Coaching Association of Canada

Kabele…Hit It! (Indigenous game from New Guinea)

Stage of Activity 



Soccer ball, volleyball, balloon or beach ball (1 per pair of athletes)
Beanbags (2 per pair of athletes)


5 - 10 minutes

Number of People


How it Works

Variations of this game have been played in many cultures. It trains target shooting, teamwork, and awareness of both the self and objects in space.

Partners find a space away from other groups. Designate a certain time (e.g. 5 minutes or 8 minutes) to collect points.
One partner throws the ball into the air, a minimum of 1m above their heads. The other partner tries to hit the ball with the beanbags before the ball drops to the ground.
Switch roles after each throw.
Partners count the number of hits in the allotted time.


Target hitting, throwing, teamwork spatial awareness


Repeat the game more than once in a shorter time (e.g. 2-3 minutes) and try to improve “best hit totals” each game. Change partners and repeat the game.


Orlick, T. (1978). The Cooperative Sports and Games Book, Pantheon Books: NY.