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CHERRIES (GAME PLAYED WITH BASKETBALL)

THE FIRST PERSON TAKES A SHOT AT THE BASKET. IF HE MAKES
IT, THE SECOND PERSON HAS TO MAKE THE SAME SHOT. IF
HE DOESN'T MAKE IT, HE GETS ONE CHERRY. IF HE MAKES IT,
HE CAN TAKE A SHOT FROM ANYWHERE HE'D LIKE. AGAIN, IF
HE MAKES IT, OTHER PERSON MUST TRY TO MAKE BASKET FROM
SAME POSITION. IF MISSED, HE GETS A CHERRY. THIS
PROCEDURE KEEPS REPEATING ITSELF. THE FIRST PERSON WITH
FIVE CHERRIES LOSES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 02-29-1972

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THREE FLIES UP

THREE FLIES UP IS A COMMON CHILDHOOD GAME. THE GAME FOLLOWS
THE USUAL RULES OF BASEBALL, WITH THE "BATTER" GIVEN THREE
OUTS, AND BOUNDARIES OF A FIELD ARE ESTABLISHED. THE GAME
IS USUALLY PLAYED BY TWO PEOPLE, A BATTER AND A FIELDER.
A RUBBER BALL IS THROWN AGAINST THE SIDE OF A TALL BRICK
WALL. THE OBJECT OF THE GAME IS FOR THE BATTER TO BOUNCE
THE BALL OFF THE WALL AND HAVE IT LAND IN THE FIELD
WITHOUT BEING CAUGHT, WHICH IS A HIT. RUNS ARE TALLIED
IN THE USUAL WAY, AND HOME RUNS ARE POSSIBLE, DEPENDING
ON THE FIELD BOUNDARIES. THE WINNER AT THE END OF THE
GAME HAS THE MOST RUNS.

Submitter comment: THIS GAME WAS PLAYED QUITE FREQUENTLY BY MYSELF DURING
CHILDHOOD.

Where learned: POUGHKEEPSIE ; NEW YORK, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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PIG

THIS GAME REQUIRES A MINIMUM OF TWO PLAYERS, A BASKET-
BALL AND BASKETBALL HOOP. A PLAYER IS CHOSEN TO
START. HE TAKES THE BALL AND ATTEMPTS TO MAKE A SHOT--
THE MORE DIFFICULT HE MAKES IT THE BETTER. IF HE
MAKES THE SHOT THE PLAYER AFTER HIM ATTEMPTS TO MAKE
EXACTLY THE SAME SHOT. IF THAT PLAYER DOES NOT MAKE
IT HE RECEIVES THE LETTER "P". IF THE STARTING PLAYER
DOES NOT MAKE HIS SHOT, THOSE AFTER HIM DECIDE ON
THEIR OWN SHOTS AND TRY TO MAKE THEM AS DIFFICULT AS
POSSIBLE, IN ORDER TO ELIMINATE OTHER OPPONENTS. IF
A SHOT IS MADE BY CONSECUTIVE PLAYERS, IT KEEPS
GOING AROUND UNTIL SOMEONE MISSES IT. THE FIRST
PERSON TO RECEIVE ALL THE LETTERS OF THE WORD "PIG"
IS THE LOSER.

Submitter comment: THE GAME MAY BE LENGTHENED BY USING A LONGER WORD,
FOR EXAMPLE: ELEPHANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 03-20-1972

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CURB BALL

THIS IS A GAME FOR TWO PLAYERS ONLY. A TENNIS BALL
OR SOME SORT OF SMALL RUBBER BALL IS REQUIRED.
THIS GAME IS PLAYED ON A STREET WITH TWO CONCRETE
CURBS. ONE PERSON STANDS AT ONE SIDE OF THE STREET
WITH BALL IN HAND, WHILE HIS OPPONENT STANDS AT THE
OTHER CURB ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE STREET. A
CERTAIN WIDTH OF THE STREET IS PORTIONED OFF AS THE
FOUL BOUNDARIES. THE AREA BEHIND THE OPPOSING
PLAYER IS THE HOEM RUN AREA. IT IS THE JOB OF THIS
DEFENSIVE PLAYER TO KEEP THE BALL OUT OF THE HOME RUN
AREA. THE AREA BETWEEN THE TWO CURBS AND BETWEEN THE
THE GOUL BOUNDARIES IS DIVIDED INTO AREAS CALLED
SINGLE - DOUBLE - AND TRIPLE. THE PLAYER HAVING
THE BALL THROWS IT AGAINST HIS CURB AND ATTEMPTS TO
GET THE BALL WHILE IT IS STILL IN THE AIR, INTO THE
HOME RUN AREA. IF THE BALL HITS THE CURB BUT DOES NOT
REACH THE HOME RUN AREA, BUT IS CAUGHT BY THE
DEFENSE--THIS IS CONSIDERED AN OUT. IF THE BALL HITS
THE CURB BUT THE DEFENSIVE PLAYER COMMITS AN ERROR
IN FIELDING THE BALL, THE OFFENSE GAINS THE TYPE OF "HIT" DESIGNATED BY THE ERROR IN WHICHEVER AREA THE
MISTAKE WAS COMMITTED. THERE IS A ROTATION OF
OFFENSE AND DEFENSE AFTER EVERY THREE OUTS. THERE
ARE SIX OUTS PER INNING AND THE GAME LASTS NINE
INNINGS. THE PERSON WHO HAS THE MOST RUNS AT THE
END OF THE GAME, IS THE WINNER.

