I’ve always wanted to post up two games on the Stash but I’ve often hesitated given the intensity of impact they produce. More than likely you’ve seen these games before and possibly have played them.
Anything can happen at any given event. A night of Ninja Feet seems safe but there is always a chance that the kid in flip flops will get owned. Accidents can happen. Supervision, awareness, and clarity of instructions are always your best friends when you play a game.
That being said, the following two high impact games require you to be selective and strategic. If there was a danger rating these two games would receive five band-aids out of five. Play these games on carpet or outside on soft ground. Do not play on concrete. You’re just asking for it. Give kids a helmet. Do not mismatch kids such as pitting your bearded 6’2′ senior against an incoming sixth grader.
Mattress Mash - Acquire two twin sized mattresses. Recruit two volunteers or call up two volunteers of equal strength, weight, and agility. Station leaders near the kids to spot them at impact. Each volunteer will line up across from their opponent. The volunteer holds the mattress up, in front of them, and off the ground so that they can run with it as if it were a full body shield. Helmets required. On “go” both kids run toward each other with their mattresses in front of them. Two things are happening here. 1. They cant see each other. 2. They are moving toward at each other at an accelerated pace.
When they collide there will be one left standing. The one who owns the least amount of rebound wins.
Trash Smash – Line two kids across from each other. Place a 30 gallon trash can over their head. Have them run toward each other. Same principles apply. 1. They can’t see each other. 2. They are moving at an accelerated pace. This came has also been played with four people at four corners converging in the middle at a cross. I have seen other groups play Trash Smash as a relay collecting points for the most successful attempts at crossing without colliding involving the whole group as four teams.
With Both Games – Some leaders have placed tape on the ground for kids to line themselves up with as they journey down the path. It will certainly increase the likelihood of a collision. Some leaders forego the recruitment of students and pit leaders against each other in a single elimination tournament lasting an entire series with one victor on the last night that kids and small groups can cheer on.
Warning – Of these two games, Mattress Mash is the most volatile. Execute at your own risk and consult your team prior to execution. Enjoy.