You may have gotten letters from your camper this summer talking about how much fun he’s having playing Gaga. Here’s the game in action at Camp Kanata:
What, you may ask, is Gaga?
Here is some information from the folks at Coach Cliff’s Gaga Ball Pits:
Gaga Ball is a form of Dodgeball that’s normally played in an Octagon ‘Pit’ or arena. (In addition to Octagons, we’ve created a Hexagon Pit that works great too).
The game’s roots are believed to have originated in Israel. The word ‘Ga’ means Hit, so Ga-Ga means ‘Hit-Hit’. There are several variations to certain details on exactly how the game is played, but we find these rules the most common, fair, and competitive:
- Any number of people can play. To start, everyone in the pit must be touching the wall. Someone tosses the ball in the center of the pit, and it must bounce twice on the ground. As it bounces, everyone can say “Ga” for each bounce. After the second bounce (“Ga-Ga”), the ball is live.
- Hit the ball with an open hand or a fist and try to hit it into another player’s leg at the knee or below. If the ball hits or touches anyone from the knee or below, that player is out and must exit the pit.
- Anytime the ball goes out of the pit, the last person that the ball touched is out.
- You can only hit the ball one time until it either touches another player or the wall, then you are able to hit it again. You can dribble the ball against the wall only to position it if necessary, and, you can move around anywhere inside the pit during the game.
- The game ends when the last 2 people battle it out to the end, or, to speed up the end of the game, the last 2 players can be given a certain time to finish, such as 10-30 seconds to win, and at that point, a tie is called. Once the game is over, everyone else re-enters the pit to start a new game.
- You can add variations to the game such as playing with more than one ball, play in teams, expand the ‘hit’ area to be above the knee, allow the ‘out’ people on the outside of the pit to hit the ball and get people out, and any other variation you can come up with!
For more information, visit the Coach Cliff’s webpage: www.gagaballpits.com/index.html