33 Basketball Terms Every Kid Should Know

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One and One: When a team has reached the initial foul limit, or the bonus, the next player to get fouled will receive one free throw. If the player makes the free throw, he or she shoots an additional free throw. This occurs in youth, high school and college basketball only.

Outlet: An offensive strategy in which a player who gathers a defensive rebound passes to a teammate in an attempt to quickly begin the next possession.

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Paint: The painted area that makes up the free throw lane. Also referred to as the key.

Post: The area just outside of the key in which the rectangular blocks are painted. Also referred to as the block.

Press: A defensive strategy where the defenders guard the opposing team the full length of the court instead of waiting on the opposite side for the offense to come across.

Post Up: An offensive strategy in which a player gets the ball in the post area with his or her back to the basket.

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Rebound: When a player from either team retrieves the ball and gains possession after a missed shot.

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Screen: An offensive strategy in which a player without the ball stands in the way of a defensive player. The offensive player must remain stationary during the process, or a moving screen will be called and the result will be an offensive foul and a turnover.

Swish: A made basket where the ball avoids the rim and touches nothing but the net, creating a "swish" sound.

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Three in the Key: A penalty, which results in a turnover, where an offensive player stands inside the key or the paint area for three seconds.

Travel: A penalty, which results in a turnover, where an offensive player moves his or her pivot foot illegally or takes three steps without dribbling the ball.

Turnover: When the offensive team loses possession of the ball by way of an offensive foul, steal or out-of-bounds violation.

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Zone Defense: A defensive strategy in which players guard a specific zone or area of the court instead of a specific player on the opposing team.

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Hunter Hewitt is the fitness editor for Active.com. As a former collegiate athlete, Hunter has always been passionate about living an active, healthy lifestyle. He enjoys weightlifting, basketball, ultimate frisbee and many other outdoor sports and activities. Follow Hunter on Twitter @HunterHewitt
Hunter Hewitt is the fitness editor for Active.com. As a former collegiate athlete, Hunter has always been passionate about living an active, healthy lifestyle. He enjoys weightlifting, basketball, ultimate frisbee and many other outdoor sports and activities. Follow Hunter on Twitter @HunterHewitt

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