Jungle Mania Pong

Looking for a game that is fun for all ages?

A new twist on table tennis. Photo Courtesy Of Philip Geissal

Jungle Mania Pong does not require the skills of a gifted athlete, or expensive equipment. Using some concentration and memory skills, one can play this game for pure entertainment or as a teambuilding exercise during staff training.

Either approach gets participants up and moving without hesitation. Just grab a paddle and see what all the fuss is about!

Number of Players: six to 15

Equipment:

  • A table surface with a minimum 4 feet of clearance around it; options include a Ping-Pong table without a net, a folding banquet table, dining-room table, etc.
  • A floor surface of concrete, wood, tile, or any other material solid enough for a Ping-Pong ball to bounce.
  • Ping-Pong paddles.

Note: It is strongly recommended that the table be placed in a room where enthusiastic play is allowed. Indoors or outdoors is only dictated by the space available (and, of course, the weather).

The indoor area should be relatively clear of precious objects one does not want broken; also, be mindful of any nearby posts, glass, and other dangers that might be in the way. The game does get active at times.

Getting Started

Players form a circle around the table. Starting with a player designated as the first, number around the circle in a clockwise manner to determine the order of play.

At the start, each player follows the person on his or her right to make a play of the Ping-Pong ball back to the tabletop for the player on the left to play.

As the game continues, each player is allowed three mistakes prior to being eliminated from the round. The letters “P-O-N-G” are used to keep individual scores; a player reaching “G” is eliminated.

How To Play

The first player drops the Ping-Pong ball on the floor, and after the bounce, uses a lift/hit from below the waist to place the ball on the table top. The next player in order must wait for the ball to come off the table and hit the floor; after the bounce, he or she must lift/hit the ball (from below waist level) back to the table top.

Play continues in order until the designated player misses the ball, the ball bounces twice on the floor, or the player misses the table top.

Scoring

A player who misses his or her play at the designated time receives a penalty letter “P-O-N” or “G.” With a “P,” “O,” or “N,” the player continues to play and starts the game over by bouncing the ball on the floor and lifting/hitting from below the waist to put the ball back in play on the tabletop.

When the player arrives at “G,” he or she is out of the game and gives the ball to the next player to continue the elimination process that decides the ultimate winner.

If any player starting or restarting the game, initially or during play, misses the table top, that player receives a letter and tries again, unless “G” is next, whereby he or she is eliminated and play continues with the next player.

If the ball comes to a stop on the table top, the player who made the play blows on the ball so that it falls off the table, and the next player continues the game.

Paddles

Each player should have a Ping-Pong paddle; however, this is not always possible. At least five or six paddles are needed for the group. With fewer paddles than players, a player can take his or her turn and set the paddle on an assigned chair, table, or other designated spot at least 5 feet from the table edge, where the next player can pick up a paddle for a turn in the game.

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