How to Play Kayak Football

How to Play Kayak Football

How to Play Kayak Football

Last week, I had the fun opportunity to tag along with the Lifetime marketing and graphic design teams to test the new Lifetime kayaks on Willard Bay, a lake just north of the Lifetime headquarters in Utah.  I've kayaked before, but this was my first time trying out the Lifetime kayaks.  We were using the Calypso and Daylite models, which are identical 8' molds with the exception of the type of backrest and color.  Personally, I preferred the Daylite model because the backrest felt more comfortable to me since it came up a bit higher.  And, the feature of being able to store valuables inside the backrest is pretty handy, too.

As we've mentioned before, Lifetime kayaks are designed specifically for beginners and are, consequently, extremely stable.  In fact, they are so stable that even when the photographer's dog would jump on a kayak, it didn't even begin to tip.  Likewise, most of us could easily stand up on the kayaks for an impromptu balance contest without a problem. And, as you can see by the photo, our designer Clint even managed to do a flawless handstand on the kayak!  (I can't even do a handstand on the flat, unmoving ground so I didn’t even attempt that trick!)  Since it was an almost 100 degree day, we soon turned our outing into an all-out tipping war…and it definitely took a lot of effort and every ounce of strength we could muster to actually tip someone over in the Lifetime kayaks. 

After we had everyone sufficiently wet from tipping each other, we tested our paddling agility skills and played a game of "kayak football".  If you and your friends own several kayaks, this is a super fun game that gives you a great workout and also helps improve your paddling skills.  Here are the basic rules… at least the ones we used.

Equipment needed:
Kayaks and paddles
1 Floating ball (we used a toy plastic kick-ball)
2 "goals" (we used buoys that were marking the beach zone)

How to play:
Divide into even teams.
Teams line-up against each other like in football and try to get the ball to their own end-zone to score.
If you have the ball IN your kayak, you are NOT allowed to paddle. 
You must move the ball down the "field" by throwing it to another teammate OR skimming it along the water with your paddle.
10 second rule - you cannot sit with the ball in your kayak for more than 10 seconds or the other team gains possession of the ball.
To score, the ball must touch the goal.
Set a point limit and first team to reach it, wins.  (We were going to play to 10 but only made it to 5 before we were all exhausted!)

Pretty easy rules, but if there is an interception - watch out - it turns into a mad frenzy of waves and paddles! So, the next time you're looking for a new adventure with kayaks, try playing some kayak football... and see let us know how it goes.





Name- Jan

What I do for a living- First and foremost, I'm a doting mommy of a second grader and a 4-year-old, and a proud wife of a USAF F-16 fighter pilot!  In my pre-children life, I was the Communications Manager for Lifetime Products.  But, once you're a Lifetime fan, you're hooked!  So, after a few years of hiatus, I'm now a WAHM and am happily back on board at Lifetime as a freelance PR Consultant.  In addition to blogging for Lifetime, you can follow and chat with me on Lifetime's Twitter account @Lifetime365 and on the Lifetime Products Facebook page!

Topics I blog about- How I use Lifetime products in my everyday life at home, for kids parties and community activities, as well as inspiring stories... and GIVEAWAYS!  :)

My favorite products from Lifetime- 4x2 Table, 30” Personal Table, Chair, Youth Kayak, and Wheelbarrow.  Although, our Shed and Yard Cart are pretty close favorites, too!

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Eleanor Thompson

9/1/2010 12:49:21 AM

Great fun Kayaking with all of you at Willard Bay. TAZ loved it, as you could tell.

Here is a fun.......GLOBAL FB site for PADDLERS. I have been putting the word out, re: LIFETIME Dragonfly Kayaks:

I Bet We Can Find 1,000,000 People Who Paddle Kayaks

So post your favorite LIFETIME KAYAK shot on this site and tell them how much you like your LIFETIME kayak!!

Here are a few of my posts:


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