Lights Out Dodge Ball
A Social Life Night
Life Night Outline
Goal of this Night
To let the teens and the Core have a blast playing a classic game with a new twist and give them a thought-provoking image of Christ as the light of the world.
About this night
The bulk of the night will be devoted to letting the teens play dodge ball. The night will end with some prayer time reflecting on Christ as the light of the world.
The room should be a space large enough to play dodge ball (ideally a gym). This room should also be able to be made dark relatively easy. In the dodge ball space, you should think along the lines of a laser tag arena. Try hanging up strobe lights. These can be bought relatively cheaply from a party store. If you have access to a fog machine, this could add a lot of fun to the night. Black lights are also a wonderful idea. You could make signs out of glow-in-the-dark paint and hang them up all over the arena of things like a score board, fan encouragement signs or pictures of imaginary spectators. You should also play energetic music while the teens are playing. It is a good idea to have some famous “battle music” from movies such as the Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, Gladiator, Brave Heart, etc. in the mix as well. If you are playing in a gym, the room is divided in half with the basketball lines. If you are not using a gym, make sure to divide the room in half with fluorescent colored tape. Line up your dodge balls along this line. Generally, a good game could use between six to ten balls depending on the size of your group. When setting up the playing area, it’s important to remember that as players are tagged out, they are going to need some place to stand near the playing area that allows them to re-enter the game if possible (see game rules for more information). If it is possible, get glow-in-the-dark dodge balls. This will decrease the change of someone getting hurt. These can be bought online. Another option is to take normal dodge balls and paint them with glow-in-the-dark paint. Of course, this will rub off at some point during the game. It’s also possible to play with normal dodge balls and have the referees enforce not hitting a target in the head (marked by a glow necklace. See the Gather for more info). Encourage the Core team to dress up as “Dodge Ball athletes” who take the sport “very seriously.” Old workout clothes such as sweat bands, spandex, knee pads, elbow pads and a helmet can go a long way. Also, as with most high competition sports, there is bound to be at least one teen who tries to cheat. To keep the game rolling smoothly, have at least two Core dress up as referees, complete with a whistle and flashlight, to enforce the rules of the game and eliminate cheating attempts. This room is also going to be used for the prayer part of the night. For this reason, hide the supplies you will need for this (a cross, candles, lighter, floodlight, etc.) in a closet or somewhere else the teens will not be able to see them but can be accessed quickly by the Core.
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