Summer Sports and Games

I have fond memories of summers as a child. We lived in a middle class neighborhood with a circle (culdesac) where the neighborhood kids would congregate each evening and play sports or games.

Because of the long days, we could stay up 'til dark or until our parents would give a call out from our front door.

We got plenty of exercise and most of the sports or games we played included using a ball or other equipment. We also played many of them in teams.


Dodge Ball or Dodgeball was one we always enjoyed. In this game you try to hit other players with balls but avoid being hit yourself. Be sure and watch the video below for the biggest Dodge ball game you probably will ever see.


Anti I Over is played with a ball which is played over a house (yes, I said a house - if the parents approved of course). In those days, we only had one level houses, usually looking like a cracker box with an A-framed roof.

One team would stand on one side and one team on the other side of the house. Then one team would throw a ball over the house and call out, "Anti-I-Over". If the ball did not make it to the other side, you could try again.

If the ball makes it over and someone on the other side caught it, you run around to the other side and try to tag as many as you can and then they wwill be on your side. The object of the game is to try and get all the players on your side.


Another game we played often was Kick the Can. In this one you had a can (any size will do) and a goal.

One player is the goalie and he hides his face or closes his eyes and counts while the rest of the team run and hide.

The object of the game is for the goalie to find the players. While the goalie is hunting, someone will try and sneak in and kick the can which automatically releases all the players who have been found. Then every one hides again.


Red Rover is played between two teams of players, normally about thirty feet apart. The team on the receiving end hold each others hands to form a barrier.

Each team lines up and one person calls out, Red rover, red rover, send [call the name of a player on the other team] right over .

The person who was called is supposed to run towards the other line, looking for a weak link, and break the line. If the person who was called is unable to break the chain, he/she joins the other team.

If the player is successful in breaking the chain, this player may select either of the two persons whose arms he was able to get through, and they join with the team that had called out.

The other team then calls out Red rover, red rover, send [call the name of a player on the other team] right over . It continues like that back and forth until only one is left. The team with the most players at the end wins.

The game can be a risky or painful. When the runner or attempts to break through, it can hurt the team player's arms or body and even knock them to the ground. I understand that the game has been banned in a number of schools because of injuries.


Run, Sheepy, Run is a game played with a wolf and as many others (sheep) who want to play. The wolf will hide his face with his hands and count to 100. While he is counting the sheep run and hide. Then the wolf will try to find the sheep.

It is similar to Hide and Seek, but in Run, Sheepy, Run you are caught by the wolf. Once the wolf catches a sheep, he puts them in a make believe corral. Sheep who are still hiding while the wolf is looking for them can sneak in and release the captured sheep.


Tag is one of the Favorites of children and there are many variations.

Chain tag is a variant where the first person to be caught joins hands with 'it' and the two must chase the others as a pair. As more people are caught they too join hands, forming a lengthening chain. Only those at the ends of the chain are able to catch someone, as they are the only ones with a free hand.



Octopus tag is a mixture of Red Rover and Tag. The playing field is known as the ocean . The fish line up along one side of the ocean and try to run to the other side without getting tagged. The octopus tries to tag the other players. After getting tagged the fish become seaweed and they must freeze or sit where they were tagged, but they can wave their arms around and help the octopus to tag other fish within their reach. The last fish to be tagged becomes the next octopus.


I have read that organized sports aren't right for every child and certainly not for every age.


If you as a parent encourage your child and set an example of being active yourself, chances are a few sports will spark his or her interest.


You can encourage them by taking your child to local sporting events and explaining how different games are played.


When the time is right, and they show true interest, you can provide opportunities for your child to try out equipment and play informally with other children.


Teach your children how you can get great satisfaction from playing without even wanting to be the best. Don't force children to play sports they are not interested in.


Children don't need organized athletics to develop athletic skills or to get physical activity. "A healthy lifestyle doesn't have to include sports," says Edward Laskowski, M.D., co-director of the Sports Medicine Clinic at Mayo Clinic, Rochester Minn. "It's more important that your child is involved in some sort of physical activity, whether it's hiking and biking with the family or playing pickup baseball or basketball with the neighborhood kids."


