Category: Field games

Games on the Wild Side: Herman Miller Aeron Chair Hockey

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Aeron chair hockey in Sri Lanka | Photo Sports Today

Chair hockey is a brutal sport – maybe too much for a church youth group. Maybe not. Take five players on a team, give each player a hockey stick and a $600 office chair and go wild on any smooth surface.

Aeron Chair Hockey got its start as a way to raise funds for Special Olympics in Illinois. The rules for chair hockey are as close to actual hockey as you can have on five wheels.

Yellow Card Offences
1. No hitching – grabbing another’s chair and hang on for purpose of being pulled across court (with hands and/or stick)
2. No whip and spin – when player grabs an occupied chair and whips it around at high speed until the victim, when finally released, is too dizzy and nauseated to stay in the game
3. No gross separation – any player standing upright, sliding off the seat, or in any way vacating the chair during a game commits gross separation
4. No raised sticks – no sticks allowed to be raised above the seat pan of chairs
5. No kicking – do not use your foot to kick the plug
6. Do not hit, hook or hold an opponent’s stick with your stick.

Is your youth group game enough to try it? All you need is a smooth floor for a rink, some basic hockey equipment and some inexpensive roller chairs – unless your church has an epic budget for youth ministry.

Dodgeball Games: People’s Ball is Dodgeball with a Twist

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People’s Ball is a dodgeball variant that is full of fast action with a twist – people can play even when they are “out.”

Rules for People’s Ball Dodgeball

Start with a typical dodgeball court with center line. Two end zones are designated as prisons.

Game play starts with a ball on the center line and all players in the end zones. At the command players rush out to grab the ball. When a player gets possession of the ball all players on that person’s team must freeze in place. The other team can remain in motion.

The object of the game is to tag players on the opposite team, sending them to “prison” in the end zone behind your team. Game ends when all players on your side are in prison.

While your team is in possession of the ball you may pass the ball to another player on your team, but nobody on your team can move. Offenders are sent to prison.

Out-of-bounds balls are returned to play on the center line unless the ball goes into an end zone. Balls in the end zone are in the prisoner’s possession, who try and earn freedom by tagging out a member of the opposing team. A prisoner can also earn freedom by catching a ball thrown over the heads of the opposing team by the prisoner’s home team.

Dodgeball Variations:

Play with a yoga ball instead of “regulation dodge ball.” A fast-flying yoga ball is kind of freaky and surprisingly hard to catch. Less lethal than a kickball.

Gopher 5″ coated foam balls are fun to throw and less un-fun to get pelted with. Get six of these in play at the same time for turbo-action fun.

Utility balls are great all-purpose indoor balls that don’t create a lot of collateral damage.

Personal Note

More balls = more fun. Up to a point. And for some reason it seems to mess with the game dynamics if you use different size balls – for instance two yoga balls and two Gopher balls.

Worst ball for playing dodgeball = a tetherball. Ouch. Second worst = water polo ball.

Other dodgeball variations.

[Source: M Cox Oxford Tours / Games, an older archive that has a lot of less familiar games.]

Capture the Flag with Grenades

From The Game Gal comes this fun variation of Capture the Flag – using “flour bombs”.

You can play this a number of ways – one flag, two flags, let defenders have bombs or both sides have bombs. The great thing about flour bombs is that they are soft, don’t hurt, are far less messy than you’d think and yet have a dramatic impact when they hit.

Full instructions at The Game Gal.

Games to Play In the Dark

Now that the days are getting shorter and it’s not too cold out (at least in some parts of the country), it’s a great time to consider outside and in the dark games.

This one comes from Game Gal – Hit the Dirt is a variant of hide-and-seek where the person who’s “it” stays put and the rest of the group does all the running… while “it” has her eyes closed and counts out loud. Follow the link for the complete set of rules, it can see a lot of fun (and grass burns) from diving to the ground when “it” finishes counting.



What do you get when you combine the raw energy of football with the calm restraint of ultimate frisbee and the precision of basketball? The answer is…a ton of fun that can have even your usual sideliners pulling off some amazing athletic feats.

All you need is large grassy playing area, two basketball hoops (or a reasonable equivalent) and a football.

Time: 30 minutes to an hour
Number of Players: ten or more


Get the football into the basket. Score a point.


Game play takes place on a large rectangular field and starts with a coin toss. Winners of the toss can elect to “kick” or receive. The kickers can either kick or throw the ball down field.

1. The ball is moved down the field by means of forward or lateral pass.

2. When a player catches a pass she must stop in place. She can move the ball by passing to another player on her team.

3. As long as the offense remains in possession of the ball, they can continue making plays.

4. If a pass is incomplete or intercepted, possesion reverts to the other team.

5. Defense cannot double-team the person who is in possession of the ball. Defenders must stand back at least one arm’s length from the person with the ball.

6. A point is scored when the ball goes into the “basket.” Offense may assist the ball if the first throw does not score.

7. The team scoring then “kicks off” for the next round.

Set Up

Mark off the sideline and endzone boundaries with chalk, cones or similar. The field can be any large rectangular field, up to the size of a football field.

Endzones are basketball hoops if you can manage. Portable hoops are ideal. Set them at a height that provides a challenge but isn’t too tough for nonathletes.

If you don’t have basketball hoops you can use five gallon buckets or hula hoops for goals. You can also mark a section of a pole or tree with duct tape – if the ball makes contact between the tape marks, a point is scored.

If you want to incorporate the game with your lesson you might try the following:

Life Application

In Foosketball your team has the opportunity to score points as long as you remain in possession of the ball.

What do you need to possess in life in order to get ahead? What happens in life when there’s a “turnover” or you lose possession? How likely is that to happen?

Bible Application Matthew 19:16-30; Mark 10:17-31; Luke 18:18-30

The rich young ruler approached Jesus wanting to know what he needed to “get ahead” in a spiritual sense.

What was Jesus’ answer?

According to Jesus, what does it mean to “take possession of the ball?”

[Photo by Phil Houtz]