I love playing sporty beach games with my friends. It is just so much fun to have a water fight, build sandcastles, race on the sand, and make funny sand art.
Playing active beach games with your friends can be super fun. You don’t even need to be at the beach for this to happen. There are plenty of games that you can play in your backyard or in your living room – all you need is some creativity!
One of my favorites is BucketBall!
BucketBall is a game that people of all ages can enjoy. It is played with a large rubber ball and a bucket. The object of the game is to throw the ball into the bucket. The player who throws the ball into the bucket most times wins the game.
What is BucketBall
BucketBall has three easy-to-learn rules: Throw, Bounce, and Score. When these three rules are combined in many different ways, BucketBall becomes a game that demands strategy.
This drill will teach you the basic way to throw the ball into the bucket from any distance. With time and practice, this throw will become natural. This fundamental throwing technique should be mastered before playing BucketBall competitively or learning advanced plays.
- Begin with your feet shoulder-width apart.
- Grab the ball using an overhand grip about six inches from one end of the ball so your index finger lines up against a seam on top of the ball (this overhand grip naturally puts a spin on the ball, making it better for throwing).
- Point your throwing shoulder at the bucket.
- Bring the ball up and over your head, keeping your elbow close to your ear (this is called a cocked arm).
- As you bring the ball down, release it from your hand and step forward with your opposite foot.
- Follow through by pointing your throwing shoulder at the bucket and snap your wrist so the fingers of your hand are pointed towards the sky when you make contact with the ball (this will put a backspin on the ball).
Bouncing the ball into the bucket is easy to score points without throwing the ball very far. You can use this technique to score from anywhere on the court.
This is especially useful when close to the bucket because it is too far to throw the ball. When you bounce the ball into the bucket, ensure that your hand or arm doesn’t contact your body.
If your arm, wrist, or hand touches your body, you will lose points.
If you find yourself in a situation where there is no way that you can throw the ball into the bucket from any distance, then bouncing may be your only option.
This means that throwing isn’t an option for this turn, so all of these points count as 2 points instead of 1 if thrown (opposite of “caught”). The best technique for bouncing is shown below:
- Face forward towards the bucket and spread your legs shoulder-width apart.
- Bend your knees and squat down, so you are low to the ground.
- Grab the ball with your dominant hand using an overhand grip (the exact grip as the throwing drill).
- Hold the ball up close to your body and bounce it off the ground (make sure that you bounce the ball higher than you are tall).
- As the ball comes back up, hit it hard with your palm to go up into the air and bounce off the bucket rim straight in (this is called a follow-through).
- Repeat this motion until time expires or you miss the bucket.
Now that you know how to play BucketBall let’s take a look at some of the strategies that can be used to help you win.
One strategy is called “The Alley.” This involves throwing the ball into the bucket from one side of the court and catching the ball on the other side of the court.
You can use this strategy when your opponent is close to the bucket, and you need to score a point. To execute “The Alley,” follow these steps:
- Throw the ball into the bucket from one side of the court (the side that your opponent is closest to).
- As soon as the ball goes into the bucket, run to the other side of the court and catch the ball.
- Quickly throw the ball into the bucket again (the same side that the ball went into the first time).
- Repeat this as many times as you can until your opponent moves from their spot or you run out of balls to throw into the bucket.
Another strategy is called “Swat.” This involves throwing the ball very high up into the air and catching it on your side of the court before it hits the ground.
This gives you more time to think about what move you want to make after catching the ball. To execute “Swat,” follow these steps:
- Throw the ball very high up in front of you so its path is parallel to your head (try to throw it where your hands are directly under where it will be when it reaches its peak).
- As the ball comes down, quickly raise your arms over your head, so it lands in your hands.
- Bring the ball down to waist level and take a step forward with your opposite foot (this is called pivoting).
- Throw the ball into the bucket by bringing it up and over your head while keeping your elbow close to your ear (called cocked arm).
- Pivot towards where you threw the ball from after throwing it into the bucket so that you are facing that direction when looking for the rebound (so you can run straight there instead of walking around half of the court).
- Repeat this move until time expires or you miss the bucket.
Another strategy is called “The Slide.” This involves sliding across the court, catching the ball before it hits the ground, and throwing it into the bucket. This is an excellent strategy to use when you are near your opponent or next to them. To execute “The Slide,” follow these steps:
- When the ball comes towards you, slide on your foot closest to where it will land (wetting your feet).
- Quickly grab the ball before it hits the ground and throw it up straight in front of you, so its path is parallel with your arms (this is called cocked arm).
- As soon as you catch the ball, take a significant step forward with your opposite foot (another pivot) and quickly bring up the ball to waist level and throw it into the bucket by bringing it up and over your head (called a follow-through).
- Slide in the opposite direction of where you threw the ball from after throwing it into the bucket so you are ready to catch the rebound (again, so you can run straight there instead of walking around half the court).
- Repeat this move until time expires or you miss the bucket.
Many different strategies can be used when playing BucketBall. Some are better to use when you have the ball in your hands, while others are better when you don’t have the ball in your hands.
Knowing how to play and having multiple strategies will score more points against your opponent!
Hi, I’m Ryan Nelson! I live in the Hamptons, out on Long Island, near Ponquogue Beach. The beach is a place where I can find peace and serenity. It’s a place where I can sit and clear my head. The waves crashing on the shore somehow helps me to relax, while also reminding me that I am far from the stressors of daily life.