Games/Rules

  1. TAG GAMES - Ultimate Camp Resource

  2. 4-SQUARE - The player who is in square 4 is the King/Queen and is the server. The server must bounce the ball and hit the ball with both hands palms up to one of the three other squares. The player in the square that the ball is served to must hit the ball to one of the other three squares. Hit ball can be hit as hard or soft as hitter wants. Play continues in this manner until a foul is committed. When a foul is committed, the person that commits the foul is out and must return to the end of the awaiting line.  If there is no line, he/she goes to square 1. When a player leaves the game due to a foul, the players in the game advance to the next highest numbered square. Players are to play by the given rules.  Players may not add or take away a rule to create an advantage over an opponent. FOULS - A player who commits any of the fouls listed below is out of the game.  Play should stop immediately after a foul is called by the REFEREE. Fouls include: illegal serves (not serving the ball with palms up), stopping continuous play by holding or catching the ball, player hitting the ball, and the ball hitting any of the lines, not returning the ball to one of the three other squares, and not allowing the ball to hit inside square before hitting it to another. REFEREE - The first person in line is the referee. What the referee says, goes. The referee should pay close attention to game play. The referee should be fair to ALL players.

  3. TETHERBALL - The first person who gets the ball is the first server. After the first game, the winner has choice of whether he/she serves, or what side of the court he/she will play on. A person who wins 3 games straight must go to the end of the line after their 3rd win.  In this case, the next person in line will be the server and the second person in line will be the challenger. The server starts the game by tossing the ball into the air and striking it with his/her hand or fist. As the ball travels around the pole, the server attempts to hit it again and again in the direction of the original serve. The opposing player tries to wind the rope around the pole by hitting the ball back in the opposite direction. The player who winds the rope completely around the pose until the ball is tight and bounces back the other direction, wins the game. Although there is no time limit, players are expected to play to win.  Tapping the ball back and forth is not playing to win. Players are to play by the given rules. Players may not add or take away a rule to create an advantage over an opponent. The game is won by the player who first winds the rope completely around the pole or by forfeit because of a foul committed by his/her opponent. FOULS - A player who commits any of the fouls listed below forfeits the game to his/her opponent.  Play should stop immediately after a foul is called by the REFEREE. Fouls include: hitting or touching the rope, stopping continuous play by holding or catching the ball, hitting or touching the ball with any part of the body other than the hands or forearms, touching the pole with any part of the body, stepping across the line, throwing or holding the ball – it must be a clean hit, and hitting the ball more than once unless it hits the pole between hits. REFEREE - The first person in line is the referee. The referee should stand at the line that divides the court. What the referee says, goes. The referee should pay close attention to game play. The referee should be fair to ALL players.
  4. AROUND THE WORLD - Around the world is a basketball game variant played by two or more players. It is often played to improve shooting skills. In this game, a series of shots must be made in and around the key, allowing a player to advance to the next position. The first player to make a shot at each position advances until he reaches the end where he wins the match. Play typically starts at the edge of the key on one side of the basket. If the shot is made, the player advances to the next position mark on the key. When a player has made shots on every position mark (if a player misses a shot they may chance it and shoot again, and if they miss, they go back to the previous spot, or they may elect to stay where they are currently at), they then advance back in the opposite direction just like the way they came, and the player who does that first wins the game. After the player has moved around the key, the player must make a shot from the center of the three point line. If at any point a shot is missed, a player may 'chance', meaning he gets to take a second shot. If the second shot is made, the player advances as normal. If the player misses the second shot, then the player must go back to the beginning. If player has made it to the other side of the three point line then he must make it twice. If the player chances then he may go back to the opposite side he started on game. Once a player completes the entire sequence of shots, that player is deemed the winner of the basketball game. One variety of the basketball game allows each player three consecutive shots at a basket before having to move down one position. Other variations include: shooting with the off arm, shooting with alternating arms, or using the backboard on every shot (except those directly to the side of the basket)

  5. HORSE - Horse Basketball is a basketball game of artistry and creativity. Nothing epitomizes this more than the game of Horse. At its core it is a game of one upmanship, where difficult and sometime next to impossible shots are used to eliminate the competition from play. Establish the rules beforehand and stick to them. Horse has many variations on the base basketball game. Some give exception shots so that people can get back in the game when they lose. Sometimes physical limits are imposed; for example, eliminating the dunk because not all players can complete that maneuver. Create an order for the players. This can be done by alphabetical order or by shooting for the order of play. Call the shot. The player shooting must verbally call out what shot they are going to take before the shot. The exception is if the shooter is not going to use any props or make any special moves. Shoot the first shot. The first player takes a shot within the established rules. If the shot is made, the next player has to make the same shot or they are assigned the letter H. Shoot the next shot. If the second player makes the same exact shot then it falls to the next player and so on until the original shooter is up to shoot. At that point the original shooter takes another shot. Re-slot the order. If a person shooting first misses then they proceed to the back and the player next in line becomes the leader and gets to decide on the shot taken. If that person misses, then control proceeds down the line until it returns back to the original shooter. Assign the letters. As each shooter misses he earns the next letter in the word Horse. When a player reaches H-O-R-S-E she is out. As mentioned earlier, some players of the game allow a bonus shot or two that, if made, allow the shooter to stay in the game and eliminate a letter. This is continued until there is only one player left. That player is the winner of the basketball game Horse.

