A game where two teams compete to score the most points by throwing a ball into their opponents net.

Players can move freely around the court, except for the player with the ball who can only move when bouncing or 'dribbling' the ball.

All you need to get started is a ball and a hoop and you don't need any special kit




Only one basketball hoop is required to play the game.


One ball per game of size 3, 5 to suit participants.


Organise the players into groups of a practical size if more than one basketball hoop is available.


Game duration can be adjusted to suit the number of games/facility available. For example play two periods of five minutes with a one-minute half time.

If teams have additional players, then allow rolling substitutions on any change of possession. At any change of possession e.g. foul, basket, steal etc. play should restart from outside the three point line or edge of the marked area if you have no court lines.

All baskets scored successfully are awarded two points. In the event of a tied game the result will be decided upon completion of a free throw shootout.

Out of Bounds

All basketball courts are played on a huge rectangle. You or the ball are not allowed to touch outside the lines of the rectangle. This term is called out of bounds. The ball is thrown in from out of bounds, but once the ball is in play, it cannot return there. If you do not have the ball, you can step over the line without any penalties.



In order to move with the ball, you must dribble it. A dribble is the term used when you bounce the ball and walk with it without picking it up or using both hands. If you use both hands or pick it up and dribble again, it is called double dribble and the other team gets the ball. A good dribble is achieved by keeping the hand on top of the ball.



In order to score, the ball must go through the basket. If you were fouled and you are shooting free throws, each free throw is worth one point.



A foul is when you make contact with the person with the ball. If you are guarding someone with the ball, you are not allowed to touch or hit them. A foul can also be committed away from the ball. Shoving, hitting, tripping are all fouls also. None of these is allowed in basketball.


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