In four 10-minute quarters, four games will be played. Previously, it was divided into two 20-minute halves. Teams are no longer permitted to waive free throws and take possession of the ball at midcourt. Previously, this rule was used when there were only five players per team.
In college basketball, each team is required to have eight players on the court during regular season play. If a player is injured or unable to continue, a replacement must be named by the coaching staff. The replacement can be any player from either team as long as they are not both replaced by replacements. If both teams replace their players, then the game will be declared a "no-score" tie.
There are several ways that a player can be removed from a game before its conclusion. A player who is injured may request that the coach remove them from the game, at which point a replacement would be brought in. If a player violates any school rules they can be suspended without pay. In some cases, a player may even be ejected from the game for a serious foul violation. When this happens, the referee will signal for a replacement to come out of the stands where they will be given the opportunity to play.
Since the 1970s, college basketball has used a three-point line instead of the traditional free throw line.
The basketball game is divided into four 10-minute quarters. Teams alternate quarters by playing one way for two quarters and the other way for the next two. There is a two-minute break between the first and second periods, as well as between the third and fourth periods, with a 15-minute halftime break.
In addition to winning and losing games, each quarter is considered its own separate event during which time players can be awarded points based on how they perform in various categories such as scoring, rebounding, and assisting. These points are added up at the end of the game to determine who has scored more total points and thus won or lost that contest.
A player who scores more points than their opponent wins the quarter and gets to shoot first in the next period. If the score is tied, then both teams get to shoot from the free-throw line in order to determine who shoots first. If the score is still tied after all four quarters have been played, then the game goes into overtime. In this case, there is a five-point shot clock used against both teams, but otherwise, the rules are the same as they are in regulation.
Timer for the game Most high school games have four 8-minute quarters, but NCAA, WNBA, and FIBA games have four 10-minute quarters. The NCAA modified the regulations to 10 minute quarters from 20 minute halves in 2015-2016. Before that season, all women's college basketball games had been played with 20-minute halves.
In addition to the timer in the middle of the court signaling when time is out, there is a whistle used by referees to signal end of quarter.
The first half ends when either team reaches 25 points, or if one team leads by at least five points after six minutes have elapsed. If the teams are tied after six minutes, then the second half will begin. If the game goes into overtime, there would be no third period; the game would be considered over when it reaches 100 yards on the shot clock.
There are two seasons in the WNBA: the "regular season" and the "playoffs". The regular season lasts from May until early September. In most cases, this is split into 2 parts: a "training camp" followed by a 30-game regular season schedule. The top 4 teams qualify for the playoffs, which are a best-of-three series between the top 4 teams.