Getting started.

Find out how, where and in what ways you can play and we'll talk you through the basic rules. We'll also point out where you can find more information.

What is Basketball?

The game is traditionally a team sport and the aim is to score more points than the opposing team by getting a ball in the opposing hoop. This can be done by throwing the ball from any part of the court, with either one, or both of your hands. 

The great thing about basketball is, although it’s a team sport when competing, you can practice on your own, with one friend or a whole bunch of people. All you need is a ball and a hoop and you’re ready.

The basics of the game


All players can go everywhere on court, so the five positions on a team can
become quite flexible. It’s unlikely you’ll get one of each position in one
each team though, so don’t worry if you can’t fill a spot – you can all do everything!

Players with disabilities

Here at Basketball England, we’re really committed to providing anyone
who wants an experience in basketball with the opportunity to get
involved and progress to whatever level they aspire to.

If you’re interested in playing basketball, or know someone that has a
disability and wants to get started or progress in the game -
click here
for more details