Roller Ball (also known as Take the Reins) is a recurring balance and endurance challenge that originated in Survivor: Redemption Island.


The castaways must stand on a small log while balancing a ball on a wooden disc. At regular intervals, more balls will be added onto the plate until there are three balls, which will increase difficulty. If at any time a ball falls off the disc or a castaway loses their footing on the log, they will be eliminated. The last castaway standing wins.

The Take the Reins variation of the challenge instead has contestants balance a ball on a disc, and balance the disc on two ropes. At regular intervals, they must their hands farther back on the rope, making it more difficult to balance the disc.


The challenge was first introduced in Redemption Island as the first individual Immunity Challenge for the new Murlonio tribe. Natalie Tenerelli won the challenge, outlasting Mike Chiesl.

The challenge was re-used two seasons later in One World, where it was once again used as the first individual Immunity Challenge for the new Tikiano tribe. Troyzan Robertson won the challenge, outlasting Kat Edorsson.

In San Juan del Sur the rules of the challenge were changed. The contestants had to balance a ball on a disk, and balance the disk on two ropes. At regular intervals, moved their hands farther back on the rope making it more difficult to balance. After 25 minutes, a second ball was added. Keith Nale outlasted his son, Wes Nale, to win the first individual Immunity Challenge of the season.

In Cambodia, it came down to Keith Nale and Joe Anglim. Joe ended up winning.

In Kaôh Rōng, the challenge returned to its original version, where it was used as the first individual Immunity Challenge for the new Dara tribe. Nick Maiorano ultimately won the challenge, outlasting his former Gondol tribemate Tai Trang. However, Nick's win was voided due to Neal Gottlieb's medical evacuation before that night's Tribal Council.

In Ghost Island, the Take the Reins variation was again used, where most of the tribe dropped out within the first two minutes of the challenge. In the end, Chelsea Townsend outlasted Sebastian Noel to win immunity.

In David vs. Goliath, the original version of the challenge was used yet again. In the third round, the challenge came down to Alison Raybould, Mike White, and Nick Wilson, with Mike ultimately winning his first individual Immunity Challenge.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
Redemption Island
"This Game Respects Big Moves"
Individual Immunity S22 natalie t
Natalie Tenerelli
One World
"The Beauty in a Merge"
Individual Immunity S24 troyzan t
Troyzan Robertson
San Juan del Sur
"Million Dollar Decision"
Individual Immunity S29 keith t
Keith Nale
"You Call, We'll Haul"
Individual Immunity S31 joe t
Joe Anglim
Kaôh Rōng
"It's Merge Time"
Individual Immunity S32 nick t
Nick Maiorano
Ghost Island
"It's Like the Perfect Crime"
Individual Immunity S36 chelsea t
Chelsea Townsend
David vs. Goliath
"Are You Feeling Lucky?"
Individual Immunity S37 mike t
Mike White



  • Jeremy Collins and Keith Nale are the only contestants to have competed in this challenge twice.
    • Keith has won once and lost once, while Jeremy has lost both times.