It’s that time of year again! This month, thousands of students across the country will return to the classroom for the 2018-19 academic year. In preparation of this, we’ve selected the perfect piece to feature in this month’s game spotlight.
Roll-Out Foursquare is the classic game of foursquare presented in Fit and Fun Playscapes’ custom line of Roll-Out Recess indoor, portable and pre-printed recess games. The rules are simple: four participants stand in four squares and try to eliminate other players by bouncing a (preferably) rubber ball into an opponent’s square, past the opponent, before they can bounce it back. The squares are labeled A, B, C and D, forming a hierarchy. The player in the A square is the highest-ranked player, while the person in the D square is the lowest. A waiting line forms next to the four squares; when one player is knocked “out,” the first person in line enters the “D” square, and each player below the eliminated players’ square moves up one square.
There are different versions of the game, but traditional rules state that players must “hit” the ball to opponents with only their hands or body parts; players cannot “pick up” or “hold” the ball. If they do, they are considered “out”.
It all seems quite simple–and it can be–but foursquare rules have a twist: the player in the A square, traditionally called the “king” or “queen” square, can make up their own unique rules that other players must abide by. For example, the player in the A square can make a rule where players must only use their feet to hit the ball, or use only their non-dominant hand, or play from their knees. This adds nearly unlimited replayability to the game.
It goes without saying, of course, that the “king” or “queen” square cannot make a rule where they are immune from elimination. Because believe me, growing up playing foursquare at summer camp: I’ve been there. It’s not cool.
Foursquare is a high-energy, motor-skills-intensive recess game that kids of various age brackets can enjoy, though it is perfect for elementary school students developing hand-eye coordination and strategic thinking skills. However, the game is played at various age groups and skill levels–so much so that there is even a world championship held annually in Maine.
But regardless of whether or not your students aspire to be world champions in foursquare, the game itself provides much-needed physical activity and play to your indoor recess space or pop-up event. Fit and Fun’s Roll-Out Foursquare is so compact, in fact–as most of our Roll-Out Recess games are designed to be–that it can even be laid out in a classroom…provided, of course, that breakable items are moved away!
Rain or shine, foursquare is an excellent choice for a school to add to their recess game portfolio. With Roll-Out Recess, your students needn’t worry about the weather to hold their own foursquare championship. And best of all, all of our Roll-Out Recess games are on sale this month! Choose from playground classics like bullseye, hopscotch or copy-cat and bring them with your students indoors or on the go!