Wells Branch is full of summer fun with swimming, tennis, soccer, basketball, camps and just riding and hiking around the trails. This summer you will see a new addition to that summer fun with GaGa ball pits located at the recreation center and in Katherine Fleischer park close to the volley ball courts.
Gaga is a fast paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit. Ga-ga (literally 'touch-touch' in Hebrew) is a variant of dodgeball. The game combines dodging, striking, running, and jumping, while trying to hit opponents with a ball below the knees. The object, of course, is to be the last person standing. The more players the better!
The Wells Branch MUD Parks and Recreation team learned about this game from families returning from summer camps saying GaGa ball was the most fun they had while on vacation! This game became popular among Jewish camps during the 1970's and has seen a huge resurgence recently at camps, schools, and youth activity centers outside of the Jewish community. To some it is known as Israeli Dodgeball, Octo-Ball, or Panda Ball. It is commonly believed that the game was brought to the US Jewish summer camps by Israeli camp counselors.
Gaga Ball is a fun, easy game to learn and play. The basic object of the game is to eliminate your opponents by striking the ball and having it hit them below the knee (or waist) while trying to avoid being hit yourself. The game can be a one on one match up game or simply a larger group of individuals each playing against the group. To increase the fun and action for larger groups, often a second ball can be put into play as well. As with any playground game, the actual details of the GaGa Ball game rules will vary from location to location.
Have a great summer!