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Games to Play with a Basketball Hoop

November 17th, 2016 by

Shooting hoops or playing a game one on one can get a little boring after a while. Having a basketball hoop in your yard gives endless possibilities to enhance your skills by playing fun games. Here are a couple games that are great for your game and playtime.goalrilla basketball hoop

HORSE This classic game is a fan favorite for a reason; it’s simple and only takes a couple people to play. If you haven’t played this game before, start by having someone stand anywhere on the court and make a shot. The second person stands in the same place and tries to make the same shot. If they make the shot, they move on to a new location and try a different shot. If they don’t make the shot, they get an “H”. For every missed shot the player makes, they get a letter. Whoever spells out “horse” first loses.

Time Trials This game is a great one person game or can be done with multiple players. All you need is a basketball and a timer. The player sets a set amount on the timer and tries to shoot as many hoops as they can in the time allotted. Once the timer goes off, they can try again or the other player can try to beat their score. This game can get a little rough for your backboard, so be sure you have a hoop, such as a Goalrilla basketball hoop, that can handle the pressure.

Around the World You need at least two players for this game. This game involves setting up at least five spots around the court to take shots from. Both players start at the same spot and take turns shooting. If you make the shot, you can move on to the next spot. Each player has two chances to make the shot. If they don’t, they get sent back to the beginning. The first player to make it to every stop, or “around the world”, wins.

There are plenty of other games out there, so just be sure to get out and start playing! For more on Goalrilla Basketball hoops, accessories, and more, visit PlayNLearn.com today.

A Perfect Summer to Add a Goalrilla Basketball Hoop

June 12th, 2016 by

goalrilla basketball hoopThe saying, “practice makes perfect” is often used in relation to becoming better at sports. Are the up and coming basketball stars in your house getting enough practice? The summer is the perfect time to install a basketball hoop outside your home. It’s a great activity to do alone or with a group of friends for a nice pickup game. With so many options in the market for basketball hoops, how do you know which one to choose?

A Goalrilla basketball hoop would make a great addition to your home this summer. These basketball hoops go above and beyond the competition. Professional in quality and presentation, Goalrilla basketball hoops are an investment that will last for the formative years to come. Rectangular tempered glass backboards will have your kids making layups and grabbing rebounds like their favorite pros. Also fit with steel-welded frames and slam dunk worthy rims, these anchored in-ground basketball systems are built to last.

If you are interested in installing a basketball hoop this summer, a Goalrilla basketball hoop is a great choice for your driveway. At PlayNLearn.com we have plenty to choose from for basketball players and driveways of all sizes. Order a Goalrilla basketball system today to get your young players practicing in preparation of the next school season.

March Madness Fun and Learning for the Whole Family

March 5th, 2015 by

March Madness Fun for the Whole FamilyIt’s March, and you know what that means? Spring is around the corner, the snow is melting, the flowers will soon start to bloom — and it’s March Madness time! The annual NCAA basketball tournament kicks off March 17, just in time to rescue your family from serious cabin fever after this winter’s cold temperatures and storms. We have some ideas of how to get your family through these last few cold weeks and involve everyone in the fun.

What is March Madness?
First things first: what is March Madness? Your kids can search online or head to the local library to learn about the history of the tournament. When did it start, and why? How many teams first played, and how many do now? How do teams advance? This web site is a good place to start. Once your kids have a grasp of the concept, it’s time to dive in to making brackets!

Where are all these teams from, anyway?
In order to prepare your brackets, your kids will have to find a list of what teams are playing. (Hint: try the NCAA web site.) And for an added activity, work in a simple geography lesson. Print a map of the U.S. off the internet and have your kids mark where each team plays. This is a good time to practice identifying the different states, and your kids will also start learning some of the cities within them.

Make family brackets
Now that you know how the bracket works, what teams are playing, and where they all are, it’s time to make a bracket. You can either use a printed bracket (such as these), or your kids can use a ruler and paper to draw their own brackets. You can each do one bracket, or you can do multiple brackets to see how long you can stay in it. Get friends and neighbors involved if you want to do a neighborhood bracket pool!

