Monday, 22 December 2008

Bible basketball

The group is divided into two equal teams. Children are identified by number rather than position, as in basketball. One child from each team comes to the "referee" (leader) who "tosses up" a short, one-word answer question. The first player to answer a question gets the "ball" for the team. The player is now asked a question by the leader. The player may choose to answer the question or pass the ball to another player who is named by number. If the player answers the question correctly, two points are scored. If not, the ball is turned over to the other team. If the player chooses to pass the ball, the player named must attempt the answer. If the answer is correct, the team scores. If it is incorrect, a "rebound" situation results in which any player on either team can call "Rebound!" The leader identifies the first child who called, and that child gives an answer. If incorrect, the ball passes to the opposing team.

After each score, the ball goes to the other team. Each new sequence of play is begun with a "jump" or "toss-up" question. The leader always questions the children in rank order. a passed "ball" can be used to break that order; however the leader always returns to the rank order for the next question.

Other refinements can be added like penalties and free throw situations.

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