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Horse: A Basketball Game of Shooting Skill

Variation Requires Only Two Players and One Goal


Horse basketball is a cool outdoor game that just requires one goal and a basketball.

Horse basketball rewards those who can make cool shots.

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Horse is a great game for young and old since it requires shooting skill rather than stamina and athleticism.


Any child who is old enough to sink a basket can play.

Equipment Needed

One basketball goal and a basketball are required.

Where to Play

You can play wherever there is a basketball goal.

How to Play

Players line up. The first player announces what shot he is going to make and takes his shot. If he misses, he goes to the end of the line. If he makes the basket, the next player must make the same shot. If the second player misses, he gets an “H,” and it is the next player’s turn to announce a shot and try to make it. Each time a player fails to make a shot that his predecessor made, he gets another letter until someone has spelled “horse.” At that point the player is out. The other players continue play until only one player is left.


If there are large differences in height, you may want to outlaw the dunk shot. Some players allow the player who has received the "E" one more shot to try to stay in the game. If longer or shorter games are desired, different words can be spelled.

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