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.
-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).
-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