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Streetball tournament in Spokane
Youngsters at streetball in Paris

Streetball ( neologism from street and basketball ) is a variant of the sport of basketball that originally came from major US cities. It has also been very popular in Europe since the 1990s. The rules of streetball differ only slightly from basketball.

General and history

With Streetball is generally more than just basketball street associated; the term now stands for a special youth culture .

In streetball , every basketball court has its own rules, because this sport is entirely based on the players and their agreement among themselves. The winner is whoever gets the most points, but it is also relevant to have a high reputation among the players among the mostly young players. Therefore, the players also try to demonstrate their superiority with the ball using the most sophisticated tricks possible.

Limits are only set by creativity and the following applies: the more acrobatic, faster, more fluid and unpredictable the tricks, the more superior you appear. Tricks that confuse the opponent are also effective. If the opponent has been tricked, he either no longer knows where the ball is or where it hits ( ankle breaker ). The attacking player can then move past him to the basket. However, simply pulling past by leaning against your back does not count as an appropriate trick. Playing the ball through the legs of the opponent is particularly tricky.

The place of origin of streetball is usually New York, especially the famous open space in Rucker Park .

Differences from basketball

The differences to indoor basketball are as follows:

  • It is usually played three against three on one basket, but also 1 against 1 ( 1 on 1 ) or 2 against 2
  • The game is played without a referee - usually “offense calls” apply (the attacker announces the foul)
  • a basket from the field counts one point instead of two, behind the " three-point line " two instead of three points
  • it is seldom played for time, but mostly up to a fixed number of points (usually up to 11, 15 or 21)
  • there is no jump ball, but whoever is in possession of the ball first usually decides the throw from the "three-point line"
  • after a basket, either the attacker gets the ball ( “winners 'ball” , or “make it, take it” ), or the defender ( “losers' ball” , “do it, lose it” )
  • after a basket hit, the ball is usually passed to the opponent with a ground pass ( check )
  • after a defensive rebound, the ball must be brought behind the "two-point line" (in normal basketball this is the "three-point line")
  • After a change of possession, the ball should be passed under the attacking team at least twice before the basket attempt can begin ("mandatory pass")
  • After winning the ball, however, a basket may be scored directly

Streetball variants

  • do it, lose it or lucky loser - possession changes after each basket hit. This is, at least according to the rules of the German Basketball Federation, the legal and official way of playing streetball.
  • make it, take it (also called bonus) - the team that scored the basket may attack again. This variant makes the game for the team that just in defense ( Defense is) a lot harder than give and get .
  • one on one or 1 on 1 - In this variant of streetball, a 1-on-1 game is played on a basket.

Streetball tricks

  • Backbreaker : With the backbreaker , the ball is dribbled through your own legs in a bent position across your back.
  • Boomerang : The boomerang describes the pretense of a pass over the head of the opponent. Here you are very close to the opponent and hold the ball with one hand. Then you swing the ball behind the opponent's head and back to you. At the appropriate speed, the movement suggests a pass over his head to the opponent, whereupon he (mostly) turns around, although the ball is still with the player. There are different variations for this so-called move .
  • Bounce Hypnotizer : This move involves dribbling the ball for a certain time before throwing it onto the floor behind your back with a lot of force. If you are very close to the opponent, the ball flies behind your back over the opponent, who does not notice this pass due to the close cover game and the high angle of flight of the ball.
  • Crossover : The crossover is one of the most popular movements in streetball as well as basketball. Here, only a model is simulated on the opponent in order to then use exactly the other side. Example: You pretend to pass the opponent on the right, but then walk long to the left. At high speed and a suitable speed of movement, it is very difficult for the opponent to hold his defense. If the opponent falls over, this is considered an ankle breaker or down-you-go . There are also numerous other variations of the crossover where faking is the primary goal.
  • Slip 'n Slide : In slip' n slide , the player rolls onto the floor while dribbling the ball. The player holds the ball in his left hand and then turns.
  • Through the legs : The ball is played through the legs of the opponent. This move is a challenge for professional players.
  • Tiptop : The tiptop is a variation of the boomerang. Here, the ball is turned over the head of the opponent so that it flies vertically over the player. Here, too, a pass is simulated, but the ball remains with the player.


  • André Voigt: Where the soul lives ... In: Five . No. 19 , 2005, pp. 68-71 .

Web links

Commons : Streetball  - Collection of pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. 3-on-3 streetball challenge is back with improved game format - Community | The Star Online. Retrieved July 8, 2018 .
  2. see also Steffen Wenzel: Streetball. A youth cultural phenomenon from a social science perspective. Leske + Budrich , Darmstadt 2001 ISBN 3810030198