An active team-building sports game

How To Play Benchball

Materials Needed

Benches-enough that everyone could stand on them

Start with half the benches at on end of the hall and the other half at the other. Split the group up into two teams at opposite ends of the hall. Players should select one member of their team to be the 'goal'. The 'goal' starts on their bench at the opposite end of the hall.

To start toss the ball up in the air in the middle of the hall. Netball rules when the player has the ball; no tackling, stepping or bounching of the ball. Players must pass between their team mates to get the ball to the 'goal'. If the 'goal' catches the ball the player who threw it joins the 'goal' on the bench. This player now can catch the ball aswell. Once one team has got another player on the bench the ball is handed to the opposite team. The point of the game is to get all the members of your team onto your bench before the other team does.

When there is only a few members of one team left that team can bounch the ball off the wall to get it down to the other end. If someone falls off the bench they must stay on the ground and throw the ball to their bench again before they can get back up. Players cannot pull others off the bench.

Get the younger/smaller/less sporty people up onto the bench first, if you leave them till last they will never get on the bench.
Use taller people to defend the bench, they can jump and hit the ball away.

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on 9 November 2012


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If someone catches the ball but falls off and throws the ball in the air without the person or ball hitting the floor and someone else on the bench catches it, does it still count?

Posted by Robbie Cowley 5 years ago

We play a variation of this game. We use many balls (the more variety the better) and we divide the gym in half with each team staying on their own half. The point is to throw a ball to the "goal" on the opposite side with one team mate catching. If he/she catches it, they go and be a "goal" as well. First team to get all their team on the bench wins

Posted by Blake 9 years ago
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