Turn March Madness into math madness
Once you’ve made your brackets, you can practice some math skills to determine odds. Have your kids figure out the odds that they’ve guessed the correct winning team or a perfect bracket. There are plenty of ideas for how to turn your bracket into a fun and practical math exercise —your kids won’t be able to say, “I’m never going to use this in real life” to these math problems!

Practice your shots
Now that the paper and pencil work is done, it’s time to practice your skills on the court. Use your basketball hoop or head to the local basketball court to work on your passes, layups, and free throws. It’s not a bad time to start learning some of the official rules of basketball, but if you just want to play games like HORSE to get in the spirit, that works, too!

Have an at-home tournament
Last but not least, as the tournament begins, you can host your own at-home tournament in your driveway or at a nearby park. You can check out our ideas for how to bring basketball season to your neighborhood and host a fun event for all ages.

In the mood for even more basketball? Head to a Play N’ Learn showroom to check out our range of basketball hoops. Add one to your driveway and keep the spirit of March Madness going year round!

Bring Basketball Season to Your Neighborhood

December 1st, 2014 by

basketball tournamentThe cold and dark days of late fall may be driving you to take cover indoors, but that doesn’t mean sports mania has lessened any around the country. College basketball season is in full swing, and many undergraduate students will be lining up for hours and even camping out to get tickets to games. Why not bring some of that excitement to your neighborhood by organizing a community basketball tournament? Here are some ideas on how to do it:

1. Decide what the events will be.
Will you play regular games? Will they be 3-on-3, or will the teams be larger? Will there be modified, family-friendly games like HORSE for younger players? You can also decide whether all of the games will take place at one house with all of the participants cheering each other on, or whether your tournament will be spread out across multiple basketball hoops in the neighborhood. Or, you can reserve a basketball court at a nearby park and really get things going with a full-court game!

2. Get the neighborhood pumped up with publicity.
Have your kids hop on the computer or hand-draw signs promoting the basketball tournament and announcing the location, date, and time. You could even post a sign-up sheet near your mailbox for everyone to reserve spots and form teams (or if your neighborhood is tech-savvy, you can organize it on a Facebook group or an app like Sign-Up Genius). You can have kids’ teams and adult teams, or you can mix everyone together so the teams are balanced. For people who don’t want to play but still want to participate, have them sign up to bring snacks, take photos, or be the announcer. You could even have neighbors show off their other talents during a half-time performance!

3. Plan the day.
Your kids can help you put together a schedule of the order of the games and who will play when. Then they can post the schedules around the neighborhood and spread the word to their friends. On the day of the tournament, set up a snack station and sign-in table, and have people bring folding chairs to sit in while they wait for their turn to play. You can set up other games to keep players occupied during downtime, like obstacle courses for younger kids. And how about recruiting someone to man a hot chocolate station to keep spectators warm and happy?

4. Have fun!
Enjoy a great day of basketball and fun with your whole neighborhood. When the day is over, you can send pictures to everyone who participated and post the winning teams and scores. Spending a day outside playing together is a great way to relieve stress from holiday planning, school, and work—all while fostering a sense of community. Who knows? You may be starting a new neighborhood tradition!

If you’re looking to add some friendly competition to your driveway or neighborhood, Play N’ Learn carries and installs a range of basketball hoops. Get in touch today to find out more.

5 Reasons Families Love Basketball Hoops

July 30th, 2014 by

family playing basketball2We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: We love basketball hoops. They’re fun, they’re versatile, and they don’t take up much space in your driveway or yard. With endless games to play, you can use your basketball hoop for years with your family without getting bored. Read on for our top five reasons why we love basketball hoops.

1. Everyone can play
Whether your family could hit the pro courts tomorrow or you have kids who are just learning to shoot the ball high enough to make a basket, a basketball hoop can be adjusted to meet everyone’s needs. Whatever age, fitness ability, or competition level you need to work with, you can make it happen playing around the basketball hoop. That means it’s something the whole family can do together!

2. Any size group can play
Another great feature of basketball hoops is that they accommodate anything from a solo player to a large group. From free throws and HORSE to full on pick up games, there are plenty of fun games that can incorporate everyone who wants a chance to play.

3. Basketball helps build collaboration skills
Playing basketball, whether in a full game or in smaller groups, helps kids learn to be part of a team and collaborate. In smaller games like HORSE or Lightning, taking turns, being patient, and listening to other players is crucial, and all of these skills make better team players!

