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5/18/2015 15:12:45T20 Blast CricketAustralia
Australian Cricket is a 360 game where the pitch is in the middle of the field. Batters can score runs by hitting in any direction.
Bowlers must bowl the ball into the ground before it reaches the batter.
Games can be over within an hour.

Small field Cricket Game
Everyone plays every position
Promotes fast scoring
Everyone bats
Everyone bowls

Ideal for K-10 grades
American HandballUnited StatesPlayers use their hands to hit a small rubber ball against a wall so that it bounces off in such a way that their opponent cannot return it. There are three versions of handball (four-wall, three-wall and one-wall).
AngleballUnited StatesTwo large balls are placed atop 10-foot standards at opposite sides of a field. In a mixture of soccer and basketball, teams pass a smaller ball back and forth, attempting to knock the other team's ball off its perch with the smaller ball (normally a regulation size handball). A goal is worth one point. An offensive player who is touched by a defensive player must come to a stop and has three seconds to pass the ball to avoid a turnover. Once tagged, a player cannot shoot for a goal. If a target ball is knocked off its perch as a result of the standard being struck it results in a turnover.Angleball Video
Australian Rules FootballAustraliaThe main way to score points is by kicking the ball between the two tall goal posts. The ball can be propelled in any direction by way of a foot, clenched fist, or open-hand tap, but it cannot be thrown. Once a player takes possession of the ball he must dispose of it by either kicking or handballing it.
Ball BadmintonIndiaA fast-paced racket game, played with a yellow ball made of wool.
6/11/2016 22:23:16Kho KhoIndia
Indian Traditional game : The game requires a very small area, rectangular in shape . We play on the basketball courts. A game consists of two team
Chasing team and running team . It could be played for time limit or any group that takes the most brief time to tag every one of the other team wins.
Note: Each member of Chasing team sit alternately facing the opposite direction. ( only one chaser at a time and active chaser can change position with a seated chaser, by touching him from behind and uttering the word "Kho"
Runners enter in batch of Three. They have full freedom of movement on the both side of the chasers .
Important : Chasers are not permitted to go between the players and are also not permitted to change direction but can go to the end cone and then come back and chase .
Check Kho- Kho federation of IndiaNisha
6/11/2016 22:59:19Kho KhoIndia
Indian Traditional game : The game requires a very small area, rectangular in shape . We play on the basketball courts. A game consists of two team
Chasing team and running team . It could be played for time limit or any group that takes the most brief time to tag every one of the other team wins.
Note: Each member of Chasing team sit alternately facing the opposite direction. ( only one chaser at a time and active chaser can change position with a seated chaser, by touching him from behind and uttering the word "Kho"
Runners enter in batch of Three. They have full freedom of movement on the both side of the chasers .
Important : Chasers are not permitted to go between the players and are also not permitted to change direction but can go to the end cone and then come back and chase .
Check Kho- Kho federation of IndiaNisha
BandyEnglandA team winter sport played on ice, in which skaters use sticks to direct a ball into the opposing team's goal. It is played like ice hockey, but like field hockey, players use bowed sticks and a small ball.
Battledore and Shuttlecock
American IndianDivide the class into groups of six to eight. Players start by forming a circle with 3-4 feet between each person. The first player hits the shuttlecock to the player to the right using an underhand hit. Variation: Players who miss their shot are "out" and join other players to start a new game.
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Bike PoloIrelandCycle polo is a team sport, similar to traditional polo, except that bicycles are used instead of horses. There are 2 versions of the sport: Grass and Hardcourt Bike Polo.Hardcourt Bike Polo
BiribolBrazilAn aquatic variation of volleyball.
Blind SnakeAustriaPlace small obstacles around the playing area that students can go around, over, and under. Divide the class into groups. Each person needs a blindfold, except for the leader. The team stands in a single file line behind the leader, with their hands on the shoulders of the person in front of them. The leader makes a movement/gesture (that needs to be felt by the second person) to tell the team what to do. Each person on the team will repeat the gesture so that everyone on the team does the same thing. Example: A left turn, the leader will raise their left shoulder; a right turn, the leader will raise their right shoulder. Goal: The leader will successfully navigate their team through an obstacle course.
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BolaPeruDivide the students into small groups. Each group needs one bowling ball and three pins. The pins should be arranged in a triangle. The head pin is worth 12 points and the other two pins are worth 6 points. The players take turns rolling the ball towards the pins, trying to knock them down and accumulate a specific number of points.
