The new Ga-Ga Pit at Camp Wildwood is assembled and ready for use! Don’t know what a Ga-Ga Pit is? You’re not alone. Ga-Ga is an Israeli version of dodgeball. The game combines dodging, striking, running and jumping with the object of hitting opponents with a ball below the knee while avoiding being hit.
Ga-ga is played in a large octagon or hexagon called the Ga-ga pit. Ga-ga begins with someone throwing the gaga ball up into the air. When it bounces the players say “Ga” each bounce for the first two bounces. Your back should stay on the wall until the three bounces are done. After three bounces the ball is in play and the game starts. Players hit the ball at each other in the ring. A player cannot hit the ball twice in a row unless it bounces off a wall or another person. When a player is hit, he/she leaves the game. A player who hits or knocks the ball out of the pit is also out. If a player catches the ball in the air, the last person to hit the ball is out.
- You can hit the ball with your hands, but picking up the ball and throwing it at a player is not allowed.
- If the ball touches a player anywhere on or below the knee (in some versions, below the ankle), that player is eliminated from the game.
- A player cannot touch the ball two times sequentially; the ball must hit another player or wall before that player can touch the ball again. If the player violates this rule, it is called a double touch and that player is out. Some versions of the game allow double or even triple touches.
- If a player pops the ball up into the air, another player may catch it and ground it. Some variations do not allow catching at all.
- The player cannot kick the ball. (As this is touching the ball below the knee.)
- If a player hits the ball out of the arena without touching the wall, ground, or another player, the player who hit it is out.
- Make sure to step out of the rink to show you’re out
Sound like fun? Register for Summer Camp at Camp Wildwood and challenge your friends to this great, new addition!