Developed by a physical education teacher in New England who was hoping to keep his athletes in shape over the long winters, basketball was designed as a non-violent game that could be played in an enclosed gymnasium. Over a hundred years later, basketball is an Olympic events, sports two professional leagues, and is more popular than hockey and golf combined.
Usually played on a wooden floor with a round, elastic ball, two five-person teams face off in a court with a basket at either end. The object of the game is to throw the ball into the hoop of the opposing team. The ball must be bounced, otherwise known as dribbling, while the possessing player is in motion. Excessive physical force or roughing is penalized by a foul and a free, unopposed throw awarded to the offended player.
AAU boys basketball is a boon to self-esteem, physical fitness, and teamwork skills. Notable alumni include NBA players Kobe Bryant, Larry Bird, LeBron James, and Shaquille O'Neal.
Locally in the New Mexico AAU, Bill Krum at firstname.lastname@example.org is working to build the sport. Contact him if you have a team looking for an event or if you have any other questions.