Matthew Bassett @PhysEdApps
BossaballSpainSimilar to volleyball, but participants play on an inflatable court with trampolines on each side of the net. The game combines skills used in volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, and capoeira.Bossaball Video
Bo-taoshiJapanA capture-the-flag-type game, with 150 participants on each team. Teams compete to control a single large pole.
Scandinavia & Germany
Similar to baseball, cricket, and rounders, but there is no pitcher. In this game, the batsman throws or bounces the ball (usually a tennis ball) and hits it with his bat.
Brusim, Brusim SkariceCroatiaA tag game. One player takes two separate branches and crosses them over one another as though they were scissors. This is often done with a naughty grin. His task is to catch the other players – essentially, the one with the scissors is “it.” However, as long as the other players are physically touching one of the surrounding trees, they are considered “safe.” There is a rule, however, that each one tree provides safety only to one single player, the one who touched it last. This means that players can run towards each others’ trees, and by touching them, they are ridding their opponents of their safety, thus providing a chance for the catcher to find his victim. If all the players manage to change trees at least once, the scissor-yielding catcher loses. If he manages to touch a tree-less victim with his branches, the player caught becomes “it,” and the game starts anew.
CapoeiraWest AfricaA martial art and game that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. Its history originates from West Africans who were enslaved in Brazil.Capoeira Video
Capoeira BrazilA martial art and game that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, and music. Its history originates from West Africans who were enslaved in Brazil.Capoeira Video
Catch Your TailNigeriaA speed and agility game. Divide the class into groups of two. Each group needs one scarf. Have one person place a scarf into the back of their waistband or back pocket. The person with the scarf will place their hands on the back of their teammate's shoulders. On the “GO” signal, the person in front will attempt to pull the other team's scarves. The person in the back will try to avoid having their scarf pulled. If a team becomes disconnected, they must stop and reconnect before starting again. Teams who lose their scarves go to a location outside of the playing area and complete a "Body Reward" (an exercise) before re-entering the game.
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Chinese HandballUnited StatesA version of American Handball. Unlike traditional handball, for a shot to be valid, the ball must hit the ground before it hits the wall. Typically a two-player game, but larger groups can play a version called Ace-King-Queen. Traditionally played with a racquetball or Spaldeen High-Bounce ball.Chinese Handball
Chinese Jump RopeChinaTwo participants face each other (about 6 feet apart) and position a taut string around their ankles. The jumper (third person) completes various jumps between the string.
Chinese WallEnglandArrange 10 cones in two rows to form five parallel lines about 12 yards apart. There should be at least a yard between each line. (See Resource Image.) Select five "gatekeepers." The gatekeepers are each assigned to one of the parallel lines. Gatekeepers can only move left and right. The rest of the group lines up at the designated start line. Their goal is to get to the other side of the play area without being tagged by a gatekeeper. If a player is tagged by a gatekeeper, he becomes a Gatekeeper, as well, and must join the "line" of the person who tagged him. Players that make it across safely turn around and try to cross again in the other direction. The game ends when there is only one runner left and all the other players have become gatekeepers. Resource Image
ChinloneMyanmarA combination of sport and dance. A non-competitive team sport with no opposing team. The focus is not on winning or losing, but how beautifully one plays the game. A team of six players pass the ball back and forth with their feet, knees, and heads as they walk around a circle. One player goes into the center to solo, creating a dance of various moves strung together. The soloist is supported by the other players who try to pass the ball back with one kick. When the ball drops to the ground it is dead, and the play starts again.
Cida-CiskapaCroatiaOne player takes off his hat (or in some cases, his shoe) and puts it on the ground. He then provokes the other participants to hit it with their legs. He guards it well, but when somebody actually manages to hit it, the “guardian” has the right to catch that person. However, if somebody, in the meantime, hits the hat again, the guardian has to catch that new person, instead of the one originally hit the hat. In other words, the last person to have hit the hat is “catchable,” and if gets caught, he has to take off his hat and become a new catcher.
Circle BallIsraelDivide the class into groups of six to eight. Each group needs a ball and hula hoop. Each group forms a circle with about 6-8 feet between players. Place a hula hoop in the center of the circle. One player holds the ball, turns to their right, and bounces the ball to the player on their right. Each player keeps bouncing the ball until it gets back to the first person. Then they bounce the ball to the center of the hula hoop to one of the members of their group. Players keep passing the ball through the hula hoop. A player is awarded a point if they 1) make a bad pass, 2) drop the ball, 3) do not bounce the ball inside the hoop. Like golf, the player with the lowest score, wins.
