Kendra Baker photos Extreme Gaga is back for a second year at the Wilton Family Y \u2014 but what is it? Extreme Gaga originates from the game of Gaga, \u201ca fast-paced, high energy sport played in an octagonal pit,\u201d according to the New York City Gaga Center\u2019s website. To be victorious, players must hit opponents below the knee with a soft foam ball while jumping, dodging, striking and running. Think of Gaga as a gentler form of dodgeball. \u201cExtreme Gaga is taking the regular game of Gaga and adding additional challenges and variances to the regular rules,\u201d explained Aaron Britton, Wilton Y camp director and Extreme Gaga coordinator. \u201cIt\u2019s everyone for his or herself. If the ball touches you below the knee, you\u2019re out. Last one in the pit wins, then everyone hops back in for the next round.\u201d Each Extreme Gaga game at the Wilton Family Y lasts no longer than five minutes, said Mr. Britton. \u201cIt\u2019s definitely a great workout,\u201d he said. \u201cBecause the games do not last very long, the participants can get right back in and start the next game,\u201d he said. In spring 2013, the Wilton Y purchased the Extreme Gaga pit to be used at Camp Gordyland, said Mr. Britton, and Extreme Gaga coach Zack Block and Wilton Y staff member Mike Kazlauskas put it together. After the purchase of the pit, Mr. Britton said, the game became a quick hit with the campers. \u201cThe feedback we receive is very positive. Not only is it fun when it is \u2018extreme,\u2019 but we know it\u2019s one of the favorite activities at Camp Gordyland as well,\u201d he said. At the Wilton Y, Mr. Britton said, between five and eight children typically participate in a game of Extreme Gaga at a time. \u201cThe best part about Gaga is that the more participants, the better,\u201d he said, \u201cand, of course, we are always on the lookout for players.\u201d There are no requirements to play in Wilton Y\u2019s Extreme Gaga games, said Mr. Britton. \u201cWe start out players at first grade and have had mixed ages play with much success,\u201d he said. \u201cThat\u2019s where Coach Zack makes sure everyone follows the same rules and follows the variant correctly.\u201d The Wilton Family Y hosts Extreme Gaga on Mondays, from 3:15 to 4:15 and 4:30 to 5:30; and Thursdays and Fridays, from 2:30 to 3:15. The cost to play for Y members is $45 on Mondays, and $35 on Thursdays and Fridays. For non-members, it\u2019s $60 on Mondays, and $50 on Thursdays and Fridays. For more information, contact Mr. Britton at email@example.com or 203-762-8384, ext. 283.