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3-Ball (gotm 7/10) by Brad Wilde
Blanket Volleyball
Bridge Ball
Bunker Hill by Mariah Scheel
Cats In The Corner
Chinese Soccer by Dave R.
Crab Soccer
David & Goliath Dodgeball by KROSS
Five Dollars
Five Pin Soccer (gotm 5/98)
Football Run
Four Square
Outdoor Games for Kids

  The ball games below can be found in other categories
Blinded Ball Retrieval see Relay Games
Cup Stack Relay Knock Down see Relay Games
  Bomb Squad see Tag Games
Save Tom The Turkey see Tag Games
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3-Ball
Required: Fun Gripper FlingSock, Fun Gripper Soccer Ball, Fun Gripper Football
Players: Small to medium groups

Fun Gripper Soccer Ball
Game of the Month 7/10


You use a FlingSock, a Fun Gripper Soccer Ball and a Fun Gripper Football. The game is played like baseball, only you have 3 batters at one time. Simultaneously, one will kick the soccer ball, another will throw or kick the football, and the 3rd batter will throw the FlingSock. To get a batter "out" you have to catch the ball/sock in the air. Otherwise the runners keep running until all the balls are in from the outfield and returned to a bucket at home plate. Once all balls/socks are in, play stops. Players caught between bases can be counted as an "out" or sent back to the last base touched.

Submitted by Brad Wilde
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Bridge Ball
Required: 2 - Fun Gripper Volley or Soccer balls
Players: Two, four or six players

Fun Gripper Soccer Ball

Players are in circle formation, facing in. Each is in wide straddle step with the side of the foot against the neighbors. The hands are on the knees.
Two balls are used. The object of the game is to throw one of the balls between the legs of any player before they can get their hands down and stop it. Each time the ball goes between the legs of an individual, a point is scored against that individual. The players having the least points against them are the winners.
Be sure the players catch and roll the ball rather than bat it. Players must keep their hands on their knees until a ball is thrown at them.
Once mastered, a variation can be played. Variation: Player is in the center with a ball and is it. The other players are in the same formation as above. One ball is used. The center player tries to roll the ball through the legs of any player he or she chooses. They should fake their intent, using feints and changes of direction. Any player that allows the ball to go through their legs becomes it. All players start with hands on knees until the ball is thrown.
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Blanket Volleyball
Required: Fun Gripper Volleyball, volleyball net (if desired),
and blankets or sheets for each team
Players: Small to medium groups

Kids Outdoor Games

You can use a volleyball net if you prefer, but not necessary. Set up teams and each team should have four people on it, so that there will be one person holding each corner of the blanket. Have one team serve the volleyball by placing the volleyball in the middle of the blanket. They are to lower the blanket and then raise it quickly as a team, to allow the ball to become air borne. The opposing team must catch the volleyball in their blanket and toss it back again.
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Bridge Ball
Required: 2 - Fun Gripper Volley or Soccer balls
Players: Two, four or six players

Fun Gripper Soccer Ball

Players are in circle formation, facing in. Each is in wide straddle step with the side of the foot against the neighbors. The hands are on the knees.
Two balls are used. The object of the game is to throw one of the balls between the legs of any player before they can get their hands down and stop it. Each time the ball goes between the legs of an individual, a point is scored against that individual. The players having the least points against them are the winners.
Be sure the players catch and roll the ball rather than bat it. Players must keep their hands on their knees until a ball is thrown at them.
Once mastered, a variation can be played. Variation: Player is in the center with a ball and is it. The other players are in the same formation as above. One ball is used. The center player tries to roll the ball through the legs of any player he or she chooses. They should fake their intent, using feints and changes of direction. Any player that allows the ball to go through their legs becomes it. All players start with hands on knees until the ball is thrown.
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Bunker Hill
Required: Fun Gripper Volley or Soccer balls, floor mats, gymnasium or similar indoor enclosed play area
Players: Large Groups

Fun Gripper Soccer Ball

Divide into two teams. Each team will be given three mats that will be placed evenly apart at opposite sides of the gym and 2-3 soft balls to throw. The teams will place the mats on their side for protection from the opposite team. The players will try to hit the opposite team with the ball. Players are limited to holding onto the ball for only 5 seconds. If a player is hit they must go do 10 jumping jacks on the sidelines and cannot re-enter until another player from the opposite team is hit.

