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Rules of

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the Game

Rules and Interpretations

At the most basic level, the rules of basketball make it an easy game to learn and a simple game to play. However, once played at an elite level, many additional rules intervene in order to address the many situations that may arise during a competitive game. 

FIBA decides, publishes and adapts the Official Basketball Rules, which are the only basketball rules recognized internationally. They are comprehensive and address all rule-related aspects of the game.

FIBA 5-on-5 rules differ slightly from CEBL, NBA, NCAA and WNBA rules.

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