Aaron Waid
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This fast-paced game is easy to pull off, and your youth will want to play this one over and over again! Rock Paper Scissors Tournament is not only a great game for youth group, but it’s also the kind of game that you can turn to during all the in-between moments of youth group, such as when you’re waiting for dinner to be served, or waiting for a trip or event to begin. Super simple and the youth will already know the basic rules – what’s not to love?

One of the best places to play Rock Paper Scissors Tournament is when you have a special event, lock-in, or any large gathering of students. This is the perfect game to play with a huge mass of students, because the rules are simple and you can theoretically have an endless number of participants! However, it’s still a great game to play with small numbers.

I remember playing Rock Paper Scissors Tournament at a retreat with hundreds of students, and it was amazing to see the ocean of movement and laughter as the game progressed and the number of participants slowly dwindled to the final contestants.

Oh, and if you’re wondering, “How do you keep track of the winners with such a large group? Won’t they be tempted to cheat and keep playing?” Don’t worry – the youth will police the game all by themselves (they always do)!

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Number of Players – 8 minimum, no maximum

Equipment Needed – None

Social Distancing Friendly

Game Instructions (Read Aloud)

We’re going to have a Rock Paper Scissors Tournament! In this game, we will begin by having all students find a partner for the initial game. Then, play one another in Rock, Paper, Scissors using the standard rules. The winner advances, while the loser moves to the side to cheer on. After the first round, if you win, raise your hand so another winner can find you and play another round. Continue playing one another until only two competitors remain, who face off to determine the champion.


To extend the game, have each Rock, Paper, Scissors match between two students serve as a Best of Three to determine the winner. You can also replay the entire tournament multiple times (as long as it’s even-numbered) to have a final “Champion’s Round” where all the tournament winners face off.

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Rock Paper Scissors Tournament Game Instructions | Youth Group Games | No Prep Games