I am a teacher of English from Poland (in Europe ) and I teach in a primary school. In a coursebook for 11-year-olds there is a short article about “Street Games” in the USA and one of them is skully! In Poland we have similar game where beer caps and chalk are used (I played it as a child). It is a kind of a simple race and you also try to finish the route (a long narrow chalk “road”) as first and eliminate your opponents. Anyway, I wanted to find out more about skully and noticed this site. It is fantastic! And I am going to wait until spring and then teach my pupils to play skully! I do hope they like it Thanks a lot! Dorota
I was the Killer of Killers in Skelly for a bunch of years growing up in East New York. Ruleed from Miller Ave to Essex St. along Fulton Ave. There is still a carved Skelly board that we called home field on Van Siclen Ave. between Fulton St. and Atlantic Ave. Check it out. We carved that Skelly board in the 70’s. Still there!
Mr. J — Several smaller courts should be made with teams of 5-8 kids. Otherwise, a single game would take forever. And trust me, it’s skellzies. I played this in the early seventies in the South Bronx. Oh, and if it becomes popular, keep an eye out for kids using the coasters from school chairs as skellzie caps. They can be cut out, and then the rubber is dug out. They make perfect caps; heavy and slick. We used to take bottle caps, and then rub them on smooth concrete to a polish. Then we would take either crayons or green army men and melt them into the bottle cap for weight.
How can I play Skelly with a large PE class of 28 kids? I made a huge board on the gym floor to play…what’s the best way to do this? Or should I can the idea and just have 4 or 5 smaller boards? Help!
Check out the Back in the Day NYC Skelly t-shirts: http://backinthedayt-shirts.blogspot.com/
I just painted 3 skelly courts in my day schools yard. I am going to teach 100 6th grade boys how to play skelly. I have over 100 bottle and Snapple caps, crayons and magnifying glasses. I am a science teacher at the school and I will be relating the game to Newton’s Laws of Motion. I will teach them the art of weighting the pieces and hiding the washers under the melted crayon. I learned the game in the Pomonok housing projects of Queens, NYC in the 1950’s. This game never goes away and it is addicitng!
In the Bronx NY we would fill our bottle caps with asphalt from the street paving. All you had to do was find a spot where a car had parked and leaked any kinf of fluid; oil, gas, brake, transmission, etc. The fluid would soften the aspahlt and you srapped the asphalt with the serrated edge of your bottle cap. Good times for all!