Inner Tube Basketball

  • 1 inner tube per player

  • 1 swimming cap per player (2 different colors to distinguish the 2 teams)

  • 2 portable pool-side basketball hoops per game

  • 1 ball that can be used in the water

-Equipment Link:

Inner Tube Basketball

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-Fundamental Movement Skills:

-Equipment List:

for each team to try and score more baskets than the other team.

  • Locomotor

    • Stroke​

  • Manipulative Send​

    • Throw​

  • Manipulative Receive​

    • Catch​

-Setting Up:

  • Designate 2 teams and identify them with different coloured swimming caps.

  • In a swimming pool, set up a basketball hoop at either end/side of a pool. All participants sit in an inner-tube on the edge of the pool by their basket.


  • Play begins with the official throwing the ball into the middle of the pool.

  • Both teams paddle their inner tubes as quickly as possible to retrieve the ball.

  • Once a player has the ball he may not move with it and has 3 seconds to pass or shot the ball—failure to do so and the referee will blow her whistle and the offending player must give the ball to a player from the other team in his vicinity.

  • When a basket is scored, the team scored upon has 10 seconds to get their first pass away.

-Questions & Notes:

  • Safety Considerations

    • Must have a life guard present.

    • Competitors must be able to swim to participate.

    • If possible play the game in water that is approximately 1 yard (meter) deep so that someone who inadvertantly falls from their inner tube can safely get back on it.

  • Teaching Tips

    • In 1 yard (meter) deep water this game could also be played without inner tubes using the same rules as listed above.

    • For accomplished swimmers the game could also be played in deeper water where swimmers could not touch the bottom of the pool at any time.

Questions or comments? 

Please contact Dr. John Byl at:

     (905) 923-0938

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