“The game of H-O-R-S-E is played by 2 or more players. The order of turns is established before the game starts. The player whose turn is first is given control, which means they must attempt to make a basket in a particular way of their choosing, explaining to the other players beforehand what the requirements of the shot are. If that player is successful, every subsequent player must attempt that same shot according to its requirements. If a player fails to duplicate the shot, they acquire a letter, starting with H and moving rightward through the word ‘Horse’. After all players have made an attempt, control moves to the next player, and the game continues on in this fashion. If a player who has control misses their shot, there is no letter penalty and control moves to the next player. Whenever any player has all of the letters, they are eliminated from the game. The last person in the game is declared the winner. Additional Common Rules:
- If the players want a shorter or longer game, they can switch what word dictates how many missed shots are needed to get eliminated. For example, if you and three other players want a quick game, you could change the game from Horse to Pig. If you want a longer game, you can switch the word to Elephant.
- The shot that dictates what other players must make can involve saying something and/or movement that doesn’t involve the basketball.