A Comparison: Football And Basketball


No other sport from around the world that are more popular and widely played than football and basketball in skywalker trampoline in it. There are many tutorials and facilities available that can let anyone, skillful or not, participate. 

The individuals who have to choose between these two sports are usually young athletes who aim to qualify for their varsity teams. The decision lies in the critical differences between the two.

One of the apparent difference is where they are played. Football is mostly played outdoors in the open field to be specific whereas basketball is performed on the smooth-surfaced courts, which can be best maintained in an indoor setting. The size measurement of the football field is larger than the basketball court. 

Another difference is how players approach the game with the basic mechanics. In football, the playing ball is handled through fumbling. The objective is to cross the territory of the opposing team located at the opposite side of the field, or also known as the ‘end zone.’ In basketball, the playing ball is handled through dribbling, and the objective is to shoot the ball on the opponent’s basket and pile up as many scores as possible until the time expires. 

Perhaps, another difference that focused on the player’s well-being is the amount of physical contact. In football, an essential skill called tackle requires a lot of physical strength and technique from a player. While there is one person in the field allowed to carry the ball, all other players will be engaging in physical combat through making tackles. 

In basketball, there may be allowable physical contact as long as it doesn’t have a direct hit on the physical parts of the player’s body, whether intentional or not. These contacts are judged as fouls, and they can accumulate throughout the game. If the number of fouls reached the particular limit, that player would be ejected from the game.

Other differences are quite logical to the nature of the games: the methods of scoring, the rules, the skill sets involved, the strategies applied, and even with the design of the uniforms. All of them are due to the degree of physical contact allowable in the game.

Each score in football is of higher value than each possible score in basketball. This is because of how football is played with more physical contact. The rules and strategies in football seem to mirror-like a war game compared to basketball, which appears to be a test of endurance. The uniform designs are also made in accordance with the mobility and safety of the players. It also helps improve their performance and showcase their skills.

If you based on its origin, it might make sense since football is said to be a violent sport from its inception, while basketball is said to be a practice for women’s gymnastics. Overall, basketball seems safer to play than football.

Final Word

Whether as a person wanting to learn to be accepted for school varsity or as a supportive parent, choose the sport that can be rewarding in the long run and can be enjoyed with fewer chances of injury. For a casual sports fan or an athletic person, it won’t hurt to play either sport and have fun with it. 

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Lee created Football Jabber in 2007 as a sounding board for a love of the NFL, Fantasy Football, the NFL Draft, and College Football. He may or may not be responsible for the fall of the breakfast drink Tang. Lee tagged this post with: , , , , , , , , , , , Read 138 articles by Lee
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