By John Focht
A great boardwalk and arcade game is skee ball. But skee ball is also a great beach game too. Skee Ball is similar to bowling except the player aims to get the ball to fall into a hole rather than knock down pins.
To start, etch out the playing surface with a shovel in the sand. Once you have the playing surface outlined, get a couple of the kids to help smooth out the playing surface; unlike the real game of skee ball, there is no ramp in Beach Skee Ball. The kids enjoy building the skee ball surface as much as actually playing it.
Dig a couple of holes into the playing surface. Don’t forget to assign a point system to each hole, with the easier holes to hit being worth less points than the more difficult holes.
Build a wall behind the back portion of the playing surface – this will keep the ball from rolling down the beach after each turn, and keep the game from quickly fizzling out once the players realize they have to keep chasing the ball after each turn.
Build the gutter in and around the playing surface too, just like the gutter in the actual game. From there, it’s game on. You can play two teams; 1vs.1; or just one player. For the most fun results, play with at least 3-5 balls. Teams or players should alternate rolling the balls down the beach lane toward the holes. First team to 21 wins.
Just like Run the Bases, Beach Skee Ball is a great game for your kids to be entertained, but usually gets the interest of the other kids on the beach who join in. Beach Skee Ball is a great way to get everyone involved and a fun way to spend the day.
By John Focht
Hot Corner takes the game of catch and puts a little competition into it. Hot Corner can be played with two people or more. The rules are simple. Throw the ball to the other person, or the next person, if playing with multiple people.
- If the person catches the ball in the air, they get two points.
- If they catch it on a bounce, they get one point.
- If the person catches it on more than one bounce, or they don’t catch it, they get zero points.
- First to 100 points wins
If playing with multiple people, decide beforehand the rotation of who is throwing to whom. Hot Corner can be played with a tennis ball or rubber ball. It can also be played with a soccer ball or volley ball.
For the real enthusiast, trying playing with a football and see how hard it will be to catch on one bounce with the bounce rotation of the football.
For a real challenge though, try Hot Corner with no set rotation. Stay on your toes because you’ll never know when the ball will be coming to you next!
Take the game into the ocean. All catches must be in the air when playing in the ocean. Flip the rules around and give two points for a catch and five points if you catch the ball while diving into a wave.
Find more great games to play at the beach this summer at Beach Games at the Shore. Available on Amazon.
Ocean City Sentinel Provides a review of the book Beach Games at the Shore.
The following paragraph is from the Ocean Sentinel:
Book detailing a lifetime of beach games a good summer ready, especially in Ocean City.
John Focht’s children inherited an appreciation for beach Wiffle Ball.
He said they’re “that family” on the Ocean City beach — the ones who spend the entire day pitching a plastic ball and running to bases they drew in the sand.
Focht, of Collegeville, Pa., has more than 40 years of memories of his shore vacations, and the games he played both as a child, and now with his own children and family.
“Beach Games at the Shore,” Focht’s first book, documents all of these aspects to lend the same memory-making games to other families.
The self-published book was released Dec. 7, 2013. It is currently available on the Amazon website…continue reading at the Ocean City Sentinel…