Gaga Ball originated in Israel and spread to other areas of the world as camp counselors introduced it to their campers. Today, the sport is resurgent, and kids are loving it. Gaga Ball is like dodgeball but different in how multiple children of varying ages can enjoy it together. Read on as we discuss the physical and mental benefits of playing Gaga Ball if you’re looking for a fun game for the kids or are simply curious.
How To Play Gaga Ball
Gaga Ball may remind you of the fun you hear about when older generations discuss “kick the can” or some other game the neighborhood kids would gather and play after school. It’s simple and doesn’t require much equipment.
Simply set up a pit area and let the players hop in. They use a foam ball that is reminiscent of a dodgeball; however, the impact won’t hurt the way it did during gym class years ago. The game is best for eight to twelve players, and the rules are as follows:
- The players get into the pit, and everyone places one hand on the wall of the border.
- Someone not in the pit throws the ball in.
- As it bounces, yell “Ga” on the first two bounces and “Go” on the third. After that, any player can hit the ball.
- Once it’s in action, you’re out if it hits you below the knee.
- Just like dodgeball, the player who hit the ball is out if another player catches the ball while it’s in the air.
- The last person in play is the winner.
The ball’s light weight and softness and the goal of hitting below the knee make Gaga Ball great for all ages.
The Physical Benefits of Gaga Ball
Gaga Ball is an excellent physical activity for kids. It keeps them in constant motion, allowing them to exercise, sometimes for hours. Let’s look at the physical benefits the game has to offer:
- Burning calories
- Eye-hand coordination
- Reaction time
With the ball in motion, players are never sitting still waiting for action. Gaga Ball keeps kids up and moving.
The Mental Benefits of Gaga Ball
Gaga Ball isn’t just a physical activity; it’s also a mental one. The best part is that kids don’t know they are doing something good for themselves mentally; they’re just out having a good time.
Gaga Ball does require focus, or a player is going to get struck with the ball and called out. It also requires teamwork. The following are the mental benefits of Gaga Ball:
- Builds confidence.
- Builds friendships.
- Teaches patience.
- Improves language skills.
- Improves social skills.
Even though Gaga Ball is an “every player for themselves” kind of game, you still must work well with others and be a good sport to make the game enjoyable. Those two things are always good life lessons.
Many physical and mental benefits of Gaga Ball exist, and it’s a great choice if you’re looking for a new game for your kids to enjoy. Discount Playground Supply has durable plastic Gaga Ball pits that are fast to assemble so that you can get a pit up and active quickly. Browse our online store or reach out; we are happy to answer any questions you may have.