How to play target ball

Target ball is a group game, where the aim is to land your ball in the middle – the team that gets closest wins! You can adapt this with a ramp, or and use clapping to support players who are visually impaired.

This guide is part of our Sense Arts, Sport & Wellbeing programme. This activity can be done at a time that suits you, either in your own space or in an educational setting.

Who is this for?

This is a sports activity for people or groups of people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities, and can be enjoyed by anyone.

Why does this make a difference?

This activity supports social inclusion and getting active, helping build confidence and independence through learning new skills and making friends.

How to play

What you’ll need

  • Four small balls per player in the same colour (four red, four blue, etc)
  • A bullseye-style target mat – feel free to make your own, bearing in mind if it contrasts against the background, so it can be seen clearly
  • A ramp (if needed)

How to set up

  • Set out the target mat and have all players line up facing it

Playing the game

  • Players take it in turns to roll their balls towards the target, trying to get it to stop in the middle
  • The ball that’s closest to the middle of the target wins
  • If you’re supporting the player, you could hold a ramp towards the target

Other ways to play

  • Use a ramp to help roll the ball off if needed
  • Put a large object like a cone in the middle so it’s clear where the target is – you could even wrap it in flashing lights and make it brightly coloured
  • Someone could clap above the middle of the target for players who are visually impaired