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200+ Basketball Definitions and Terms for You to Use, Learn & Understand

Have you ever noticed the number of Basketball Definitions and Termsthat are used during the course of a game, practice, scrimmage or meeting.

When coaches talk to their players, they use “basketball talk”. The coach expects their players to understand them at all times. To do this, players need to learn and understand the various basketball terms that are being used.

By having a thorough understanding of these basketball definitions and terms, players show the coach that they have a great understanding of the game.

This is one of those small things that impress a coach. It also makes the coach’s job of communicating with the players a bit easier.

I’ll give you an example. Which one of these do you think the coach prefers to say and the players prefer to hear:

  • “Let’s all gather around the free throw lane.”OR
  • “Let’s all gather around the 12 foot wide area bounded by the free throw lines, also called the paint.”

Obviously this is a simple example but it shows how the communication is much smoother when players understand the basketball definitions and terms. Coaches and players are on the same page and are able to understand each other during practices, games, scrimmages and meetings.

Do you need to know every single basketball definition and term? Well – yes, but you don’t need to learn them all at once.

You will learn a lot by just being around your coach and other players – and just by being involved in the game. Over time, you will have a great understanding of all the terms of basketball. This will definitely make you a very well-rounded basketball player.

Having said that, it doesn’t hurt to read and study all the various terms of the game. I have compiled a very thorough list of over 200 Basketball Terms and Definitions!

This list is broken down into several categories for your convenience. To learn more about this, I encourage you to check out our page on Basketball Terms.

I hope you found these Tips On The Basketball Terms and Definitions to be helpful and informative. Learning and understanding the definitions and terms of the game is an important aspect of becoming a complete basketball player.

The better you understand the terms of basketball: The better you will be able communicate with your coach and teammates and, the better you will be able to play the game!

Again, if you need more valuable information on these definitions, check out our page loaded with over 200 Basketball Terms!

If you need more information in addition to that, or if you need information on other basketball topics, I would suggest you purchase some good basketball books and videos. These will provide you with a wealth of knowledge about the game of basketball.