GaGa Ball Comes to Edgewood Homes
- on April 7, 2015
GaGa Ball Comes to Edgewood
And the fun begins!
Thanks to a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, the Full Circle Youth Program recently constructed a GaGa Ball pit at Edgewood Homes. This gives individuals of any size, age or athletic ability another way to play and be physically active in their neighborhood.
The Full Circle Youth Program’s ZOMBIE (Zoning, Outside, Movement, Body image, Ingredients, Exercise) Health Initiative encourages healthy habits among the youth participating in the out-of-school program. GaGa Ball encourages individuals to be active through play. The pace of this game allows participants to play for extended periods of time without overexertion. The first day the GaGa pit was available youth played for nearly three hours.
According to Coach Cliff’s GaGa Ball Pits at http://www.gagaballpits.com/
GaGa Ball is believed to have originated in Israel, and slowly spread across the U.S. over several decades. Ga means "hit" or "touch" in Hebrew. In the rules of GaGa ball, the ball must touch the ground two times before it is considered in play, hence the name. GaGa Ball consists of a lightweight bouncy or foam ball and an octagon enclosure known as the "GaGa Ball Pit." The object of the game is to hit the ball at or below opponents' knees to eliminate them from the pit. The last one left in the GaGa Ball Pit is the winner.
Youth and staff of the Full Circle program were first introduced to the game of GaGa Ball while at the program’s annual summer camp at Tall Oaks in Linwood, Kansas. It quickly became a favorite among youth and prompted staff to seek an opportunity for funding to bring the game to the Edgewood community.