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Office Olympics as shown here, here,
Airport Soccer as imagined by Nike
Street Rugby, also from Nike
Hall of Fame
The Junkyard Sports® Hall of Fame is a growing collection of sport-like
games that are made out of found objects and the desire to have fun.
If you have created such a sport, and especially if you have pictures
of people playing it, let Bernie know about
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Stickball. a traditional Junkyard Sport, as found
I remember wiling hours away playing a version of baseball that
we called pong ping. Our junkyard game was merely baseball played
by two people with a ping pong ball and a pair of eraser thongs,
one for home plate and one for the bat. We found that a ping pong
ball just can't be thrown straight. Once you figured out the aerodynamics
of curves, screw-balls and fastballs, you could dimension the field
properly. It would matter how light and soft the ball was. The
heavier the ball the better the fastball. If a ball was too soft,
it wouldn't take long for the ball to break or get disfigured.
This game could be played almost anywhere. We usually played
in someone's back yard, using either permanent landscape features
or a shirt for foul lines. A clothesline would help determine
whether a hit was a single, double, triple or home run. If a
clothesline wasn't available, we'd use a garden hose. We were
pretty serious fans of specific teams so we chose each game's
lineups to match up against our opponent's starting pitcher.
The pitcher got to make the calls of balls and strikes but sometimes
arguments ensued. Both of us were right-handers so it was pretty
funny to watch us switch around and pitch left-handed. Good pitching
has an edge over all batters and good fielding could save the
I once invented a sport called "Eraser Bouncing." (Probably
all over the world lots of kids did too, but I never met them!).
All you needed was a eraser (a well-worn, fairly round one worked
best) and a table, ideally rectangular - a table tennis table would
do, but longer would be better.
You simply stood at one of the 'long' ends and bounced the eraser
to the other end. You lost a point every time you dropped the
eraser. You could play to 5 or to 10 points lost. As long as
the surface of the eraser was irregular you could put spin on
it when you bounced it or in the air. erasers with sharp corners,
e.g. in the shape of a rectangle, were not so good because you
could bounce them on the corners and it would make the eraser
deviate too much, rounded ones with a bit of grip on them would
make the eraser curl after bouncing. All the pitcher's and the
bowler's skills could be used and when you got good at it you
had to become a pretty good catcher.
You could also play a Doubles version: rather like Doubles Table
Tennis or doubles Squash, you've got to be pretty nippy about
moving out of your partner's way . I think it came about in my
teenage years when we used go to to our Boy Scout hut to play
Snooker/BIlliards at a table we had there. We kept losing or
breaking the balls. Eventually we had none left, and kids being
kids we started flinging things at each other. Somebody must
have picked up a eraser so made a game out of it. We simply left
the protective wooden cover on top of the table and started "Eraser
Bouncing". I think it became more popular than the Snooker
for a while.
You would just throw it, being careful to ensure it bounced
on the table. The simplest way would be to raise the hand with
the eraser about a foot in front of your eyes and then throw
it by bending your elbow back and then forward (just like throwing
a dart in the game of Darts). You could also try underarm and
round arm throws. You could also get sophisticated and draw two
lines, one-third and two-thirds of the way along the table, between
which the eraser would have to bounce (like a Tennis service)
- because it's unfair to bounce it too close or too far away
from someone. You can flick your eraser with your fingers or
wrist to impart over-, under- and side-spin on the eraser and
make it move in a different direction after it has bounced. It
all depends how pointed the eraser is and whether you can make
it land on the pointy bit. Usually it would be one person throwing
to one person, at the other end of a long table, but you could
play doubles if you had the room. Great fun for kids - lots of
squealing and bumping into each other - a bit like the chaos
you get when kids play doubles or trebles at Table Tennis.
Frisbee Ball art
2 adults started throwing a frisbee. A few kids
watch. A couple of the kids get soccer balls and start trying to
knock the frisbee out of the air during the throw.
Soon there are 10 kids each with a ball throwing it at the frisbee
as it sails by.
Great visual art is created and fun is had by all.
a beachwalking game by Bernie and Rocky
who were, at the time, walking on the beach and
carrying their shoes. Well, Bernie had shoes. Athletic shoes, even.
With long laces. And Rocky had a pair of sandals.
- look for a space in front of you that's free of people and
- toss Rocky's sandals - both sandals, both people, 1 per person,
- hold one of Bernie's sneakers by its lace end, twirl and
toss towards one of Rocky's sandals (simultaneously, or take
turns, or both)
- the player who tosses a sneaker closest to a sandal wins
and gets a free back strecth while picking up the shoes and
- play the next round
"So, as far as I can tell, it began with a
modified baseball field - not a diamond, because it had nine bases,
more or less. Owain deemed himself batter, and me the pitcher. Gwynneth
decided that a bench in the middle was a jail, and a water bottle
the magic implement which, if contacted, sent you to jail. Owain
realized that touching the ball froze you. Ball and bottle
counteract each other, defreezing or freeing you, respectively. Naturally,
a huge, rideable plastic car had to be involved, so there was much
pulling and riding, shrieking and freezing as the thing careened
across the not-exactly-a-baseball-diamond. When everyone
ended up in jail, we improvised a baseball game on top of the bench."
Not So Extreme
Found Object Bowling
Ray Fox's Junkyard Golf
New Hope's Water Pinata
Golf - golf in the city
Croquet - Costumed croquet with bowling balls and sledge hammers
Bonving, the Swedish game of shoe