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Basketball vocabulary in Spanish

1. INTRODUCTION

Below you can find a small compilation of basketball vocabulary in Spanish (name of the positions of the players, actions, fouls, parts of the court and others).

I hope you find it useful. 💪🏀

 

2. BASKETBALL VOCABULARY IN SPANISH

2.1. Positions

  • Point Guard / playmaker: base.
  • Shooting Guard / Small forward: escolta.
  • Forward: alero.
  • Power foward: ala pívot.
  • Center / Pivot: pívot.

 

2.2. Actions

  • Shoot: lanzar/tirar a canasta.
  • Dribble: botar.
  • Pass: Pase (o pasar).
  • Assist / dime: asistir (o asistencia).
  • Layup: entrada a canasta.
  • Dunk: mate (o matar/machacar).
  • Rebound: rebotear (y rebote).
  • Pick / screen: bloqueo.
  • Fake: finta.
  • Cut: corte.
  • Steal: robo (y robar).
  • Block: bloqueo (y bloquear).
  • Free throw: tiro libre.
  • Field shot: tiro de campo.
  • Three-point field goal / 3-pointer: triple.
  • Air ball: tirar sin tocar aro.

 

2.3. Fouls

  • Foul: falta.
  • Traveling / walking / steps: pasos.
  • Double dribble: dobles.
  • Backcourt violation: campo atrás.
  • Turnover: pérdida de balón.
  • Offensive foul: falta de ataque.
  • Flop: fingir que te han hecho una falta (o exagerarla).

 

2.4. Parts of the court

  • Basket: canasta.
  • Tablero: backboard.
  • Rim: aro.
  • Court: pista.
  • Bench: banquillo.
  • Foul line / Free-throw line: línea de tiro libre.
  • Half-court line / Mid-court line: línea de medio campo.

 

2.5. Others

  • Timeout: tiempo muerto.
  • Overtime: prórroga.
  • Referee: árbitro.
  • Score / scorer: marcador.

 

3. ANY DOUBT?

If you want to know any other term that is not above, leave a comment and I will add it. 😉

 

4. REFERENCES

I am a native Spanish speaker (from Spain) and I have played basketball in the UK and the US.

 
 

Javier

PhD in Education. From Spain. Living everywhere. Passionate about learning and sharing. Welcome to Learner Trip!

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