Thursday, April 25, 2013

Crazy 8

Crazy 8 is a game I found at optimumtennis.net. It is probably intended for adults but I think it would be great fun for large groups of juniors, such as summer tennis camps. It could probably live up to its name and get a little crazy so maybe keep it on a 60- or 78-foot court for safety reasons.

Eight players are needed for this game. Pair them up into four doubles teams. Each team is responsible for half of the court. They play against the team diagonally across from them, SIMULTANEOUSLY. So two balls are going at the same time.

Scoring

  • If you have exactly 8 players, have them play to a certain  number, for example team first to 7 wins. Then have a championship match with winners vs winners and runners-up vs runners-up.
  • If you have more than 8 but fewer than 16, divide extra players evenly onto each team and have one player per team rotate out after every point. 
  • Or, have all extra players waiting in line at net post. You can organize a large full court rotation after every point, or have a player go it for whichever player makes the error on the previous point.
  • If you have a smaller group, just play 2 v 2 using only half of the court.