Top 5 pickup games
Got a group of friends looking for some pickup game ideas? Here are our top five picks:
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Ball hockey: It's probably the most ubiquitous pickup game in Canada no matter what the season. You see kids (and adults) playing this on the road, in an empty rink, in the schoolyard or open field. Usually played on foot, players use a plastic ball or tennis ball instead of a puck. Same as ice hockey, the purpose is to score more goals than your opponents by shooting the ball into the other team's net. Rules and playing styles can differ depending on the group of players.
Hoops: Played on community centre courts and schoolyards, pickup basketball is a less formal variation of the sport of basketball. Rules vary from court to court, depending on the players. Usually, there are no refs so you call your own fouls. You can play to a predetermined score instead of a certain amount of time. Two main players pick their teams from whoever's available. Some street b-ball consists of three players for each team on a half court. More players could involve five on each team on a full court.
Tag: There are many variations of this game of pursuit. Great for kids and the young-at-heart. Round up a few friends to play our top 5 tag games.
Ultimate Frisbee: Two teams try to score by getting the Frisbee from one end of the field into the opposing team's "end zone." The Frisbee must be thrown from player to player not carried. When you get the disc, you must stop running and toss it to another player. If the Frisbee hits the ground or is knocked down or caught by the other team, then the opposing team takes possession. Players referee themselves.
Touch football: A simplified form of football with less equipment and fewer rules. Instead of tackling players to the ground, the person carrying the ball is stopped when touched by a member of the opposing team. At its most casual, the players decide how many chances each team gets to score and location of the "endzones." Flip a coin to decide who begins playing offence. Decide on a time limit or predetermined number of points.