9 Square In the Air

In a bit of a counter move to my cruise director post, I want to mention a great game we put into use last night with our middle school and high school students.

We’d played 9 Square in the Air at camp this summer, and everyone had a blast with it. After worship last night, I asked a few of the students to stick around and help me with a project, and as soon as we started pulling out the PVC pipes, they knew what was coming.

9 Square banner

It took about 10 minutes to get everything out of the boxes and set up. 2 hours later, I had to shut the lights off to get the last people to go home! To be honest, the first time I saw the squares set up at camp, it was interesting… but I wasn’t that excited. As soon as the ball came out and the game got going though, it was awesome to see students drawn into the game together. Essentially, it’s like the old playground 4-square got jacked up on stilts and surrounded by another 5 squares. The game moves quickly and is easy enough for anyone to pick up quickly. Your middle school girls will be able to keep right up with the athletes in your group, and your sponsors won’t be begging for mercy and oxygen on the sidelines.

If you’re in some kind of youth work or youth ministry, this is a great game to check into. It does take up some space when it’s set up (an 18′ x 18′ square), but it’s totally worth the floor space (and it’s pretty easy to disassemble if you need to get it out of the way). There’s a $100 discount for faith based organizations, so be sure to ask about that.

Ok. That’s my commercial break for the day. Now back to your regularly scheduled programming.

What other games are your students loving right now?

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