Type of game:
Ball Game
Character of the game:
Non-Competitive
Country of origin:
Kiribati
Aim of the game:
To keep the ball moving in the air without touching the ground, using the feet to pass to teammates.
Number of players:
Multi Player
As many as you like - enough to from a circle
Age
15 +
Difficulty:
Hard
Area of play:
A clear space - this doesn't have to be particularly large, the game is often played in backyards and most of Kiribati's islands are very narrow.
Indoor Outdoor
Equipment
Ball A ball. This is usually made form local materials - such as knotting dry leaves from a Panadanas tree.
Motor skills
Coordination Balance Speed
Social skills
Cooperation Team building Socializing
Cognitive skills
equipment
Background
For hundreds of years this game, also called 'Tapping the ball', has been played in the remotest islands of Kiribati.
Set up:
  • A clear space - this does not have to be particularly large
  • The game is often played in backyards and most of Kiribati's islands are very narrow.
Rules
  • The players form a circle. Once player stands in the middle of the circle. They kick a ball a short distance into the air.
  • The person nearest then takes over and kicks the ball on - never allowing it to drop on the ground.
  • One after another, the players kick the call to each other. The ball can be passed back to the player in the middle as well.
  • THe ball should not be allowed to fall to the ground. Everyone should get a chance to participate. If any players drops the ball, they are out and have to leave the circle until a fresh round starts once every player has had a chance to kick the ball.
Teaching Styles:
  • Ensure players are warmed up.
  • Provide clear and simple instruction
  • Safety instructions to be tailored to the environment and participants playing the game.
  • Encourage players to communicate between each other.
Rules:
  • Ball can bounce once between passes.
  • Only five people per game.
  • Ball cannot be passed to a player immediately next to you
Environment:
  • Ensure the playing area is clear from objects that could hurt the players while running around - such as, in Kiribati, shells, coral and rocks that are embedded in the sand. In Kiribati players usually go barefoot.
  • Increase/Decrease the size of the playing area. 
Equipment:
  • Use a smaller/larger ball
Background
For hundreds of years this game, also called 'Tapping the ball', has been played in the remotest islands of Kiribati.