GAME SETUP & RULES: Each PAX gets a pool noodle (cut in half) color coded to their team’s color. The field is wide and fairly short, with a half field line of cones and a set of cones making an arc around each side’s flag, sort of like a penalty box in soccer. On your side of the field, you are in defense mode and have to be in a crabwalk position the entire time. On the opponents side, you are in offense mode, staying in bear crawl on that side. The goal is to hit the flag (which consisted of a “slow for children” sign with flag attached) which scores 1 point. If a team scores, everyone goes back to their side, the opponent must do 5 burpees and the team that scored does SSH until the other team is done. If you are tagged by an opponents pool noodle on the offensive side, you stand up and do 5 squats, then run back to your side. When you are on your side in defense mode you cannot be tagged, rather you are looking to tag out their offensive players. The key to this setup is that the bear crawl is slightly faster than the crabwalk which gives the offense a better chance to score leading to a higher point total. We used a 90’s rock playlist to jam to.
After 20 minutes of non-stop action, we took a quick halftime break for a:
Dora 1-2-3 on the turf field. Partner 1 runs while partner 2 does the exercise.
Cut Dora a little short to get back to action. We played 10 more minutes before wrapping up and heading back to the flag for 2 minutes Mary. The score ended with Aflac & Devito’s team winning by a goal or two after a controversial finish.
Prayers were asked for Aflac’s father. Words of praise were spoken for our ability to come together in the gloom and share laughs as we compete against each other like a bunch of schoolchildren. As men, we need this kind of child’s play in our lives on a regular basis. YHC is thankful, grateful and blessed to have this group to do such a thing. Parking lot coffeeteria followed.
During play, Devito was attempting to score and dove head first toward the goal… at the same time Squeegee was playing defense and dove in the same direction to tag him, which resulted in both players crashing their heads together. What started out as a fun game turned a little scary. Devito was okay and continued playing whereas Squeegee seemed to get the worse of it and needed to head out. Our thoughts and prayers are with Squeegee as we hope it was nothing serious.