Protect the President is a fast paced interactive game for youth groups large and small. However, you should start with groups no smaller 10 and it will also depend on the size the room that you have available.
The game Protect the President has elements of the wildly popular game; Dodgeball. The creators of Protect the President adopted several different changes to make it much more appropriate to be used for any type of youth group. It is a really fast paced game that can be played indoors as long as you have an open area that is large enough to accommodate a circle with each of the members minus two people in the middle of the circle.
Suggested Item for Protect the President
The setup and preparation for Protect the President are really quite simple and doesn’t require a whole lot of work. In order to get started, you need to select two people from the youth group and they will be placed in the middle of the large circle people. The first one is designated to be the President and the second person is the bodyguard.
The players in the circle attempt the hit the President with the ball and the bodyguard has to attempt to stop the ball from hitting the President.
- Large open area (big enough to hold the whole youth group in a large circle)
- Soft Rubber Ball
How to Play Protect the President
The goal of the game is for the player with the ball to try and hit the President with the ball. However, the bodyguard has the duty to stop the ball from hitting the president at all cost. The person with the ball can either throw it directly at the President or they can choose to toss it to another player that might have a better angle.
If the President some how was not able to dodge the ball and gets hit, they are no longer the President. The Bodyguard becomes the President and the person who threw the ball that hit the president becomes the bodyguard. The game continues for a predetermined amount of time or until the group is ready to stop.
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