Before You Start:
- Have players spread out standing up in the available space.
- Explain the rules of play and check for understanding with yes or no questions.
- You will need one medium size ball, any that is appropriate for the players catching skill level.
How to Play:
- Leader counts down, “3, 2, 1, silent” and passes the ball to another person in the play area.
- A player must sit down if:
- S/he drops the ball.
- S/he makes a bad pass.
- They talk or make noise.
- Play continues until only one person remains.
- Last player standing gets to be first to throw the ball in the next round.
- All players who were sitting may return to play at the start of a new round.
- If game is progressing slowly, add a challenge by limiting time to throw, having all players take spread out, asking everyone to keep one hand behind their back at all times and so on.
- For young, beginning players: Have youth sit or stand in a circle. See if they can pass the ball around the circle without anyone laughing or talking. Add more balls for a challenge round.
- Silent Trees! Start with players sitting on the ground, when a player makes a mistake, s/he stands up and becomes a tree. Trees must remain planted, i.e they cannot move his/her feet. The tree can re-enter the game by deflecting or intercepting a pass. The person who was unsuccessful at making a pass becomes a tree
This activity falls under Faith because you must have to trust that you understand someone with out being able to communicate with them.