How to Play Basketball Knockout

Knockout (also known as Bumpout, Bump, Lightning, Elimination and Putout) is a fun basketball game that a team or a group of friends can play as a way to increase common basketball skills such as free throw shooting and rebounding.

What You Need

The game must be played with a minimum of two players but there is no maximum amount of participants. The only equipment that is needed is a basketball hoop and two basketballs. The objective of the game is to make free throws in order to survive, while at the same time, eliminating the other players.

Instructions

The game begins with all players lined up in a straight line starting at the free throw line and extending towards half court (see diagram #1). The first two players start with a basketball.

Player one shoots a free throw and tries to make it. If the player misses, he/she must grab the rebound and score as fast as possible. Player one’s second shot does not need to be from the free throw line. He/she can shoot a jump shot, lay-up or whatever is needed in order to score fastest.

Player two cannot shoot until after player one has shot their first free throw. The goal for player two is to score a basket before player one does. If player two misses their free throw he/she must also rebound their miss and make a shot as quickly as possible.

If player one makes a basket first, he/she goes to the back of the line (see diagram #2). If player one fails to make a basket before player two, player one is eliminated (all eliminated players stand off to the side until the game is finished).

Once player one makes a basket he/she passes the ball to the next player in line. That player tries to make a basket before player two does. If this occurs, player two is out. If player two scores first, he/she goes to the end of the line and passes their ball to the fourth player in line (see diagram #3).

The game continues like this until only one player is left standing.

One surprise in the game that is different from actual basketball is that players can “bump” or “knock” the ball out of another person’s hands once they have taken their free throw. This strategy is used to make the player chase after their ball and create more time for you to make a basket.




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hi says:
9/25/2018 at 7:35:48 PM

when was it started?

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Champ says:
8/1/2018 at 9:05:54 PM

Question: There are 3 players. 2nd in line knocks 1st out. Who passes the ball to 3rd? I was 2nd and kept my ball. He claims I cheated.

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jiyoung says:
10/31/2019 at 11:02:18 PM

If player one was the one who got out, and you were player two, then that means that player one should've given his ball to the player behind you.

If there's only three players, it honestly doesn't matter who gives who the ball, but you keeping your ball is not you cheating.

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Ali says:
5/27/2018 at 2:38:48 PM

I coach a travel team. When we are waiting for the team to arrive, the girls who came early always, on their own, play knockout. It's a fun & competitive game that they enjoy.

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C says:
5/12/2017 at 2:40:43 PM

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rcw says:
2/21/2017 at 7:02:41 PM

What if player 1 makes the basket and player 2, instead of shooting the basketball throws the ball to knock player 1's ball further to delay player 3 from getting the ball?

There's no rule when this occurs. It should be not be allowed???

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jiyoung says:
10/31/2019 at 11:04:52 PM

I mean, player two can't technically do that, since player three hasn't made an attempt at shooting it. As the rules say, you're able to "knock" out the other player's ball in their hand, but as long as they went before you.

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B says:
2/9/2017 at 11:29:23 PM

It's unclear how this works if you only have 2 players ("The game must be played with a minimum of two players..."). It could be a very short "game"!

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jiyoung says:
10/31/2019 at 11:06:36 PM

It's the same rules — a constant cycle. Players 1 and 2 would just be shooting free throws until either player makes two baskets in a row (with the other player not yet having made a basket).

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C says:
1/27/2017 at 10:31:14 AM

I just watched a 6th grade girls practice where this was used and I felt it was counterproductive. Players were not using good form and simply throwing the ball at the basket instead of shooting it. I realize it is fun, but I have a feeling that this drill is not going to help them in their upcoming games. Shooting from closer in, such as Kentucky shooting, would have been more effective to have them focus on actually making their shots.

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Don Nichols says:
2/9/2016 at 8:59:06 AM

What if player 1 makes the initial freethrow?

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poopy says:
2/22/2016 at 4:36:41 PM

Then they are safe and the 2nd person acts as the 1st person and they keep on going. The 1st person goes to the end of the line

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Jayden says:
12/12/2015 at 9:43:10 AM

. It helped me practice my rebounds and my free throws since I am going to tryout for my middle school year

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poopy says:
2/22/2016 at 4:37:26 PM

I don't really think it helps free throws since you are always rushing in knockout and free throws are slow and are all mental

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jiyoung says:
10/31/2019 at 11:11:53 PM

Well, to be fair, the player behind you cannot shoot before you. So technically, you have all the time you need to shoot a free throw.

Yes, one of the goals of the game is to try and eliminate the person in front of you, but you don't necessarily have to aim for that.

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Scott says:
9/29/2015 at 1:45:48 PM

player 3 cannot shoot until player 2 has shot...player 4 cannot shoot until player 3 has shot, and so on.

If player 1 makes their basket prior to player 2 making theirs, they pass the ball to player 3, and player 3 tries to eliminate player 2. follow?

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