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BACKYARD POST: Stickball, Whiffleball & More

By Jackie Burrell
Tuesday, May 5th, 2009 at 5:55 am in Backyard fun.

Whiffle ball (Photo by La Shinda Clark/Philadelphia Inquirer/MCT) Ever since we asked how you and your children like to wile away a lazy summer (or spring) afternoon, we’ve been totally inspired. Cindi and Cassandra’s descriptions of nature walks and vegetable gardens led to a Backyard Fun post last week on children’s gardens, strawberry pots and beanpole tepees, complete with instructions.

Now, we’re taking the ball, so to speak, and running with Kim V’s suggestion of stickball in the court yard. “We pretty much play it like an urban/surburban softball,” she says. “Sorry we don’t have any pictures, as we’re all playing. It’s a great summertime activity for families!”

Stickball is one of those classic street games – I looked up the rules, only to discover that oh yeah, I played that, but we called it “street baseball” in my SoCal suburb. It’s played in the street with a stick and a ball (a rubber ball or whiffle ball that’s less likely to break any windows), with sewer covers or similar street markings for bases and such. But those are by no means the only great street games out there. Once you’ve tired of stickball – or lost the ball, as happened every time we played at night – try one of these:

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  1. Ari Soglin Says:

    Hold that whiffle ball just right and you can throw some nasty, impossible-to-hit curve balls that start out like they’re going three feet BEHIND the batter only to break and nick the outside corner. But they’re hard to throw for strikes on a windy day.

    Question: What’s the name of the game played with a bunch of kids forming a circle and throwing balls at the kids in the middle? It’s a variation on dodge ball. We played it in PE when I was a kid, but it’s probably considered too violent today. I’m blanking on the name.

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