Games - Bucket Ball - Grow Youth & Kids Ministry Curriculum

Games – Bucket Ball

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Bucket Ball


The hardest part of basketball is making a bucket! In this game, that is not the case. Sometimes you just need a little help from your friendly bucket!

What To Get:

  • BALL. Any ball will do—you can grab one HERE.
  • BUCKETS. You will need two of these, and they just have to be big enough to put the ball in.
  • CHAIRS. You will need two for this game
  • TAPE. This is optional, but if you need tape to mark your boundaries you can get some HERE.

What To Prep:

  • PLAYING AREA. Set up your playing field by placing a chair on each side of your field.
  • DON’T ENTER HERE. Make a circle around your chair on each end, about 10 feet from the chair in any direction.

How To Play:

  • SEPARATE YOUR TEAMS. Divide your students into two equal teams. Each team must designate a player to be their bucket. They will stand on the chair in the circle on the opposing teams side.
  • GOAL. Ultimate frisbee rules apply, which means if you catch the ball you must stop moving and either pass the ball or shoot. Each team may pass the ball down the court until they are close enough to shoot. The person holding the bucket can move around on the chair to catch the ball. They can only use their hands to hold the bucket, they can’t help the ball in with one hand. If the player on the chair loses balance and falls off the chair, they get no points. No players can enter the circle surrounding the bucket. If the ball lands in the circle, the team who is playing defense may enter to get the ball. Then it becomes their possession. Designate how many points to win before starting the game.

Pro Tips:

  • TIP. At a certain time during the game, you might allow teams to substitute the player holding the bucket.


    Jeremiah Herring

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