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Crab SoccerUnited StatesPlayers from two teams try to kick a ball into a goal while supporting themselves on their hands and feet (crabwalking). There are multiple versions of this game.
CricketEnglandCricket is played by two teams of eleven on an oval pitch. Two wickets are placed 66 feet apart, near the middle of the field. A wicket consists of two wooden crosspieces (bails) resting on three wooden stumps. At each wicket stands a batsman (batter) from the same team. If the opposing bowler (pitcher), who bowls (pitches) from the opposing wicket, knocks down the bails, the batsmen is retired (out). After six bowls to one batsmen, an umpire calls "over" and another bowler begins bowling to the batsman's partner at the opposing wicket. If the batsman hits the ball far enough so that both batsmen can run to exchange places, a run is scored. When the ball is hit a long distance, up to four exchanges (or four runs) may be made. If a fielder (the team who is bowling) recovers the ball and uses it to knock down the bails before the batsmen reaches it, the batsman is out. A batsman is also out if a fielder catches a fly ball. A game usually consists of two innings. In one inning, all players on each team bat once. A game may take days to complete.
CujuChinaRecognized by FIFA as the predecessor to soccer. A fun, inclusive, and efficient soccer-based game that can be played by multiple players in a small or large play area. The goal of the game is to use soccer skills to kick, to head, or to knee the cuju ball through the large holes located within the cuju net. The cuju ball is a special oversized, lightweight ball.Cuju
Cycle BallGermanyAlso known as "radball," is a sport similar to football (soccer) played on bicycles. The aim of your team (two players) is to try and score in the opponent's goal. The two people ride a fixed gear bicycle with no brakes or freewheel. The ball is controlled by the bike and the head, except when defending the goal.Cycle Ball
Czech HandballCzech RepublicSimilar to team handball with some rule differences.
DBL BallCanada DBL Ball
Danish LongballDenmarkA hybrid of baseball and cricket.
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Disc GolfCanadaThe object of the game is to throw a disc into a series of baskets using as few throws as possible. Players throw three types of discs: putters, mid-range discs, and drivers, and there are multiple throwing techniques. Disc golf uses the same scoring system as golf.Disc Golf
Down Down DownAustraliaDown Down Down involves the tossing of a tennis ball between two players, and the eventual crouching of the player who continues to drop the ball. Players begin tossing the ball back and forth from a standing position. If a player drops the ball, he must go to one knee. If he drops it again he goes to both knees, then to an elbow, to two elbows, and eventually ends up on his chin.
Traditional Children's Games in Australia
First Nations Activities
Canada (First Nations, Métis, Inuit)
Ophea’s First Nations Inspired Daily Physical Activities (DPA) resource makes it easy and fun to incorporate DPA into school or community programs for primary, junior and intermediate students (ages 5-14).The free online resource was developed in consultation with First Nations educators and not only helps to get children and youth active but to improve their self-esteem, increase their readiness to learn, and create a healthier school or community environment. Resource Features Include: 30 activity cards and related support materials that incorporate First Nations culture and traditions, Ophea's 50 Fitness Activities and Stretching Guide, and Ophea's 50 Fitness Activities and Stretching Guide.
Ophea's First Nations Inspired DPA Activities
FivesEnglandA ball is propelled against the walls of a special court using a gloved or bare hand as though it were a raquet.
FloorballSwedenAlso known as Innebandy, Salibany, or Unihockey. A type of floor hockey, with five field players and a goalkeeper on each team. Players play indoors with 50 cm long sticks and a plastic ball with holes. Matches are played in three, twenty-minute periods.World Floorball Federation
FloorballFinlandAlso known as Innebandy, Salibany, or Unihockey. A type of floor hockey, with five field players and a goalkeeper on each team. Players play indoors with 50 cm long sticks and a plastic ball with holes. Matches are played in three, twenty-minute periods.World Floorball Federation
FootvolleyBrazilA game that combines soccer with beach volleyball.
Four ChiefsNigeriaFour Chiefs is a tag game. The teacher chooses four students to be "chiefs" of thei tribe, who stand inside a color-coded hula hoop. The chiefs choose two "soldiers" for their tribe, who grab a stack of scarves (the same color as the hoop) for their "tribe." The rest of the class stands in the middle of the playing area. If a soldier tags a player, they hand them a scarf, and they stand behind the chief at the hoop. The game continues until all the players have been tagged. Variations: Choose only four soldiers (one from each team). When tagged, the player takes the scarf to the tribe, performs a Body Reward (an exercise), and then re-enters the tag game.
