Ford Aussie Hoops is Basketball Australia’s official introductory program, providing a fun and inclusive Basketball experience for 5-10-year-olds that serves as an introduction to a lifetime of involvement in the game. In addition to promoting healthy and active lifestyles, the program serves as a platform for social development and inclusion – fostering stronger and more vibrant communities and individuals.

Ford Aussie Hoops has been designed in three staged programs to ensure that for each age group, participants are participating in activities and games that are relevant to their physical and mental capabilities, which will increase in competitiveness until participants are ready to transition into local club competitions.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a girl or boy, aged 5 or 85, able-bodied or with a disability – Basketball is Everyone’s Game.

Basketball is an Olympic sport and the second most popular team sport for participation in Australia.


The Aim of the the Game

Basketball is played by two teams of five players on a rectangular court with the purpose of the game being to score field goals. The objective is to shoot the basketball through a Hoop (basketball ring) mounted on a backboard 10 feet (3.05 metres) off the ground. A field goal scores two (2) points for your team, whilst a shot made from behind the ‘3-point arc’ scores three (3) points. At the conclusion of the game, the team with the highest score wins.


The Rules

What players CAN do:

  • Score points by shooting or ‘laying-up’ baskets.
  • Slam Dunk!
  • Pressure, chase and block the ball.
  • Dribble the ball towards the basket.
  • Rebound the ball defensively and offensively.

What players CAN’T do:

  • Draw any physical contact on an opponent.
  • Intentionally pull, hold or trip an opponent.
  • Carry the ball without dribbling.
  • Receive more than 4 personal fouls in a game.
  • Belittle, intimidate or argue with umpires.