Advance through the 9 squares of the game to the center square and remain there for as long as possible.
The game starts with a player occupying the center square, becoming the king/queen. the player serves the ball to any other square. The ball is then hit out of the top of the receiving player’s square and into another square. Each player is limited to hitting the ball once per turn. The game continues following this pattern until a player is eliminated.
NOTE: Players who want to join the game wait in a line at this location.
How To Advance
A player lets the ball fall through their square
A player double touches the ball
A player hits the ball out of bounds
A player touches either the rope or the poles
A player holds onto the ball
A player acts like a poor sport
When a player is eliminated, they will have to exit their spot and return to square one, unless there is a line of players waiting to join. In that case, the eliminated player will have to join the back of the line and wait for their turn to re-enter the game.
The remaining players will continue to play in a clockwise manner, with each player moving up to fill the empty square. The game will continue until all 9 squares are filled, and the center player serves the ball to begin the next round.
Each time a player is eliminated from the game, the king/queen in the center square earns a point. Before starting the game, decide on the winning condition – either the game ends when a player accumulates a certain number of points (such as 7 points), or when a certain time limit is reached (such as 5 minutes) and the player with the most points at that time is declared the winner.
Players can enjoy the game without keeping track of points. The main objective is to make it to the center square and stay there for as long as possible, adding an element of fun and excitement to the game.
New players can join in on the game at any time, giving everyone a chance to feel like a winner if they make it to the center square.
Set Up Instructions
Watch the video or download the PDF above.
One person can do it alone in about 12 minutes! If you have four friends, about 5 minutes. BOO-yah! Let’s play!
When it’s time to pack up, focus a extra few moments to pack intentionally, like you would if packing a parachute, so it’s ready to deploy easily and quickly the next time you play.