Talk:Rules of basketball

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edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Rules of basketball:
  • Rewrite timeline as paragraphs (yay!)
  • Summarise and categorise current rules
    • Check for amount of overlap with main article Basketball (There will inevitably be some overlap)
  • Write procedure for rule changes(?)
  • Uniforms and their standardisation (eg numbering must be 4-15 in some comps etc.)?
  • Possibly will need to make decision as to whether to have a "US" page and an "International" page which will clarify the different rule sets?
  • Need to check (& resolve) the overlap between the categories of: Basketball rules and Basketball terminology
  • Information on the distance of the free-throw line from the center of the basket should be added in the section "Scoring and court markings". Or a link to should be added. This info is often searched for, e.g., when setting up a court for kids.
  • Edit rules to assume that reader is a layperson that knows nothing of the rules.
  • Re-order article to begin with contemporary rules and then give historical rules.
  • Explain the minimum distance required for a 3 pt shot.
  • Explain the difference in the basketball size for men and women
  • Add explanation of closely guarded (5 second) count as well as old rule about 5 sec. and hash marks
  • Include diagram of referee signals ?

Anything else, please add to the list.

NCAA rule link broken[edit]

The NCAA rules are available at It looks like a "store", but has free download options. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:49, 27 December 2014 (UTC)

Creation of page[edit]

I've created this page for the purpose of finding a good place for the ti of the evolution of the rule of basketball. Having created this page, it also presents a place to explain the rules in more detail, and provide an account of its history. This is an encyclopedia, so a written account would serve better than a timeline, even if a timeline would prove interesting in another context.

I'll get to it myself if I find time. If anyone could help start the article, or to write the timeline as paragraphs, then that would be great. Thanks. Neonumbers 11:21, 24 Mar 2005 (UTC)

Hey, it looks good. You'll probably want to add in when the three-point shot was first introduced (I believe it was 1978 for the NBA, most high schools had it by the mid-1980s, and college not until 1986). [[Briguy52748 17:37, 10 July 2005 (UTC)]].
There are actually a lot of rule changes that aren't on the list - I didn't write the timeline, I just moved it here from Basketball because I found that article a rather inappropriate place for it. If you get time to expand this page, that'd be great... I will when I get the chance (which, as you can tell because I made the page in March, isn't very often.) Neonumbers 09:07, 12 July 2005 (UTC)

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Done; minor and uncontroversial. —KuyaBriBriTalk 21:29, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

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