Steve Surine of Oakwood Bible Students submitted this game his group plays. It sounds fun. Here are the instructions straight from Steve.

We call this game “Hallway Garbage Ball” but I’ve also heard it called “Hall-Ball,” “Hallway Ball” or “Bruisin’ Basketball.” My students love this game. It’s great for middle & high school students, and both guys & girls. It works best with about 16-28 students, but wouldn’t really work with much larger groups unless (provided you have space to do so), you break them up into more teams and play multiple games at once.

Supplies needed:
-1 chair for each participant
-2 garbage cans (clean, or with a fresh bag), or two 5-gallon buckets
-1 rubber playground ball (must fit in the can/bucket)
-A hallway long enough to play the game in, and not too wide (6-7 feet wide is ideal)

-Line up the chairs on both sides of the hallway so that they are directly across from each other and about 3 feet apart.
-Put a can at the end of each row of chairs in the center of the hallway, about 3-4 feet from the last set of chairs.
-Divide the group into two equal sized teams.
-Sit in the chairs so that each team is seated in a zig-zag pattern (i.e. the people on either side of you and directly across from you are on the opposite team).
-Have a leader/ref stand on either end near the cans.
-Decide which can each team is playing toward

How to play:
-The goal is to score baskets by throwing the ball into your team’s can
-Decide which team will start first
-Give the ball to the player on that team who is at the opposite end of the line as their can
-Try to advance the ball all the way to the other end by throwing to other players on your team
-When a team scores a basket, the player closest to the can moves to the end of the line and each of the other players rotates one seat closer to the basket.
-The game is over when the player on one of the teams who started the game in the last seat advances all the way to the other end and scores a basket (i.e. when everyone on one team has scored a basket).

Other Rules:
-Everyone must remain seated the whole time and firmly planted all the way back in the chair. No sitting on the edge of the seat, standing up, or tilting the chair. If someone does this, it is considered a fault and may be penalized by making everyone on that team rotate backward one space (effectively losing a point).
-You may not rip the ball out of someone’s hand, but you may block it, deflect it, or intercept it when it’s in the air.
-If the ball hits the ground for any reason, the team that was last on defense gets the ball. It goes to the player seated closest to the ball.

image via Jeff



  1. LM February 14, 2012 at 12:39 pm #

    I assume if the ball is intercepted the team with the ball immediately starts moving it toward their basket?

  2. chadswanzy February 14, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    sounds good to me.

  3. John Hinger February 21, 2012 at 9:40 am #

    we tried it this past Sunday night and it was great. We had 60 students and added a lot more balls and it was a beautiful picture of organized chaos. We didn’t rotate seats though, there was not enough space to permit it.

    Great game and one we will be doing again for sure.

  4. chadswanzy February 21, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    That’s awesome. Glad it helped!

  5. renee thompson June 14, 2012 at 1:01 pm #

    i’m officially obsessed, and so are my students. we’ve played this twice in the last month or so with 70 students and leaders. perfect game for involving students that normally sit on the sidelines as well as the active ones. only drawback is the chairs scrape paint off the walls…
    we rotate every player 2 seats after each goal. keeps the goals on the same sides, but everyone gets a new vantage point.
    thanks for posting!!

  6. robert August 26, 2012 at 8:38 pm #

    We’ve done this game a couple of times now and our kids (and leaders) love it. We had a few scratches and wounded fingers.

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