Pickup Games: The Rules, the Players, the Equipment

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Everyone knows of at least one child who regularly has the following exchange with his best friend: "What do you want to do today?" "l don't know, what do you want to do?" Pick-Up Games: The Rules, The Players, The Equipment, a complete reference to spin-off sports, will cure every child's boredom. These exciting games - whether played in a schoolyard, the street, a playground, a sports field, a gymnasium or just about anywhere else - can be played by boys and girls at different levels of athletic ability, with ...
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Overview

Everyone knows of at least one child who regularly has the following exchange with his best friend: "What do you want to do today?" "l don't know, what do you want to do?" Pick-Up Games: The Rules, The Players, The Equipment, a complete reference to spin-off sports, will cure every child's boredom. These exciting games - whether played in a schoolyard, the street, a playground, a sports field, a gymnasium or just about anywhere else - can be played by boys and girls at different levels of athletic ability, with almost any number of participants and with easy-to-find equipment. Organized by over a dozen main sports (including baseball, basketball, badminton, field hockey, frisbee and soccer), the book then breaks down into hundreds of spin-off sports, known as pick-up games, which can sharpen specific skills and add a creative twist to an overplayed game. Under baseball, for example, players can learn adaptable favorites such as Scrub Ball, Stickball, Wiffleball, Homerun Derby, Stoopball, Pickle, Pepper and countless others. Each entry includes number of players, equipment, playing area, ages, and complete rules and instructions. The book also contains a chapter on "More Fun and Games," which offers rules and instructions for several games such as Bocce Ball, Tag and Kick the Can, which did not evolve from a particular sport. With more than 50 diagrams, an appendix listing pick-up games by number of players, a glossary and an index, Pick-Up Games is a handy instructional tool for young athletes, parents, gym instructors and camp counselors.

An instructional guide to variations on such games as badminton, baseball, and croquet.

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"Pick-up Games" is a solid addition to the literature of recreation. The author, who has published several other sports books, has created an interesting catalog of more than 250 activities for the playground and backyard. The author defines a pick-up game as "an offshoot of an established sport" that has flexible boundaries and rules, adaptable to the players' needs The book is arranged alphabetically by 15 sports (badminton, baseball, basketball, etc.). The fifteenth category is a general one that lists games that are simply "a lot of fun to play." Here are listed such classics as Capture the Flag, Kick the Can, and Manhunt. Each chapter begins with a description of the base sport, followed by its offshoots. These games are arranged "developmentally" within a sport. That is, games that are derivatives of the original sport are listed first, followed by those that are variations on the derivative, and so on. All of the sports have diagrams of the regulation playing area as well as illustrations of how to play the derivatives. The descriptions of the games are clear and include number of players, equipment, playing area, and minimum age Several of the games are common variations on many of the base sports, and these are cross-referenced to the first alphabetical listing. For instance, Monkey in the Middle can be played in basketball, field hockey, lacrosse, and soccer; the complete description is given in the basketball chapter. Common names are used for the games, although there may be some geographic regions in which the games are known differently (e.g., Smear is known in various areas as Muckleball, Pile-on, Free for All, Pig Pile, Kill the Guy with the Ball, etc.). While these variant names are not referenced in the book, the organization by base sport enables the user to readily find this football derivative. Thus, regional peculiarities should not present a problem. The volume includes a glossary of terms and an index. A useful appendix is the chart that shows the minimum number of players needed for each game Although several good game books are available, few are as clear and concise as "Pick-up Games". Also, this new title does an admirable job of relating the games to popular sports. This book should be popular in school and public libraries as well as in college libraries with sports and recreation studies.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780816027002
  • Publisher: Facts on File, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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