An exciting and funny lesson on basketball terms is presented here. This is mostly for ESL students or teachers wanting to create an entertaining class. John is a fictional character that goes through some dramatic changes during his pretend basketball season. It is hard not enjoy his embarrassing antics.
Backboard- The glass area behind the net. It is normally shaped like a giant square.
Example: John jumps so poorly. He can’t even touch the backboard.
Rim- The rim is the area at the very top of the basket. It is in the shape of a circle.
Example: John lost 10 kilograms. Now, he can touch the rim when he jumps. Good job John!
Air Ball- This is one of the most embarrassing moments in basketball. The player shoots the ball. It doesn’t hit the rim, or the backboard.
Vertical- This measures how high a person can jump of the ground. It is very important in basketball.
Example: John was so fat. His vertical was only 12 inches. His vertical is now over 25 inches. Wow!
Slam Dunk – This is a very exciting play. This is when a player puts the ball in the basket, without shooting.
Example: John has a goal. Next year, he wants to be the first player at our high school to do a slam dunk.
Lay up – This should be the easiest shot in basketball. This means you jump, and shoot, from just below the basket.
Example: John’s teammates laughed at him very hard. He missed a lay up last night.
Dribbling – This is when a player bounces the ball up and down.
Example: John is dribbling well. He used to be very bad.
Traveling – This is when a player walks without dribbling the basketball.
Example: With twenty seconds left in the game, John was so nervous. He actually called for a traveling foul. Our team lost the game.
Foul (shooting) – A person hitting the body or the arm of the shooter while that person is shooting.
Example: John made a stupid mistake. He fouled the other play in the beginning of the game.
Our friend John had some mistakes in this story. Remember these words the next time you are watching your favorite NBA game.
What terms did you already know? How did you find the explanations?