This game is a variation of kickball. Mats are unfolded and put into home, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd bases. Put classes into two teams.
In Mat Ball you can have more than one runner on a base. You can run out of order on the bases. You must complete 2 passes through the bases before a run can be scored. If you step off a base – you MUST run to the next base. Runners go back to their original bases only on a foul ball or if the ball hits the ceiling. Three fouls is an out and if you hit the ceiling is an automatic out. Once the pitcher has the ball, you may not run anymore.
Defense is a bit different. A fly ball is an out, but runners can run without tagging up. You can only get a runner out by hitting them with the ball. There is no tagging of the mats (force outs). Warn classes that if anyone purposefully hits someone in the head they will be out of the game.
*This is a fast moving game and works great when you have large classes.