4. Basketball helps build motor skills and coordination
Dribbling, lining up the shot, releasing the ball at the right time—it’s a lot to keep track of and requires a good amount of hand-eye coordination and motor skills to sink the shot. For your children, playing around the basketball hoop is a fun way for them to continue developing these skills without even realizing it.

5. Hoops help make new friends
Having a basketball hoop in the driveway is a surefire way to turn your yard into a neighborhood hotspot. Once the neighbors see your kids playing basketball outside, it won’t be long before they start trickling over to join in on the fun. Having a low-stress activity to bond over can help your kids make new friends and create a solid social network based around a healthy activity.

If you don’t have a basketball hoop already, what are you waiting for? It’s a great investment that will last until your kids are out of the house. And if you already have a hoop, why not head out today and get a game going?

View our wide range of hoop options, and get in touch to start the conversation about how we can help your family make the right pick.

4 Outdoor Ways to Celebrate the End of School

May 20th, 2014 by

Has your family started the Days-Left-Until-School’s-Over countdown yet? While end-of-the-year projects and exams may not be over yet, now is a great time to start thinking about how you and your kids can celebrate the end of the school year and kickoff the start of summer. We’ve put together a list of fun, outdoor activities to bring in the last days of school in your neighborhood. Whether your kids are shouting “no more teachers, no more books” or are sad to see the school year come to a close, these activities will make the final days of school a memorable, fun occasion—and get them pumped for the endless days of summer to come.

1. Decorate bikes with stickers and streamers

Break out the party supplies and let your kids go wild decorating their bikes. Using stickers, streamers, and ribbon, your kids can dress up their bikes and cruise around the neighborhood. By wrapping streamers or paper around the frame and putting ribbons on the handlebars, they’ll have a great time showing off their bikes as they ride around in the afternoon sun. Your kids could even attach balloons to their seats and watch them blow in the wind as they ride down a hill.

2. Have an after school basketball or trampoline party

Keep those decorations handy, and bedazzle your basketball hoop or trampoline and invite everyone over to play after school. Have your kids come up with the design, and transform your hoop or trampoline into a party zone. Not sure what games to play? Try these fun basketball ideas, and then get jumping with these zany trampoline ventures.

3. Have a chalk drawing fest

Another simple way to have fun after school is to lie out some sidewalk chalk and invite the neighbors over for a big drawing party. The kids can work in groups or on their own to create masterpieces on the sidewalks connecting all of the houses, or they can do designs on participating households’ driveways. You could even make it a friendly competition with neighbors by coming up with categories, deciding  winners, and giving prizes.

4. Celebrate in the park

If you’re willing to take the party on the road, plan a park party for the end of school. After school, bring your kids and their friends to the local park and playground so they can let loose. With a few healthy snacks, a soccer ball or basketball, and a Frisbee or jump rope, you’ll have a great time and set the tone for your active summer to come!

So whether your kids are happy or sad for the school year to be over, make these last few days a celebration of the outdoors and the fun summer to come. Need help setting up an ideal outdoor play area in your yard? Contact us today.

 

4 Basketball Games the Whole Family Can Play

April 22nd, 2014 by

 

Having a basketball hoop in the driveway is one of the simplest investments you can make to ensure countless years of fitness and fun. With endless games that you, your kids, and all of their friends can play, a basketball hoop brings everyone together, regardless of age, size, and skill level.

In addition to being a great after-school or weekend break for the whole family (you can play a game in less than ten minutes if that’s all you have), basketball, in its many forms, keeps us active, builds team-building skills, and lets us cut loose and just have fun.

If you have a hoop in your yard or at a park close by, try these easy games your whole family can enjoy.

1. HORSE

HORSE (or whatever animal name you choose) is simple to understand but can be as easy or difficult as you choose, making it ideal for all ages or players who may have mismatched skill levels. Players take turns shooting a basket from wherever they want. If they make it, everyone else has to shoot the ball from the same spot (or even the same style). Whoever misses gets a letter, and the first to have a full HORSE is out.

Fun for the whole family, a game of HORSE is full of surprises, as you never know who’s going to sink that swish shot from the far end of the driveway. Plus, it helps kids (and adults) develop coordination and strength, and pay attention to detail. Did the shooter balance on her right leg or left? Did the ball hit the backboard or the rim? Does he have HOR or HORS?

