Basketball Rules And Regulations Comparison

You pass the ball, you dribble the ball, you shoot the ball. It can’t get much simpler than that, right? While the basic rules of the game of basketball are uniform throughout the world, there are some important rules differences between the various leagues that play the game.

In the chart below, we have highlighted the major differences between the NBA, FIBA and NCAA rules. Take a look at the comparison charts below. The next time you are watching sports and a basketball game is on, you will know exactly what is happening, whether it be the NBA Finals, the Gold Medal game in the Olympics or March Madness.

NBA vs. FIBA
Rule NBA FIBA
Court Size 94′ X 50′ 91′ 10″ X 49′ 2.5″
Lane Size 16′ X 19′ 19′ 8″ X 19′
Three-Point Line 23’9″ away 20’6″ away
Shot Clock 24 seconds 35 seconds
Shot Clock Reset After shot hits the rim shot is released
Personal Foul Limit 6 5
Penalty 5 team fouls per quarter 8 team fouls per half
Possession After a Held Ball jump ball jump ball
Make Contact With Ball Above Cylinder no yes
Number of Referees 3 2

NCAA Basketball Rules

NCAA men vs. NCAA women
Rule NCAA men NCAA women
Court Size 94′ X 50′ 94′ X 50′
Lane Size 12′ X 19′ 12′ X 19′
Three-Point Line 19′ 9″ away 19′ 9″ away
Shot Clock 35 seconds 30 seconds
Shot Clock Reset After shot hits the rim shot hits the rim
Personal Foul Limit 5 5
Penalty 7 team fouls per half 7 team fouls per half
Possession After a Held Ball possession arrow possession arrow
Make Contact With Ball Above Cylinder no no
Number of Referees 3 3

 

The links below take you to the official rulebooks of the NBA, FIBA and NCAA. Everything is included in the rules, from the dimensions of the court to the size of the basketball hoop. If you need specific information about each of these governing bodies’ basketball rules, link below: