How to play this basketball shooting game Hot Spots!

The Game of the Month is Three Lines Basketball! So this month, we're sharing several basketball skills building games that are great for the playground. Here's a fun game that allows play to practice their shooting skills. The Game of the Week is Hot Spots!

Group Size:  Any Size

Age Group:   Grades 1+
Length of Activity:   Less than 10 minutes
Developmental Goal:   To develop teamwork, hand-eye coordination, and depth perception.
Equipment:   Basketball and poly spots (or cones)

Before You Start: 

  • Have players line up behind the cone, facing the basketball hoop.

Set Up: 

Can be played outside or in a gym. Set up a cone at about half court on a basketball court. Scatter the polyspots all around in front of the basketball hoop.

How to Play: 

  • One player at a time dribbles to a polyspot to stand on and shoot the ball.       
  • If the player makes the shot, they pick up the polyspot and retrieves the ball. They bring the polyspot back to the line, place the spot in a pile next to the cone and pass the ball to the next player standing in line, who then dribbles to their own spot to shoot from.
  • If the player misses the shot they gets the ball and passes it to the next player in line.
  • Play continues in this manner until all of the spots are claimed.
  • Players may then spread out the spots and play again.


  • Create two to three teams who must try making baskets at the same time.
  • Allow players to take a second shot if they miss.
  • This game can be modified to most any sport, such as soccer–shoot from a spot into the soccer goal–and volleyball–serve the ball over the net from a spot.
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