Data entry tech comment: DIAGRAM ON 5 X 8 CARD.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 03-20-1972

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IN ORDER TO DETERMINE WHO WOULD KICK OFF OR RECEIVE
THE BALL IN THE BEGINNING OF NEIGHBORHOOD FOOTBALL
GAMES, THE TWO CAPTAINS WOULD TURN THEIR BACKS AND
ANOTHER WOULD SPIN THE FOOTBALL BEHIND THEIR
BACKS. THE CAPTAIN WOULD HAVE TO GUESS IF THE
LACINGS WERE FACE UP OR NOT SHOWING. HENCE,
THE NAME OF THE GAME, "STRINGS, NO STRINGS."

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): COUNTING OUT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: CHILDHOOD

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BALL GAME

PLAYER SINGS THIS SONG WHILE THROWING THE BALL
AGAINST A HOUSE OR WALL:
PLAINSIES: PLAYER SIMPLY THROWS BALL AGAINST WALL
AND CATCHES IT.
CLAPSIES: PLAYER THROWS BALL AGAINST WALL, CLAPS
ONCE, CATCHES BALL.
TWIRL AROUND: THROW BALL, TWIRL ONE HAND OVER OTHER,
CATCH BALL.
TO-BACKSIES: THROW BALL, TOUCH SHOULDERS, CATCH BALL.
RIGHT HAND: THROW BALL AND CATCHES IT WITH RIGHT HAND.
LEFT HAND: THROWS BALL AND CATCHES IT WITH LEFT HAND.
HIGHS-A-TEENS: THROW BALL HIGH AGAINST WALL, CATCH
IT ON REBOUND.
LOWS-A-TEENS: THROW BALL LOW AGAINST WALL AND CATCH IT.
UNDER-THE-LEG: LIFT LEG AND THROW BALL UNDERNEATH.
AND TWIRL AROUND: THROW BALL BY SWINGING ARM AROUND
YOUR BACK--AGAINST THE WALL AND CATCH IT WITH BOTH
HANDS.
THIS PROCEDURE IS THEN REPEATED DOING EACH STEP
TWICE, THEN THREE TIMES, FOUR TIMES, ETC. IF
PLAYER MISSES A STEP OR DROPS THE BALL, HE MUST
START OVER. GAME MAY BE PLAYED ALONE OR AGAINST
OTHER PLAYERS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 02-12-1970

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A GROUP OF PEOPLE FORM A CIRCLE AND PASS A BALL
AROUND WHILE SAYING THE VERSE:
THE WONDER BALL GOES ROUND AND ROUND
TO PASS IT QUICKLY YOU ARE BOUND
FOR IF YOU ARE THE ONE TO HOLD IT LAST
WELL, THEN THE GAME IS OVER AND YOU ARE OUT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 10-20-1970

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ANDY, ANDY OVER

YOU WOULD LOOK FOR THE BALL BECAUSE IT WAS TRYING
TO GET OVER. IT WAS LIKE PLAYING CATCH OVER
THE TOP OF A HOUSE.

Submitter comment: PLAYED IN GLOUCESTER, OHIO

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OHIO ; DETROIT ; GLOUCESTER

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 05-11-1965

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ANTNEE OVER THE ROOF OR RAIN OVER THE ROOF

ONE PLAYER THROWS BALL EITHER OVER OR ONTO A
SLANTED ROOF. PLAYER ON OTHER SIDE OF BUILDING
MUST CATCH BALL OR PLAYER ON SAME SIDE MUST
CATCH IT WHEN IT ROLLS DOWN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 04-00-1970

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AROUND THE WORLD

THIS IS A BASKETBALL GAME. THE IDEA IS TO MAKE A
SHOT FROM SEVERAL PREDESIGNATED SPOTS ON THE COURT.
YOU USUALLY START FROM BENEATH THE BASKET AND WORK
TO THE SIDELINES, TO MID-COURT, TO THE OTHER SIDELINE
AND BACK. EVERY TIME YOU MAKE A SHOT, YOU ADVANCE
TO THE NEXT POSITION. IF YOU MISS THE FIRST SHOT,
YOU CAN WAIT FOR YOUR TURN TO COME AROUND AGAIN OR
TAKE A "CHANCE." WHEN YOU TAKE A CHANCE, YOU REPEAT
THE SHOT YOU MISSED. IF YOU MAKE IT, YOU MOVE TO
THE NEXT POSITION AND CONTINUE. IF YOU MISS, YOU
START OVER FROM THE BEGINNING.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED IT FROM HIS FRIENDS.

