Ga-ga game described as a ‘kinder, gentler version of dodgeball’
Students at Saukville Elementary School can now enjoy a spirited game of ga-ga, which has been described as a “kinder, gentler version of dodgeball,” thanks to the initiative of Eagle Scout candidate Jared Blanchett.
Blanchett is a former SES student, who approached Principal Chad Brakke last year about suggestions for an Eagle project at the school.
“Colette Piontek, our physical education teacher, brings our fourth-grade students to the Jewish Community Center for a field trip every year and talks about how much the kids liked this game called ga-ga,” Brakke said.
“It’s basically a dodgeball game that’s played in an octagon fenced-in area, or a gaga pit.”
When Brakke suggested Blanchett look into bringing the game to the school, the aspiring Eagle researched the game, raised money for the pit and painted it in the school colors.
The game draws its name from Hebrew, with the name literally meaning “touch-touch.”
Players start each round with their back to the pit wall, and must wait until the ball bounces three times before play begins.
If they are hit on the knee or below, they are eliminated. However, the ball cannot leave the pit.
The game, although it has a global following, apparently has no connection with the flamboyant pop star, Lady Gaga.
Image Information: THE DODGEBALL-LIKE game of ga-ga is now played at Saukville Elementary School, thanks to the Eagle Scout project of Jared Blanchette (center). Joining him in the school’s ga-ga pit were (from left) Jack and Patti Blanchette, Principal Chad Brakke and Skip Emory. Blanchette is a member of Boy Scout Troop 855. Photo by Sam Arendt