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Hours of fun in the sun
Member Name: LillyAnnJones
Advantages: active, fun, good for all ages
Disadvantages: Need to be careful to keep the game safe for younger kids
Swingball is available in places like Argos, supermarkets, toy shops and department stores. It costs around £15 although this does vary depending on where you get it from. It is widely available and a very popular game.
Swingball is quite a simple idea, it's a pole with a rope attached with a tennis ball on the end, two players have a tennis racket each and they hit the ball to each other using it. At the top of the pole there is a spiral, the aim of the game is for a player to beat their opponent by getting the rope to either the top or bottom of the spiral, depending on which side they're on. It's easy to play but very fun and it is suitable for a range of ages, from children to adults. It's also fun to just play it as hitting the ball to each other and seeing how long you can keep it going instead of playing competitively.
The pole is blue with a yellow plastic spiral, a green tennis ball and blue plastic tennis rackets. The tennis bats are made from plastic and aren't proper tennis rackets like the ones you would use to play a real game of tennis. Because they're plastic, they don't have that 'spring' to them which means they can't hit the ball too far or too hard. This is definitely a good thing because that could be dangerous and could cause injury to the other player because of how close you are standing.
The poles height is adjustable so it can be changed to suit different heights. This game does need to be played by two people of similar heights ideally, but it can definitely be worked out so that it's at the right height for the taller one to hit the ball with their arm down while the shorter one can still reach the ball comfortably. Also, it's important for younger ones not to get too boisterous while using this because the ball is a real tennis ball and it can be hit hard and whack the other player in the face. Also, the rope can get tangled round someone so the main thing is to make sure the game is staying safe and fun. It is recommended to ages 5 years and up and I think that's about right.
Swingball can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. It's very fun and addictive and it can really bring out the competitive streak in the players. It is also a friendly and light-hearted game, so can be enjoyed by players of all abilities. It is a lot of fun and can also help teach hand-eye coordination. It is quite compact and can be played in smaller spaces than playing with two tennis rackets and ball, also it means the ball can't get lost and keeps the game in a certain area, so the ball can't hit someone who isn't playing or get hit into the neighbours garden. It is very easy to assemble, you can either buy the version with a pointed pole which sticks into the ground or the one with a base which can just be picked up and moved out. The one with a base is more versatile because it can be played on any surface whereas the one with the pointed pole needs to be stuck into the ground. Also the pole can loosen from the ground and it makes a hole in your garden.
This is absolutely fantastic to beat the summer boredom in kids, it can be taken on camping holidays and provides hours of fun to adults and children. I definitely recommend this as a low-cost, fun, outdoor activity for absolutely anyone!
Summary: A really fun game especially for the summer