By this point, I think my family Thanksgivings have become legendary. My extended family gets together every other year and we go big — big fun is a key piece of it every time.
At the last one, we played our first games of human foosball and human hungry hungry hippos. And I have to tell you, the excitement made it hard for me to get video and photos just don’t suffice. I put a bit of it on Instagram, but this year I knew I had to make a point of capturing this so I could relive it. I also thought it would be fun to share.
And this also gives my family a way to share it too!
Playing Human Foosball
We had a large group so we counted off into four teams and had a tournament. Each team is six people and all get plenty of kicking time in. There also may be some fun messing with other players to be had.
- Each team has a goalie — gotta admit having them with a PVC pipe was only good for making sure they didn’t touch the ball. Otherwise, there were lots of weaponizing it when the goalies were bored.
- There are two forwards/strikers on each team facing the goalie — good to have folks fast on their feet here!
- Three midcourt players face off — Lots of fun to be had here too.
Everyone touches the PVC pipe and you are supposed to keep your hands on it at all times. There is only to be side-to-side movement though it is hard to imagine nobody moving front or back in the slightest. If you want to try human foosball, we have learned a few things the hard way so I thought I’d share:
- Use a kickball. The first game or two our first year were played with a soccer ball and I still remember the fear of having a college sophomore kick that ball with all his might in my direction.
- Get pallets, tables or something to be the side walls. We were lucky to have the rec hall that was so well sized for a lot of it, but last year we had benches for the other side and the ball kept going out. The bounceback is an amazing part of the game.
- Good shoes make a big difference. We had the court set up & weren’t sure which night we’d play. We decided to go for it and nobody changed shoes. As you can see in the fun times had, some of us could have used a bit more grip.
Anjanette Shadley says