How to Play Gaga Ball


Throw everyone of all skill levels and ages into an octagonal ring. Toss in one soft foam gaga ball and blast some music; the action is about to begin. All players have one hand on the edge of the three-foot-high ring. When the ball hits the ground, they yell "Ga!" When it bounces again, they yell "Ga!" The suspense builds as the ball comes down for a third time and they scream "Go!" Hands come off the rails, feet shuffle and the ball is live.

Standard Rules

  • Once the game has begun, players are free to move around the walled-in octagon. You can only hit the ball with an open hand and cannot hit it twice in a row; it must touch the boundary wall or another player first. Your goal is to eliminate all other players by hitting them with the ball below the knees. Balls striking a player above the knee do not count. You can use the three-foot tall boundary wall to assist in a jumping dodge, but falling out eliminates you. Play continues until one player remains, then another game starts immediately. Games rarely last longer than five minutes.


  • Gaga ball is typically played in a 20-foot-diameter octagonal pen with three-foot-high walls. But an impromptu court can have five or six sides made out of tipped-over folding tables. And rules can vary wildly depending on the court. Some people like to widen the elimination area to anywhere from the waist down. Some eliminate a player for hitting the ball out of bounds. You might run across a game that allows catching the ball out of the air to eliminate the player who hit the pop-up. And some games get intense, playing with more than one ball. Feel free to introduce new rules that maximize fun.


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