What Supplies are needed? 6-8 Tables; Ball (We used a gatorball.)

How it’s played?

Ga-ga is played in a large octagon or hexagon called the Ga-ga court. 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 three bounces. After three bounces the ball is in play and the game starts. A popular variation allows the game with only two bounces. The players say “Ga” on the first bounce, and the second bounce follows with the players saying “Ga-ga,” beginning the game. If the ball is caught after a player pops it up (see rule 4 below) then this will repeat. Some variations do not allow catching the ball at all… Sometimes, closed hand hits may be banned.

The rules of Ga-ga are as follows:

  • 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 waist (in some versions, below the knee), 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.
  • If a player hits the ball out of the court, and the ball doesn’t hit anybody, then the player who hit it is out.
  • The player cannot kick the ball. (As this is touching the ball below the waist.)
  • If a player hits the ball out of the arena without touching the Ga-ga wall, ground, or other player’s that player is out.

Adaptation for home play (Ga-ga)
Many places do not have a Ga-ga pit; an enclosed building or area (such as a play room or half basketball court) are used instead.

A common variant for home play is Ga-ga; which entails the same rules as regular Ga-ga, but played in an open area instead of a pit. The rules are then changed to allow infinite hits without rebounds or limiting how many times one can hit the ball before making contact with an opponent.

Ga-ga (ball) is commonly played in an octagonal pit. Overturning tables or benches to their sides to make an octagon is a way to play it at home or in a community gym.1

1. http://en.wikipedia. or g/wiki/Ga-ga