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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 used in street games, spaldeens are often used.
List of street games
This is a list of games that are traditionally played by urban children in playgrounds, parking lots, and back streets. They are all games that may be played on a hard surface, like asphalt. They are part of children's street culture, and are notoriously hard to classify rigorously.
Using a rubber ball
- American handball
- Backyard cricket (Gully cricket)
- Box baseball
- Butts Up
- Chinese handball (Ace-King-Queen)
- Four square (Boxball)
- Half-rubber or halfball
- Hit the stick
- Off the wall
- One wall paddleball
- Stickball, an urban variant of baseball
- Stoop ball
- Streetball (street basketball)
- Buck buck (Johnny on a Pony)
- Clapping games
- Double Dutch
- Kick the can
- Red Rover
- Ringolevio, a game with two teams that mixes elements of tag with hide-and-seek
- Singing game
- Skipping rope or Skipping
- Skully (a.k.a. skelly, bottlecaps), the "poor man's golf", played with bottlecaps
- Steal the Bacon
- Street football
- Street hockey
- String games (cat's cradle)
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.
- Milberg, Alan (1976). Street Games, p.202. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 9780070419155.
- Levy, Matt (2010). New York Street Games. PBS.
- Matt Levy (Director) & Hector Elizondo (Narrator). New York Street Games (Motion picture). New York City. Archived from the original on 13 November 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2011.
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