The same rules as Dodgeball, but played with the big sized marshmallows. It’s a lot softer to get hit with a marshmallow than a big rubber ball. Plus imagine the fun of seeing and trying to dodge a hailstorm of marshmallows being flung your way! If you make it through without getting hit in this game, you are the man/woman!!!
Played with two teams, each on one side of a good size room with a line in the middle evenly dividing the two sides. They have to be touching the wall with their body, foot, butt, or hand. The starter yells out, “One, Two, Three, Dodgeball.” At the word ‘Dodgeball’, the teams run up to get the marshmallows (4-5 max depending on the number of kids, you be the judge) sitting on the center line. Then the fun begins. All players must be in-between the center line and the free throw line/boundary line. The only time a player can go behind their free throw line is to retrieve a marshmallow. When a player is hit (anywhere on the body) he/she is out. The ‘hit player’ goes to the designated ‘Out’ sideline. They start lining up from the center line back to their side’s wall. They can go back into the game when one of their team members catches a marshmallow.
You’re out when:
. Someone catches the marshmallow you throw
. You hit someone but it bounces off them w/o touching the ground and then another one of their players catch it – you’re out and they both stay in (plus, they get an ‘out’ player back in for them)
. The marshmallow hits you or your clothes, even a slight brush of the marshmallow.
. The marshmallow hits a fellow teammate then bounces off them and then hits you – you’re both out (When the marshmallow hits the ground it’s dead – you can’t get out from a bounced or grounded marshmallow)
Remember to make sure you have at least a couple of adult leaders helping “judge” this one. There is so much to look at and try to observe. Have fun!
Jonathan McKee is the author of over twenty books including the brand new The Guy's Guide to FOUR BATTLES Every Young Man Must Face; The Teen’s Guide to Social Media & Mobile Devices; If I Had a Parenting Do Over; and the Amazon Best Seller - The Guy's Guide to God, Girls and the Phone in Your Pocket. He speaks to parents and leaders worldwide, all while providing free resources for youth workers on TheSource4YM.com. Jonathan, his wife Lori, and their three kids live in California.