Where learned: UNION BOARD OFFICE

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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AROUND THE WORLD

THIS IS A BASKETBALL GAME. THERE ARE SEVEN DIF-
FERENT POSITIONS AROUND THE BASKET ABOUT FIFTEEN
FEET FROM THE BASKET. A PERSON STARTS ON THE TOUR
AND KEEPS ON MOVING TO NEW POSITIONS UNTIL HE MISSES.
HE THEN CAN EITHER STOP AND WAIT FOR HIS TURN TO COME
AROUND AGAIN, OR HE CAN TAKE A RISK SHOT. IF HE
MISSES, HE MUST START OVER AGAIN, OR HE CAN TAKE A
SECOND RISK SHOT. IF HE MISSES AGAIN, HE IS AUTOMAT-
ICALLY OUT OF THE GAME. IF HE MAKES EITHER OF THE RISK
SHOTS, HE MOVES TO THE NEXT POSITION. THE FIRST ONE
TO MAKE THE ENTIRE CIRCUIT IS THE WINNER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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AZTEC BALL GAME WAS PLAYED WITH A HARD RUBBER BALL
THAT WAS THROWN THROUGH AN OVERHEAD HOOP. IF THE BALL
WENT THROUGH THE HOOP, THE PLAYER WAS GIVEN ANYTHING
HE WANTED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 02-26-1970

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BALL OVER THE GARAGE

THE CHILDREN ARE CIRCLED AROUND A GARAGE. THE CHILD
WITH THE BALL YELLS "NO" AND THROWS IT OVER THE
ROOF. THE CHILD ON THE OTHER SIDE WHO CATCHES
IT YELLS "NO" BACK AND THEN TOSSES IT OVER.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT USED TO PLAY THIS WITH HER BROTHERS AND
SISTERS IN NORTHWEST DETROIT, (MICHIGAN).

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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BALL OVER THE BARN

THE CHILDREN GROUP THEMSELVES AROUND A BARN. THE
CHILD WITH THE BALL YELLS "ANNIE-ANNIE-I-OVER" AND
THEN ROSSES IT OVER THE BARN. THE CHILD WHO
CATCHES THE BALL YELLS BACK, "FIG TAILS." THIS
CHILD THEN YELLS "ANNIE..." AND TOSSES THE BALL.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT LEARNED THIS WHEN A CHILD ON HER FARM
IN CANADA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; CANADA ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 11-00-1967

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BALL ROLL

ROLL BALL THROUGH AN ARCH MADE WITH BLOCKS. TRY
NOT TO KNOCK DOWN ARCH.

Submitter comment: FROM MY CRITIC TEACHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 12-00-1966

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BALL TOSS

CHILD TOSSES THE BALL IN THE AIR AND THEN CALLS
OUT THE NAME OF A CHILD IN THE CIRCLE WHO IS TO
RUN UP AND CATCH THE BALL, BEFORE IT HITS THE
GROUND.

Submitter comment: FROM MY CRITIC TEACHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 12-00-1966

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RAIN ON THE ROOF

THIS GAME IS PLAYED WITH A BALL. EACH PERSON IS
GIVEN A NUMBER. THE FIRST PERSON THROWS THE BALL
UP TO THE ROOF OF A HOUSE AND CALLS OUT A NUMBER.
THE PERSON WITH THAT NUMBER MUST THEN HIT THE BALL
BACK UP ONTO THE ROOF AND CALL OUT ANOTHER PERSON'S
NUMBER. THIS KEEPS ON GOING UNTIL SOMEONE MISSES,
THEN THEY START ALL OVER AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 10-19-1970

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BOMBARDMENT

THERE ARE TWO TEAMS. EACH TEAM HAS THE SAME AMOUNT
OF BALLS. THE TEAMS STAND A CERTAIN DISTANCE APART.
EACH TEAM THROWS THE BALLS AT THE OTHER TEAM. IF
A BALL IS CAUGHT, THE GUY WHO THREW IT IS OUT OR IF
A GUY GETS HIT WITH A BALL WITHOUT CATCHING IT, THEN
HE IS OUT. IF A GUY WHO GOT SOMEBODY OUT IS HIT,
THEN THE GUYS HE HAD KNOCKED OUT GET TO COME BACK IN.
THE FIRST TEAM THAT IS COMPLETELY OUT LOSES.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; GLENVIEW

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 11-25-1970

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THIS GAME, CALLED COMMON, WAS PLAYED BY INFORMANT
IN HIS NATIVE IRELAND AS A BOY. IT CONSISTS OF A
TYPE OF RACKET MADE FROM A TREE LIMB (INFORMANT
STATES IT MUST HAVE THE RIGHT SIZE AND SHAPE) AND A
BALL CALLED A "GUTTY." THIS GUTTY CAME FROM A PART
OF AN OLD SHOE. THE GAME ITSELF CONSISTS OF KNOCKING
THIS BALL BACK AND FORTH.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; IRELAND

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 02-00-1970

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DODGE BALL

CIRCLE FORMATION. CHILDREN IN THE CIRCLE MUST
AVOID BEING HIT BY THE BALL BEING THROWN BY THE OTHER
CHILDREN IN THE CIRCLE.

Submitter comment: FROM MY CRITIC TEACHER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement Special Object or Implement

Date learned: 12-00-1966

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