500 Game

500 game is one of the fun tennis games for kids and picnic games.

Use your addition skills and help your team get to a specified number of points.

Before You Start

3 or more players
Ages: 6 and up
Need tennis ball


One player is the tosser and the other players will be the catchers.

Catchers line up a few feet back from the tosser facing him. Players should be arm's length apart.

The tosser throws the ball up in the air and calls out a number. The players try and catch the ball.

The player who does is awarded that number of points.

Balls must be caught in the air, they can't be scooped off of the ground.

And . . .

The winner is the player who gets five hundred points first. He is the new tosser for the next round.

Or you can switch up after each ball is caught. That way each player gets to be the tosser.

For single players playing against each other try calling out numbers under 50. This will prolong the play.

Calling out number 1 is fine, but don't do it too often or the round will probably go on for hours!


For larger groups of kids, you can divide the kids into teams of 2 or 3 (whichever comes out to an equal number of kids on each team).

With team play, you may want to keep the numbers called out lower, like under 25.

This will make for longer play and give each kid on the team a chance to catch the ball.

You can also play two rounds. After the first five hundred is reached, play backwards until you reach 0.

Or, keep adding the numbers and go up to 1000.

Have fun with your friends! How'd you do?

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