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Kids are Going Gaga Over Gaga Ball

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Gaga Ball pits are springing up on school playgrounds across the country. It’s become a recess favorite, but many adults are still unfamiliar with the game. Although it seems new, Gaga Ball’s origins can be traced back to the 1970s, when a teen counselor at Camp Milldale in Maryland created a makeshift dodgeball pit. Steven Steinberg – then just 17 years old – placed benches on their sides to keep the balls from rolling away. Campers loved the game, and it was eventually replicated at other summer camps along the east coast.

The rules of Gaga Ball are very similar to dodgeball. All players start with one hand touching a wall of the pit. When the referee throws the ball into the pit, the players scream ‘Ga’ for the first two bounces, and ‘Go’ on the third bounce, after which the ball is in action. Players can hit the ball with an open or closed hand. If a ball touches a player below the knee he or she is out and leaves the pit. Players hit above the knee remain in the game. The last player standing is the winner of that round. There are several variations of the game, and many schools have created their own Gaga Ball rules.

Gaga Ball has come a long way from its makeshift beginnings. You can now purchase modular kits to build your own pit. Instead of wood, the panels are constructed of weatherproof PVC plastic to withstand sun, water and temperature fluctuations.

Ready to bring Gaga Ball to your playground? Check out our new line of Gaga Ball pits from Action Play Systems.

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