I just saw this morning’s post on the WoW Journal. Its an interview with the author of the book “The Baseball Codes“, which is a book documenting the unwritten rules of baseball (like don’t cross over the mound, ARod!)
I was thinking, are there any unwritten rules of basketball? I could only come up with 3, and they all relate to pickup basketball, although #2 relates to every sport and every facet of life, and from what I’ve seen, #3 is practiced in the NBA.
1. No cherry picking — this one gets other players IRATE when it happens. Its almost seen as a form of cowardice.
2. No intentional shots to the nads (who was it that broke this rule, was caught, and got suspended? I think it was a college incident)
3. In warmups, you make the shot, you get the ball back. You miss it, it belongs to the rebounder. That’s observed everywhere the game is played, and I recently taught it to my nephew the Cman.
Anyone got any more? There has to be tons (but “Winners keep the court”, a definite ancient schoolyard rule, has been actively phased out by the YMCA because players were organizing loaded teams to monopolize noon basketball and others “couldn’t participate”. That’s the explanation I was given.)
Addendum: Mystery solved with regard to nut shot