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Four SquareEurope Four square, also known as handball, squareball, blockball, boxball, champ or king's corner, is a ball game played among four players on a square court divided into quadrants. It is a popular playground game with little required equipment, almost no setup, and short rounds of play that can be ended at any time. Four square is usually played with a rubber playground ball, a volleyball, or a tennis ball on a square court with four maximum players. The objectives of four square are to eliminate other players to achieve the highest rank.The resource to the right includes a "Massive Collection of Really Cool Rules."Official Rules of Four Square
Frisian Handball
Netherlands (Friesland)
A game related to American Handball and Fives. Scoring is similar to tennis.Frisian Handball Video
FutsalBrazilA very fast-paced soccer-style game played on a hard surface with no walls or boards. The game fosters creativity and improvisation, and players use specific techniques and footwork to maintain possession of the ball. A futsal ball is low-bounce and smaller than a soccer ball.Futsal Video
Ga-ga BallIsraelPlayers strike the ball with an open hand or fist with the object of hitting opponents at their knees or below. The game combines dodging, striking, running, and jumping. Ga-ga is played in a large hexagon or octagon, known as a pit.Ga-ga Ball Video
Gilli-dandaIndia The game is played with two pieces of wood. One is a two-foot length of wood, fashioned like a stick called a danda. The second, a gilli, is a smaller piece, maybe 3 inches long, whittled at both ends to make it an oval. The idea of the game is to hit the smaller stick (gilli) with the larger stick (danda) so that it first rises in the air and then give it an almighty whack to send it as far as possible. The other players fan out and try to catch the gilli. If they do, the striker (batter) is out and someone else gets a turn. If the players do not catch the gilli, the distance that it went is measured using the danda. The distance is measured in terms of the length of the danda, or some cases the length of the gilli. Whomever hits the gilli the furthest, wins.
This game has many variations. This version was submitted by Reema Kahar @reema_kahar.
HapkidoKoreaA Korean martial art (self-defense) with refined kicks and hand strikes.
Jai-AlaiBasqueA ball game played in a three-walled court with a hard rubber ball that is caught and thrown with a cesta, a long, curved wicker scoop strapped to one arm.Jai-Alai
China (in Vietnam, đá cầu)
A foot version of badminton using a weighted shuttlecock. Can be played on a badminton court or in the street in a circle. Found with different names in many parts of Asia it has gained international following in recent years. Has been relabeled as Kikbo in recent years.Jianzi Video
Kabaddi (pronounced "kuh-buhd-ee")
Ancient India & South Asia
Kabaddi can be played anywhere outdoors: in your yard, in a field, on the playground. All you need are 2 teams of people (preferably each with at least 3 players), and rope or chalk dividing the playing field into 2 separate territories. The teams line up about 20 feet back from the center line, on their corresponding sides. Teams take turns between offense and defense. A player from one team stands near the center line. To begin the game, this player runs into the opposing territory and tries to tag one of his opponents. While doing this, the player must keep yelling, “kabaddi-kabaddi-kabaddi-kabaddi-kabaddi-kabaddi,” the entire time she is on the opponent’s territory, without taking a breath, until she makes it back to her side. Everyone she touches is out. The opponents can link arms to try to capture that player and prevent her from getting back to her side. When the player saying, "kabaddi," is tagged by a bunch of the other players trying to prevent her from going back to her side, she can still attempt to cross the line. If she touches/crosses the line, all the players who are touching her are out. If she does not make it back to her original side before she runs out of breath (i.e., if she stops saying, "kabaddi-kabaddi-kabaddi"), then she will be out. Video: Video: Traditional Games
Kitchen BallBotswanaA relay game. Divide the class into groups of six to eight people. Have each team line up backwards in a single file line behind the starting line. Each team should have their feet shoulder-width apart. The first person in line holds the playground ball at their waist. On the "GO" signal, the first player rolls the ball on the ground between their legs. Each person guides/moves the ball backwards through the line. The last person on the team picks up the ball and runs around to the front. The goal in this game is to get from the starting line to the end line as a team.
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Kho KhoIndia Kho kho is a very complex tag game with specific defensive tactics (route defense, single chain defense, and double chain defense), chasing skills, and running skills. There are three variations of the game, standing kho kho, ring game, and single chain.
