How do you play basketball without a basketball hoop?

A new game has been invented by the Steelton-Highspire elementary school boys- a hoopless version. During recess, I saw all the traditional moves, layups, steals, blocks, dribbling, and jumpshots. A certain block of bricks high on one of the school's walls has been assigned as a substitute for the hoop. Depending on which bricks the ball hits, a basket is either made or missed. There are no markers on these "special" bricks, but they are known and respected by all players. There can be some discord among players as to whether a shot was made or not when the ball hits on the outskirts of the proper bricks (I guess that would be a rim shot). I witnessed amazing performances and outstanding basketball feats that would make Michael Jordan blush- with no hoop in sight.

I am remembering a story I heard about the invention of basketball- by a man with a ball and a peach basket. The Steelton-Highspire children are using their resources just as creatively and effectively.

*Late April, 1996, the Steelton-Highspire elementary school got a new basketball hoop.

Marella Hanna, Dickinson College graduate, American Mosaic Student


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