This game is a gym-version of the pool game “sharks and minnows.” Using a basketball court or marking your own, you need a large rectangle. Two kids are chosen as the “launchers” while the rest of the group lines up outside one of the short sides of the rectangle. The launchers stand on either of the long sides of the rectangle, armed with dodge balls or something similar. A leader or youth is the caller. The caller shouts “TORPEDO!” and the kids start to run as fast as they can to get past the line on the other side, where they are safe. While they are running, the launchers try to hit as many people as possible with their dodgeballs, while staying behind their own lines. They usually can only get one good throw in, since they can’t cross the line. Any runner who gets hit must sit down exactly where they are. They are now land mines. Each time the kids torpedo across the room, there are more and more land mines to hit them. The youth on the floor can try to touch the runners or pick a ball and throw it while seated. Anyone touched must sit down too. Eventually you get down to two lonely runners, and then one winner.


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