Spider Ball Game
Spider ball is a variant style of playing dodgeball that is just novel enough to keep the kids excited for something new while still offering the usual benefits of a fun exercise: pumping hearts, circulating blood and positively making use of that overwhelming amount of energy that small children seem to have.
You will need the following items for a spider ball game.
- Volley balls. 1-3 should suffice.
- An enclosed space.
Non-Team Play Set-Up
If you intend to play the game as a free-for-all, begin by giving two or three children a ball to start the festivities.
Team Play Set-Up
If the game is to be team-based, only one team member on each side should be given a ball.
How Spider Ball is Similar to and Different from Dodgeball
A spider ball game follows most of the same rules as a game of dodgeball.
- Throwers throw a ball in the hope that it hits a player on the other side of the field.
- All players are free to move within half of the field.
- Players struck by a thrown ball, ideally below the face or the waist, are considered “out.”
- Players who avoid or catch a ball with their hands become throwers.
- Players who become out are still able to participate as a “spider.”
- Spiders can still contribute to play but must keep at least one limb in contact with a boundary, such as a wall (or a net, for those wanting to emphasize the spider part of the game’s name) at all times. A spider is able to throw a ball so long as it comes close enough for him to reach it while maintaining contact with the boundary.
- Play continues until all players become spiders.
How Team Play Differs from the Regular Game
- In a team game, one team consists of spiders and the other are “flies.”
- Spiders continue to follow the normal rules for that role and flies that become out must either sit down in the space where they were hit, serving as a potential obstacle for other flies to avoid being hit, or leave the field of play.
Horizontal Spider Ball
- In this version of the game, the floor is treated as the wall.
- All players sit on the floor with their arms outstretched from their body.
- Players keep their hands flat on the floor, keeping their fingers splayed out away from their body.
- Movement involves lifting a midsection off of the floor and only moving with feet and arms, mimicking the method in which a spider moves about.
- The referee then throws between one and three balls into play.
- The goal of this game is to kick a ball into the opposing side’s goal.
- A kick is only a legal move if the player keeps both of his hands planted on the ground.
- A kick made with only a single hand planted on the ground is considered a foul ball.
- The penalty for a foul ball is passing the ball to the other side.