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Assist A pass to a teammate that leads directly to a successful basket.
Basket – The metal hoop through which points are scored.
Blocking A foul committed by a defensive player when he or she moves into the path of an offensive player causing contact.
Charging A foul committed by an offensive player who has the ball and runs into a defensive player who is standing still.
Cut A quick move toward the basket.
Double Dribble A violation that occurs when a player stops dribbling and then starts again.
Dribble To move the ball by bouncing it.
Fast Break When the offensive team moves quickly toward the basket, catching the defensive team off guard.
Field Goal/Field Shot A shot taken from anywhere on the court
Foul Shot/Free Throw An uncontested shot taken from the foul line by the offensive player who was fouled while shooting.
Jump Ball When the referee puts the ball into play by tossing it up between two opposing players. This is also the play that officially starts the game.
Lay-Up Usually a one-handed shot attempted while very close to the basket.
Personal Foul Illegal body contact between two opposing players.
Rebound Gaining control of an unsuccessful shot that bounces off the rim or backboard.
Technical Foul A violation of rules of conduct. Example: Arguing with the referee.
Traveling Taking three or more steps without dribbling while having control or the ball.
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