Teaching Games: Bible Netball

Contributed by: Phil Trotter, Diocese of Christchurch

biblenetballSTest your youth group’s knowledge of the Bible with a game of Bible Netball.

You will need: a netball or volleyball, a hoop (we used a rubbish bin strapped to a chair), and a Bible for each team. Make sure you have enough space to pass the ball around relative to your size group.

How to play:

Divide the group into teams of 3-7.

It’s Bible Netball – so no dribbling, only passing is allowed.

Teams score by first making three passes among their team. Then, before they shoot, they have to name a book of the Bible in order before passing the ball to another player.

Teams start with a two minute look at a Bible, to help memorise the books and their order.

During the game, teams can call three Time Outs each to check and memorise upcoming books. Give them 30 seconds and allow then to name and shoot before turning the ball over.

Shots are clear shots, without interference.

The winning team is the one with the most goals once all the books of the Bible have been named correctly.

Have one leader count the passes and keep the order. Have another leader keep score, check the order, and hand out/collect Bibles in the Time Outs.

The Ball is turned over when:

  • a goal is scored;
  • the wrong book is named;
  • the ball is dropped;
  • a pass is intercepted by the defensive team, even if it falls to the ground.

When the ball is turned over, the order of Books carries on from wherever it was up to before the turnover.

Alternative ways to play:

The game can take up to half an hour, so shorten it to just the New Testament for a 15 minute game.

You can shorten the game further by having a list of Bible questions that teams have to answer before shooting, matched to their knowledge and ability. For example:

  • What are the four Gospels? What are the Gospels about?
  • What are the two sections of the Bible Known as? What is the difference between them?
  • Jesus said that everything in the Bible could be summed up in two commandments. What are these?
  • Where do you find the 10 commandments in the Bible?  How many can you name?
  • Where can you find Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount?
  • Which book contains a lot of wisdom?
  • Which book tells us about the early church?