In sports, a pick-up game is a game that has been spontaneously started by a group of players. Players are generally invited to show up beforehand, but unlike exhibition games and regular games there is no sense of obligation or commitment to play. Pick-up games usually lack officials and referees, which makes them more disorganized and less structured than regular games but the total number of players in such games globally is likely to be greater than the number playing in formal competitions and leagues.
Without formal rules and regulations, pick-up games are often played with a less rigid set of rules, which are sometimes established by the players themselves.
- Pick-Up Game: A Full Day of Full Court, Candlewick Press, 2011, ISBN 9780763645625
- Ronald Bishop (2009), When Play Was Play: Why Pick-Up Games Matter, SUNY Press, ISBN 9781438426044
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