Castle Ball

Designate a large play area with clear boundaries that has room for students to run. Castle Ball is like building a “house of cards” out of 6 hula hoops (or cones). The structure will stand on its own but will fall when a ball strikes any part of it. To build the castle teams place one hoop on the floor, four hoops form the sides, and on the top. Split group into 2 teams. Try to knock down the castle of the other team, while protecting your own. One point is awarded each time a castle is knocked down, even if a player bumps into his/her own castle. Castles that are knocked down should be set up as quickly as possible so players can continue playing. The game is separated by a center line, which players cannot cross to retrieve a ball. It is also best to have a throwing line inside each team’s area to make sure all balls are thrown from the same distance. Teams are not to throw at castles any closer than that line. Players should be encouraged to pass the ball to teammates to surprise the defenders or to make sure everyone gets to throw the ball. In defending the castle, players should be alert, on the balls of their feet, and cooperate with their teammates to form strategies that will best defend their “castles”. Once a castle is knocked down a new round is started.


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