Five Pass

This game builds team work and strategic thinking
1 small ball. Larger than a tennis ball, but smaller than a volleyball
team markers (color specific bandanas,wristbands, or jerseys)

1. Divide the group into two even teams.
2. Give each team member a color specific marker (bandana, wristband, jersey, etc). The game is so fast pasted that without the team markers it can be difficult to remember which players are on which team.
3. Define the parameters for the play area.
4. You should have a space that is at least the size of a basketball court.
(photo A)

How to Play

1. The goal is for each team to throw the ball to one of their teammates 5 times in a row.
2. Each teammate has to throw the ball to a different teammate. Meaning if person A throws the ball to person B, person B cannot throw it back to personA. It must be a different team member.
3. 5 successful throws IN A ROW within one team equals 1 point for that team.
4. In the meantime, the opposite team tries their best to intercept any balls that are thrown.
5. However, all players must be AT LEAST 3 FEET away from the player that is holding the ball.
6. Hands may not be used to push or block people out of the way, but they can reach out to intercept throws and catches.
7. If Team B intercepts the ball, they now try to pass it 5 times within their own team to ear a point. Team A would then try and intercept.
8. Play continues back and forth with each team obtaining the ball until game time is up or until a specific number of points has been earned.
9. *NOTE-If a team member accidentally drops the ball or it hits the ground instead of being caught, it is given to the opposite team to start again.
10. *NOTE- Once a team has 5 successful throws in a row, and earns a point, the ball is given to the opposite team to continue.
(photo 13)


1. Players generally want to throw long and far passes to their teammates. Unfortunately, these have a greater likelihood of hitting the ground or being intercepted. Thus the best strategy is short and near throws.
2. It's also best if teammates spread out and use verbal cues to help direct the person that has the ball.
3. Remind players they cannot push, block, or shove opposite team members out of the way.
4. Stress teamwork and collaborations so the game remains fun and light instead of stressful!

Activity Length
Indefinite (as long as you want!)
Competitive (has winners and losers)
Use your noodle! (challenging; focus required)
Mess Factor
Clean and tidy
Noise Level
Total chaos
Number of Players
10 to 20
Prep Time
No prep time needed!
Space Needed
Large (gym, outdoor field, reception hall)
Team Division
Teamwork! (divide into teams)