- One object starts in each line.
- An object must be tossed by a player from one line to a player in the other line.
- All players in the game are required to toss each object at least two times.
- All players in the game are required to catch each object at least two times.
- If an object is dropped, the challenge is re-started.
- Tosses begin when the timer says, "GO!"
- Time stops after each player has tossed and caught each object at least once.
With Younger Groups:
- Move the lines closer together.
- Use larger tossables like beach balls.
- Roll the tossables - use volleyballs or basketballs.
With Older Groups:
- Move the lines farther apart.
- Use smaller objects like stress balls or tennis balls.
- Use "different" objects like rubber chickens, stuffed animals or flying discs (e.g., Frisbee).
- Add more tossables, for example, start a tossable at both ends of each line (4 total tossables in play) - I like to use this one to experience managing multiple tasks.
- Set the lines down on angles so one end is wider than the other (e.g., >).
- Start with just one tossable.
With that said, simple does not always mean easy. I have experienced groups that breeze through the challenge, ready for more. And, I have seen groups struggle through the process because they are still working on behaviors they need to function together efficiently. That's what we're all about, right? To help our groups find the behaviors they need to function together in positive ways - ways that help, not hinder.
All the best,
Chris Cavert, Ed.D.