Hello everyone! Happy Shrove Tuesday/Pancake Day to all my British readers! For those, like myself who are new to this British tradition, basically Shrove Tuesday is known as Pancake Day because it precedes Ash Wednesday. The day is knowmn traditionally as a day to eat pancakes before the start of Lent. Therefore, everyone that is taking part, ENJOY!!
Today, I will also be introducing a new feature to my blog. I ran the idea by a few friends and with the feedback that I have received, it has been decided that I will be putting up a sports term daily and defining it for my readers as a way to make you more aware of sports. It is more of a learning tool. I have received comments from some saying that they are not sports fans but after reading my blog, they would like to get more into it. So, this is where the idea arose from and the first sport I will be starting with is basketball. I have chosen basketball because we are in basketball season but I might mix it up and do a few sports terms or rules daily.
Starting line up: The starting line up are the players that will comprise of the first set of players to begin the game. Ten minutes prior to the statr of the game, the scoring judges must be supplied with the names and numbers of those that will be participating in the game. It is important to note, at this stage that all the eligible players are being reported to the scoring judges but all of these players will not be on the basketball court at the start of the game. A basketball team consists of five players. These five players are the point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward and the center. Each player has their own designated role and each are all eligible to score for the team.
The point guard: is usually the fastest member of the team. Their job is to organize the offense of their team by controlling the ball and making sure the player in the best position to score has the ball to score.
Example: Dwyane Wade of the Miami Heat
The shooting guard: creates the highest volume of shots on the team. Also on the offensive side of the ball, their job is to guard their opponent's best player on the perimeter of the court.
Example: Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers
The small forward: is responsible primarily to score points by cuts and penetration on the court. They get closest to the basket to score the points in this position. Defensively, the small forward seeks to gain rebounds and turnovers by the other team via steals.
Example: LeBron James of the Miami Heat
The power forward: plays offensively but mostly with their back to the basket. As their name suggests, their role is ato actively enforce protection for their teammate to score points but when the shot is available for them, they too they can take the shot.
Example: Lamar Odom of the Dallas Mavericks
The center: uses their height and size to score on offense. On defense, their goal is to protect the basket and to rebound the ball.
Example: Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic
The diagram illustrates the position of each player on the court