OT: Name Your Best Neighborhood Game

Submitted by AmishRule on December 6th, 2014 at 10:40 AM
Okay to get our minds off the coaching search for a few seconds share your favorite neighborhood game growing up (this kinda started in an earlier thread). I'm going with Kick the Can or also known as Tin Can Alley. Had everything - strategy, agony, challenging -



December 6th, 2014 at 10:44 AM ^

We played in the big park across the street from my house at like 1 in the morning. Hide in the bushes and scare the shit out of the guy trying to tag you.


December 6th, 2014 at 10:44 AM ^

Used to play capture the flag after sundown and the whole neighborhood was cool with it so we literally could go through everyone's yards and in all the streets. It was quite epic.

Also playing touch football and pretending to be Desmond Howard and Amani Toomer,among others was pretty fun too.


December 6th, 2014 at 10:45 AM ^

street hockey where everybody had their old sticks and the blades got worn down by the pavement and started to look more like knives.  kind of like 'wayne's world', when a car came down the street and we all yelled 'car!'

500 was the other game we played.  one guy would hit the ball out to us and if you caught it on the fly it was something like 100 pts, grounder was 50, etc.  kind of like full-contact outfield play.  the first guy to 500 then got to be the batter.   it was helped along by all of us doing our best imitation of the tv announcers back then, 'george kell and larry osterman.  it's bright, sun-shinny day here at tiger stadium'.   only slightly less wonderful than ernie harwell. 

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December 6th, 2014 at 10:47 AM ^

I grew up in a small community in the UP. There were about 8 kids who were all roughly my age who lived in my neighborhood. Our parents pretty much gave us the run of the neighborhood  and we played every kind of game you can imagine. We used to play what we simply called "Guns." "Guns" usually happened at night and was basically hide and go seek in teh dark while you pretended to shoot people with toy guns. I spent an entire summer or two convinced I was going to grow up and be John Rambo. Hell we'd use the daylight hours to plan our strategies and scout terrain. Fun times. 


December 6th, 2014 at 10:50 AM ^

We played a lot of baseball/basketball/football, manhunt, and ding dong ditch.. Also I have a forest behind my house that we turned into a "bmx track." Had be careful or a hanging branch would knock you off of your bike on one of the turns.


December 6th, 2014 at 10:51 AM ^

Ghost in the grave yard and sardines. We also played a lot of tackle football. We would also pretend to be Desmond Howard and see who could make the best diving catches.


December 6th, 2014 at 11:00 AM ^

3 games:

Man hunt -  Basically tag in NYC streets, climbing scaffolds, jumping roof to roof, running in the middle of the street.  In retrospect, not sure how i didn't die, but i did have to get stitches on my head once...explains a lot.

Skelsies - a new york past time for kids. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skully_%28game%29  Not sure if y'all played this in the midwest, but milk caps, boxes and you could be a legend with the flick of a finger.


Personal favorite:

Stick ball - http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/09/nyregion/theyre-still-swinging-for-th…




December 6th, 2014 at 11:05 AM ^

I grew up with a group of guys I'm still in contact with today. We played all the classics....

The Game (not what your thinking) hide and seek at night using a whole neighborhood block.

Whiffle Ball, one of us had the perfect back yard set up for it. The fences were perfect distances.

Goal line stance, we'd play this right after Christmas. Go out and collect people's Christmas trees from the side of the road. We would pile them up in a line. One kid had the ball on one side of the trees and the defense was on the other side. Ball carrier would run and jump over the trees and try to make it over while the defense would try to keep him in trees. Trees simulated the collision of OL and DL. Lots of fun, but you needed layers of clothes otherwise the trees roughed you up a bit!


December 6th, 2014 at 1:45 PM ^

but ours was a bit more violent. had a yard 100ftx50ft perfect rectangle and a group of kids 10-13 and another group 16-18...older kids stretched a garden hose as the goal line, and got in a kneeling stance across the goal. The younger kids drew up plays and tried to pitch and pass the ball then dive over the defenders. The older kids would grab us mid air and ragdoll our shit into the turf. Couldn't get enough of getting pounded. It was nearly a fight to see who got the shit kicked out of em.


December 6th, 2014 at 11:06 AM ^

Rock wars. Neighbors and I would throw small landscaping rocks at each other simulating warfare. Became very dangerous after some time but built character.

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December 6th, 2014 at 11:07 AM ^

My best friend and I got into this game, no idea how we came up with it, but basically one of us would shoot a basketball from the sidewalk (about the distance of an NBA 3) and if it was made you got a point and then the other guy would 'start' until a miss.  At that point wherever the ball stopped, that's where the next guy shot from until 7 points were made.  We had some epic makes and long grueling games.  Always a challenge at either his place or mine with both having different obstacles.

Was good times.


December 6th, 2014 at 11:10 AM ^

throwing a tennis ball off the curb--scoring based on baseball hits depending on where the ball landed--if caught, too short or too wide=out.  Lots of bored pickle.  Competitive wiffle ball where the highlight was hitting a runner flush on the calf--a painful out.


December 6th, 2014 at 12:51 PM ^

Wiffle ball, backyard tackle football.
Plus tackle the kid with the ball-- One kid would have the ball and basically run around a small yard trying not to get tackled by the other kids.Once a kid is tackled he has to put the ball down and whoever can pick it up starts running around with it. No points scored, so no real objective of the game other than just playing.


December 6th, 2014 at 11:12 AM ^

Bb gun wars at a river not far from my neighborhood. we would stick bottle rockets in the end of our bb guns and light them to fire off as "missles." Good times. 


December 6th, 2014 at 12:41 PM ^

Lots of make-believe military-ish stuff, some German Spotlight and other variants of "tag/hide-and-seek" games, pick-up sports of any kind. I preferred roller hockey because I sucked at everything else.