If you’re considering activities for a baseball-themed party, chances are a game of baseball tops your list. If a real ball game isn’t doable, however, or if you’re looking for additional ideas to entertain your guests, this collection of baseball party games includes choices that are so much fun, it might just earn you the title of MVPP (Most Valuable Party Planner).
Baseball Uniform Relay
To play this game you’ll need two sets of the following items: a baseball jersey, cap, and glove. Set up the items at one end of the play space. Divide guests into two teams and have them line up at the other end of the play space. The race begins with the first players in the line running to the items, putting them on and racing back to their teammates. They must then take off the gear and pass it to the next players in line, who must put the items on and run the same course, removing the uniforms when done and passing them to the third players in line. This relay race continues in this manner until all players have worn the uniform and run the racecourse. The first team to complete this task wins.
Hang a ring, such as a hula hoop or old tire, from a tree branch. Draw a line on the ground a few feet away from the ring. Players should stand behind the line and attempt to pitch three baseballs through the ring. Each ball that goes through is considered a strike. Any players who get all three strikes win a prize.
Set up four bases to form a baseball diamond, but make them larger than average, so that a few kids can stand on each one at a time. You can use cardboard or poster board to make the bases.
Play some music as your party guests dance around the diamond. You can also toss some inflatable baseball bats and balloons into the area and have them bat around the balloons as the music plays. Stop the music at random times. When the music suddenly stops, kids must run to stand on the bases. The last child to get onto a base is out. Play continues like this until only one player remains. As the number of players dwindles, you can make the game more challenging by removing some of the bases from the diamond, or replacing large bases with smaller ones.
Have players stand behind a designated batting line. Draw another line, several feet away from the first line. This is the home run line. Players take turns standing on the batting line and hitting a whiffle ball with a whiffle bat. Anyone who hits a ball over the home run line scores a home run and wins a prize.
To make this a team competition, divide guests into two teams. Give each team a whiffle bat and ball. Players must line up and take turns hitting the ball. Every time a ball is hit over the home run line, that player’s team scores a point. After nine rounds of turns, the team with the most runs wins.
Strike Out Tag
In this game, one player is chosen to be the pitcher. You will also need a couple of adults on hand to be the umpires. The pitcher’s job is to try and strike out the other players.
Give the pitcher a foam ball. The rest of the players run around, trying not to get “tagged” with the ball. The pitcher tags another player by touching him with the ball, either by throwing it and making contact or by tagging him with the ball by hand. When a player is tagged by the pitcher, he gets a strike. The umpires keep track of the strikes made against the players. When the pitcher strikes out another player (tags him three times) that player then becomes the pitcher.