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              Gaga ball pits have gained popularity as an engaging and inclusive game that promotes active play and social interaction. We offer a wide range of gaga ball pit kits suitable for many applications and budgets. We have options for portable or permanent use that will meet your needs.

              Indoor and Outdoor Gaga Ball Pit

              • Size options available


              In-ground Gaga Ball Pit

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              In-ground High Wall Gaga Ball Pit

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              Gaga ball pits offer a unique twist on the traditional game of dodgeball. Instead of throwing balls at each other, players aim to hit the ball at each other's legs within the confines of the octagonal pit. The goal is to dodge hits while aiming to knock out opponents by hitting them below the waist with the ball. It’s a versatile playground game that is great for many different contexts such as schools, churches, and camps.

              Physical activity for all skill levels

              children playing gaga in a permenant gaga play area

              One of the major advantages of gaga ball is that all skill levels can play together. Unlike regular dodgeball, gaga ball doesn't focus on throwing the ball hard. The ball has to stay in the pit when hit so developing skills like accuracy, quickness, and a little strategy are more important. This makes it more accessible to a wide range of kids and is easy to jump into for players that have never played before.

              Purpose and Benefits of Gaga Ball Pits

              Gaga ball offers many benefits like promoting physical fitness, coordination, social interaction, and teamwork.

              Promotes Fitness and Agility

              Playing gaga ball is a great workout workout. As players dodge the ball and move quickly within the confined space, their heart rate increases, leading to improved endurance over time. This cardio exercise helps strengthen the heart and lungs while burning calories.

              Better Hand-Eye Coordination and Reflexes

              Players need to move quickly to dodge incoming balls and position themselves to hit the ball at other players. The pace of the game sharpens reflexes as players learn to anticipate the ball and react accordingly.

              Encourages Social Interaction and Teamwork

              Playing in a gaga ball pit fosters social interaction among participants. It creates an environment where there is connection with others through friendly competition and shared experiences. Children also build communication skills as they play together or cheer each other on.

              Suitable for Schools, Community Centers, and Backyard Play

              The versatility of gaga ball pits makes them suitable for various settings. Schools can use them into PE classes or recess to encourage active play among students. They are an excellent addition to a school playground. They are also a great option for indoor recess to keep kids active on a rainy day.

              Community centers can foster a sense of community and camaraderie by providing a gaga pit for people of all ages to play.

              They are also great for camps, churches, and even backyards. Many customers have said that the whole neighborhood is over for hours of outdoor fun playing gaga.

              How to Play Gaga Ball: Rules and Tips

              Basic rules of gaga ball

              Lots of rules variations are out there, but in general, here is the core rule set for a game of Gaga:

              • Players start by standing inside the Gaga pit with one hand touching the wall of the pit.
              • The ball is thrown into the center of the pit. Players chant “Ga!” on the first bounce, “Ga!” on the second bounce, and “Go!” on the third bounce. The ball is now live, and any player can hit the ball.
              • Players hit the ball with their hands but cannot pick up the ball, throw it, or hold it.
              • If a player is hit below the knee, that player is out. If a player is hit above the knee, they are still in.
              • If a fly ball is caught, the player who hit the ball is out.
              • If the ball is hit outside the pit, the last player to touch the ball is out.
              • The last player standing wins that round.

              Gaga ball rule variants

              While there are standard rules for playing gaga ball, there are also variations that can add more excitement and challenge to the game. Here are a few rule variations to try:

              1. Multiple balls: Playing with multiple balls simultaneously increases the pace and intensity of gaga ball. It keeps everyone on their toes as they try to dodge multiple balls coming at them from different directions.
              2. Multiple Hits: Each player has multiple hits before they are out. Decide on the number of hits before the game.
              3. Time Limits: Set a time limit for each round. The player with the fewest hits below the knee at the end of the time limit is the winner.
              4. Team Gaga: Divide players into teams and play a team-based version of gaga ball. The last team with at least one player standing wins.
              5. King of the Pit: Designate a "King" who starts in the middle of the pit. Other players must try to eliminate the King while the King tries to survive. If the King is gets out, the player who got them out becomes the new King.


              There are a couple things to keep in mind when you jump into a game of gaga ball. Here are some tips to help you improve your gameplay:

              1. Quick movements: Gaga ball is all about speed and agility. Move quickly to dodge incoming balls and make it harder for your opponents to hit you. Stay light on your feet and be ready to change direction at a moment's notice.
              2. Defensive positioning: Position yourself strategically in the pit to avoid being an easy target.
              3. Strategic hits: Try hitting the ball low and close to the ground, making it harder for them to react and dodge.

              Remember, gaga ball is not just about physical abilities but also about mental agility and strategy. Learn from each gaga ball game and adapt your strategies based on what works best for you.

              Downloadable Poster with Clear Rules

              We've created a free printable Gaga Ball rules poster that you can download and hang up near your Gaga Ball pit. This poster provides a handy reference for players, especially newcomers who may not be familiar with all the ins and outs of the game rules.

              We’ve also included a list of our favorite rule variations for players that want to try something new.

              Download Gaga Ball Rules & Variations Here

              Choosing the right Gaga Ball Pit For your Needs

              Gaga ball pits typically fall into four categories. Some models are versatile and fall into more than one category. But, in general, it’s best to think through which of these is most important for your gaga project.

