Youth Group Game: Scatterball

Here’s an easy game, for a medium to large group, involving little setup or supplies. Scatterball is basically dodgeball with a twist. The twist being that no one is ever really out. I read several different versions of the game, and we altered them a bit to fit our group. Here’s how we did it:

1. Everyone starts out on the edge of the room touching a wall, or in our case on the basketball out of bounds line.

2. The ball is thrown up in the middle of the gym.

3. One youth grabs the ball, they have three steps and 5 seconds in which to throw the ball at someone.

4. If they hit someone, that person is out, and has to sit down. Just like dodgeball


5. If you are sitting down, and the ball comes to you, you can throw it at someone standing up.

6. If someone sitting, hits someone standing, they standing person sits, and the sitting person is back in the game.

That’s basically the idea. We played till there were about 5 people standing, and then I called “All In” and had everyone get back into the game. We basically had one continuous game going for about 30 minutes.

Here are a few sites with variations of Scatterball and other great ideas.

Creative Youth Ideas – Scatterball

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  1. […] Scatterball – This has easily become my groups favorite game. It’s a version of dodgeball, but no one ever really gets out. Basically everyone  is in the room. Throw the ball in the air, and someone grabs it. They have 5 seconds and can take 3 steps before throwing the ball. If you get hit, you sit down. If you are sitting down and a ball comes near you, you can pick it up and throw it at someone standing up. If they get hit, they sit down, and you are back in. Read more about Scatter Ball. […]

  2. […] One of my favorite games that my friend Andrew Zirschky taught me is called Scatterball. It’s essentially like dodgeball, except no one ever gets out. You all stand in the middle, yell “SCATTERBALL!” and throw the ball into the air. Kids get 2 steps with the ball, and you try and hit people like in dodgeball. But once you’re hit, you simply sit down and remain in play. You can’t move, but you can still grab the ball if it comes to you, or if it’s thrown to you by someone, and hit other people. For another description with a variation, click here. […]

  3. […] Scatterball. It’s dodgeball, but without teams. Everyone versus everyone. Basically, it’s complete and utter chaos, aka, youth ministry gold. You should try it out. […]

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