Time Parameters

One of the biggest factors to consider which sport to play is the timing. While the timing can be applied to anywhere within an hour, most professional and amateur players have set timings for the games.

In basketball, the match lasts around 48 minutes, divided into four games of 12-minute periods. Between the periods, there is a total 15-minute short break. Professional leagues such as the NBA and NWBL and many amateur leagues apply the time parameters mentioned above. However, due to stoppages include fouls and out-of-bounds, the game may last up to approximately 2.5 hours. High school basketball matches usually last up to 1.5 hours.

The same cannot be applied to ice hockey. While the actual play time is 60 minutes, two 15-minute breaks and multiple stoppages for score counting and umpiring increase the length of the game to up to 2 hours. The game is divided into three 20-minute intervals, with two breaks in between.

Most leagues typically organize this game anywhere between September and April. However, the joy of ice skating can still be enjoyed even in the summertime.


Although comprehending the rules can be easy, actually playing the game is a lot more difficult. In this aspect, we find basketball is easier, though both have their challenges.

In basketball, the players may or may not wear special knee and elbow pads for protection. Tripping in the court is a bit uncommon, as the game is usually played by hands. But some players prefer to get extra safety measures. The game itself is pretty easy with every player run while holding a ball in their hands, trying to throw in opponents’ goal. But that doesn’t mean that the game doesn’t need strategy and hard work. Still, we agree that basketball is a bit less challenging.