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A street game is a sport or game that is played on city streets rather than a prepared field. Street games are usually simply play time activities for children in the most convenient venue. However some street games have risen to the level of organized tournaments, such as stickball.
When street games are based on organized sports the rules are usually highly modified to fit the situation, i.e. manhole covers for bases with cars or buildings for foul lines in stickball. When balls are called for in street games, spaldeens are often used.
List of street games
- Stickball, an urban variant of baseball
- Streetball (street basketball)
- Street Hockey
- American handball
- One wall paddleball
- Chinese handball
- Kick the Can
- Skully, the "poor man's golf", played with bottlecaps
- Ringolevio, a game with two teams that mixes elements of Tag with Hide and seek
- Gully cricket
- Hit the Stick
- Double Dutch
- Johnny on a Pony or Buck buck
- Steal the Bacon
- Red Rover
- Off the Wall
- Box Baseball
In popular culture
A 2010 PBS documentary, New York Street Games, shows the best-known street games played in New York City in the twentieth century, as well as discussing the decline of those games in recent decades.
- Matt Levy (Director). New York Street Games (Motion picture). New York City. Retrieved 14 Nov 2011.
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