You’ll need one inflated balloon and one 4-5 ft stick, pole or broom for every 5 players. Give each player a number from 1-5. Players 1 and 3 hold the stick at shoulder height. Player 4 holds the balloon. Player 5 stands between Players 4 & 1. Players move in a counterclockwise direction.
The game begins with Player 4 hitting the balloon over the stick to Player 2, and then moving to take Player 3’s position. Player 3 waits until Player 2 hits the balloon before advancing to take his position. Player 2, after hitting the balloon back over the stick, will take the place of Player 1, who then stands behind Player 5. Players continue to rotate one position to the right each time the balloon crosses over the stick. Players may hit the balloon as many times as needed to get it over the stick. Players holding the stick may move sideways, but may not catch the balloon or lower the stick to assist their teammates. Two players must be holding the stick before the balloon is hit over it. If the stick is dropped while the players are changing places and the balloon has been hit, the stick has to be picked up quickly before the balloon passes over it, or the team is charged with one point. The lowest point total at the end of 5 minutes is the new total to beat.