I've seen Trolleys made for three and on up to 12 participants. No matter how long you make them, be sure you have a place to store them. Here's a picture of "The Trolley Tree" - a solution for storing 12 participant Trolleys (somewhat) out of the way - near the open field where they are most often used.
Placing the spots in more-or-less of a straight line is very similar to Trolleying The Line (below). If you place the spots close together the best (safest) way to avoid the spots is to turn sideways and then lift one Trolley board at a time to clear the spots (you'll see this strategy in the video below). (Consider this: If a Trolley team decides to walk right over the spots (a viable option), every time a Trolley board is lifted and then set on a spot, participants must make their 360 trek around their Trolleys. It's one way to do it, but it takes a while.)
This is my most recent favorite Trolley challenge - clean and simple. Start the Trolley teams about 20 feet from a long line laid down on the floor/ground (use tape on the floor and a rope outside in the grass - you want to avoid a line the Trolleys could "roll" on. This could cause some added speed to the Trolleys you might want to avoid).
Once the teams know the objective, "Get your team across to the finish area without the Trolley boards touching the line that is in your path" (more rules below), they can orientate their starting position any way. (You will see in the video that two teams decided to start sideways and one starting in the perpendicular position - this is the team that made it to the finish area the fastest. Both strategies are worthy of study.)
Trolleying The Line Set-Up:
The "Journey Area" is 40 feet wide. Set down your tape (indoors) or rope (outdoors in the grass), 20 feet from the starting line. Clearly mark the starting and finishing lines with cones on either end of the invisible line (between the cones).
Trolleying The Line Rules:
- Once the first Trolley board crosses over the starting line, your team is "In Play".
- Once in play, participants are not allowed to touch the floor/ground. If someone from your team touches the ground, all Trolley movement stops. Your entire team must step off the Trolley boards and move around your boards 360 degrees before you can get back on the boards and continue movement towards the finishing area.
- If a Trolley board (or boards) touch the line that is in your path your team must stop all movement, step off the boards, carry the boards back the starting area and begin your journey again.
- To complete the journey your team must move both Trolley boards completely over the finishing line (ending up in the finishing area.
- All teams will get two attempts to cross the 40 foot expanse. Each attempt will be timed. The additional challenge is to see if you can improve your process and record a faster time for the second attempt.
Chris Cavert, Ed.D.