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You essentially "dribble" in reverse, knocking the
balloon/ball down as it tries to rise while running towards
the basket. I think we've all probably done this before with
a balloon at some point so that's already a thing. This
makes that into a part of the upside down basketball
make a basket, you advance to the hoop while doing
that reverse dribbling thing, avoiding the other team's
players that are trying to steal the balloon-ball and then
shoot the ball at the basket, which is about the same hight
as a regular basketball hoop but with the net on the
topside to catch the balloon. The balloon-ball floats up
and hopefully goes in the basket. If you miss, it floats up
to the ceiling where it's collected and you're given another
The start of the game is the same as a regular basketball
game where the ref throws the ball up between two
players, but they have to swat the ball down to get it or it
Having a ball float away is a loss of 1 point, last person to
touch it loses a point for their team. That would count for
missed baskets too since it would miss the hoop and
catching net and float away.
The interesting aspect is that I think the score would be
changing constantly, much more than with a regular
basketball game where only made shots are counted.
Just occurred to me, you could apply the "point off" thing
to regular basketball as well, where you lose a point for
missing a shot.
(?) Upside Down Basketball in Real Life
(Sorta) [AusCan531, Jun 25 2021]
||The hoop/"basket" should be open; so you can do thrown
shots, which go up through, and "slam dunks" (down through,
||Australian here. That's how we do it now.
||This game should be played on a court with a low ceiling, so you
can dribble the ball, bouncing it along the ceiling
||+ One floating croissant for you! I do think the
balloon must be made of something much heavier
than normal helium balloons so it can withstand
in that event I hope it still will
||[hippo], brilliant! (Why didn't I think of that?)
||Yes, what neutrinos said and a round ball-shaped bun for
||Agreed.Up and down dribbling. Bouncing up off the
ceiling and down against the buoyancy of the
||I kind of want to do this.
||I love to dribble. It's one of my favorite ways to exercise.
Or last time I played it was.
||...and, as well as the ceiling being low, so that you can
bounce the balloon off it, the hoop should be mounted just
above the floor so that you have to push or forcibly throw
the balloon towards the floor to get a point.
will, of course, be obvious to the reader that this
'upside-down' form of basketball can be played with a
normal basketball rather than a balloon if the entire
basketball court and all the players are underwater.
||//Would midgets have an advantage? Better signing bonuses
with pro teams?// Yes, especially if the ceiling height of
the court is also very low
||Velcro boot soles and ceiling
||I love exercise - I could watch it all day
||[pocnloc] Yes, good idea - although on principle, any sport can be
improved with the
application of copious amounts of Velcro.
||Any fans of this idea should check out the [link] I just posted
for a sorta real life version of what it could look like.