One of the questions during my competitive exam was:

According to the fundamental rules of basketball, at any time, a maximum of (i).... players from both teams, and a maximum of (ii)... players from each team, are required to be present on the court.

The options were:

  1. 12, 5
  2. 12, 6
  3. 10, 5
  4. 14, 6

I answered number 3. However, today the official answers were by the organisation, and according to them no. 1 is right answer. Who is correct?

Here's the original question; the correct answer is marked in green:

enter image description here


As written, (3) is the right answer as 5 players from each team are on the court at any one time. Quoting Article 4.2.2 of the FIBA rules:

During playing time 5 players from each team shall be on the playing court

This obviously means that there are 10 players when you count both teams. However, making half a question "can you add five and five?" seems an obvious error, so I suspect they meant to ask something else. It is possibly worth noting that the limit of players (on and off the court) for one team is 12; quoting Article 4.2.1:

Each team shall consist of: No more than 12 team members entitled to play

Maybe this is what the question was meant to ask.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.