Basketball Terms This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

   Do you know these basketball terms?

Match the terms with the definitions.


1. In the paint

2. 3 seconds

3. Free throw line

4. Number 5 position

5. Top of the key

6. Press

7. Coaches say it wins games

8. NBA

9. Transition

10. Reverse lay-up

11. Flagrant foul

12. Kind of time-out

13. Spaulding

14. Tip-off

15. The perimeter.


a. Type of basketball

b. National Basketball Association

c. When a player remains in the free-throw lane for more than 3 seconds

d. Defense

e. Around the 3-point line

f. The free throw lane

g. Adjusting between offense and defense or vise-versa

h. The opening of the game when a ref tosses a ball up for 2 players to tip it to their teammates

i. 20 second

j. 15 feet out from the basket

k. When a player comes from the baseline, goes underneath the basket and then shoots on the other side

l. The center

m. When a player commits a foul on an opposing player while the other player is in the air and is in danger of getting hurt

n. When a team defends the other team full court

o. Above the free throw line on the three point line. In other words, straight out from the basket.

Answers: 1-f, 2-c, 3-j, 4-l, 5-o, 6-n, 7-d, 8-b, 9-g, 10-k, 11-m, 12-i, 13-a, 14-h, 15-e

This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.

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