Ping Pong Games-Kids
CAN YOU PICTURE 20 PING PONG TABLE SET UP IN YOUR GYM? NEITHER CAN I! THEY’RE TOO EXPENSIVE FOR MOST BUDGETS. WHERE WOULD YOU STORE ALL OF THE TABLES? WILL YOUR STUDENTS/CAMPERS HAVE ENOUGH SKILL LEVEL TO PLAY REAL TABLE TENNIS? I HAVE SO MANY VERSIONS OF PING PONG, TO ALLOW SUCCESS AS LOW AS 3RD GRADE.
Ping Pong Bucket Bounce
Equipment: Ping pong balls, buckets and paddles.
- If you don’t have enough buckets, anything can be used. Card board boxes will work just fine.
- Place partners on opposite sides of the bucket at a designated distance.
- Each partner will stand behind the designated line. They will attempt to strike the ball on the ground off one bounce and into the bucket.
- VARIATION: Place the bucket on a table. NOTE: You don’t need ping pong table to play ping pong. Wood top table work the best. 3 X 6ft are a good size.
- Scoring option: Partner’s can keep score earning a point for every ball that lands in the bucket.
Equipment: Plastic cups, paddles and balls.
- Each player starts with 6 plastic cups on their side of the court or table.
- Object is to bounce ball once on your side and get it to land in one of the cups of your opponent.
- Every time a ball lands in your opponents cup, they must remove it or place under the table.
- First player to get a ball in all of the their opponents cups,wins the game.
No Net, No Table, Ping Pong
Equipment: Paddles and Ping Pong Balls
- You can make two square courts with liquid lines, floor tape or poly spots.
- Players will strike the ball back and forth over the center line.
- Option to allow multiple bounces before striking the ball.
- Bounce ball once on the ground and serve.
- Serve must be underhand.
Low Net Ping Pong (No Table)
Equipment: Paddles, Ping Pong Balls & low nets.
- Same game as above, but now you’re using low nets.
- Options for nets: Use your ping pong nets and tie to a cones or simply take a jump rope and tie to your cones.
3 x 6 Ping Pong
Equipment: Paddles, balls and 3 x 6ft tables.
- 3 x 6ft tables are perfect for 1 v 1 games. It’s not necessary to use a real ping pong table.
- You can buy real nets and put them on any table.
- Net Options: Small cones, balance beam, folded cardboard and they make ping pong barriers as in picture above.
- Allowing multiple bounces on the table will increase skill level. Players will have more volleys by allowing this freedom.
- Set up a row of tables on each side of the gym along the sideline of your basketball court.
- Players nearest the wall will stay at their table and players on the inside will rotate.
- The player that rotates will keep the ball and always serve first.
- Play will begin with music. Each game should be approximately 7 minutes.
- Players will keep track of their losses. Children will keep each other honest.
- After the kids play a few games, match up players with 1 or no losses.
- When you match up the better players, it will automatically match up lesser skilled players.
- You can play it as a real tournament and continue this process until you have two players that are undefeated.
- NOTE: If you don’t feel the need to have a tournament, you can still rotate players as previously mentioned.
If you still feel uncertain about the tournament set up, check out my TABLE TOP post. It should help and I made a video to explain things a little further.