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What is a Bankshot Basketball?
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Jennifer McVey

 
By Jennifer McVey
Published on February 7, 2009
 
The term bankshot basketball refers to a game of skill and challenge, which is often described as a "mini golf, but with a basketball." One of the best features about bankshot basketball is that it can be played by players of all ages and abilities, even disabled participants.

The term bankshot basketball refers to a game of skill and challenge, which is often described as a "mini golf, but with a basketball." One of the best features about bankshot basketball is that it can be played by players of all ages and abilities, even disabled participants. It is a non-aggressive and entirely affordable game. The participants in this game are supposed to play alongside and not against each other.

Another interesting fact about bankshot basketball is the varying number of stations-depending upon the size of the court-each, where each is uniquely shaped as Bankboard. So, to score different banked shots are required for every bankshot. For instance, some shots require carroms off two backboards, while others may require ricochets or some diabolically maddening shots to be thrown. To track the scores players keep a scorecard, as they shoot increasingly difficult shots at each of the stations.

In 1981, Dr. Reeve Brenner of Rockville, Maryland, invented this game. It was one of the first games to be developed, which was meant for both wheelchair athletes and the able-bodied. He got the inspiration for the game from a cousin who, as a wheelchair athlete, was able to participate with the rest of the community.

Rabbi Brenner stated that "If someone using a wheelchair wants to play traditional basketball or any other running sport against a person without disabilities, the able-bodied person must get in a wheelchair to equalize the advantages." He also said that "Bankshot eliminates this dilemma. Instead of size, quickness and strength-skill, intelligence and shooting touch are what counts.”