Basketball is a game played with 5 players from each team on the floor trying to score the ball through the opponent team's hoop 10 feet above the ground. The game is played on a rectangular floor called the court, and there is a hoop at each end. The game begins with one player from either team at center court. A referee will toss the ball up between the two. The player that gets his hand on the ball will tip it to a teammate. The ball is moved down the court toward the basket by passing or dribbling. A player must dribble before taking his second step or it will be called a travel. After a player picks up his dribble he must pass or shoot and cannot dribble again. When a team makes a basket, they score two points and the ball goes to the other team. If a basket, or field goal, is made outside of the three-point arc, then that basket is worth three points. A free throw is worth one point and awarded to a team according to some formats involving the number of fouls committed in a half and/or the type of foul committed.


There are 5 different positions on the floor for each team. The point guard, shooting guard, small forward, power forward and center are the five positions on the floor at one time. Different personel qualifications are needed for each position to fill its specific duties when out on the floor. There are also several talented professional examples that exemplify the different qualifications and duties when on the floor.