Standing Kho-Kho Ring Game: Single Chain:
New Zealand (Māori)
A ball sport played with a small round ball called a ki. It is a fast-paced sport incorporating skills similar to Australian rules football, rugby, and netball. Two teams of seven players play on a circular field divided into zones, and score points by touching the pou (boundary markers) and hitting a central tupu, or target. The game is played with varying rules (e.g. number of people, size of field, tag ripping rules, etc.) depending on the geographic area it is played in. A process called Tatu, before the game, determines which rules the two teams will use.Ki-o-Rahi Video
KilikitiSamoaA form of cricket. The rules are flexible. It is said the rules are only known to those playing. There is no limit to team size, and teams are made up of whoever turns up regardless of gender or age. Players typically perform well at batting and bowling (pitching).
KorfballNetherlandsA ball sport with similarities to netball and basketball. It has a mixed-gender league and an all-women league, but no all-men league. The objective is to throw a ball through a bottomless basket that is mounted on a 3.5 m (11.5 feet) high pole. An interesting rule is that no player may shoot if they are being guarded within an arm's lenghth. Players must continue to pass until a teammate is wide open for a shot.
KrachtbalBelgiumKrachtbal is played by two teams of each 4 players. The goal of each team is to move the ball in predetermined ways inside the opposing team goal area while trying to hinder the other team from scoring. The ball size and weight ranges from 1 kg to 4 kg dependent upon gender and age of players. The name krachtbal comes from the fact that you use medicine balls to throw and that takes a lot of power (kracht = power). A game takes 2 times 25 minutes. In the opposing goal area you can only pass sideways or backwards. Krachtbal Video
KubbSwedenA lawn game where the object is to knock over kubbs (wooden blocks) by throwing a king (large wooden baton) at them. Kubb can be described as a combination of bowling and horseshoes.Kubb Video
LacrosseCanadaA contact team sport in which a small rubber ball is thrown, caught, and carried with a long-handled stick. The head of the lacrosse stick is strung with loose mesh designed to catch and hold the lacrosse ball. The object of the game is to score by shooting the ball into the opponent's goal.Lacrosse Rules Made Easy
LagoriIndiaThis game is also called 7 Tiles. It is a target and dodgeball-type game. In this game, a tower of seven stones (tiles) is built. The boundary is simply a circle drawn around where the pile of stones has been built, with enough room for the number of players to run around/protect the piles. Team 1: Stands on the outside of the circle with a tennis ball. Their objectives are to knock down the tiles, prevent the other team from rebuilding it, and to tag the other team members out (by hitting them with the ball). They cannot step into the circle at all. They can only start throwing the ball at Team 2 after knocking the pile of stones down. Team 2: Stands on the inside of the circle. They have to protect the pile of stones and run away to prevent being tagged. If a Team 2 member catches the ball thrown at them by a Team 1 member, that member of Team 1 is out. If the pile of stones is broken, they have to rebuild. Lagori Video
LaptaRussiaA bat and ball game similar to baseball, with some tactical similarities to matball. The server (a member of the defending team), stands near the batter of the offensive team and tosses a tennis ball in the air to be hit. Once the ball is served and hit, the batting team's players run to the kon line (far end of the field) and back home while the ball is in play. If successful, each player earns two points for their team. The runners may remain beyond the kon line until their team bats again, at which point they can run back. Fielders can take runs away from their opponents by tagging runners with the ball. If a fielder catches the ball while it is in the air, the defending team gets one run. If there is no one to be tagged, the ball is given back to the server. If a runner returns before completing his run, he is automatically called out and the teams rotate sides. Please watch the resource video, which shows the various batting techniques used during the game.
Lapta Article and Video
Luta de GaloBrazilLuta de Galo means "fight of the rooster" in Portuguese. This game is usually played in groups of two. Tuck a handkerchief/scarf/bandana into a pocket or waistband of each player. Players should cross their right arm over across their chest (they cannot use it) and try to grab the other person's cloth with their left hand while hopping on one foot. Variation: Have players put one arm behind their back.
5 Great Games from Around the World
MarblesIndiaNeed a set of marbles and two or more could play the game. Make a sort of depression in the ground with one’s foot and all participants will to try to project the marble using the middle finger of an extended palm to try to make it enter the depression. If you did, you get the chance to now hit one of the other marbles; success means that the marble is now yours.
MindfulnessIndiaaiming to be in the present moment, not mentally racing to the future or sinking into past thoughts, use of breath to keep you in the now
MölkkyFinlandPlayers throw the mölkky (throwing pin) at skittles (wooden pins) marked with numbers 1 to 12. Knocking over one pin scores the amount of points marked on the pin. The first player to reach exactly 50 points wins.
