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TEAM HOT POTATO                                                 

  1. The Field -- A rectangular shape with end zones at each end. (We play in the gym with the basketball end-line to the wall as the end zone.)
  2. The Ball- Nerf type softball or a ball that is easily catch able by anyone.
  3. Initiate Play – The offense starts with the ball at their end zone. The ball may and should be passed in all directions.
  4. Scoring – After completing 5 passes to different teammates,* the offense completes a pass in the defense's end zone, the offense scores a point. Play is initiated after each score. (*The number of passes can be changed depending on the number of players.  The intention is to get all involved in the game.)
  5. Change of possession -- When a pass is not completed (e.g. out of bounds, drop, block, interception) or the player with the ball runs with it (the player with the ball may pivot one foot but not take any steps once he/she gains control of the ball) or the player holds the ball for more than 5 seconds, the defense immediately takes possession of the ball and becomes the offense.
  6. Non-contact -- No physical contact is allowed between players. Picks and screens are also prohibited. A foul occurs when contact is made.
  7. Defense- Player to player marking only. No double teaming
  8. Fouls -- When a player initiates contact on another player a foul occurs. When a foul disrupts possession, the play resumes as if the possession was retained. If the player committing the foul disagrees with the foul call, the play is redone.
  9. Self-Refereeing -- Players are responsible for their own foul and line calls. Players resolve their own disputes.
  10. Spirit of the Game – Team Hot Potato stresses sportsmanship and fair play. Competitive play is encouraged, but never at the expense of respect between players, adherence to the rules, and the basic joy of play.
  11. Another option is have three teams. (This is the way we play at DeLaSalle).  After a score the offense stays on the field and maintains control of the ball going to the opposite end zone, the third team becomes defense and defense team sits out. This really keeps the kids moving and involved with the action. It also gives them a little break to catch their breathes so they play harder when they are on the field. Note: that if a team scores three consecutive times, they rotate out.

Designed by,

Mary Beth Barry

Physical Educator

DeLaSalle High School