How to play this simple rotational basketball game — that’s great for recess.

As we're running basketball leagues after school across the country. The Game of the Month is Basketall! So this month, we're sharing difference readiness basketball games that can be easily played on the playground. This week's game is simple and rotational, making it perfect for recess with younger students. The Game of the Week is Around the World!

Group Size:  Any Size

Age Group:   Grades 1+
Length of Activity:   Less than 10 minutes
Developmental Goal:   To provide an opportunity to practice the basic skills for traditional basketball.
Equipment:   One Basketball and a Basketball Hoop

Before You Start: 

  • Explain the rules of the game.
  • Demonstrate how a player moves to the next marker and shoots again after a successful shot.
  • Demonstrate how a player, after missing their shot, moves under the basket and rebounds the ball for the next player.
  • Ask the students to explain the game back to you.

Set Up: 

Place cones or chalk marks around the perimeter of the basketball key (area near the hoop).

How to Play: 

  • Line players up behind first cone/chalk mark.
  • The first player shoots from the first spot. If s/he makes the basket, s/he advances and shoots from the next spot. The same player continues around the markers until a basket is missed.
  • After this player misses, s/he rebounds the ball, passes it to the next player in line, and goes to the end of the line.
  • On each player's second, third, etc. turn, that player returns to the last place s/he attempted a basket and continues as before from that spot.
  • A player is finished when s/he has successfully made baskets all the way around the court. This player may begin again from the first spot.


Once a player makes it all the way around, they have to go backwards around the circuit.

Find more new and exciting games in our games library!

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