More Ball Games
Here are some more ball games ideas for all occasions....
Kickball is a great casual ball game for various ages and skill levels. Like baseball, the rules are simple, and the game can be played by anyone who can kick a ball and run.
~Choose a level area of play large enough for fly balls, and a diamond with four bases.
~Mark four bases (one of them "Home") an equal distance apart.
~Divide players into two teams. Decide who will kick first.
~Choose as many of these positions as you have players (in order of importance to the game): pitcher, first baseman, third baseman, second baseman, roaming shortstop, one to three outfielders, team catcher (can make plays at the plate).
~"Bat" by kicking a ball that the pitcher rolls toward Home plate. A pitch that misses the plate is a ball. A missed kick is a strike. Bat until you connect for a hit or get 3 strikes. Walks (4 balls) are not counted. Alternatively, play a more active game without balls and strikes.
~Run after you kick the ball. If you get to the base before someone tags you out, you are safe and can remain on the base.
Team Ball is very similar in construction to Dodge Ball. Team Ball is a great ball game to play with large groups of friends, or for teachers to play with their students in PE.
~Break your group into two equal teams. Each team takes one side of the court, with a dividing line in between.
~One member of each team must volunteer to go out. The player who goes out, must walk around, and stand outside the court, behind the opposing team.
~Give each team one of the balls, and place the second on the ground, in the center of the court.
~The teams proceed to throw the balls at each other, much like Dodge Ball. If somebody is hit, they go out, and take their place next to the player who volunteered to go out. If a player catches a ball that is thrown at her, one of the players on her team that was previously taken out, can come back onto the court to play some more.
~If a ball goes out of bounds, the players who are out, get to grab the ball, and throw it themselves. If they hit an opposing player, then that player is out, and the player who threw the ball goes back to join his team.
~The winning of this ball game is the team with the last man standing.
Wall Ball is a classic playground ball game played by children everywhere. It’s fun for adults too!The object of the game is simple: a person throws a ball against a wall, and anyone can try to catch it. The person who tries to catch it must catch it cleanly (no drops). If a person drops the ball or touches the ball in any way without catching it, that person must quickly run up and touch the wall before another person can catch the ball and throw it against the wall.
If the ball hits the wall before the player is able to touch it, the person is given a “strike.” Each player gets three “strikes” before they are out of the game (or you can assign some form of mild punishment, like making the person do the chicken dance).
Variations Many different various exist for Wall Ball. For example, when someone catches the ball, they can assign rules such as: • one handed catch only • catch on one foot • left handed catch only And so on. If someone forgets to follow the rule, they must also run to the wall and touch it to prevent getting an “out”.
Spud is a simple, fast-paced action ball game that contains running, dodging, and throwing. It is a popular camp or kids game, but youth group students, college students and adults will probably enjoy playing this game too. Lots of variations exist for this game — be creative!
How to Play Spud
To set up the Spud Game, have each player count off and remember their number. An optional variation is to have more than one person per number. After everyone is assigned a number, have each player group together in a bunch. One person starts with the ball in the center of the bunch.
At the beginning of each round, the person with the ball (who is in the center of the bunch) throws the ball upwards to the sky while yelling a number.
Everyone disperses and runs in all different directions away from the bunch except for the person(s) whose number was called. The person whose number was called catches the ball and then yells “Spud!” When he or she yells this, everyone must freeze.
The person with the ball then is allowed to take three giant steps toward any player. He or she throws the ball and tries to hit someone. To dodge, players are allowed to move all parts of their body except they may not move their feet at all.
If a player is hit the first time, he or she earns the letter “S”, eventually spelling the word S-P-U-D. The person who was hit becomes the new thrower; otherwise, the thrower who missed earns a letter. The next round begins and play continues.
Whoever spells the letter S-P-U-D is out of the game; alternatively, if you do not wish to eliminate players, you can set a time limit and whoever has the least amount of letters when time expires is the winner of this ball game.