Type of game:
Ball Game
Character of the game:
Competitive
Country of origin:
Germany
Aim of the game:
To try to complete many runs as possible.
Number of players:
Multi Player
Two teams with the same number of players.
Age
10 +
Difficulty:
Medium
Area of play:
Indoor and outdoor, 20m x 20m field such as a handball field, school yard or a park.
Indoor Outdoor
Equipment
Ball A ball, 4/5 “burning hoops”, small gym mats
Motor skills
Speed Endurance
Social skills
Cooperation Competion Decision Making Leadership Communication
Cognitive skills
Strategy Building Tactics
equipment
Background
Brennball is a variation from the old German Schlagball, which is one of the games that led to modern baseball (teams were made of 12 players). Schlagball is still played in the Kiel area, which hosts a couple of tournaments a year (International Baseball Federation). Games that may recall Baseball were also played in Walacchia, nowadays a part of Romania, (Oina: 2 Federations, in Moldova and Romania, still play the game in Europe) and Russia (Lapta) in the 14th century. A game played with a bat and a ball was also very popular amongst French Monks in the 1330's. In the same period, a poem by William Pagula mentioned a game named Stoolball, originally played by milkmaids, who used milking stools as wickets. Brennball today is played in different variations in schools.

Source:
International Baseball Federation, www.ibaf.org
Set up:
Any indoor or outdoor area (20m x 20m) with a safe surface that allows players to run safely such as handball fields or schoolyard. Boys and girls can participate in the game. Place a “burning hoop”, create a home base (Base 1) and place 3 to 5 bases around the field.
Rules
The defending team A is in the in-field. The team captain stands next to the burning hoop. The offensive team B stands in a queue at the first base.

A player of team B throws the ball as far as possible and then runs as fast and far as possible. At the same time, team A tries to catch the ball and pass it to the captain as fast as possible. The captain throws the ball into the hoop and screams "burnt!“
If a player of team B manages to run around the in field completely and gets back to Base 1 before the ball is burnt, he gets 4 points for a homerun. In the case the player doesn‘t manage to run around the in field but stops on one of the bases/hoops, he or she is considered safe and can continue running when the next team member throws the ball. If the player stops on the way to completing home base, the player gets one point. 

A player that is caught in between two hoops during the captain’s scream is considered burnt and has to go back to base 1 without getting any team points. 

The offense and defense team change roles after 10 minutes of play or after each offensive player had thrown the ball once.

Teaching Styles:
  • Provide clear and simple instruction
  • Balance the ability level of the team
  • Complete a walk through the playing area
  • Practice games before introducing scoring
  • Encourage players to communicate throughout the game
  • Safety instructions to be tailored to the environment and participants playing the game.
Rules:
  • Certain players may only be allowed to play with their weak hand/roll the ball instead of throwing it
  • Put in more/less hoops
  • Play without a captain
  • Vary the number of points for a homerun (a run with 1,2,3 breaks/stops)
  • Increase/decrease time limit
  • Increase/decrease the number of players
  • Allow player to choose a thrower from their team
Environment:
  • Increase/decrease the playing area/distance/ boundaries/zones/ shape
  • Determine specific areas in the court in which people cannot get burnt
  • Ensure the playing area has a smooth surface and is free of obstacles
Equipment:
  • Range of balls can be used that vary in weight, size, speed, texture, density etc.
  • Audible equipment can be used
  • Brightly coloured equipment can be used
Background
Brennball is a variation from the old German Schlagball, which is one of the games that led to modern baseball (teams were made of 12 players). Schlagball is still played in the Kiel area, which hosts a couple of tournaments a year (International Baseball Federation). Games that may recall Baseball were also played in Walacchia, nowadays a part of Romania, (Oina: 2 Federations, in Moldova and Romania, still play the game in Europe) and Russia (Lapta) in the 14th century. A game played with a bat and a ball was also very popular amongst French Monks in the 1330's. In the same period, a poem by William Pagula mentioned a game named Stoolball, originally played by milkmaids, who used milking stools as wickets. Brennball today is played in different variations in schools.

Source:
International Baseball Federation, www.ibaf.org