Dodge ball is another favorite for inside games (we have a nice gym we can play it in). And, dodge ball is a game with a myriad ways of playing.
Our favorite way:
The players are divided into two teams. They like to use as many kick balls as they can get their hands on–usually between six to ten (but we have a large area and often as many as 25 students in one game.) You need a center line and a prison line at the back of each team’s playing area. If a student gets hit with a ball before it touches the ground he goes to the opposing team’s prison area. He can go free if he can get his hands on a free ball without leaving the prison area. (This is a variation of the idea that if he can get his hands on a ball and then hit an opposing team member he is free. This is less complicated for younger players.) The object is to get all of one team caught in the opposing prison.
Some issues we’ve dealt with include
Does it count if they get hit on the head? It depends on the year, the age, and the teacher’s preference.
Can one reach across the center line to get a ball? Usually no, but again depends on the teacher’s preference.
What about the timid girls who dislike dodgeball because of the bigger, athletic boys who throw hard? Some years we will divide the court into a hard throw section and a soft throw section. If you don’t want to get hit by a hard ball, stay in the soft throw section. If you want to use all of your skill, you may do so in the hard throw section but if you throw hard in the soft throw section you are caught.
What about hitting a just freed person as soon as they cross the center line? If this becomes a problem we usually say that no one can hit them until they turn around. This usually happens when you have skilled players taking advantage of unskilled players.
And if it gets down to one or two non-skilled players who are not caught and the game is dragging…the teacher declares a winner and we start over.