Name ball

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Name ball
Type: icebreaker, name learning game, coordination game
Number of players: about 5-20
Location: small playing field
Equipment: small ball, cups
Duration: arbitrary
Preparation: none

Name ball is an ice breaker game to learn the names of other participants.


  • a small, light ball (like a table tennis ball)
  • each player needs a small cup


The players are standing in a circle, holding their cup. One player throws the ball high into the air in the center of the circle. At the same time, he calls the name of another player. This player has to catch the ball with his cup before the ball drops to the ground again. Then, the called player is the next to throw the all into the air.