How to Play Basketball Knockout

Knockout (also known as Bumpout, Bump, Lightning, Elimination and Putout) is a fun basketball game that a team or a group of friends can play as a way to increase common basketball skills such as free throw shooting and rebounding.

What You Need

The game must be played with a minimum of two players but there is no maximum amount of participants. The only equipment that is needed is a basketball hoop and two basketballs. The objective of the game is to make free throws in order to survive, while at the same time, eliminating the other players.

One surprise in the game that is different from actual basketball is that players can “bump” or “knock” the ball out of another person’s hands once they have taken their free throw. This strategy is used to make the player chase after their ball and create more time for you to make a basket.

What do you think? Let us know by leaving your comments, suggestions, and questions. . .

Comments Most Likes First Oldest First Newest First Sirri says:4/7/2022 at 11:25:07 AM

I’m a little stock

Maverick Brum says:11/4/2021 at 3:56:49 PM

Hi My Name Is Maverick and I don”t know how to play knockout still

1 reply Sky Nguyen says:11/3/2021 at 3:57:48 PM

Thanks for the help, but that doesn’t solve my probelm. You see, everytime I play knockout with my friends, they just get my ball and kick it like 1 mile away from the basket. So I just wanted to know if that is allowed as well.

Lolita says:3/8/2021 at 3:38:18 PM

Our older students like to play this game. But I’ve noticed that some of the students are trying to ‘knock out’ their opponents balls by throwing the ball from the bottom of the net and blocking the opponents ball from falling through the net. Is this cheating and shouldn’t the person who did this be considered out?

1 reply J says:11/5/2020 at 12:34:38 AM

Any strategies to win? I’ve gotten top two as my highest.

Levi says:3/27/2020 at 5:11:52 PM

You are not always forced to rush your shots in bump/knockout. It might still help practice your rebounding and shooting

hi says:9/25/2018 at 7:35:48 PM

when was it started?

Champ says:8/1/2018 at 9:05:54 PM

Question: There are 3 players. 2nd in line knocks 1st out. Who passes the ball to 3rd? I was 2nd and kept my ball. He claims I cheated.

1 reply Ali says:5/27/2018 at 2:38:48 PM

I coach a travel team. When we are waiting for the team to arrive, the girls who came early always, on their own, play knockout. It’s a fun & competitive game that they enjoy.

C says:5/12/2017 at 2:40:43 PM Show Morercw says:2/21/2017 at 7:02:41 PM

What if player 1 makes the basket and player 2, instead of shooting the basketball throws the ball to knock player 1’s ball further to delay player 3 from getting the ball?There’s no rule when this occurs. It should be not be allowed???

1 reply B says:2/9/2017 at 11:29:23 PM

It’s unclear how this works if you only have 2 players (“The game must be played with a minimum of two players…”). It could be a very short “game”!

2 replies C says:1/27/2017 at 10:31:14 AM

I just watched a 6th grade girls practice where this was used and I felt it was counterproductive. Players were not using good form and simply throwing the ball at the basket instead of shooting it. I realize it is fun, but I have a feeling that this drill is not going to help them in their upcoming games. Shooting from closer in, such as Kentucky shooting, would have been more effective to have them focus on actually making their shots.

1 reply Don Nichols says:2/9/2016 at 8:59:06 AM

What if player 1 makes the initial freethrow?

1 reply Jayden says:12/12/2015 at 9:43:10 AM

. It helped me practice my rebounds and my free throws since I am going to tryout for my middle school year

1 reply Scott says:9/29/2015 at 1:45:48 PM

player 3 cannot shoot until player 2 has shot…player 4 cannot shoot until player 3 has shot, and so on.If player 1 makes their basket prior to player 2 making theirs, they pass the ball to player 3, and player 3 tries to eliminate player 2. follow?

Ryan says:8/2/2015 at 11:12:29 PM

Another player and I couldn’t agree on 1 rule and I couldn’t find the answer on any website. If anyone knows the official rules please help us settle this matter.We know that the second player must wait and shoot after the first player but does that stay the same for the third, fourth, fifth, etc.? For example, if the third person ends up with the ball and is about to take their shot from the foul line, can the fourth person shoot before them and knock them out if he gets the ball quick enough or does he have to wait for the third player to shoot first?

1 reply ww says:6/22/2015 at 1:00:28 PM

One question: If player 2 makes a basket first, then does he/she stay at the front and play the next person, or go to the back of the line?

2 replies epic says:6/22/2015 at 12:57:41 PM

This was very helpful.

shlomo says:12/7/2013 at 5:22:32 AM

Creates good shooting,rebounding and hustle

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