Wide ball game for multiple ages, played with one or more tennis balls
Aim of the game:
be the last person in the game, or get everyone out by catching the ball with one hand!
To start the game:
Players form a circle, feet should be touching the person on either side of you, so that there is an arch under each person.
One person in the circle has the tennis ball.
(In a small group, you can drop the ball, it will roll through the feet of one person)
(In a larger group you may need to purposely roll the ball through someone’s feet)
Either way, the person who ends up with the ball through their feet starts the game.
All players are immediately free to move away from the circle to their own space.
If you have the ball you are trying to get other players out, by hitting them with the ball (below the shoulder/ waist, set rules to suit your players)
While the game is going on and the ball is being passed around:
If the person with the ball shouts ‘SCOTCH’, all other players must stop where they are. This gives the thrower easier targets as they are no longer moving.
If players in the field shout ‘SCOTCH’, the thrower must stop where they are. This gives the field players some control over the thrower.
Sometimes the ball is left rolling, due to the nature of the game. If anyone shouts ‘SCOTCH ON THE BALL’. Then the person who goes to the claim the ball, has play from where the ball stopped rolling.
When the ball is thrown:
If it is caught with two hands by another player, the person who threw the ball is out.
If the ball is caught with one hand, the person who caught it wins the game and all other players are out. That game ends and you start again.
Aim of the game:
be the last person in the game,
or get everyone out by catching the ball with one hand!
You could keep score for getting people out etc., but it tends to be a long game and not necessary to keep score.