Submitted by Mariah Scheel, Fun-Attic, Inc.
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Cats In The Corner
Required: Fun Gripper Volley or Soccer balls
Players: Medium to Large Groups

Fun Gripper Soccer Ball

Mark off square play area. The ball thrower will be in the center of the square. There are safe zones at each of the corners where all the players called Cats will be. When the thrower calls "Cats In The Corner", the Cats have to run from one corner to another without getting hit by the ball. They can go any direction including diagonal as long as they do not get hit. Any player hit by the ball is out. If you have a large group you can have several balls and a couple throwers.
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Chinese Soccer
Required: Fun Gripper Volley or Soccer balls, Gymnasium or similar indoor enclosed playing area
Players: Large Groups

Fun Gripper Soccer Ball

For the center players, it is *very* physically demanding, so they should rotate out every three to five minutes. An older person is normally needed as a referee/timekeeper. This game requires a *large* group of kids and has the advantage of keeping them all in play at once, as well as requiring two forms of teamwork. Suitable for an entire PhysEd class or large youth group to play in a gymnasium.

Two teams form along opposite walls in a gym. All members join hands, preferably double-grip in which each player grabs the wrist of the player to each side. They defend the goal, which is the entire wall behind them, or as much wall as they can cover while all holding hands and standing in one location.

Five players from each team come to center court. Their aim is to make the ball hit the wall behind the guards of the opposite team.

Rules:
  1. The guard team along the wall must continue to hold hands as they defend their wall against the oncoming ball. They defend by kicking the ball away while still holding hands.
  2. A goal is scored against them if the ball hits the wall behind the defenders *at knee level or below*, or if the defenders must break their grip on each other in order to kick the ball away. If ball hits wall at higher than knee level, there is no score and no penalty for breaking grip. (Thus the defenders’ best tactic is to stay back near the wall.)
  3. The center players can bat the ball with their fists, and (as in soccer) stop it with any part of their bodies. They cannot pick it up, nor can they dribble or bounce it higher in order to give it a good swat. In other words, "play the ball where it lies," which is usually close to the floor! To score a goal, the center players must bat it (with fists only) past the knees or lower legs of the defenders of the opposite wall.
  4. Body-contact is limited (as in basketball). The referee may wish to impose free shots on goal as the penalty for rough play or personal fouls.
These rules mean that the center players spend much of their time bent over at the waist as they stoop to swat the ball. They tire within minutes, whereupon the referee calls "change". They join one end of the defending line and the next five players from the other end of the defending line come to the center.

Submitted by Dave R. - Victoria, BC, www.openschool.bc.ca
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Crab Soccer
Required: 36" Fun Gripper Soccer Ball and cones
Players: Medium to large groups

Giant Fun Gripper 36 inch Soccer Ball

Set up two teams of 12 to 16 players and then within those teams, divide into two groups, A and B. Play in an open field or gym floor and set up two goals with the cones, one for each team. The goal area should be about 10 feet wide. The first set of “A” players from both teams will play first. Each team will be instructed as to which goal is theirs and which is the opponents’ goal. You can assign goalie’s to protect each teams goal if need be. The first set of players will line up on their side and the large ball will be rolled down the middle. The players must all be in a crab position (both hands and feet on the floor with bottom facing the ground). The players will have 3-5 minutes to kick the ball into the other teams goal to score one point. Once that team has finished the other set of players from each team will come out and complete the task. The team that scores the most points or reaches 15 is the winner.
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David & Goliath Dodgeball
Required: Fun Gripper Volley or Soccer balls, Gymnasium or similar indoor enclosed playing area
Players: Large Groups

Fun Gripper Soccer Ball

Play as Dodge ball rules: 2 teams on equal sides of playing area. 2 Dodgeballs in use. Players throw dodge balls to try and hit there opponents to get them out. If a player is hit by a ball before the ball hits the ground the hit player is out. If a player throws the ball and the ball is caught by an opponent before it hits the ground, the Thrower is out. Last team with a player still in is the winner. At least 1 referee is needed, having 2 is very helpful.

