Full Contact Invisible Two-Liter Pool Scrum
January 3, 2015 - Game Sketchbook
I couldn’t decide what this game should be called, so I settled on an exhaustive series of descriptors. In short, this is your standard fun and somewhat-dangerous game of pool football with one important twist: the “ball” in question is a clear plastic two-liter bottle that is slippery, ungainly, unthrowable, and completely invisible as soon as it passes the surface of the water. Hilarity ensues.
Disclaimer: I’ve never played this game barefoot without breaking a toe or bloodying my feet. If you play, make everyone wear water shoes or sandals with a heel strap. It will feel a little ungainly, but, trust me, you’ll be glad you did. The right footwear should reduce any potential foot/toe injuries.
Duration: 30 minutes
- For this one you’ll need a pool, obviously, and a clear plastic two liter bottle with all of the label removed. It is best to find one with a white cap – if it is any other color, you’ll be able to see it underwater and the game will be much easier and less fun.
- Divide into two teams and designate goals on opposite sides of the edge of the pool like a normal game of football. If a member of any team can touch the two-liter to the side of the pool within the goal posts, they score a point. Note: throwing the bottle through the goal posts doesn’t count, scoring has to happen by hand.
- To start the game, each team goes to the opposite sides of the pool and faces away from the center of the pool so they can’t see where the bottle lands. Then one player throws the bottle into the center of the pool over their shoulder. When the bottle lands in the pool, the game begins.
- Players can use any means necessary (force, trickery, subterfuge, formations, plays) to find the bottle and get it to their enemy’s goal. Any time a team scores, repeat step three.
The trick to this game is finding the bottle before the other team does and when you find it, hiding the fact that you’ve found it for as long as possible while you sneakily move the bottle toward the enemy’s side. Slide it along the ground with your feet. Tuck it in your shorts. Hold it behind your back. Trick plays abound in this game, but in the end, it comes down to who can throw the other team around in the water and force their way to the goal.