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Traditional games of the United States

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A game of stickball, with the strike zone painted onto the wall behind the batter.

The United States of America has several traditional games and sports,[1] some of which originate from Native Americans.[2]

Traditional games[edit]


Cornhole involves participants trying to throw a bean bag into a hole in a slanted wooden board.[3]


Chunkey is a Native American game in which players roll a stone and then attempt to throw a spear at the place where they predict the stone will stop. Success is determined by how close the spear ends up to the stopped stone.[4]


Foursquare participants stand in the four quadrants of a square, and bounce a ball to each other, with the goal of making opponents fail to hit the ball into another player's quadrant before it bounces twice.[5]


Lacrosse is the most popular indigenous sport in America. It is a hockey-like game where players use sticks to get a ball into the opponent's goal.[6]


Twister participants take turns trying to touch various parts of their body to the medium-size Twister mat on the ground, with various opponents usually becoming entangled in the process.[7]


Wallball participants take turns to hit a ball against a wall using their hands, with the goal of making their opponents fail to do the same before the ball has bounced twice on the ground.[8]

Variations of baseball[edit]


Kickball is played with a large hollow ball, with the batter kicking the ball and then running the bases.[9]


Punchball is a baseball variant played with nothing but a rubber ball.[10] It was played to a great extent in New York City,[11] and is similar to the official sport Baseball5.


Stickball is a type of street baseball.[12]

Variations of basketball[edit]


Variations of tag[edit]

Capture the flag[edit]

Capture the flag splits the teams into two halves of the field. The objective of the players is to run into the opposite side of the field, steal the "flag" of the other team, and then return to their own half of the field without being tagged.[13]

Duck, duck, goose[edit]

Duck, duck, goose sees players sit in a circle, with one player going around the outside of the circle and saying "duck" everytime they pass a player. At some point, they can decide to say "goose" when they pass one of the players; that player must then get up and try to tag the first player before they can round the circle and sit in the spot of the second player.[14]

Marco Polo[edit]

Marco Polo is played in a swimming pool, with the tagger keeping their eyes closed and trying to tag the other players. The tagger can call out "Marco", with opponents required to shout back "Polo".[13]

Sharks and Minnows[edit]

Sharks and Minnows is a game where players go from end of a swimming pool to the other without being tagged by the opponents in the middle. Each player who has been tagged becomes part of the tagging team, with the last player to be tagged winning.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. Williams, Jenny. "30 Classic Outdoor Games for Kids". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2022-11-26.
  2. "Native American Sports |". Retrieved 2022-11-26.
  3. Heffron, Jack (2008-05-01). "Tossing One Back". Cincinnati Magazine. Retrieved 2022-11-26.
  4. "Chunkey | Extras | Native America". Chunkey | Extras | Native America. Retrieved 2022-11-26.
  5. "Top 10 Classic Playground Games". American Profile. 2012-02-24. Retrieved 2022-11-26.
  6. Publishing, Britannica Educational (2015-01-01). Lacrosse and Its Greatest Players. Britannica Educational Publishing. ISBN 978-1-62275-593-6. Search this book on
  7. "Twister rules: have we been playing it wrong our whole lives?". The Brag. 2019-02-01. Retrieved 2022-11-27.
  8. "Game of the Week: Wall Ball". Playworks. Retrieved 2022-11-26.
  9. "Kickball Rules And Regulations". Retrieved 2022-11-27.
  10. "Definition of PUNCHBALL". Retrieved 2022-11-27.
  11. "For Punchball Players, Stickball Is for Sissies". The New York Times. 1989-04-30. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-11-27.
  12. " Stickball Basics". Retrieved 2022-11-26.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Hall, Brandon (2019-12-20). "15 Games Every American Kid Should Play". stack. Retrieved 2022-11-26.
  14. KaBOOM! (Organization); Hammond, Darell; Rose, Julianna (2012). Go Out and Play!: Favorite Outdoor Games from Kaboom!. Candlewick Press. ISBN 978-0-7636-5530-3. Search this book on

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