Beach Basketball is a modified version of basketball, played on beaches. It was invented in the United States by Philip Bryant.
Beach basketball® was invented in the early 1980s on the PE fields of Gulf Shores School in Gulf Shores, Alabama by Coach Philip Bryant and has grown from a tremendously effective skill improvement game to a very popular, widespread competitive sport. Beach Basketball® is played on a circular court with no backboard on the goal, there are no out-of-bounds, ball movement is via the pass or 2½ steps, there is no dribbling in Beach Basketball. Beach Basketball® is a very fast action sport and requires ultimate teamwork. Eighteen World Beach Basketball Association© World Championships have been played over the years.
German beach basketball is played in a way that is similar to basketball. The beach court is smaller than a standard basketball court and without lines. Over the year, several tournaments are held, ending in the German championship which is organized by the German basketball federation. Within this tournaments various beach basketball teams play against each other.
- A beach basketball team has three players plus a maximum of two players to change.
- The court consists of a sand surface in the range of about 12–15 m, and two opposing basketball baskets and backboard, which are situated on the short sides of the pitch. Basically, there are no out lines.
- A game lasts ten minutes, divided into two halves to five minutes. At halftime, the sides are changed.
- In a tournament team mentioned first at the beginning of the first half is in the possession of the ball. The second mentioned team has the ball in the second halftime.
- If the ball falls in the sand, the player first touches the ball may take the ball and continue unhindered.
- In the event of a tie during normal play, the match is decided with a free throw shoot-out. Each player gets one free throw for their team.
- Beach volleyball
- Street basketball
- World Beach Basketball site
- German Basketball site
- Collection of selected German beach basketball teams
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