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Shoot and Score with Basketball Activities

Basketball Photo OpA basketball party just wouldn’t be complete without some jammin’ activities!

Purchase an inexpensive colored tank top for each guest from a discount store (such as Wal-Mart- approximately $3.00-$4.50/tops). On the back of each “jersey” write each guest’s last name, and add a large number under it using fabric paint. Let the kids suit up, and then take lots of pictures of your child’s team…the kids will love it!

If the party is being held in a gym or on an outdoor court, add portable basketball hoops. Plan time for the kids to play as they choose. They will enjoy this as much as anything you might organize.

Using a metal whistle and some orange cheer phones (sport cones) run organized basketball drills or create a few fun “Skill-Seeking” games; see who can dribble the ball for the longest time, while standing still with eyes closed; line the kids up at the free throw line, and see who can sink the most consecutive shots; line the kids up in pairs and have them stand about 15 feet apart in two rows (see who can complete the most consecutive bounce passes, while having them back up a step with each pass); instead of playing HORSE, play PARTY!

Divide the party guests into two equal groups. Each team should have a regulation-sized basketball. About 25 yards away, place mounds of inflated balloons by two cones. Balloons should be over-inflated to make popping easier. At the sound of a whistle the first two relay contestants, one from each team, dribbles a ball to the cones and removes one balloon. Each must sit on it until it pops. Once the balloon pops, the players dribble the ball back to the starting line, and tag the next player in line. The first team to complete the course wins. Not a quiet game…but a guaranteed favorite!

Set the stage for an all-star finals game complete with dazzling player introductions, pumped up music, and play-by-play commentary. Moms and dads can be invited back to the party early to witness this spectacle, and you’ll definitely want the video camera running!

Shoot for Two Lighted ArchAll the finest sports venues use great special effects for player introductions. If the party is being held at a gym or indoors, add a Basketball Entrance, Party Lights, and a Fog Machine to create the biggest and best basketball bash ever! Think of this as a small investment, as you’ll use these fixtures at different theme parties for kids and adults for years to come.

A karaoke machine is the perfect tool for a sports commentator to call the play-by-play! Recruit dad or another sports nut for the job. Give the announcer the kid’s names and numbers, and some pre-scripted notes. Give each child equal airtime, despite the fact that some may be gifted athletes, while others will have had little or no experience with the game.

Ya’ll ready for this? Pump up the jam with some great sports arena music and sound effects. The ESPN Jock Jams and Jock Rock series of CDs are great. The background sound will relax the kids who might be a little intimidated, and fire up the whole team! Let the “G” rated trash talk begin!

We offer a wonderful basketball piñata and we’ve yet to find a child who doesn’t want to take a swing at one at a party.

Take guests to a high school, college or pro game if a basketball court isn’t available…or if being a spectator is the first choice of the birthday boy or girl.

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