Trinidad and Tobago
A rolling, bouncing and clapping game traditionally played in schools and local communities. This game requires coordination, balance, and concentration.UNICEF Traditional Games
Muggle QuidditchUnited StatesQuidditch is the high-flying game from JK Rowling's Harry Potter. Muggle Quidditch is a co-ed field sport with a unique mix of elements from rugby, dodgeball, and tag. A team is made up of seven athletes who play with brooms between their legs at all times. Three chasers score goals worth 10 points each with a slightly deflated volleyball called the quaffle. They advance the ball down the field by running with it, passing it to teammates, or kicking it. Each team has a keeper who defends the goal hoops. Two beaters use dodgeballs called bludgers to disrupt the flow of the game by “knocking out” other players. Any player hit by a bludger is out of play until they touch their own goals. Each team also has a seeker who tries to catch the snitch. The snitch is a tennis ball in a long yellow sock attached to the waistband of the snitch runner, a neutral athlete in a yellow uniform who uses any means to avoid capture. The snitch is worth 30 points and its capture ends the game. If the score is tied after the snitch catch, the game proceeds into overtime. This site has rule modifications for elementary, middle, and high school students:
The Complete Muggles Guide to Quidditch
NetballEngland","A game derived from basketball. Each team attempts to score goals by passing a ball down the court in order to shoot it through a raised goal ring. Players are restricted to specific areas on the court (depending on position), and the ball cannot be held for more than three seconds. Netball is a non-contact sport and players must remain 3ft (1m) away from the player in possession of the ball. When a player is in posession of the ball they can only take on step before they must pass the ball.Unlike basketball, there is no dribbling. Modifications, such as goal height and ball size, have been made for youth games. There are 7 players on a team - Goal Shooter (GS) Goal Attack (GA), Goal Keeper (GK), Goal Defence (GD), Wing Attack (WA), Wing Defence (WD), and Centre (C). Only the GS and the GA are allowed to shoot and, along with the GK and the GD, they are the only players allowed in the D shooting area. Players are marked by their opposing teamate i.e. GK marks GS, GD marks GA, WD marks WA, and C marks the opposing teams C. The game starts with a centre pass taken in the circle in the middle of the court. The pass must be received in the centre third in order to be valid and the ball must be touched in each third i.e. you cannot throw it from one end of the court to the other. Teams take it in turn to restart play with a centre pass after a goal is scored. A newer version of Netball called Fast5 Netball is gaining popularity - it involves 5 players and different scoring opportunities than regular netball. Teams can also choose a power play quarter during which all of the the goals scored during that quarter are worth double points. Intro to netball video")Fast5 Netball Rules
Newcomb BallUnited StatesA great game for teaching students the fundamentals of volleyball. Play begins with the server from the serving team throwing the ball over the net to the opponents. The ball remains in play being thrown back and forth across the net until there is a miss. Three players may play the ball before throwing it over the net. If the receiving team misses, the serving team scores a point and the next play begins with the same server. If the serving team misses, it loses the serve. No point is scored for either team and the next play begins with the opponents as the serving team. Each time a team wins a point, the same server serves for the next play. Each time a team wins the serve, players on that team rotate and remain in the new position until the serve is lost and won back again. The first team scoring 11 points or a set time limit wins the game.
OinăRomaniaA game that is similar to baseball; however, the pitch is a rectangle divided into a grid with zones, corridors, and position circles. Players run a specific route after striking the ball pitched by one of their teammates.Oină Rules & Animation
OkweNigeriaA throwing and catching game that would work well in small spaces or with juggling scarves.UNICEF Traditional Games
OmnikinCanada Omnikin
Ounch NeechPakistanA tag game. The child who is "it" chooses either ounch (up) or neech (down). If he chooses neech, then the ground is not safe and runners can be tagged out unless they are ounch, up on something like a stump or a rock. The opposite is true, as well. If "it" chooses ounch, then the ground is safe and everyone remains on the ground. The first person tagged becomes "it" for the next round of the game.
10 Fun Games from Around the World
PalantPoland A game similar to baseball, played using a wooden stick and rubber balls.
Paleta FrontónPeruA combination of American handball, racquetball, and tennis. This game is played with a wooden paddle and a black rubber ball.
