Throwing games

Catch Challenge

Minimum 10 athletes
Age: 8 and up
Equipment needed: tennis balls (one for each pair playing)

Each player begins by throwing the ball back and forth to each other (either underhand or overhand) until one of the players in the pair drops the ball.

If the player drops the ball, they must do the following and remain in that position to continue throwing and catching:

  • First drop: down on one knee
  • Second drop: Down on two knees
  • Third drop: Down on two knees and one elbow
  • Fourth drop: Down on two knees and two elbows
  • Fifth drop: The pair is eliminated from the game

The game continues until only one pair remains or for a set period of time. To make the game more challenging, increase the distance between the pairs after a set number of throws.

Juggle Bungle

Minimum 5 athletes ages six and up.

Participants stand in a circle, each participant receiving a number.

Determine a throwing pattern around the circle. For example 1 throws to 4; who throws to 2; who throws to 5; who throws to 3; who throws back to 1.

Start with one ball and practice the pattern. When the group has mastered the activity with one ball, a second ball is introduced by having two people start throwing at the same time.

The activity may be made more difficult by introducing three balls and so on up to however many athletes are in the group.

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