The best playground games help you to work on your skill too
Fitting neatly in between the tedious but essential monotony of individual practice and the sweat and hustle of full pick-up runs, there are numerous other games where you can enjoy the sport of basketball. These games are not just pure fun, but can help you to work on your own skill development as well.
Around the World: Everyone’s favorite childhood shooting game involves each player hitting shots from fixed spots in a pre-defined order. The game teaches you to hit shots from all over the court, thus expanding your scoring threat beyond the habitual ‘sweet spots’.
H-O-R-S-E: Imitation is the best form of flattery, as the age-old adage goes. In this basketball version of ‘Simon Says’, you have to follow every make up with an exact replication of your opponent’s shot. To become good at this game, you have to work on your creativity, as well as learning to have a soft finishing touch from all angles. Functional ambidexterity can often win you a game or two as well.
Knock-out: This free-throw shooting competition is a game of both skill and speed, as you try to knock the previous shooter out by hitting a shot before they do. The pace of this contest teaches players to shoot at game speed, to follow up their own shots by going for the rebound and to have nerves of steel in eliminating all other players.
King of the Court: A tougher version of the usual one-on-one play, this game is played with varying rules all across the world. One rule usually remains: the winner stays and the loser is out. Fighting to remain ‘King’ is a journey that will grant you isolation moves as well as the physical endurance and mental fortitude to hold the court for as long as humanly possible.