That’s the beauty of punchball and slapball. They were always impromptu and unstructured, in large contrast to today’s organized sports. That’s what made it fun. We did it on the spur of the moment, when the mood struck us, and often made up rules as we went along. (Yeah, sure, there were “official” rules, but they were always very bendable depending on the situation.) I have no doubt that kids will love this stuff once they’re introduced to it. What’s not to love? In fact, several of my friends’ kids have already tried skully and punchball and are hooked.
I went to my daughter’s 3rd grade class last week to demonstrate the games. The kids really loved playing skully, catch and an impromptu version of punchball/slapball. I think many of these games could have great appeal to kids again. Hopefully we will get a chance to bring it into classrooms in the coming year.
Well it looks to me watching both my son and my daughter do poorly in organized sports that whatever natural ability was possible to acquire from my husband rather than me in this area my kids sadly did not acquire. I was always terrible, last pick and was lucky to have an athletic friend or I would have been shunned altogether. It was not fun. It was actually more fun when I did not join and ruin the team’s possiblities. Maybe with the sports activities being more organized, rather than just whoever was there points out the inequality more. It does seem like the boys do seem to be better than the girls as a general statement, although plenty of the girls get good hits, make decent catches and fine throws, more boys do those things in a more exceptional way.
Growing up all the kids in the neighborhood played together, boys and girls. Maybe all of us girls were tom-boys, or since that was our only option (join in or get left behind)it molded us into tom-boys! Whatever the case, “boys games” were much more fun, and us girls kept up with them in pickle, butts up, D & D, street ball, and bike races. It was great!