Phil Elmer of Outsiders Youth submitted this game called Scatterball. I created the graphic for your use and Phil supplies the instructions. Enjoy.

-All you need is a dodgeball of some sort.
-To start play, ball must be dropped on the x. All players must be touching the wall in order for play to start.
-Once play has started, it is everyone for themselves. There are NO alliances. Having an alliance will result in a 3 game ban.
-You may only take 3 steps once you have possession of the ball. Once you have taken 3 steps you have 5 seconds to throw the ball.
-Once you have thrown the ball, the ball must touch another person before you can pick up the ball again. You cannot throw the ball against the wall and pick it up again if the ball has not touched another player.
-Once you are out, you must sit on the sidelines until the next game. You may not touch the ball if you are out.
-If you get hit in the head with the ball while you are playing, you are not out. There are NO head shots.
-If you throw the ball and it is caught, the player who threw the ball is out.
-If you throw the ball and it hits multiple people before the ball touches the wall, ceiling, or ground, then all those who the ball hit is out.
-If the ball his the ceiling, wall, or ground, it is a dead ball. If the ball touches you after hitting one of these objects, you are NOT out.
-If you throw the ball and it bounces off a player and you catch it, then the player which the ball hit is not out. Both players remain in the game.
-If you leave the playing area while you are playing the game, you are out unless the judge rules otherwise.
-ANY arguing or whining about decisions will result in a 5 game ban.
-In the instance that there is a fight for the ball, a jump ball will be called and both players must retreat to opposite walls. The ball will then again be dropped on the center x for all players still remaining.
-All final decisions are made by the judge (adult).
-Have a good attitude and have fun!

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8 Responses to “SCATTERBALL”

  1. Austin September 19, 2012 at 7:23 am #

    Love it! Easy set up and little supplies. Great game! Will be using it with middle school students soon!


  2. Steve October 4, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    We’ve played this game with one twist – when you get out you have to sit down where you got out. If, while sitting, you touch another player, they are out too (you’re still out). If a ball happens to come to you while you’re sitting, you can get up on your knees and try to throw the ball at someone. If you hit them, they’re out and you’re back in.

    You have to watch for people scooting & rolling around when you play this way, though. You need to enforce that if you’re out, you must sit with your behind firmly planted on the ground.

  3. Hayden November 6, 2012 at 11:55 am #

    My students love this game and we play it all the time. we do a variation that keeps the game going and is high energy which requires even the “out” students to pay attention. when you get out you remember who got you “out” and when they get “out” all of the people they get out come back into the game. this gives and awesome challenge and even though we rarely finish a whole game my students always want to play. winning requires one person to ultimately get every person out.

  4. Ben November 27, 2012 at 7:25 am #

    I just wanted to thank you for this game.

    We played it once a few MONTHS back and have played it nearly every Sunday since. We have a trophy and everything! We have only had a handful of nights were we didnt and wouldn’t you know, they were like “No scatterball?”

    The other comments have been helpful in keeping it fresh and the youth like to add things to it, so it is an organic game that just keeps growing in popularity!

    This has made my youth’s year, friends.

  5. chadswanzy November 27, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    That’s awesome!

  6. Phil Elmer December 27, 2012 at 1:34 pm #

    I am glad you all like the game. Our students are always asking to play it so I figured I would share it with everyone. We have used it for outreach opportunities as well and it amazes me how many students come who would normally not come to youth group. We keep stats on a whiteboard as well and I keep lifetime stats for each student who plays. They like to look at who has the most wins by year and things like that. Glad you all were able to utilize it!

  7. Josh October 7, 2014 at 2:15 pm #

    I do a variant of this with middle school and high school age groups. We call it revenge dodge ball. same rules as above, but if/when the person that got you out gets out, then your back in. With a decent sized group this can last for a really long time.

  8. Shane December 10, 2014 at 12:59 pm #

    This brings me back about 15 years… The best summers of my life were spent playing this game. Always fun, the ball looks a lot different than it did back then. I’d love to find it and get it to watch my nieces and nephews and get that nostalgic feeling back…ahhhhhh :)

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