Often called the "kinder, gentler version" of dodgeball, GaGa Ball is played in a large enclosure, or "GaGa Pit". Players try to eliminate opponents by striking them in the legs with the ball. GaGa Ball has been around for decades, but recently it's popularity has been exploding as people seek engaging, truly inclusive activities which get people of all ages and athletic abilities up and moving. But most of all, GaGa Ball is addictive fun!
Players start inside the pit and touching the sides.
One player throws the GaGa Ball up into the middle of the Pit.
Players yell "Ga" each time the ball bounces and the ball is in play after the second bounce (i.e.,“Ga","Ga”,Go).
Players can hit the ball with one hand, but cannot pick up or throw it.
If the ball touches a player anywhere on or below the knee, that player is eliminated - even if they last hit the ball themselves.
A player cannot touch the ball two times in a row - the ball must first touch another player or the pit wall or it is called a “double touch” and that player is out.
Players may not kick the ball since this means touching the ball below the knee.
If the ball is hit out of the pit, then the last player to touch the ball is out.
Players who are out must leave the GaGa Pit immediately.
The last player remaining is the winner and gets to start the next game.
This variation is great for “leveling the playing field” among players of various ages and/or athletic ability. Gameplay is as above except that when a player gets “out”, any player who was previously gotten out by that player can re-enter the pit.
Use up to 4 balls for this game (different colored balls work best to help keep track of "double touches"). Players may not see it coming!
If a player catches the ball in the air, the last person to hit the ball is out.
Players stay on opposite sides of pit (which can be re-shaped into a rectangle or even “figure 8”) and play until one team is totally eliminated. Getting each opponent out allows a teammate to re-enter. Can be combined with “Dodge GaGa” allowing ball to be caught.
Each player picks a wall panel to defend from being hit by the others. Keep score by number of hits and high score loses!
About GaGa Ball
What some happy GaGa Ball players say:
- Elias T.
"Everyone is on an equal playing field and everyone has the chance to be great!"
- Kylie L.
"GaGa Ball brings smiles to those kids faces! Thanks for making their dreams become reality!"
- Mark K.