Hey does anyone remember JOhnny On The Pony. I grew up in The Bronx. It would usually take 4 or 5 players on each side. One team would line up against the wall. One player would face the others with back against wall and the rest of team would face him and would bend from the waist one behind the other holding the waist of the one in front of them. The other team would run and jump on the backs of the team trying to land as far forward as he could. The object was to make the team holding them to break under the weight of the jumpers.
Oh, what great memories we have here! I grew up in the Bronx (Highbridge section) and we played Ring o levio, Round Up (my favorite), Red Rover, Johnny on the Pony, Freeze tag, red light green light, giant step, and someone remmebbered “Hot Peas and Butter” ! The last was one of my favorites. “It” would hide a belt while everyone else hid in the alley so as not to see where. We policed ourselves so that no one peeked. On the streets there were a variety of places to hide the belt like under a car, on top of the tire, etc. Then “it” would call “Hot peas and butter, come and get your supper”. We would all come out and try to find the belt. It would help by saying So and so it hot, or cold……”you’re cold…you’re freezing cold, you’re starting to thaw….you’re lukewarm, you’re getting hotter, you’re getting boiling hot, Etc. The one who found the belt would run after the others trying to hit them until they got to base. Actually, I don’t remember anyone really getting hit, but it was the idea of it that made us run fast and laugh. The person who found the belt got to be “it” the next time.
Thanks to Richard Ostrowski for the info on “roundup”!! That used to be one of our favorite street games and I couldn’t remember the rules because it was so similar to ringolevio. Brings back a lot of good memories. And to Tony and Fran, I definitely remember “Run, Catch and Kiss”! We’d play with all the neighborhood cuties and it was a ton of fun, unless you catch or get caught by your friend’s “big” sister! Yes, I remember having to make believe I fell to avoid catching “Big Wanda”!!! I tell my kids about all of our old games from the Bronx and they don’t believe any of it!!! I tell them they don’t know how to have fun. This was all before pc’s, cell phones, and x-box/playstation 2 were even being thought of. Poor kids!
I used to play a game called “American Eagle” in astoria projects as a kid. One person would be “it” and would stand in the middle of the field with all the other kids on one side of the field. Whoever was it, yelled American Eagle and everyone would try to charge to the other side of the field. The guy that was it would have to tackle someone and say “American Eagle 1,2,3, three times fast while he held his captive down. Then there was two people in the middle, would yell American Eagle again, and they would both try and tackle and capture the other kids running back across the field, until they were down to the last person. We would play until the Housing Authority Police chased us off the grass.
Does anyone remember RCK? Run, Catch and Kiss?! My husband and I laugh when we think about how much fun we had running around trying to catch or be caught! He is 2 yrs older, we lived in Brooklyn and we remember how fun it was! And how it always happened that the person you didn’t want to catch and kiss would always slow down to get caught on purpose, and you would fall down on purpose so you let them get away(and you didn’t have to kiss them!) Or others would Quit on the spot! Screaming out “I Quit!” when it was time to kiss the unwanted person! lol! We have 5 children and they have no clue how much fun we had before the days of Atari and Commodore 64!
Slight local variation on “Suicide” in my area (Malden, MA, near Boston, at Forestdale Elementary): No one was ever out of the game for good–it went on until recess was over or everyone was bored. People just sort of came and went. You throw the ball against the wall. If someone catches the fly that person becomes the thrower. Otherwise you keep throwing. If someone touches it on the fly without catching it, (s)he runs for the wall while whoever happens to pick up the ball tries to peg him/her before (s)he reaches it. If the runner gets pegged, (s)he has to sit out until someone else gets pegged. This was not too long ago (1994, 1995). I just saw it as a more complex Off the Wall (also a great game).
I grew up in the Bronx near P.S. 76 and Evander H.S. we’d play just about everything: we had certain seasons when the Pea shooters would come out. Soda straws and chick peas, I think, and we would be shooting each other for hours. It’s a bit dangerous, but that was the fun. Not as dangerous and shooting paper clips and we did that to, with rubber bands. We’d normally play both of those shooting war games hiding behind cars. Not to many rules, just teams played until one side surrendered. We also played marbles, but we used elaborately designed shoe boxes with ramps and holes that contestants would have to roll their marble through or lose it. If they got their marble up the ramp and into the shoe or cigar box they won any number of marbles. This was Las Vegas before we knew it.
Someone earlier mentioned Three Steps To Germany. Back in BKLYN (sunset park/bay ridge),the “little” kids had to play that across the street sidewalk to sidewalk. The “big” kids got tho play “Six Steps To Germany” which was played from sewer to sewer.” Only the new kids had to jump as we “experts” could walk directly to our carvings in the tar. For some reason, we only played this game in the evening. Strange!
Someone ask about STATUES – Usually the biggest kid would swing each of us round and round by the arm and let go. Where we landed and how we landed was how we would have to stay until everyone was swung. Then we would just start over. TROJAN HORSES – We’d pair off, the strongest would carry the smaller partner on their shoulders and attack the other pairs. Winner was the last pair standing.
Up in PLP Penn., we play a game each month called Posy or Possy not sure. It consists of two team. One team called the bandits (normally a group of college students) would hide out in the woods in a bunch of camo on this 8,000 acre preserve. The other team called the pos(s)y would have to catch the bandits by tackling them and yelling “caught caught caught!” When this was done, the pos(s)y member would bring the bandit back to the jail. The jail was protected by pos(s)y members. The Bandits were trying to raid the jail. Which meant charging the jail as fast as they could and getting to the ropes marking of the jail. Each capture by the pos(s)y was 5 points and each jail raid by the Bandits was worth 15. The Bandits team is usually smaller. A time limit of at least one hour is recommended. Now it doesnt have to be so detailed (with the camo and such), but it adds a certain fun to it. Oh, and one of the most interesting part of the game is the Bandits make up a strange story about how they are taking over and you need to regain the land. This brought hours of fun!