So I can’t be the first to have thought of this, but I’m pretty sure I came up with it on my own, yesterday at our 66th picnic.

Dads, if you are throwing a football (or frisbee or baseball . . . )around in a circle with a number of kids who have different abilities in throwing and catching, do this:

Start in a circle so close that you are almost touching. Start throwing the football and every time a participant successfully gets the ball to the next player he gets to take a step back.  If the catch is not made (the ball is dropped), the two players involved take a step towards each other.

The result is a uneven circle with all players perfectly spaced.

The good news is that generally speaking at least 50 percent of the throw/catch attempts will be successful.