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Posted by on Mar 14, 2016 in Games for Large Groups | 0 comments

Team Keep Away

Team Keep Away

Large team game you may remember from the schoolyard…

Players: 4+

Equipment: Ball (I Use This One w/ Great Grip), Large Space, Jerseys/Pinnies

Game: Split everyone into 2 even teams in a large playing area with a ball.  The objective of each team is to control the ball for as long as possible while avoiding being tagged and losing control of the ball to the other team.  Once any team has controlled the ball for 60 seconds they win.  To control the ball a player must hold the ball and start counting LOUDLY up from one (make them count slowly – you can use the “Mississippi Method”).  The players from the other team will try to tag this person while they are counting.  If a player holding the ball is tagged, or their ball hits the ground, the game is stopped and the other team gets control of the ball.  Players can also pass the ball to their teammates who then continue the LOUD counting up from the current team number.  Each team starts at one the first time they control the ball.  As coach, your job is to blow the whistle if a player controlling the ball is tagged and give the ball to other team to start.

Here’s a quick and dirty version we did at boot camp:


  • Losing Control: When a player loses control of the ball (ie: they are tagged, drop a good pass, or throw a bad pass) they must leave the playing field and do 10 burpees before returning to action. is a totally free, ad-free web site run by me, a regular ‘ol boot camp instructor.  If you appreciate the content here and want to see more, please consider purchasing Cards Against Obesity, the fun fitness card game I created and use with my own clients, or my new eBook with over 40 premium fitness games.  Thanks for your support!