A beginner’s guide to basketball

Basketball pattern
A team of basketball players clasp their hands together

Basketball is a great way to be active and have fun. Players will make new friends, learn new skills, and improve balance and co-ordination.



Players battle it out on the basketball court, which is segmented by baselines, sidelines & more.

Basketball court pattern


Throughout the game, players dribble, pass to each other, and shoot the basketball.

Basketball pattern


The goal of the game is to shoot as many goals as possible in the opposing team’s hoop.

Basketball hoop pattern


Two teams of five players verse each other on the court at once.

Basketball uniform pattern

How to get started

Basketball is an extremely popular and well recognised sport, not only in Queensland, but Australia-wide. Opportunities exist for those of all age groups and abilities wishing to participate from the grass-roots right through to elite levels in basketball.

Beginner programs

Next steps

Represent your local association in the BQ Junior Basketball competitions across QLD.

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Join the Queensland State League designed for young adults to play in competitive competitions.

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Play in the NBL1 North conference amongst the best talent in Australia.

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Next Gen Program

Begin your journey with high performance through a Next Gen program.

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Future Development Program

Get selected to join the Future Development Program and develop your skills.

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State Performance Program

Try-out for the State Performance Program and develop with the best U16 and U18 athletes in QLD.

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QLD State Team

Get selected to represent your state at the Australian National Championships.

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National Performance Program

Join the elite development pathway and get identified for national selection.

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Junior National Team

There are national opportunities for all ages and abilities from the U17 Crocodiles to the Australian Opals.

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Senior National Team

Represent your country and play on the international stage.

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Find your local association

We have 43 affiliated member associations across the state, encompassing regional areas from North Queensland to Mount Isa and right through to the Gold Coast and the Southern Downs.