What may be considered a new-age game of dodge ball has come to El Dorado.
Kyle Huffman and his Eagle Scout Troop 232 from Towanda got together to build the first GaGa Ball pit in El Dorado. The pit is located north end of North Main Park.
GaGa Ball has been around for more than 10 years, but it’s really starting to see a rise in popularity in recent years. The game is believed to have originated in Israel, and slowly spread across the U.S. over several decades. Ga means "hit" or "touch" in Hebrew. In the rules of GaGa ball, the ball must touch the ground two times before it is considered in play, hence the name. GaGa Ball consists of a lightweight bouncy or foam ball and an octagon enclosure known as the "GaGa Ball Pit." The object of the game is to hit the ball at or below opponents' knees to eliminate them from the pit. The last one left in the GaGa Ball Pit is the winner.
Kids of any size, age, or athletic ability can play and have the same chance to win as anybody else. Games generally last only a few minutes, and eliminated players are back in the action quickly. Once a player is out, they can have as much fun watching and cheering while the other players finish off the game.