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Grade Level: 6-8, 9-12

Castle Ball is like building a “house of cards” out of 4 to 6 hula hoops. This structure will stand on its own but will fall when a ball strikes any part of it. To build the castle teams place one hoop on the floor, four hoops form the sides, and one the top.

Depending on the space available have many games going on at the same time. It works best when teams are 3-on-3 and no more than 4-on-4.

The object of the activity is to try to work with classmates to knock down the castle of the other team, while protecting your own. One point is awarded each time a castle is knocked down, even if a player bumps into hisher own castle. Castles that are knocked down should be set up as quickly as possible so players can continue playing.

The game area is separated by a center line, which players cannot cross to retrieve a ball (this center line is optional–you decide). It is also best to have a throwing line inside each teams area to make sure all balls are thrown from the same distance. Teams are not to throw at castles inside of that line. Players should be encouraged to try different throwing strategies, i.e; different angles, speeds, trajectories, bounced off the wall or the ceiling etc. They should also be encouraged (and even recognized with scoring rewards) to pass the ball to teammates to surprise the defenders or to make sure everyone gets to throw the ball. In defending the castle, players should be alert, on the balls of their feet, and cooperate with their teammates to form strategies that will best defend their “castles”.

SHAPE Grade level Outcomes:


Cooperates with multiple classmates on problem-solving initiatives including adventure activities, large-group initiatives and game play. (S4.M5.8)


Throws with a mature pattern for distance or power appropriate to the activity in a dynamic environment. (S1.M2.7)

Throws, while moving, a leading pass to a moving receiver. (S1.M5.7)

Maintains defensive ready position, with weight on balls of feet, arms extended and eyes on midsection of the offensive player. (S1.M11.6)


After students have mastered the activity using just one ball, add another one to increase
the difficulty level.