Competition has its place, but it is important while children are young to let them enjoy fun sports and games without feeling stressed to succeed. The physical activity is necessary for proper growth and development.


I have fond memories of all these times we spent until late in the summer evenings.

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peacegirl101 6 years ago

So fun :D


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peacegirl101 6 years ago

Oh! Thanks for the info, Yeah, I wasn't born in the 50's! Yes I did like your hub! Mahola and Aloha! :D


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Some of these games and sports go back to the early days - the 50s - that is probably way before you were born. Glad you liked the hub.


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peacegirl101 6 years ago

Awesome hub! I love summer its my favorite season and I love sports, I know what Dodge Ball is, Redrover, and Tag ( everybody knows what tag is :) ). i dont know what the rest of them are, but they sound lots of fun! ( especially run sheepy run :)) Thanks very fun hub! :) aloha


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

You are welcome lovekv - great name and avatar btw.


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lovekv 6 years ago

thank you oh my dear fnd


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks dallas for expounding on that subject - very insightful and true.


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

All I really need to know about how to live and what to do and how to be I learned in kindergarten. Wisdom was not at the top of the graduate school mountain, but there in the sand pile at school.

These are the things I learned:

Share everything.

Play fair.

Don't hit people.

Put things back where you found them.

Clean up your own mess.

Don't take things that aren't yours.

Say you're sorry when you hurt somebody.

Wash your hands before you eat.

Flush.

Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.

Live a balanced life - learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some.

Take a nap every afternoon.

When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together.

Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Styrofoam cup: the roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.

Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup - they all die. So do we.

And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned - the biggest word of all - LOOK.

Everything you need to know is in there somewhere. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation. Ecology and politics and equality and sane living.

Take any one of those items and extrapolate it into sophisticated adult terms and apply it to your family life or your work or government or your world and it holds true and clear and firm. Think what a better world it would be if we all - the whole world - had cookies and milk at about 3 o'clock in the afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap. Or if all governments had as a basic policy to always put things back where they found them and to clean up their own mess.

And it is still true, no matter how old you are, when you go out in the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together.


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

very funny dallas93444. I do agree.


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

"Mommy, can I go outside and play?" You learn a lot from games... I learned everything I needed to learn in kindergarten...


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elayne001 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains Author

Thanks abbiz. We are lucky to have such memories.

@Hello, hello - you are welcome!

@Princessa - I agree about the technological games - they are fun, but you miss the social interaction we had as children.

@G L Strout - Happy to have triggered some memories of your youth.

@Martie - Glad you liked it - thanks for your comments.

@ediggity - you are right - I forgot that one. Marco Polo was fun too.

@Pamela99 - thanks - I am sure there are more games and sports I am forgetting.

@LianaK - Glad you have fun memories of days gone by. Aloha!


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LianaK 6 years ago

Love the hub! Wonderful memories of outdoor recreational games with my friends :).


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Elayne, What a great number of great games. Good hub.


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ediggity 6 years ago

Lots of fun games. Marco Polo was a classic also.


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MartieCoetser 6 years ago from South Africa

Oh, this was awesome! It brought back so many wonderful memories of my own childhood. Sadly middle-class and upper-class children don’t play anymore; they watch TV and ‘play’ electronic games. Physical exercising only via organised sports at schools and clubs.


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G L Strout 6 years ago from Ohio, USA

This brings back a lot of childhood memories. Thanks.


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Princessa 6 years ago from France

It sounds like you had a lot of fun growing up and playing all those games. I have the impression that childen were happier and healthier then because they were allowed to interact freely with other children, they were playing and at the same time exercising and developing social skills.

I hate to see children sitting in front of the tv or playing alone with their playstations and similar games, in a way I see that as wasting their childhood.

Parents should encourage more outdoor games.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for these wonderful ideas.


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abbiz 6 years ago from M-A

days of childhood it was really nice, I remember so it was like in paradise, Thanks So much, That is Great Hub! ;-)

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