Game of the Week: Rubber Chicken Basketball (Big Group Game)

A Classic That I Have Been Playing For Years With My Groups… Because¬†When All Else Fails, Add a Rubber Chicken to Your Game!??

– 1 rubber chicken (*preferably one with a noisemaker)
– Basketball court with 2 hoops (OR 2 large clean trash cans)
– Whistle
– 2 large sticks (broomstick or something similar)
Quick Explanation:
You will be playing basketball using a rubber chicken, which seems kind of obvious considering the name!? You will split into 2 equal teams. The point, of course, is to score points by getting the chicken through the hoop. You cannot of course dribble the chicken so the game becomes a game of passing and keeping possession of the chicken.

Basic Rules: The rules are similar to those of Ultimate Frisbee (*see Ultimate Frisbee in 10 Simple Rules)

– Passing: players only have 2 steps and then they must pass or shoot.

– Shooting: the chicken must touch the hoop in order for it to count as a “shot”.

– Scoring: it is 1 point if the chicken goes through the hoop and gets stuck. 2 points if the chicken makes it through both the hoop and net. A long whistle blow will signify a score.

– Possession: players must pass to each other after only 2 steps if the chicken touches the ground it changes team possession. A whistle is blown when possession changes.

– Boundaries: there are no out of bounds unless you would like to make them for your group.

– Fowls: (HA!..because it is a chicken!?): there is no grabbing, pushing, or tackling. There is to zero physical contact otherwise there is a “jump chicken”. A “jump chicken” is called when there is a foul or 2 players of the opposing team are in possession of the chicken. The chicken is tossed up between the 2 players in order to regain possession for the team.

– Large stick or Brooms: to help you knock down stuck chickens

You get the idea…create rules that best fit your group, area, and time. If you don’t have a basketball court or basketball hoops. Use large buckets, boxes, or even clean garbage cans. It can also be played outdoors on a larger field more similar to Ultimate Frisbee, just with the goal being a large container or something similar!

Enjoy and Play Safe!!

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