2. Lightning

Lightning is another game
with a simple concept: the first person to make a free throw gets the point. All players stand in a single file line behind the free throw line, and as soon as the first player shoots, the second player shoots and tries to get the ball in before Player 1. If you out-shoot the person in front of you, that person is out.

In this game, the whole family has to act fast—like lightning—to fire off a shot. In doing so, you’ll not only improve your aim but also learn to play under pressure and be a good sport.

With a basketball hoop like ProFormance or Goalrilla, you can adjust the height of the hoop so that all ages can have fun with this game.

3. A game of pick up

Let’s not forget the fun of a good game of pick up or one-on-one. As parents, you can scale the competitive aspect up or down, and start to teach your kids and their friends some traditional basketball rules. All the while, they’ll develop more technical skills and learn how to play as a team.

Before you start your pick up game, figure out some ground rules. Do you have to take the ball back when you get a rebound? What happens when someone fouls, and where are the boundaries? Your kids will have fun setting the guidelines—and calling you out with you “travel” or double-dribble.

4. Free play

Games are great, but unstructured free play can be just as exciting. Working on dribbling, bouncing the ball, and doing tricks like dribbling between the legs or shooting backwards can keep your kids busy for just as long as a regular basketball game. These free-play sessions teach your kids how to direct their own free time. And who knows what new skills they might pick up?

The next time you or your kids need a break, head out to your hoop and try out one of these games. No matter your kids’ (or your own) ages, basketball never gets old and can provide years of entertainment, activity, and fun. So go ahead—get out there and work on your shot!

Already know these games and looking for more options? Try some of our other suggestions.

Backyard and Play Room Additions Adults Can Use Too

April 19th, 2013 by

Backyard and Play Room Additions Adults Can Use TooHere at Play N’ Learn Playground Superstores we focus a lot on ways for kids to have fun, but rest assured we haven’t forgotten about you adults who want to have a good time too. When it comes to doing backyard or game room additions, you can play with both the kids and the adults in your family.  Read on for a few ways to make your play area fun for all ages.

Basketball Hoops

A basketball hoop is worth its weight in gold as an addition that the whole family can use. Whether it’s for playing HORSE with your kids or having an intense pick-up game with your neighbors, a basketball hoop can provide endless hours of activity no matter what your age.

Trampolines

If you have the space in your backyard, a trampoline with proper safety additions is a surefire way to keep you and the kids fit and busy. There’s no question that once the neighborhood catches wind of a trampoline that there will be a line of kids in your back yard. But bouncing on a trampoline isn’t just fun—it also helps develop stability muscles. If you bounce long enough you’ll realize that it’s quite the workout! If that’s not a justification for spending the evening bouncing around outside, we don’t know what is.

Table Tennis

Table tennis or ping pong is a great game to set up either outdoors or indoors, depending on how much space you have in your game room. It helps your kids develop hand-eye coordination and you can even play doubles to get more friends involved. But there’s no outgrowing table tennis—after your kids have played a few rounds it’s the parents’ turn!

Billiards

A pool table is a basement addition that’s really meant for the adults. The great thing about having a billiards table in your home is that now you don’t have to go to the bar and hire a sitter just to shoot some pool with your friends. And of course, the kids can use it too—just after you’re done playing.

Foosball

A foosball table is a nice addition that doesn’t take up quite as much space as a ping pong or pool table but still allows for a spirited competition. In fact, you don’t even need a game room to fit one of these into your home.

So when you’re considering your next backyard addition, consider an all-ages item. You can have your cake and eat it too—your kids will be happy and entertained, but you’ll also get a fun item that you can use with your adult friends. We’ll let you figure out who gets to play with it first, the parents or the kids.

Summer Vacations vs. Playsets, Trampolines, and Basketball Hoops

July 30th, 2012 by

Compare the value of a summer vacation with a long-term investment in your backyard!With summer comes nice weather, longer days, and for many, a lighter work schedule. What this often means is that it’s also the perfect time to take a summer vacation. But vacations aren’t the only way to spend your family’s hard-earned money and time: you could also use that money on a longer-term investment like a playset, trampoline, or basketball hoop. Here are the reasons why you might do that instead of taking a vacation:

Vacations only last a week. The one thing about a vacation that limits its value, primarily, is that it ends. Afterward, you have memories and pictures, but if your children are too young to value these anyway, it might not be the best option for your family. Playsets, trampolines, and basketball hoops last a while, and they’ll grow with your children, allowing for a much more dynamic investment of your time than a vacation.

