I grew up in Woodside Queens in the 60’s and we played a game where a guy would hit a ball with the bat and if you caight it on the fly, you were up. If you didn’t catch it, whoever got the ball would roll it toward the batter (who had to lay his bat on the ground). If you either missed the bat or hit it and the batter caught the ball before it bounced, he hit again. If the batter missed the ball after it hit, you became the hitter. I tried to bring the game to Long Island when we moved to the burbs but it couldn’t compete with baseball fields.
I grew up in Woodside, Queens in the seventies and loved Red Rover, Red Rover, Red Light, Green Light, etc. I remember the boys playing stick ball,etc. Being a girl, we did alot of the jumprope games/rhymes, and also more “girlie” steet games. I recall one being called “germany”, where you needed four concrete “squares” and would have to step for “one”, hop for “two”, Skip for “three”, etc. I think it went up to nine, and you couldn’t touch any “lines” and couldn’t step into “germany”, or the third box. Sound familiar to anyone? WE also played “girls, girls, out” This one used six boxes and had different categories in each box like, colors, girls names, boys names, etc. You would have to hop into the box twice saying “girls, girls out”, then go over each box saying a different girl’s name twice, then go into the next category and do boys names, etc. If anyone has more info on these games, please share. Love this website – it’s so nostalgic!
Played alot of roller hockey, Richmond Hill area mostly and up in Woodside. Don’t remeber the freeze rule, except when we played in the street and we would yell CAR! and everybody would freeze where they were until the car passed. Then you picked up play from there,unless of course you were on a break away and then the damn car just had to wait!!!
I used to hang out with these kids in Woodside. When it was snowy and icy, we wore special clothes for one of our favorite activities “Skitching.” You had to have boots with substantial soles. We had rubberized fabric gloves and glove liners and the gloves were typically bright colors. Kids even had rubber pants. After a really severe snowstorm the cars would have to slow down, and only go at about 20 miles an hour down Queens Blvd. You could hide between parked cars, sneak out in a crouch behind a car when it stopped at a light. Grabbing the bumper, you’d lean back and let the car pull you down the street. We called it skitching because it was a cross between hitching and skiing. Most times the drivers didn’t see you. You could go for blocks. What a ride!
I grew up in Laurelton, Queens-and loved to play Skelly when I lived in the Woodside projects-melting crayons into soda bottle caps was the way to go-my brother always cried when I took the broken crayons to melt into new caps-I remember the scratches I got from the “pleats” on the caps they were the only caps allowed. I recently taught my girl Scout troop of second graders to play-it caught on quickly in the school in Ohio where I live
This is such a coooooool site! I’m not getting any work done! My sister and I used to play skully in the Woodside Housing Projects in Queens in the late 50’s. To this day, the smell of Crayola Crayons brings back floods of memories — both because I used to draw with them, but mostly because of their aroma when melted for my skully shooters! On the radiator — I had forgotten that! Wow…… Jan