March Madness started this past week, and it's a big deal, especially since it didn't happen last year. In the work force, it's enjoyed so much that it's said to costs businesses about $13.3 billion per year with distracted employees. March Madness can represent an encouraging bonding experience for your family or teens with an anticipated feeling of Spring and Summer coming! You can use this bracket season with watching games as a time to connect and check in with each other to see how you are all doing mentally and be a safe space for each other. There have already been several upsets, which is oftentimes the most intriguing part of the tournament. If you're looking for this year's cinderella story, your best bets are Oral Roberts (a #15 seed) or Loyola Chicago (a #8 seed). The number 1 seeds this year are Michigan, Gonzaga, Baylor, and Illinois. At the time of writing, however, Illinois has already been knocked out by Loyola Chicago. Check out all of the scores and updated brackets for the men's tournament here.
On the women's end of things, here is the live bracket. All of the 1 seeds, which are USC, UConn, NC State, and Stanford have all advanced. There haven't been quite as many upsets as the men's bracket, but seeing powerhouse teams like the ones listed above and others like Baylor and Louisville clashing in the semis and the championship is always entertaining.
If you have access to a court or even an open area, a ball (doesn't have to be a volleyball) and a volleyball net, badminton net, or some other kind of net, blanket volleyball is an awesome game that will get everyone involved. You'll need probably at least 8 to play this game. Divide your group and give each team a blanket (or two depending on how many people there are). Each team will have to work together to catch the volleyball in the blanket and fling it over the net. A lot of the rules are similar to volleyball such as out of bounds and not hitting it twice in a row. You can choose to keep the score however you want depending on how much time you have. You can do 3 sets of 11, 1 set of 25, or whatever you want.