- Nancy Pearcy
The Eight Grade left on Monday moring to go to Windsor Mountain. We would stay there until midday on Wednesday sleeping in cabins with our advisor groups, as well as doing all of our scheduled activities with them. We had a lot of free time between periods and most of the grade spent it playing Ping Pong, Tether Ball, or Ga Ga Ball. I played a lot of Ga Ga Ball. Ga Ga Ball is a game that is played with as many people that can fit inside of the octagon shaped pit, with walls about three feet high along with a gravel floor.
You start with everyone touching the side of the Ga Ga pit, and then someone throws the ball up into the air. Next, all of the players stay on the side until it bounces three times. Then you try to whack the ball so it hits someone in the knee or below. If you succeed in hitting them with the ball they are out. You then repeat this process. The last man standing wins. Then you start the game over again and everyone is back in.
When you play with a large group of people, no one wants to be the first person out or be out really early in the game. In order to avoid being hit in these first few minutes of chaos, some people stay still on the side of the pit trying to draw the least amount of attention as possible. The problem with this is sometimes the ball goes to unexpected places and can hit you. Some people add to the confusion as much as they can by running wildly and smacking the ball as hard as they can in any direction, and they usually end up being the first people out. My favorite strategy for surviving the first few minutes is to always keep the ball in sight so you know where it is and how to dodge it, but also stay as far away from the ball as you can. The Eight Grade trip was a blast, and playing Ga Ga Ball was definitely one of the main reasons!