Crawl Ball

Crawl Ball is a fun take on basketball that anyone can play. The beauty is that it takes minimal effort to set up but still delivers on all the fun!

PREP TIME– 5 Minutes

ITEMS NEEDED– 2 Garbage Cans, Pieces of Paper, Tape, Space to play game (20′ x 10′ or larger)

GAME TIME– 5-10 Minutes

PARTICIPANTS– No more than 10 per team (unless you have a large space)


Before you start, set up to garbage cans on the opposite ends of the “court.” You will need to tape off a half circle or square in front of the garbage cans (baskets) that prevents people from being in front of it. If that line is crossed by a defender, the opposing team gets a free shot from wherever the closest ball is. One you do that, place a bunch of crumpled up pieces of paper that will act as balls (thicker paper, or printer paper works better) in the middle of the court. We recommend three to start, but you can throw in more as the game moves along to make it more interesting.

While Crawl Ball is really simple, but does have a couple of rules. First of all, everyone will be on their knees to play the game, which means they will have to crawl. They are allowed up to three steps/knees, but any more than that will result in a turnover. The key is to learn how to pass the paper ball and to keep moving when you don’t have the ball. If the ball hits the ground, that is okay, it just becomes a mad dash to the ball.

Defenders are allowed to block, but they can not hit, or it is a foul and it allows in a free shot from the spot of the foul.

All shots are worth two points (if you want to add a three-point line or a half court bonus, feel free to do so). Whoever has the most time at the end of the game, wins.


1. Hand out colored wristbands to differentiate the teams.

2. Play some fun music in the background during the game.

3. Use a different color paper and make it worth double points.

4. Try to make the teams even enough to where the game is competitive and fun!

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