ParkourFranceThe activity or sport of moving rapidly through an area, typically in an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing. Practitioners aim to get from A to B in the most efficient way possible. This is done using only the human body and the surroundings for propulsion, with a focus on maintaining as much momentum as possible while still remaining safe. Parkour can include obstacle courses, running, climbing, swinging, mantling, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement, and the like, depending on what movement is deemed most suitable for the given situation. Some examples of the ways in which practitioners move:
Running towards a high wall and then jumping and pushing off the wall with a foot to reach the top of the wall
Moving from a position hanging from a wall-top or ledge, to standing on the top or vaulting over to the other side
Vaulting over obstacles
Jumping and landing accurately with the feet on small or narrow obstacles
Jumping and catching a ledge with the hands while the feet land on the vertical surface below.
Using a rolling motion to help absorb large impacts
Parkour Video
Australia (Aboriginal)
PatinteroPhilippinesIn this popular tag game, two teams of five try to accumulate as many points as possible by passing specific lines without being tagged. The playing area is a rectangle, divided into 8 smaller rectangles.The offensive team is called "the passer," and the defensive team is called "the line guard." The winner of a coin toss becomes the passer. A time limit of two minutes is give for each team to score. Once time elapses, the teams switch places. Passers are supposed to cross the lines from the starting point and back. Four of the line guards choose horizontal lines to stand on and guard. One defender guards the center vertical line. The line guards' feet must always be on the lines. Before the two-minute limit, any passer who is tagged switches places with the line guard who tagged them. This means the members of each team will constantly change throughout the game.Patintero Picture
Pebble TossGuineaA tossing game. Divide the class into groups of four. Each group needs one hula hoop, a cone, and one yarn ball per person. Students will stand about 10 feet away from a hula hoop. Players take turns tossing their yarn ball into the hula hoop. The first person to get their yarn ball to land in the hula hoop will move to stand behind the hula hoop. The rest of the group will continue to take turns throwing. The person standing behind the hula hoop (the defender) will use their yarn ball to try to hit the ball from the approaching throw. When a goal is scored, the tosser and defender change places.
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PesäpalloFinlandPesäpallo Video
PetecaBrazilThe object of this net game is to hit a peteca birdie (a large foam- or rubber-based shuttlecock with feathers) over a high net (similar to a volleyball net) on a badminton court. The peteca can only be hit once per side during singles and doubles matches. Faults include: hitting the peteca under the net, out of bounds, and into the net; hitting the peteca more than once per side; and striking the peteca with two hands.Peteca Video
PickleballUnited StatesPickleball is a racket sport that combines skills and tactics used in tennis, badminton, and table tennis. Players used wooden paddles to hit a hard wiffle ball over a net.Pickleball Game Rules
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RingetteCanadaRingette is a team sport activity played on an ice surface. Ringette uses some rules and equipment that are similar to ice hockey; it requires the use of a straight stick used to control a blue rubber ring; with the objective of the game being to score goals by shooting the ring into the opponent's net. The sport is officially co-ed, though it is primarily played by female participants.
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RingoPolandOne or two sport rings and a volleyball court. Throw the sport ring into opponents court so they cannot return it. Do this 15 times and you win. In singles or teams ( up to 8). Singles use one ring teams use 2. In team serve is simultaneous. Each server gets 3 serves in team play five in singles play. Games are to 15 points must win by 1. Ringo must be thrown immediately after it is caught.Ringo Video
RoundersEnglandRounders is a striking game involving 9 players who are attempting to score as many rounders as possible in an innings. The playing area consists of 4 posts (bases), a bowling square, and a batting square. The bat, which is about half the size of a baseball bat, is held in one or two hands and must be carried as th player goes around the bases - dropping th bat may result in a player being called "out". The ball is a small hard leather ball, slightly smaller than a baseball. The bowler bowls the ball using an underarm action so that is reaches between the shoulder and the knee of the batter on their batting side (not aimed at the body) as they are positioned in the batting square. If a ball fails to reach the batter (too low, high, wide, or at the body) it is deemed a "no ball". After 2 successive no balls the batting team score 1/2 a rounder. A batter remains in bat until they are bowled a good ball - regardless of whether they hit the ball or miss it, if the ball is good their batting turn is over and they must proceed to a base. A player can stop at any base but once at a base they cannot go back to a previous base. Only one player can be at a base at any time (they must remain in contact with the post while at a post) and players cannot overtake each other. Once a player has left a base they have to move on to the next base. Players who hit the ball and make it to second or third base before the bowler has the ball in the bowling square score 1/2 a rounder. If they make it around all 4 bases AND contact the 4th base post, they score 1 rounder. When the bowler is in posession of the ball in the bowling square no one on the batting team can move. Players can be gotten out by a) being caught out, b) being run out, and c) being stumped out. A batter can hit the ball backwards - this is known as a backwards hit and the player can only proceed to 1st base until the ball is returned over the line that marks the front of the batting square. Innings can be timed or consist of a set number of balls e.g. 27 balls = 3 per player. Inning can either end when a) time is up b) all of the players on a team are out or c) all the designated balls have been bowled. Most games consist of 2 innings per team.
