Challenging, competitive, different and exciting…that is Vortex. This new game has invigorated my students. Every once in a while a game comes along that instinctively, as a Physical Education teacher , you know that this is fun. My students consistently ask, "When are we playing Vortex", or "Are we playing Vortex today?” As a teacher, that’s a good sign! -Claudia Ahlman, PE Teacher, Castaic Middle School
We absolutely LOVE the Tugball! I have a group of fourteen boys, ages 9-11, who come to my house every Wednesday. I was looking for something new to do for our recreation time. I came across the Tugball on the internet and thought I would give it a try. It is everything it claims to be! These boys are super energetic and the Tugball uses up every bit of that energy. While playing the game they run like crazy to burn off their energy and they use tons of upper body muscles during the tug offs. They also have to work as a team to get a goal, because it is almost impossible for one person to score a goal on their own. Another great thing about this game is that all kids have the opportunity to score. I have some very athletic kids in this group and some that aren't athletic at all. Both types of kids have scored goals. It is great to see this!! Another thing I love is that I don't have to come up with new games every week. They always want to play Tugball!! I would definitely purchase this product again if I had to do it all over again.
At first, I was a little skeptical about the TugBall and how the kids would like the game. That skepticism left me after playing the game with my first class. I wanted to start the game off with my 5th graders, the highest level I teach. The first class was a little tough, mostly due to my getting a feel for the game and the rules. However, the kids loved it, and by the end of the day, I had the rules and bugs pretty much worked out. I played the game with my 3rd through 5th grades, and each class really enjoyed the game. -Doug Gates, PE Teacher and author of MrGym.com
As a PE teacher, I wanted my students to play a new PE game that was not only cardiovascular, but also increased their upper-body strength. After playing tug-of-war, I thought how nice it would be to incorporate the muscle-building aspect of tugging into a game. That is when I started developing the Tugball. After many different prototypes, I believe that the end result is a high-quality product built to last a long time.