  6. PIG - This is a fun and simple basketball game to play with two or more players that helps you practice and hone basketball shooting skills. It is played with the same structure and rules as HORSE but plays quicker and faster since you have only three letters. Play PIG as part of a basketball practice or camp or play in the backyard when you only have a few moments before dinner. The game only consists of shooting and there is no defending so this remains a calm, easy game, especially for kids. Gather two or more people to play PIG around a basketball hoop and a basketball. Decide who goes first by choosing randomly. Choose the next birthday or play Rock Paper Scissors to determine who goes first. Shoot a basic shot from anywhere on the court. It can be a standing or moving basketball shot, such as from the three point line or as a lay up. If the first player makes the basket, the next person must follow the same shot from the same position and successfully make it as well. Try to make the shot exactly as the first person, if he completed the first shot. If you miss, you have earned the letter "P" in the word PIG. Continue through the players until everyone has either made the shot or earned a "P." Move to the second player who makes an original shot that everyone tries to duplicate. All the players must now recreate this shot from the same position and form as the first player. Continue until all the players have taken this shot. Eliminate any player that spells the whole word "PIG." The winner is the last person who has not completely spelled the word "PIG." Vary the basketball game by changing the shot and leader as soon as the first person misses the recreation shot. The next person in line then takes the lead by creating a new shot. Change the basketball game again by continuing to make the same shot over and over again until someone in the game misses it. If it is a simple shot, everybody might make the shot several times before someone misses. That person would then earn the next letter.

  7. POISON - Poison is a fun basketball game that requires all players to be on their toes--not just the person with the ball. Players earn letters spelling out the word "Poison," much like they do in the game "Horse," but this basketball game has more elements to it. Get the participants together and agree on a shooting order. Have the person who is selected to go first stand at the free throw line with the basketball. Attempt a shot if you are the first player and standing at the free throw line. If your shot goes in, rebound the ball on exactly one bounce and then shoot again from the spot where you rebounded the ball. Rebound the ball again on one bounce if your second shot goes in the basket. Take a third shot from the location where you rebounded the ball and attempt a third shot. Grab the ball on one bounce again if you make your third shirt, and shout "Poison!" Before the shooter yells "Poison," all the other players have the opportunity to run from the basket, but must stop where they are once the shooter yells "Poison." Stay where you are when you rebounded ball and roll the ball at the feet of one of the other participants. If the ball touches that person's feet, he is awarded the letter P. Continue play with the next person in the shooting order. She should begin her turn from the free throw line, and proceed as the first shooter did. Run for the ball if the shooter misses a shot and you are the next person in line at any point during the game. You will need to rebound it on one bounce and attempt a shot from the spot at which you made the rebound. Award yourself a letter if you fail to make a rebound on one bounce. Eliminate players as they accumulate all the letters in the word "Poison." The last person standing is the winner.

  8. 21 BASKETBALL - Basketball games are played on courts, all around the world. But specifically, the game of "21" in basketball is what is played at neighborhood parks and playgrounds. I will explain how, to play this game. 21 is an individual basketball game not a team one. First you need to round up at least 3 people, who would like to play the basketball game. Before you play, you will have each player take shots at the rim, to see who gets possession first. Once it is established who gets possession first, the player will start the game. The basketball game is usually played by a 2 point scoring system. The only exception to the scoring system, is if you score a basket from outside the three point line. The first one to "21" wins, as long as they are ahead of the next leading scorer by 2 points. If they are not ahead by 2, the basketball game continues until one of them wins by at least 2. 

  9. KNOCKOUT - The game must be played with a minimum of two players but there is no maximum amount of participants. The only equipment that is needed is a basketball hoop and two basketballs. The objective of the game is to make free throws in order to survive, while at the same time, eliminating the other players. The game begins with all players lined up in a straight line starting at the free throw line and extending towards half court (see diagram #1). The first two players start with a basketball.

Player one shoots a free throw and tries to make it. If the player misses, he/she must grab the rebound and score as fast as possible. Player one’s second shot does not need to be from the free throw line. He/she can shoot a jump shot, lay-up or whatever is needed in order to score fastest.

Player two cannot shoot until after player one has shot their first free throw. The goal for player two is to score a basket before player one does. If player two misses their free throw he/she must also rebound their miss and make a shot as quickly as possible. If player one makes a basket first, he/she goes to the back of the line (see diagram #2). If player one fails to make a basket before player two, player one is eliminated (all eliminated players stand off to the side until the game is finished).

Once player one makes a basket he/she passes the ball to the next player in line. That player tries to make a basket before player two does. If this occurs, player two is out. If player two scores first, he/she goes to the end of the line and passes their ball to the fourth player in line (see diagram #3).

The game continues like this until only one player is left standing.