Top 4 Games for Students

As a youth pastor, it is good to have a couple games in your back pocket just in case! Here are my top 4 games to play on youth group nights:

Sit Ball

  • Kick ball (softer the better)
  • 4 large bean bags
Like baseball, the object is to score more runs than the opposing team. In short, games are played with two teams (no less than 5 players per team), no head shots, once a runner reaches a base they must sit criss cross applesauce on the bean bag to either stop the play or get up and keep running. No face shots. Bunting is allowed so get a good catcher on your team. 2 Outs, 3 strikes, 2 fouls per player.

9 Square in the Air

Be the “King” of the game for as long as you can. 1. The “king” serves the ball from the center square to any other square they choose by hitting the ball up and out of the top of the center game square. 2. Players must return the ball to another player’s square. 3. If a player fails to return the ball to another player’s square, that player is out. 4. A double hit results in elimination. 5. During game play, players are not allowed to touch the game structure. Touching the game structure results in elimination. 6. When a player is out, they leave their square and move to the end of the line. The other players advance to fill the square of the player who just got out. Click here for detailed game rules

4 Square

  • Tape,
  • large ball
One player is in each square and the other players wait in line. The player in square A or 1 is the server. That player begins the play of the game. A standard four square area is one large square, 10’ x 10’ divided into four smaller squares (5’ x 5’), and each box is labeled A, B, C, D or 1, 2, 3, 4. The box labeled A or 1 contains a smaller service box (1.5’ x 1.5’) located in the far outside corner of the square. Play begins when the server drops the ball once into her/his square then hits it into a different square (serves the ball). The server must keep both feet in the service box until the serve is completed. The ball can only bounce once in any square. Each player needs to hit the ball with any part of his/her hand into an opposing player’s square after it has bounced only once in their his/her square. If the ball lands on a line, or goes out of bounds before it bounces, the player who hit the ball needs to return to the waiting/cheering line for another try. If a player hits the ball and it bounces again in her/his square, s/he also needs to return to the waiting line. If a player catches or holds the ball, that player needs to return to the waiting line. If the ball bounces more than one time before it is hit into another square, the player who let the ball bounce needs to return to the waiting line for another try. If the ball is returned before it is allowed to bounce, the player who returned the ball early needs to return to the waiting line. Anytime a player moves out of the game into the waiting line, a square is left open. The person in front of the line advances to square D or 4, and the remaining players advance to close the gaps between A or 1 and D or 4. Click here for detailed game rules.

Chair Tag

Items: chairs
Make sure all players understand how to tag safely. Review that everyone gets one turn, and that students should ‘take’ the spot of the player they’ve tagged. Classroom/gym with chairs and space to move. Everyone begins standing behind his/her chair. A player is chosen to begin, and s/he must quickly tag another player and take his/her chair. The player that’s been tagged must tag another player and take his/her spot. Each player may only have one turn per round (tip – have players raise their hands if they have not had a turn yet). Each player has 5 seconds to tag another player, and the adult facilitates the game by counting down loudly for each student. Players can move in pairs. Players can have more or less time. Players can be required to do a special “hi-five” to “tag” someone. Players in the class can work together as a team to reach a certain time goal. Click here for detailed game rules.
I love these games as they are fun, interactive and anyone can play - not just students! 
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