A basketball team is made up of 5 different basketball positions.
The youth basketball tips below will outline the main offensive and defensive roles of each one.
The point guard and shooting guard positions are explained in greater detail on another page. Click on their links to find out more.
#1 Player - Point Guard (PG)
#2 Player - Shooting Guard (SG, Off-Guard, Wing)
#3 Player - Small Forward (SF, Wing)
#4 Player - Power Forward (PF, Post)
#5 Player - Center (C, Post)
Find each of the players positions on the basketball court diagram to the right. Keep in mind these are just general areas.
Each offensive set may look a little different, and each trip down the floor players will rotate around the court.
However, generally speaking, players #1-3 will mainly play on the perimeter, while #4 and #5 will roam the lane.
An individual player's strengths and weaknesses, physical size, and offensive scheme are just some of the factors that influence where a specific player might actually play.
Usually the most athletic player on the team; quick and able to jump!
Shoots from the outside
Good ball handler
Creates scoring opportunities off the drive
Good rebounder; ready to crash the boards after every shot
Good passer with the ability to pass the ball down low to the posts
Moves effectively without the ball by cutting to get open
Knows how to use screens
Is in excellent physical shape and helps lead the fast break by running hard down the court every time
Very skilled, strong, and versatile player. Shoots from the outside as well as from the lane against the larger, more physical players
And finally, there's one more spot on every team filled by players from all basketball positions.
The Bench Player.
You might be surprised at the important role those on the sideline fill.