What I remember best about playing Skelly was the variety of pieces we’d use. Usually we’d use bottle tops from soda bottles. Of course this was before the twist-off tops so the trick was to get the top off the bottle without bending it. Sometimes we’d melt crayons into the bottle tops to give them weight – then we could blast the opponent’s top down the block. Sometimes we’d have an open game where you could use any type of top you wanted – large jar tops were particular favorites. These had to be big enough to maximize the chance of hitting your opponent, but not too big to fit into a destination box. The wickedest thing I remember was, when you landed in a box and your opponent was sitting on the box edge, you could put your top right up against his and kick then as far as you could. You got to go to the next box, but your opponent might need the rest of the day to get back on the court!
Original author: Bob Pesner [e-mail]