How to play pick-up hoops
Although there are variants of the game depending on geographical location, such as the deadeye marksmanship of Lithuania and the pick-and-roll savvy of the Greeks, basketball shares some unwritten laws all across the globe. This is most evident in pick-up hoops, whereby these commonalities form the foundation of asphalt-based etiquette.
The winner stays: This is almost a universal rule, intended to reward the single-minded competitors. Pick-up basketball is always a tough game and it takes extra toughness to hold the court game after game in the face of blacktop fatigue. It also serves as a reminder to young hoopers to work on their craft: you don’t win, you simply don’t get to play.
No blood no foul: Although you call your own fouls on the playground, this is not an invitation for flopping. On the contrary, players who call excessive or weak fouls do not earn any respect on the court. Instead, take this as an opportunity to toughen up and learn how to play through contact.
Share the wealth: Nobody likes a ball-hog, no matter how well you can put the ball through the hole. Every player goes to the court to have fun and to enjoy the game. Don’t be the player who spoils everyone’s fun, or don’t be surprised if you don’t get to play the next time you show up.