Giant Stingball

11 December 2007 — Leave a comment

This is one of our favourite games at Ignite and we play it all the time!

It works like traditional stingball where everyone is in the centre of a large room or hall and leaders (or those nominated to be ‘on’) are stationed around the outside. When the game starts, the ones on the outside throw balls into the middle to try and hit everyone else. If someone gets touched by one of the balls, then they are out and have to come and sit at the side. The game continues until only one or two are left in.

We call this version Giant Stingball though because instead of using kickballs or sponge balls, we use giant exercise balls which are harder to avoid and bounce off people! The young people love diving out the way Indiana Jones-style to avoid getting hit.

In order to make it safer and fairer, we usually say that balls have to touch people below their knees in order for it to count. This avoids head shots!

This game works best with lots of people but you can play with about 10 individuals.

Equipment Needed:

  • A large Hall
  • 2 or 3 Excercise Balls (used for aerobics)


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I am a qualified youth worker, writer and consultant based in Littlehampton, UK. I've worked in the voluntary youth sector for over 12 years, am married to Kirsty and we have two daughters named Hope and Eloise. Check out 'Journeying Together: Growing Youth Work and Youth Workers in Local Communities' and read my opening chapter.

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