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H-O-R-S-E Rules


HORSE is a game between 2 players that is similar to Simon-Says but involves replicating a shot in basketball. The 2 players will determine who goes first by playing a quick round of rock-paper-scissors. The goal of the game is to successfully replicate each other’s shots and avoid earning “letters.” Once a player has all the letters H-O-R-S-E, they lose the game.


The match will consist of 9 games (played as best-of-9 individual matchups). A player can play in a maximum of 2 games. At least 1 of the games must be a mixed gender or non-male matchup (i.e., a minimum full team could consist of 1 woman and 4 men). Teams should rank their players from 1-9 and play against the other team’s corresponding player to avoid skill mismatches.


Players should all be at the playing area on time (8pm, 9pm, or 10pm) and ready to go. In the case a player cannot arrive at the start of the match (which is discouraged), the players that are present should begin their games. Then a 5-minute wait period will be allowed before the start of the next game, starting from the end of the previous game. After the 5-minute delay, the late player will be given 1 letter for every 5 minutes they are late. If 30 minutes passes between games, the late player forfeits the game. 


All undergraduate students and persons associated with a residential college who meet general eligibility requirements, except graduate students, are eligible to participate. Varsity basketball players are not eligible to play HORSE,


The 2 players must replicate each other’s shots as perfectly as possible. The shot can be off the backboard, a free throw, a 3-pointer, etc. The first player up must make their shot for the second player to try to attempt to replicate it. If the first player to shoot misses their shot, the second player then gets the chance to shoot and set the shot to be replicated.

Gaining letters is something to avoid. If the first player makes a free throw, for example, the second player must make a free throw to “survive” the round. However, if they miss, they are given the letter “H.” Each missed shot is a letter. Five misses equal “H-O-R-S-E,” and the round is over. 


●      No dunking

●      No interfering with player shots

●      No trash talk/poor sportsmanship

●      No same shot is to be taken twice in a row to purposely force a player to lose a round twice

●      Try to match players with similar levels (similar to table tennis)