|"Victims" of the "Blink Killer"|
On Tuesday, after telling our group that day about the jellyfish tracking app, I taught them the repeat-after-me Jellyfish Song (with accompanying dance moves), which was surprisingly popular: "Arms up/Wrists together/Elbows together...Do the jellyfish, the jellyfish, the jellyfish-fish" etc.
But most exciting was the unveiling of Ga-ga Ball, played in a newly built octagonal pen in the upper field. Last week, we saw folks from Quincy Rec constructing the mysterious wooden play structure by the pavilion, and a couple days ago we had our first chance to try it out. Ga-ga Ball is a huge hit, and we've played round after round since then! The rules are as follows (according to the official website of The Gaga Center):
- All players start with one hand touching a wall of the pit.
- The game begins with a referee throwing the ball into the center of the pit.
- When the ball enters the pit, the players scream 'GA' for the first two bounces, and 'GO' on the third bounce, after which the ball is in action.
- Once the ball is in play, any player can hit the ball with an open or closed hand.
- If a ball touches a player below the knee (even if the player hits himself or herself) he or she is out and leaves the pit. If a player is hit above the knees, the play continues.
- If a ball is caught on a fly, the player who hit the ball is out.
- Using the walls of the octagon to aid in jumping is legal as long as the player does not permanently sit on the ledge of the octagon.
- Players cannot hold the ball.
- If needed, a second ball can be thrown in the pit to expedite the end of the game. The last player standing is the winner of that round.
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