Tired of playing H-O-R-S-E?

5 Basketball games you can play with your kids other than HORSE      
Basketball doesn’t have to be a sweaty, competitive game of 5-on-5. Maybe there are only three children playing, or the game is being dominated by more athletic children, leaving others without the opportunity to play. Either way, there are numerous games played with a ball and basket that youngsters of all skill levels will enjoy.
Here are five H-O-R-S-E alternative kids can play with just a basketball and hoop.

1. Knock Out

This game does require a low level of shooting ability, but remains an ideal game for kids with varying skills because everyone gets a chance.
Knock Out requires two basketballs and two or more players. The players form a line at the free throw line with the first two receiving basketballs. The first player shoots, and if he or she misses, the second player can “knock out” the first player by making the basket before the first player is able to corral the rebound and put his or her ball in the basket. If the first player is able to make the shot before the second player, they pass it to the next player in line, who then tries to knock out the second player while the first player returns to the end of the line. The game goes on until all but one player is knocked out.
2. Around the World
There are many variations of this game, but this one requires at least two players and a single basketball. The object of the game is to “go around the world” by making consecutive shots from predetermined spots around the court.
The first player must make a layup, followed by a shot between the basket and the free throw line, a free throw, a 20-foot shot from the wing, a 3-point shot, and a shot from half court. Once this is accomplished, the player must make every shot again on his or her return to the basket. The game ends with the layup.
Normally, the player must make all predetermined shots in a row or start over. But to make the game quicker, allow the player to stay on the spot where he or she missed while the other players take their turns. The player can start again from this point on the next turn.
Note: There are other variations, with the most common being shots ordered around the three-point line.
3. Firing Squad
This is a variation of Around the World, but instead of taking turns, all players shoot at the same time until a player has made a basket from each predetermined spot on the court.
4. Golf
As a game for kids, golf teaches young players to shoot from spots all around the court. The game requires two or more players and one basketball. The first player begins on the first hole, a predetermined spot where he or she must shoot. If the player makes the shot on the first attempt, the score for that “hole” is one. If the player misses the shot, they must shoot from where they grabbed the rebound. The score for that hole is the number of shots it took the player to make the basket. Just like a golf course, you can do this from 18 different spots on the court. The lowest score wins.
5. Musical Basketballs
Like musical chairs, but with basketballs, this game requires one ball per player and a source of music. Put all the balls in a circle and have kids, similar to musical chairs, walk around the balls while music plays. Once the music stops, the players grab a basketball and shoot. Once a player makes a basket, he sits down to show that he’s finished. The last player standing is out.
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Article written by Brian Kendal www.activekids.com

Goalrilla VS Goalsetter. Which should you choose?

As you’ve probably realized by now, there are many residential basketball systems available on today’s market. At Playground World, we carry two of the best-selling residential hoops in America: Goalrilla and Goalsetter. This article will help you understand some of the differences between the two basketball systems.

Goalrilla Advantages:
  • Dupont® Powder Coated Paint – Powder coated products are less likely to be affected by impacts, moisture, chemicals, UV rays, and extreme weather conditions.
  • Rim Mounting – The flex-rim on a Goalrilla goal is mounted directly to the steel frame located just behind the glass backboard. This technology allows all the pressure to be taken off the glass during aggressive play, including dunking.
  • All Backboards Are Double-Framed- The back frame is heavy steel while the front frame is polished aluminum, giving the finished product a professional look and superior performance. This is a key difference and not to be discounted, as many competitors will gloss over details like these. It may not be apparent in a photo, but up close, the fit and finish of this is quite noticeable.
  • Clear View Backboards- Tired of seeing that steel backboard support in your backboard? They have become the preferred choice for the basketball purist, and they truly do give you that clean, clear look to your backboard. Goalrilla has an entire line of Clearview (CV) goals that look and play as close to the professional arena goals as you can get.
  • Rim Height Adjustment Range – Goalrilla hoops adjust from 10’ to 7’8”.

Goalsetter Advantages:

  • Rim Height Adjustment Range –Goalsetter hoops adjust from 10’ to 6’ (Signature series)
  • Both an adjustable and stationary system – Goalsetter has an internal locking system that prevents changing goal heights, unless authorized. This is quite handy for commercial applications, when you don’t want users lowering heights.
  • Hinged Ground Anchor System – The hinged ground anchor system allows you to take your hoop with you if you move. You simply leave the anchor and install a new anchor in your new home.
  • Triple Coated Paint Process – One coat of primer and two coats of baked on acrylic enamel make this goal a great option for parks, schools, and other commercial uses.
  • Made in the USA – Due to strong finances and demand for Goalsetter, 100% of the manufacturing for Goalsetter still takes place in Iowa today. They are manufactured just steps away from the teams who actually design and engineer the systems. This allows Goalsetter to have outstanding quality control and very quick response to dealer and customer requests.
Whether you choose a Goalrilla or Goalsetter basketball hoop installation you can be confident knowing you are getting a top of the line goal that you and your family and friends will enjoy for many years to come.
If you have questions about which hoop is right for you, call us at
1-800-381-4902. We’d love to help you through the process.

4 things to look for in a basketball hoop

A new basketball hoop is a long term investment, so it is important to do your research and compare the various models to find the one that best suits your kids, your yard and your budget.

Here are 4 variables to evaluate before making your investment:

Adjustable rims:
Basketball rim regulation height (in NBA, college, and even high school courts) is 10 feet. However, you may want to lower the rim to accommodate younger players.
For junior level play or to allow novice players to improve their shooting mechanics, 8′ or 9′ is a common height. Most junior leagues set the rules for rim height for junior competition. Lowering the rim is common for developing shooting technique, and then slowly raising will help challenge and bring confidence to the new player.
Our hoops adjust from 6’ (Goalsetter) or 7 ½’ (Goalrilla) to 10’ with an external or internal crank adjustment system.

Backboard sizes vary in width from 46” wide all the way up to 72”, but for the sake of regular game play we recommend choosing backboard no smaller than 54” wide. Anything narrower will limit the ability to make bank shots.
Look for 54″ or 60″ size boards with 3/8″ thick glass and 72″ boards with 1/2″ glass for gym-correct rebounds. Remember that skill level also plays a part in selecting a backboard size. Since high school and college use the standard 72″ backboards many people like to purchase this size to closely reproduce actual playing conditions.

Pole Size:
All our poles made of a one-piece structural steel post. The larger the backboard, the larger the pole. Our pole sizes range from 4 x 4 (48” or 54” backboards) 5 x 5 (54” or 60”) and 6 x 6 (60” or 72”). A thicker pole helps reduce shake and vibration when playing. Our Goalrilla pole has a powder coated finish and corrosion-resistant hardware for long lasting durability. Our Goalsetter pole has a patented process using 1 primer coat and 2 coats of baked-on acrylic enamel to withstand the outdoor elements, year after year.


The “overhang” is your baseline; the distance for the front edge of the pole to the front edge to the backboard.  It is in essence, the room under your hoop.  The overhang provides the safe area for play. It gives players room to finish a layup without stepping off the playing surface. It gives players room to maneuver under the basket. And for driveway play, it allows the pole to be installed off the driveway to allow for maneuverable of vehicles. The greater the overhang, the safer the play.

A system with more overhang will also allow you to set your pole off the driveway while still allowing for room and maneuverability under the hoop.  No more twisted ankles or stepping into the grass when finishing a layup.

Our sales and installation experts are waiting to assist you with any questions you may have by calling us at 1-800-381-4902.  We’ll help you find your perfect hoop.