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Variations of Basketball You Never Knew About

Basketball is one of the most popular sports in the world. I’d be shocked if you found any household that wasn’t aware of what basketball is.

That being said, we don’t know as much about basketball as we thought. For a start, did you know basketball was created by a rugby coach? Interesting, but that’s a topic for another time.

Right now, I’m here to tell you about some variations in basketball that you may not be aware of. We all know the competitive for of basketball and how it works. However, there are other ways to play too. Read on if you’d like to find out what these variations are!

Wheelchair Basketball

Wheelchair basketball isn’t entirely unknown, so you’ve probably heard of its existence before. The game itself is almost identical. The obvious difference is that the players are all in wheelchairs.

These are no ordinary wheelchairs. They’ve been designed to let you roll down the court at amazing speeds while giving you the torque you need to make sharp turns when necessary.

You might assume the wheelchair basketball was designed for those who can’t walk. Surprisingly, you’d be wrong. Wheelchair basketball is played by those who can’t walk, but there are wheelchair basketball teams made up of people who are quite capable of walking. Find out more at 

Water Basketball

Water basketball is somewhat similar to netball but played in the water. You don’t dribble the ball but rather pass directly to a teammate. When you have possession of the ball, you may not move at all.

The idea of the game is the same as regular basketball in that you need to get the ball to the opposing side of the ‘court’ and shoot it into the hoop. Aside from the water and the lack of dribbling, water basketball is much like the regular game. (Which is to say, aside from a basketball and a hoop it’s completely different)

Beach Basketball

Can you guess where this variation of basketball is played? Wow, you’re so smart! Unlike the previous variations, beach basketball is very different. The rules are much less strict.

The court is circular, and the hoop has no backboard. You can’t dribble, obviously, as the ball wouldn’t be able to bounce off sand well anyway. You move three steps after receiving the ball before you must pass it on to a teammate. If you don’t pass it immediately after your third step, you’ll be penalized.

An interesting rule, or lack thereof, for beach basketball, is that there’s no out of bounds. When the game starts you can go anywhere you like so long as you eventually get the ball into the opposing hoop.

How Many Did You Know About?

These are three of the variations of basketball. Leave a comment below if you knew or have played any of these basketball variations. Let us know in the comments if you’re aware of any other interesting variations too.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to have a go at Wheelchair Basketball!


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