This simple driveway game accommodates a few players or a large group, and the players waiting in line get to play referee.
A Slam that violates any of the following rules must be re-Slammed. The referees are the players waiting in line, who loudly call out the offense: "HAYSTACK!" The ball is bounced straight up in the air instead of toward the opponent. "SKIDDER!" The ball is bounced nearly parallel to the ground, too low for the opponent to catch. "SIDER!" The ball bounces off to the side instead of toward the opponent. "CHERRY BOMB!" The ball is bounced at and strikes the opponent's face or head.
Draw a line with chalk or use a jump rope or stick to make a dividing line in the driveway or on another flat, hard surface.
Two players stand on each side of the line, about 8 to 10 feet apart, while the others stand in a line off to the side. Player 1 steps to the dividing line, puts one foot over it, and bounces the ball as hard as he can toward player 2. This is called the Slam, and it must meet certain rules (see tips below).
Player 2 must catch the ball before it hits the ground. He then runs forward, puts one foot over the dividing line, and slams the ball back toward player 1.
Play continues in this manner until one of the players fails to catch the ball, at which point he goes to the end of the line and the next player takes his place. The game ends when one player has defeated the entire line of other players.