David & Goliath Twist: Prior to each round of play, each team designates a Goliath for their team and tells only the referee(s). At any time the "Goliath" is put out, either by being hit or by having a thrown ball caught,the whole team goes down. This makes for quick rounds and adds a twist to regular dodge ball.

Submitted by KROSS
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Five Dollars
Required: Fun Gripper Baseball, Bat, and mitts (softball, hardball, whiffle ball or Fun Gripper Ball)
Players: All neighboring kids including handicapped

Kids Outdoor Games
Everyone goes to the outfield expect the batter. The batter hits the ball from toss or batting tee. The outfield receives points as follows: One dollar for fly catch, fifty cents for one bounce catch and twenty-five cents for the one who picks up a grounder.
The first person to receive five dollars in points bats next. Great for math skills and variations of counting help those with different learning styles.
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Five Pin Soccer
Required: Fun Gripper Soccer Ball, Volleyball or rubber ball
Players: Small to large groups

Game of the Month 6/98


A really fun, all-involved game that builds soccer skills. Place teams at opposite ends of a gym or field.
Place five 2-liter plastic soda bottles in the center of the field. A little gravel in the bottle helps it to stand up and creates more noise and excitement when hit.
At the start signal, players kick balls from behind their line trying to knock down a pin. The player who knocks down a pin must run out and set the pin back up. Score 1 point for each pin knocked down. First to five wins.
You can have more skilled players play less skilled by placing the lesser skilled players closer to the pins.
It can also be played with four teams arranged in a square around the pins.
Five Pin Game
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Football Run
Required: 2 Fun Gripper Footballs and 8 orange cones
Players: Small to medium groups

Fun Gripper Football

Space cones evenly apart with two rows for each team to have four cones on the playing field or gym floor. You can make cones out of construction paper if you don’t have cones and divide players into two teams. Have the 1st person on each team carry a football while running back and forth through the cones and then back to the starting line. When they return to the beginning, they pass the football to next player in line, do 10 jumping jacks and then the next player in line can go. First team finished wins. If you have a big field or playing area, you can make the kids run up to a line away from the team and pick the football up, then when they return they can spike the football like a pro-team would do when a touchdown is made. You would want the teammates to be pretty far back away from the start line so they don't get hit with the ball. Have fun.
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Four Square
Required: Play area, chalk and ball
Players: Small to medium groups

Mark off a play area six-foot square with chalk, and then evenly divide that square into four squares. Have a child stand in each square with one child holding the ball. The one with the ball will bounce the ball once in his square then tap it into another players square. The player in that square must tap the ball into another players square, after it bounced once into his square. If the ball bounces more than once into someone’s square, they are out of the game and either the square is left empty or you rotate a new player. If your volley goes out of the play area before bouncing in the grid, you’re out. If your volley goes into a square where there is no player, you’re also out.
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Fun Gripper B-Ball Target  Fun Gripper Flyer Golf  Fun Gripper Football Toss  Fun Gripper Roll-To-Score  Fun Gripper Target Toss
Muckers Game  Fun Gripper Bowling Set  Zingers  Soft Shoes Game Fun Gripper Soccer Ball  Fun Gripper Football  FlingSock  Fun Gripper Flyer  Splash Water Bombs

Remember-The object is for everyone to have fun. The moderator is the all-powerful dictator. You may at any time change the rules or boundaries or handicap players to help balance out the wide spectrum of abilities. We want the tentative athlete and the superjock to play together at the best of their abilities.

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