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Road TennisBarbadosA variation of lawn tennis and table tennis.UNICEF Traditional Games
RugbyEnglandRugby developed at Rugby School in England when William Webb Ellis picked up the ball during a football game and ran with it. It is played in a 15-a-side and 7-a-side format, with some 10-a-side tournaments also taking place. In the full, 15-a-side game, players are divided into forwards and backs. Each player has a slightly different role according to the name of their position but all players play both attack and defense. All 15 players remain on the field at all times (up to 6 substitutes are allowed) and games consist of two 40 minute halves. The ball can only be passed backwards in rugby. Players can score by grounding the ball over the end line for a try (worth 5 points), by drop-kicking the ball or kicking a penalty through the upright posts (3 points), and by converting a try by kicking the ball through the upright posts (2 points). Only the player with the ball can be tackled and players cannot block other players from making tackles or shield a ball carrier. If a player is tackled and goes to ground they must immediately release the ball. If the ball is kicked out of play on the sidelines, a line out will form to throw the ball back in again. Accidental mistakes (knocking the ball forward, accidental offside etc.) result in a scrum -8 players from each tem bind to each other and push over the ball to gain posession. Deliberate offenses result in a penalty - if a penalty is awarded within kicking distance of the upright posts, teams may elect to go for 3 points. They also have the option to kick the ball down the field and over the sideline to gain territory and the line out throw in. They can also choose to run the ball or call a scrum. Rugby Beginners Guide
Sal OutGuyanaA two-team tag game with an elimination component.UNICEF Traditional Games
Sam Pal SunKoreaThe name of this traditional Korean game translates to "the line between South Korea and North Korea." It is played by dividing the class into two equal teams. Each team has a safe area. Begin by lining up the teams, facing each other on opposite ends of the playing area. A team's safe area will be on the far side of the direction they are facing. On the "go" signal, the teams begin to move toward each other in an attempt to make it to the opposite end to be safe. If someone from the opposing team tags a student, that student must return to the starting line and begin again. The game is over when one team has all of its members in the safe area.EBook Excerpt
SchlagballGermanyDivide the class into two teams. One team is hitting, the other is fielding. A cone (the base) is set up about 30-40 feet from the plate. The batter tosses the ball to themselves, hits the ball into the field, and runs to the cone. The fielding team stops the ball and throws the ball at the base in order to get the batter out.
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Semut, Orang, Gajah (Ant, Man, Elephant)SumatraA version of Rock-Paper-Scissors. Players pump their fist up and down to the count of three. On four, they straighten their arm and give one of three signs: Pinky out is "ant" (semut), pointer finger out is "man" (orang), and thumb out is "elephant" (gajah). The elephant beats man because it is stronger; man defeats the ant because he can step on it and squash it; and the ant beats the elephant because it can crawl into the elephant's ear and bite him. If players make the same signs, they go again. Two out of three wins.
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ShakeTanzaniaA two-team tag game that helps participants learn how to avoid being caught by defenders.UNICEF Traditional Games
Shalleek and AsfuraLebanonA cross between baseball and Cricket the goal of this game is to strike the Asfura (small bird) the greatest distance (measured by the Shallleek stricking stick) from the goal using the Shalleek. The person who places the Asufura the greatest distance from the goal wins. Player A sets Asufura on two blocks of wood. Then Strikes the Asfura with the Shalleek . Player B stands in front attempting to catch the Asfura. If player B catches the Asfura players change positions. The above process is repeated. If player B does not catch...Player A stands over where it landed. They then tap the Asfura into the air with the Shalleek and strikes it into the open playing area. Aiming for the farthest end away from the goal or starting blocks..Player B again attempts to catch the Asfura. When this happens the players switch. Player A gets 3 chances to hit the Asfura if its not caught. Players then measure the distance from the goal (starting area). Most Shalleek lengths wins.
ShombaZambiaA dodging, tagging, and cooperative game.UNICEF Traditional Games