and even if you know how strong your team is going, you never have to underestimate the bets of your opponent. Do not be the person that was just described above.
How to Score Through College Basketball A Brief Introduction Still thanks to the undying efforts of Dr. Naismith, intercollegiate basketball was formed. He became both an instrument and an inspiration. Establishing college basketball, he extended extra efforts by coaching for the University of Kansas. This lasted for 6 weeks and then handed his position over to the well-known Forrest Allen. Naismith advocates and disciples spread through the country and reached each state far and wide. People like Amos Stagg who introduced it to the University of Chicago and Adolph Rupp became the coach for the University of Kentucky. The Real Score There are only a few who can make it through college basketball. And only those gifted and well-trained teams get into the finals. How you ask. It’s all in the moves you execute. Basketball moves are those actions done individually by players. It could either be a defensive method or an offensive one. This will enable the player to successfully gain total access to score a basket or perform a clean pass to an open teammate. There are typically 3 ways to outsmart an opponent. 1. Dribbling - a move that is required while bringing the ball at any point inside the court. Dribbling is one requirement to avoid travelling. There are several ways to perform dribbling, some, in the most creative and protective manner. One kind of dribble that confuses the opponent is the crossover. The one handling the ball tends to change from its normal pace to freeze or confuse the aggressive defender. You can usually see this move in street basketball. This is a playful way that is often seen with players who wants to generate an easy jump shot or layup. Familiar players like Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson can be seen using this kind of dribbling. The crossover is also called as the "ankle-breaker" because this dribble often catches the defenders off guard, suddenly lose their balance and sometimes fall down. 2. Passes - literally, this means passing the ball. To know these techniques makes the ballhandler be more skillful on thinking how to pass without the opponent getting in between or being able to get it. There are several ways to pass. One of which is the fundamental chest pass. This is a stepping stone of learning how to pass effectively. A chest pass is performed by stepping with one foot toward your target then push the push forcefully from their chest outward using two hands while making the hands turn over. This is most effective on the perimeter or in open court. The bounce pass is another kind of pass that is considered as a very effective type of passing the ball. Using a strong amount of energy, the ball is passed by bouncing it off the floor with an angle going to the teammate. At a flash, this could also be an assist because of its speed that can intercept the opponent from retrieving the ball. 3. Shots - these are the basic and most essential element that is needed to win a game. Every shot must be made into perfection to gain a point. Shots can be classified as layups, putback and tip-in, and bankshot. Other moves and shots involved are the up and under which will rely on a fake shot that is the up and the step-through that will be the under. A hook shot is also one of the most attractive and effective shots made yet difficult to do. Learn more about these techniques because this will definitely help you score into college basketball.
Basketball History in the Making The history of basketball paved the way to a lot of significant events and people who made countless contributions for the evolution of basketball. Thanks to the very efforts of its founder, Dr. James Naismith, an instructor and a student in a Canadian school, basketball came into being. Early History It is said that the first court for basketball was situated in a YMCA Training School now known as Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. Dr. Naismith needed something to pump up the energy level of his students and put them in proper shape as winter came. He had numerous ideas but then after realizing how poor it suited the gymnasiums, he decided to establish the rules first. His idea of the first ring is a peach basket that is nailed on a 10-foot elevated track. But this peach basket didn’t have a hole at the bottom. That’s why balls have to be manually retrieved every once in a while every time the ball had hit a score. However, this proved to be tiring and inefficient for proper and fun gaming. Due to this, he decided to poke a hole into the bottom for the ball to go down whenever it is shot through it. The ball that was used was the soccer ball. Whenever the ball gets into the basket, a point is given to the entire team. The team who has the most number of points wins. This basket was used until the year 1906. On that year, they replaced the basket with hoops made of metal and supported by backboards. As this proved to be more convenient for the ball just literally passed through the hoops, it was adapted until now. According to the handwritten diary by Dr. Naismith, he became nervous with his game for he fret that it would fail like those that he did before. It also said that he associated the rules from the game Duck on a Rock that is typically a children’s game. After which he named the game as Basket Ball. Basketball’s Firsts It was during January 20, 1892 that the first game was officially played and was held at the gymnasium of YMCA. The game comprised 9 players and had a 1-0 result. This winning shot was made at a 25 feet measurement and the court was only half the size of the present day NBA court. Basketball was not only meant for men. Women also indulged in the sport. The first women basketball game was held in Smith College during the year 1892. Senda Berenson, also a physical education teacher like Naismith modified some of the rules that were intended for women. She also organized the first basketball women’s collegiate game that was on March 1893. Her freshmen women played against the sophomore women. She then became fascinated by the values and skills the sport could impart. YMCA was wholly responsible for the development and spread of the game. By 1895, it reached Canada and parts of the US that was then adapted at some high school for women. The National Basketball League, known as the very first pro basketball league, was established in 1898. The league’s responsibility is to protect the players from being exploited and make it safer for the benefit of its members. However, this lasted for only 5 years. Since these evolutions, basketball had been widely accepted and had become the new trend in sports.
NCAA Men’s Basketball Rule Change for the Year 2007-2008 There has been an extensive debate on certain changes for the rules of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Basketball men’s division. There are studies on how much adjustments will be made regarding the three-point line. It was discussed and is approved by governing bodies that will be effective by the year 2008-2009. Not only that, there are also requirements and certain traditions that will be changed and is anticipated to be replaced by newer versions and sets of rules. For those who are curious regarding the newly adapted three-point line marks, there would be no change in the width of the lane because the committee considered the wide extent they have to reach and the schools across the country that has to re-mark their line conjunction. This would eventually be considered but would take several years to put into regulation. For the new three-point line being asserted as a true arc, the answer is a definite yes. It would measure for about 20ft, 9inches starting from the center of the basket. Do not fret though, because the idea of allowing an arc measuring a foot was dismissed. The committee acknowledged how expensive it would take for schools all across the country to introduce such a change. No changes made for the free-throw lane but alignment of the players whenever a free-throw is served will be adapted at the 2008 NCAA season. The one who plays defense will now be positioned, instead of below, above the block. Markings on the court within the lane will not be moved. One very important matter that the committee reiterated is the value of sportsmanship. These rules were made for compulsory purposes to impose to the whole crowd including all people involved in the game. Without sportsmanship as their main goal, the game will go berserk. Rules are made to be able to maximize the safety, enjoyment and potential of the athlete and student without getting hurt. This is also emphasized t the personnel, crowd and officials. Enforcement of these rules is a must. Further adjustments regarding student-athlete uniforms were also marked. The committee became concerned on the legality of the uniforms last 2006-2007 season. They commented that uniforms serve as protection for the integrity of the player and not as a billboard wherein all you can see are the advertisements patch onto it. You can hardly see the player’s number. Instead of making it complicated, the committee made adjustments for the benefit of both the manufacturers and institutions. Discussing uniforms, if the team uses a back panel along the shoulder, its maximum extent should not be more than 3 inches that may be horizontal or arched. This will not affect the number’s visibility without compromising the creativity in the design. Patches made in the uniforms must only be a kept within the maximum size of 2 ј sq inches. Placement of single patches whether commemorative, conference or institutional can be worn at the apex of the back in their jersey. Regarding hair control devices, anything that is put on the head, either headbands or control devices must have a single color, solid in particular, that would be not more than 2 inches in width. Hard items are prohibited. These are only some of those are needed some attending. To know more about the different rules and regulations implemented and changed, refer to the NCAA committee actions for 2007-2008.