3 Backyard Basketball Games to Make Practicing More Fun

3 Backyard Basketball Games to Make Practicing More Fun

3 Backyard Basketball Games to Make Practicing More Fun

Schools out! Now what? Hone your basketball skills! Typically in the summer we have some extra time. Take this opportunity to invite some friends over, put down the screens, and play outside in your backyard.

Below we have laid out some fun games that even your friends who don’t play basketball will enjoy. Bonus…you will improve your game and have some fun at the same time.


How to play: Twenty-one is nearly always played on only half the court. This game needs two or more players. Each player keeps their own score. The winner is the first person to reach 21 points. The player with the ball may shoot at any time and may collect her own rebounds and continue shooting. Whenever a basket is scored, that player receives two points and goes to the free throw line, where each made free throw adds another one point to their score. The player is allowed to shoot free throws until she misses, or until she has made three in a row, at which point the ball is put back in play, and the sequence starts again.

Skill you are improving: Rebounding, shooting, and free throws.

Timed Shooting

How to play: This game can be played with one or more players using a stop watch. If you are playing by yourself, your goal is to make more baskets in two minutes each time you play. If you are playing against another player then your goal is to make more baskets in two minutes than the other people you are playing against. Each round choose a new spot on the court and focus on shooting all your shots from there for two minutes straight. If you are playing by yourself it is helpful to have a bucket of balls so that you don’t have to waste time rebounding. If you are playing with friends, they can rebound for you.

Skill you are improving: Free throws, jump shots, layups, 3 pointers, and fast paced play.


How to play: This game is played with two or more players. The first player attempts to make a basket from a certain spot on the basketball court. If the first player makes her shot, then the second player must attempt to make the same shot. If the second player makes the shot, the third, fourth, fifth, and so on players have to take the same shot from the same location.

After all players have made an attempt, the next player after the original shooter gets control and can attempt any shot she wants, and the others will attempt that shot, and so on. If a player who has control misses their shot, control moves to the next player.

If any player misses the shot, then they are given a letter. P in PIG and H in HORSE. Whenever any player has all off the letters in the word PIG or HORSE, they are eliminated from the game. The last player in the game is declared the winner.

Skill you are improving: Shooting.