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# How many periods are in Olympic basketball?

## How many periods are in Olympic basketball?

4 periods
Basketball is played in 4 periods of 10 minutes each at the Olympic Games. There are two events: the men’s and the women’s competitions. Both tournaments are played with 12 teams, all teams having to qualify except the host nation and the world champions.

### How long is an Olympic basketball court?

92 feet long
An official NBA court is 50 feet wide and 94 feet long, but in the Olympics, the court is only 49 feet wide and 92 feet long.

#### How long are the Olympics held?

After the opening ceremony, the Games take place over 16 days. Some events, particularly team events, stretch over almost the entire Games. Others cover briefer periods: Swimming and gymnastics, for example, are mostly held in the first week, track and field in the second.

How many 10 minute periods are there in basketball?

The game consists of four quarters (or periods) of 10 minutes each, with a 15-minute break at half-time. There is also a two-minute interval between the first and second periods, and between the third and fourth periods.

The FIBA ball is the same size as an NBA ball (29.5-inch circumference), but some will swear to you it feels smaller and lighter.

## Is Olympic basketball smaller than NBA?

Olympic games are played under FIBA rules, which feature 10-minute quarters instead of the NBA’s 12-minute quarters and a five-foul limit instead of the NBA’s six. Even the court dimensions are different: The 3-point line in FIBA is at 20 feet, 6 inches instead of the NBA’s 23 feet, 9 inches.

### How long is a half in basketball?

NBA games: 12 minutes, with 15-minute half time. NCAA college games: Two halves of 20 minutes, with 15-minute half time.

#### Why are Olympics held every 4 years?

To respect the ancient origins of the Olympic Games, which were held every four years at Olympia. The four-year interval between the Ancient Games editions was named an “Olympiad”, and was used for dating purposes at the time: time was counted in Olympiads rather than years.