Basketball Shooting Games: Knockout
By honing your ability to hit killer free throws and lay ups like the next Michael Jordan, knockout is a great opportunity to perfect your shooting while having fun with friends!
What you need:
- Two basketballs
- A basketball hoop (not even necessarily a full court!)
- At least two players (but the more the merrier!)
- Form a single file line handing the balls to the first two players in the line. The first player will shoot, once they have gotten their shot off , the player behind them may shoot.
- Everybody's first shot must be taken from a determined distance away from the hoop (typically the free-throw line)
- If the first shooter makes a basket before the second, they hand the ball to the next person in line.
- If the second shooter makes a basket before the first, the first shooter is eliminated. The balls are then handed to the next two players in line and play resumes.
- The order of the players can never change during the game.
- The game continues until all but one player has been knocked out. This one talented player is the winner!
Mix it up (optional rules):
- Bring a little more competition to the game and allow the two shooters to literally knock their opponent’s basketballs out of the way giving them more time to make a shot.
- Each time a player is eliminated, move the starting line back a foot.
- In another version called “ultimate”, which is never ending, a previously knocked out player is allowed back in the game once their “killer” has been knocked out. This version is a great way to practice your shots since it never ends, giving you more time to perfect those layups!
Grab a couple balls, a couple friends, and put the “fun” back in fundamentals of basketball! For more tips to improve your basketball game check out CoachUp’s other basketball resource articles.
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