Playsets, trampolines, and hoops are good for you. Vacations can be healthy, or they can be focused more on food and sitting around then exercise and exploration. Either way, they don’t offer the productive opportunities of a playset, trampoline, or basketball hoop. All of these are fun and engaging exercise options for your children (and you!), and a basketball hoop has the added bonus of helping to develop basketball skills.

The price is right. Vacations can get very expensive very quickly: if you have a family of three, four, or five, that means plane tickets (or gas for the car), a hotel room, pricey food, and entertainment during the week. And if people are arguing or complaining, or if some activity doesn’t work for everyone, you might be wondering during that vacation why you’re spending all this money. On the other hand, a playset, trampoline, or basketball hoop will likely be a cheaper initial investment than the vacation and its value will appreciate over time. With every year you have it, that money spent will seem like less and less of a cost.

Satisfaction is guaranteed. In terms of making sure you get value for your investment, a playset, trampoline, or basketball hoop is by far the safer bet. There’s no secret about what you’re getting with one of these, and you can adapt most of them to make sure that they continue to be interesting and fun for your children as they grow older. Vacations are a much riskier proposition, with the possibility of missed flights, mistaken reservations, and all of the other pratfalls of travel. If you have a limited amount of money to spend, it might make more sense to go with the safer option.

Of course, you can’t really go wrong with either of these, and both vacations and household entertainment are important for your family. But if you’re thinking about them as long-term investments, a playset, trampoline, or basketball hoop is the way to go!

Turn Your Backyard Into A Sports Arena with A Goalrilla Hoop

July 23rd, 2012 by

Turn Your Backyard into a Sports Arena with a Goarilla HoopMost of us engage with sports by watching it on TV and remembering what we used to play in school. But this doesn’t have to be the case. There are plenty of ways to bring the sports experience to your yard or home, and there isn’t really a sport that can’t be approximated in some way.

Basketball: Basketball is perfect for bringing home, because there are fewer players needed as compared to many other sports. And with a Goalrilla hoop, you can shoot, drive and play like you would anywhere else. Just put it in a rounded area of your driveway or on the street in front of your house and enjoy with friends, your kids, and their friends.

Soccer: Soccer requires a little more space to play properly, so if you have a bigger yard, you can put smaller nets on either side (or just one) and conduct scaled-down games there. But there are also other ways to enjoy soccer at home, whether it’s training devices designed to improve dribbling or control or simpler games like keepaway and regular passing drills. Soccer’s also a movement-intensive game, so it’s great exercise for the whole family.

Baseball: Baseball’s tricky, because it requires a large amount of space. Use a wiffleball and wiffle-bat instead of real equipment to keep it contained to a yard. There’s also the classic fallback of playing catch, and there are a number of accessories you can get to enjoy various aspects of the game, like hitting trainers and tees.

Hockey: If you have an area of blacktop or street where you can safely set up a small goal, street hockey is easy to play: all you need is a specially-designed puck or street hockey ball and a few sticks. And if there’s a pond near you that freezes over during winter, that’s even better. Just remember: both playing on the street and playing on ice are dangerous, so take care to make sure that you’re keeping the environment as safe as possible.

Football: Football’s easy! All you need is a football and you can play two-hand touch. No tackling at home, though: leave that to the pros.

Golf: There are three ways to work on your golf game at home. First, you can get a strip to putt on, equipped with a cup. Second, you can get a net to hit into, which allows you the most opportunity to work on your swing with all different clubs. (You can put this in an unfinished room in the basement.) Third, you can chip and work on your short game in the backyard. But when you’re hitting around in the backyard, keep anything but the wedges stowed away.

With all these different ways to enjoy the territory of your own home, there’s really no good excuse to pass up on healthy exercise. And after purchasing a Goalrilla hoop, you’ll find that it’ll be hard not to go out and play on it!

Check out our website to see our selection of Goalrilla hoops and other ways to spice up your backyard play!