Coin Basketball

This is the basketball-based coin game, which used to be played on classroom desktops. Of course you can play on a table or simply on the floor. Once you have two players and a coin, you are ready to go.

 

Two players sit on opposite sides of the table. The first player to attack gets the coin. Each attack is made up of four steps: spinning, catching, making the basket, and shooting.

 

Spin: The attacker holds the coin vertically on the table with one finger. Then flicks it with another finger, causing it spin. Catch: Then the attacker tries to catch the spinning coin by capturing it between two thumbs. When the ‘ball’ is successfully captured, the attacker is ready to shoot. The basket: The opponent creates a basket by making a hole with his/her cupped hands. Shoot: The attacker, with hands on the desktop where he/she captured the coin, throws the coin to the basket. If the coin goes in, the attacker scores two points.

 

Each attack comes to an end after the shot is made, when the coin stops spinning, falls from the table, or cannot be captured by attacker during the spin. When an attack is over, now it’s the other player’s turn to attack.

 

It continues in this manner as players attack in turns.

  • This is the basketball-based coin game which used to be played on classroom desktops. Of course you can play also on a table, coffee-table or simply on the floor. Once you have two players and a coin, you are ready to go.
  • The two players sit on opposite sides of the table. The coin is tossed to decide who is going to attack first. Attacking player gets the coin. An attack comprises -at best- of four steps: spinning, catching, making the basket, and shooting.
  • Spin: the attacker holds the coin vertically on the table with one finger. Then flicks it with another finger, causing it spin on the tabletop.
  • Catch: then the attacker tries to catch the spinning coin by capturing it between the two thumbs. When the ball is successfully captured, the attacker is ready to shoot.
  • Basket: at this point the opponent creates a basket by making a hole in his/her cupped hands, and pressing up his/her chest against the basket.
  • Shoot: the attacker, with hands on the desktop where he/she captured the coin, throws the coin to the basket. If the coin goes through the basket, the attacker scores two points. If your table is large enough, you can draw a three points line and a successful shot behind this line scores three points instead.
  • Each attack comes to an end after the shot is made, when the coin stops spinning, falls from the table, or cannot be captured by attacker during the spin. When an attack is over, now it’s the other player’s turn to attack.
  • It continues in this manner as players attack in turns. The game ends after a predetermined time (e.g. 10 mins) is over, or when a certain score is reached. Whoever has scored more points at the end is the winner.
  • Below is a heated example of the game :)