              Portable Gaga Ball Pits

              These kits are designed for easy setup, mobility, and storage. They are a great option for multi-use areas like a school gym, church, or recreation center.

              Portable Gaga Ball Pit

              Permanent Gaga Ball Pits

              Permanent gaga pits are designed for a designated gaga area. They can take a little longer to build but they are sturdy and long lasting over time. They are a great addition to playgrounds, parks, or any area that you want to make gaga available all the time.

              Permanent Gaga Ball Pit

              Indoor Gaga Ball Pits

              For those who prefer playing indoors or have limited outdoor space, indoor gaga ball pits are a great choice. You can set up indoor kits in gyms, community centers, or even basements, and they typically have smaller dimensions.

              Indoor Gaga Ball Pit

              Outdoor Gaga Ball Pits

              These gaga pits can handle the elements. We have several models that use border timbers which hold up well outside over time.

              Outdoor Gaga Ball Pit

              Consideration Factors

              When choosing a gaga ball pit kit, there are several factors you should take into account:

              • Space Available: Evaluate the area where you plan to set up the gaga ball pit. Ensure that it can accommodate the dimensions of the kit you choose and that it is relatively flat.
              • Budget: Determine your budget beforehand. Gaga ball pit kits vary in price depending on their size and materials. Consider both the initial investment and any potential maintenance costs. Choosing the do-it-yourself (DIY) route is typically cheaper, but building it takes a lot more time. It can also be challenging to create a high-quality, long-lasting option this way.
              • Mounting Options: If you’re looking at a portable gaga ball pit then you don’t need to worry about this. For permanent installations, you’ll need to consider what the the gaga pit will mount to. Several models can mount into the ground with stakes. Other models are capable of mounting into concrete.
              • Portability: Consider if you will need to move or store the gaga pit often.
              • Ease of Setup: All our models are easy to setup. The portable models are designed specifically for easy setup but the permanent models don't take long either. If you’re considering a complete kit vs DIY, ease of setup will be one of the main factors in your decision.

              Choosing the Right Size

              Gaga ball pits usually come in three standard sizes based on diameter: 15 ft, 20 ft, or 26 ft. Most gaga pits are setup as a hexagon (6 sides) or octagon (8 sides) but some may be a decagon (10 sides) or a circle. The size you choose depends on your available space and how many players will be using it at once. A larger pit is beneficial for accommodating more players, but it requires more space. A smaller pit is more suitable for small areas or fewer people.

              ADA Accessibility

              Gaga can be an engaging physical activity for children with disabilities. Here are a couple things to consider when using a gaga pit this way.

              Modify the rules

              One of the great things about the game is that the core rules can be modified for players with different abilities. You can adjust the rules so everyone can enjoy the game depending on the skill and ability of the players.

              Full gate models

              When choosing a gaga ball kit, opt for a model that features a full gate. This design provides better accessibility into and out of the pit.  Action Play Systems makes a great model with a full gate.

              Gaga Pit with ADA Gate

              What Surface to Put Your Gaga Ball Court On.

              For outdoor gaga pits, choosing the right surface is an important consideration. The surface you select can impact gameplay, safety, and maintenance requirements. Below is some information on common surfaces for an outdoor gaga ball court.


              This is the easiest, most common, and most affordable option. It makes installation simple and it also provides a forgiving play surface. The downside to grass is that it needs regular maintenance. If the gaga pit gets regular use it will also wear down and create more of a dirt surface. One solution to this is to regularly move the pit so it doesn’t stress the grass in one location too much.


              The uniform surface of concrete is great for gameplay. The ball bounce is predictable and it’s great in all weather conditions. The main drawback to concrete is that children can end up with scraped knuckles as they hit the ball. It's also not forgiving and can lead to more bumps, scrapes, and bruises as kids fall during the game.

              Rubber Flooring Kit

              We have a rubber flooring kit available that is easy to install on both grass and concrete. When installed on grass it makes the surface more uniform and prevents the area from becoming a mud pit. When installed on concrete it makes the surface more forgiving and helps prevent scraped knuckles. You can also use a playground surface like turf or pour-in-place. It's a more expensive option but it would result in a refined play area for gaga.

              Rubber flooring kit for gaga ball pit

              Ensure a Flat and Level Playing Area

              Regardless of the surface you choose, it is crucial to make sure that your Gaga Ball court has a flat and level playing area. Uneven surfaces can lead to frustrating gameplay as the ball bounces unpredictably or players stumble over uneven ground.

              Consider Factors like Drainage and Maintenance

              When choosing the surface for your Gaga Ball court, it's important to consider factors like drainage and maintenance.

              • Drainage: Ensure that the chosen surface allows for proper drainage to prevent water accumulation on the court. This is especially important for grass surfaces to help prevent a muddy area.
              • Maintenance: Different surfaces have varying maintenance needs. Grass requires regular mowing and watering while rubberized flooring may need occasional cleaning and inspection for wear and tear.

              We're Here to Help

              We're here to help you make the most of your gaga ball experience. Our goal is to provide you with the information and resources you need to build a gaga pit that meets your needs and your budget.

              Please contact us if you have any questions. We’re happy to help in any way we can.