~ Crack-About… and How to Play ~
Welcome to the description and explanation of one of our family's most favorite outdoor games. A relative to the well-known "Dodge-Ball", this sport brings quite a bit of 'spice', excitement, action, and competition to those who dare to engage in such a thrilling activity.
The object of the game is to be the last one still "in" by using the ball much like you would in dodge-ball to "tag" everyone else out. The person who is the last one left on the field/"in-zone" after everyone else is out is declared the winner.
1.) There must be definite playing
boundaries large enough to accom-
modate the playing group, yet small
enough to keep everyone fairly together. Example: For a group of 10 grown
people a 50-by-50 size lot would be
advisable... although it depends much
on the space you have available and
how much you really want to play. :)
2.) The person with the ball may not walk with
the ball and must remain in the same location he received the ball until he is relieved of the ball.
3.) The ball may NOT be aimed above a targeted
person's shoulders. We don't want to hurt anyone!
4.) When a person has been hit with the ball, they
are out and must proceed to the "out-of-bounds",
which should be a special location designated for
"outs"-- i.e: a sidewalk, porch, tree, sand-box, side
room (if in a gym or such), etc. -- and must remain
there until someone is declared the winner.
5.) When a person has thrown the ball, if someone
catches his ball before it hits the ground, the person
who threw the ball is out. Even if the ball bounces
off one or more other persons before "the catch",
if the ball is caught the thrower is out. (If it bounces
off a non-player -- a wall, a passerby, the dog -- the
thrower is not out.)
6.) If the ball escapes out of bounds, the game is declared "times out" and an "out" person mayretrieve the ball and throw it in. If there is no "out" person, a player may retrieve the ball and bring it
back in bounds.
7.) The ball is always "hot". It can be thrown by anyone who has it and tags out whoever (of the
players) it comes in contact with -- as in dodge-ball.
8.) Watch out for little ones! :) They are the most
sneaky players and have often been the winners…
and besides, you don't want to hurt any of these tiny
9.) Sometimes you may need a referee or two. :) It can get
confusing when playing with ladies with skirts (although
we count even that) or if a player did not feel the ball tag
him and occasionally an outsider's perspective is helpful.
Remember, it's just a game, so don't get too up-tight. :)
10.) Spice it up! :) Add your own memories to this game by throwing in some extra excitement. We'll share a few of our favorite variations which may capture your attention or fuel your own creativity.
* Throw in another ball or two…or three or four and play with several "hot" balls.
*Allow the thrilling challenge of "stealing balls".
This could get exciting, so a rule of thumb is: in
the act of stealing a ball, keep in mind that whoever
loses contact with the ball is out. Also, this is not
wrestling, so have a 5-sec. countdown and if the
opponent cannot obtain the ball from the original
holder before time, the "stealer" is out.
run to"base" and be there when another player is tagged out,
then the first may re-enter the field. (This is our most common favorite variation.)
* When a person is tagged out, mark the one who tagged you
and remain on base until that person is tagged out before re-
entering the field. If you put yourself out -- dropped the ball,
slipped on the ball, it bounced off your target and hit you --
then from base, you must obtain the ball (or retrieve it from
out-zone) and tag someone out from out of bounds.
***Be a good sport! It's just a game and you can
have a blast if you keep a good attitude even in the
"unfortunate" moments. I guarantee, you'll have
SO MUCH FUN!
"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink,
or whatsoever ye do, do all to the
glory of God."
1 Corinthians 10:31