A non-contact sport played on a rectangular court. Opposing teams of five players attempt to score points by shooting a ball into a hoop at the end of the court they are attacking.
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What is Basketball?

Basketball is a team sport in which two teams, most commonly of five players each, opposing one another on a rectangular court.

The primary objective is to shoot a basketball through the defender's hoop at each end of the court while preventing the opposing team from shooting through their own hoop. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.

Players advance the ball by bouncing it while walking or running (dribbling) or by passing it to a teammate, both of which require considerable skill. The defensive team may steal the ball from a dribbler, intercept passes, or block shots. It is a violation to lift or drag one's pivot foot without dribbling the ball, to carry it, or to hold the ball with both hands then resume dribbling.

Find out more about how to play basketball formats.

Equipment needed

  • A suitable indoor space
  • Hoops
  • Basketballs
  • Bibs

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The School Games is inclusive to all young people and provides opportunities for everyone to get involved, either within school, against other local schools, or at county or regional level.

School Games Organisers

School Games Organisers (SGO) help schools coordinate appropriate competitive opportunities for all young people from Key Stage 2-4, to recruit, train and deploy a suitable workforce, and to support the development of club.

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