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Here are two tried-and-true, super fun games to play with little equipment if you have a gym or other large room:

Guard Your Line

Object of Game
To score points by kicking the ball across the opposing team’s line

Equipment Needed
An indoor soccer ball or other soft ball

How the Game Is Played
Divide the students into two teams. Have each of the two teams stand on opposite baselines of the gym. Assign each player a number from one to however many students there are. Place the ball in the middle of the gym at the start of the round. Call a number (or two or three numbers once the students get the hang of the game), and the players with this (these) number(s) will run out to the middle of the gym. They try to kick the ball across the opposing team’s baseline. The players on the line will play defense. If the ball crosses the line at shoulder height or below, the team that kicked it across will receive a point. The defenders may not use their hands or catch the ball. They can use any other body part to block the ball.

Basketball-Baseball

Object of Game
To score the most runs possible

Equipment Needed
A basketball

How the Game Is Played
Divide the group into as many teams as you’d like. One team will be “at bat” at a time. This team will line up at one of the baselines. The first player in line will be up to bat first. He or she will roll the basketball anywhere in the gym. All the other players from the other teams are spread out throughout the whole playing area. From these teams, one person will be chosen to be the designated shooter. Once the ball is put into motion by the player at bat, all the fielders must work together to pass the ball to the designated shooter. The shooter will try to make a basket in the basketball goal at the opposite end of the gym from where the team at bat is lined up. The person who was at bat will try to run to the opposite end of the gym (touching the wall) and back before the shooter can make a basket. If he or she succeeds in doing this, a run is scored. If the shooter makes a basket before the player returns, then the runner is out. The inning is over when there are three outs, and another team will then have a turn to “bat.”