Ga-ga is a fast-paced, dodgeball-style game played in a fenced-in court (often hexagonal or octagonal) with a single ball and two or more players. Like dodgeball, the object of the game is to knock out your opponents by hitting them with the ball. Unlike dodgeball, however, the ball can only be hit with open hands and is in almost constant motion. Players strike, jump, and run to avoid being hit and are eliminated only when struck on or below the knee.
Sort all materials into piles by like items to ensure you have materials needed to complete project.
Take all of the 2x12x16' boards. Cut each into  96" pieces, for a total of  2x12x96" pieces.
Take  of the 1x6x12' boards. Cut each into  36" pieces, for a total of  1x6x36" pieces.
Take the remaining 1x6x12' board. Cut into  36" piece and  1x6x24" pieces.
Beveled Edge Cuts:
Inventory and sort all of your materials.
If there is grass in the gaga pit space, remove it.
Next, assemble the eight sides. Seven (7) of the sides will have (3) 2x12x96" pieces laid next to each other. Use the 1x6x36" straps to attach them together. There will be (3) straps per side, one in the center and one on each side 10" from the edge.
Assemble the final (and 8th) side using (2) of the 2x12x96" pieces, and the (3) 1x6x24" pieces. (This will be the entry in and out of the Gaga Pit for smaller children.)
Connect the sides together forming an octagon using two hinges per corner. One hinge will connect the top 2x12s and one will connect the bottom 2x12s. There will not be a hinge on the center 2x12s.
Finish the octagon and prepare the bottom. It can be asphalt, concrete, limestone, decomposed granite, sand, or packed down dirt. Make sure your Gaga Court is actually an octagon and doesn't resemble an egg-shape.
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Shade is a very important topic for many communities when it comes to their children. The structure not only provides a bit of relief from the sun but also adds to the aesthetic quality of the overall playspace. The more inviting a gathering area is, the more likely community members will begin to treat it like the “town square” it should be.
Outdoor basketball courts weather a lot of wear and tear. Fresh paint can spark spirit and pride, and painting logos or mascots in center court encourages community identity.
Adults and children appreciate having plenty of seating areas in and near their playspace. We've included instructions for a KaBOOM! favorite here, a combination bench/planter! Benches encourage adult supervision when placed in close proximity to the playground equipment. Seating also encourages a sense of community by creating a designated area for neighbors to gather together, much like a “town square." The double planter bench can be a combination bench + planter OR can be used as a bench with a chessboard tabletop in the middle!