Before a captain or founder can start getting people together for a game, they need to acquire the bare minimum pieces of equipment. Teams with more funding or support should skip ahead for more advanced equipment. But for the captains who must improvise at the beginning, the following items are recommended.
- Simple goal hoops (6) – Duct-tape a hula hoop to the top of a large and readily available object (example: dorm or classroom chairs) or hang hula hoops from soccer goals (with permission first of course).
- Volleyball (1) – Semi-deflated to the point that it can be easily gripped with one hand but still round enough to throw and pass with accuracy. We recommend Baden Match Point brand, which you can find by clicking here (or scroll to the bottom of this page for links).
- Dodgeballs (3) – Same condition as volleyball. 8.5 inch diameter is preferred. We recommend Champion Sports brand, which you can find either a package of 6 by clicking here, or single ones by clicking here (or scroll to the bottom of this page for links).
- Snitch tail and shorts (1) – A long sock with a tennis ball in the bottom, tucked into shorts that can be drawn up tightly with a string or a flag football belt. Yellow clothing is recommended.
- Brooms (14) – These are the hardest things to acquire at first for little to no cost. Here are some options:
- B.Y.O.B. – In the interest of getting a game going, you can tell players to bring their own brooms. This approach can limit your turnout, but has the benefit of widening the range of what is acceptable as a “broom-like implement.” Players have turned up with old-fashioned mops, new-fashioned Swiffers, lengths of PVC pipe of the correct length, long sticks, etc. With a little creativity, anything can become a “broom,” no money required… but remember safety first! We recommend suggesting PVC pipes, so that the broom is as close to regulation as possible - no broom bristles or wooden broomsticks!