Going Gaga for this Game

Google “gaga” and you’ll receive hundreds of hits about the popular American singer/songwriter. Modify your search to “gaga game” and you’ll find news related to a children’s camp sport that is almost as popular as the aforementioned musician.
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Google “gaga” and you’ll receive hundreds of hits about the popular American singer/songwriter. Modify your search to “gaga game” and you’ll find news related to a children’s camp sport that is almost as popular as the aforementioned musician.

Two Glen Rock moms, Pamela Diamond and Leslie Kossar Schraer, have embraced the sport as well. They opened the Gagasphere in Waldwick this fall so their children (they have five between them), their friends and other youngsters can play the game year-round. 

“My kids play it at summer camp,” says Marc Schwartz, 39, of Fair Lawn. “They’re excited to hear they can play it any time of year.” 

So what exactly is gaga? Think of it as a kinder, gentler form of dodgeball but played at the same fast pace. In general, participants eliminate other players by hitting them below the knees using a soft rubber or foam ball. The ball isn’t thrown or tossed—it’s hit with the palm of the hand toward other players. All the action takes place inside an octagonal ring with low walls. 

Think you’re ready to play or learn more about the latest craze? Head over to the Gagasphere now and check it out. 

The Gagasphere, 140 Franklin Tpke., Waldwick, 201.445.2546; thegagasphere.com 

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