Anyone can play the game Knockout, and Mason Recreation would like it if everyone played, at least once, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Patriot Center. That’s when Mason Recreation is vying for a world record number of participants in a basketball Knockout tournament, in an effort to bounce the standing record of 629 shooters set Oct. 26 by fans of the NBA Brooklyn Nets.
It’s also an energizing, fun—and easy—basketball-themed activity to heighten the excitement for the following day’s men’s basketball home opener against Cornell at the Patriot Center.
The rules: Two balls are in play; the first person at the foul line takes a shot at the net. If they make it, they go to the back of the line (lines will be of manageable lengths) to wait for a turn at another shot.
If they miss—and this is where the excitement comes in—they scamper to retrieve the ball and shoot again from anywhere—a jump shot, a layup, whatever—and keep shooting (and shooting and shooting) in an effort to make a basket before the next person at the foul line makes theirs, and they begin shooting immediately after the miss.