Save the King

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Save the King

This friendlier version of dodgeball features softer, no-sting balls and a team strategy that gets players to work together.

What you'll need

  • Chalk
  • 2 foam balls or socks stuffed with other socks

How to play

  1. Setup: Draw the playing area by drawing four parallel lines across the driveway. Create 2 outer spaces 5 feet deep and, between them, a 10-foot-long section of no-man's land, a safe zone.

  2. Divide the players into 2 teams and give each a ball. The rules here are like those for regular dodgeball, but before play begins, each team designates 1 player as their king.

  3. At "Go," players begin throwing the balls at the opposing team. If a player is hit by a ball, he's out; if he catches one, the thrower is out.

  4. The ball is neutral, so it can be used as a shield to block throws. And here's the kicker: if a king gets hit, his entire team loses!

  5. Players can enter the designated No Man's Land area to get balls, but you can't throw -- or be hit -- in here.

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