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Own the Court with these 3 Classic Basketball Games

January 21, 2022

With the NBA All Star Weekend coming up in the middle of February, it seems like a good time to talk basketball. NBA All Star weekend is filled with several different fun basketball activities. Activities like the three-point contest, dunk contest, skills challenge and more. With the variety of games you can play, we decided it was time to list three basketball games you can play an all you need is a basketball and a hoop. Let’s begin.

  1. H.O.R.S.E:  Starting with HORSE this game you need at least one other person to play with. One person starts off by taking a shot anywhere on the court. You could shoot it with one hand, both hands, granny style, etc. The main rule is you only get one shot to make it. If you make it then congrats the next person has to make the exact same shot you made. If they make it then it is your turn to shoot again. If they miss, then they get an H and it is your turn to shoot again. Whenever you miss is when the other person has the chance to shoot a shot of their choice. The goal of the game is to not get all of the letters in horse and you only get a letter if you miss the shot that someone else just made. For a shorter game some people prefer P.I.G instead of H.O.R.S.E since there are less letters to be received. You could even make up your own name for the game, just make sure you don’t miss 😉.

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  1. Bump/Knockout: This game is best with multiple people. As a group decide if you want to play at the free throw line or at the three-point line. The most common way to play is at the free throw line. At this point form a line at the free throw line with one person in front of the other, a person behind him/her, continued for however many people there are. Think of it as a school lunch line (Those stunk right). The first two people in the line have a basketball. The objective is simple, make your shot before the person behind you does. If you miss the initial free throw all is good, you can still stay in the game as long as you make a basket before the person behind you. Whenever the person directly behind you makes a basket before you, you are out of the game. Continue to play and get back in line until eliminated and until there is only one person left. That person is the winner.

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  1. Around The World:  This is a game where you want at least two people playing. The rules of the game are pretty simple. On the court place five markers or spots where you are going to shoot from. For a longer game you can place more markers/spots. It is best if you put them in a semi-circle shape so that you are shooting from both sides of the court “AKA all around the world”. At this point you start on one side and try to make it to the other side. You only get to go to the next marker if you make the current shot/marker you are at. Once you get to the second marker if you make it you go to the third marker. If you miss the second marker, you can shoot again but if you miss you go back to the start. Or you can wait a turn and shoot on your next turn, so you stay on the second marker. Continue this until you have made it all around the world. The first person to make it around wins.

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With the NFL coming close to the end of its season, it’s time to switch gears and get your Steph Curry on. So go out, get a basketball and start having some fun. Show your friends who can get the most buckets.

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