Age Range: All age groups
Materials: 1 tennis ball (or similar)
Each player chooses the name of a different country, and everyone makes sure that they know each others identity. All the players stand in a circle, with the “It” in the middle holding a tennis ball.
The “It” then throws the ball up in the air as high as he can, and yells out the name of one of the countries.The player who represents that country tries to catch the ball. The others run for their lives, as fast as they can. If the ball is caught, the catcher throws it straight up again, yelling out another country, and that player must run back and get it. If the player doesn’t catch the ball on the run, as soon as the ball is picked up, he screams out “Stop”. Everyone must stop where he or she is.
The catcher then looks to see who is closest, and is allowed to take one hop, step and jump towards his “prey”. Once this is done, the catcher throws the ball at his victim and tries to gently hit him. The victim is not allowed to dodge the ball. If the catcher hits his target, his target takes the ball and everyone goes back to the circle to repeat the game.
If the catcher misses his target,he throws the ball up and yells out another country and the game continues. Keep playing till everyone has had a turn. This is a great bootcamp fitness game for when you have a little time left over in your class or when you have some bootcampers who finish the workout early and are just standing around. You can get creative with the basic version of this game and make it tougher with a just a little tweaking.