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The forgotten post-war backyard sports kids games

Look at today’s Olympic sports games adults, the sophistication of the rules and technologies which causes a stupor. In many cases, the winner is not the athlete due to his physical perfection and development and technical service of software, or even group of business people with the most modern and high-quality patents for materials, lubricants, and technologies of their processing. This is especially true snap slide on snow or ice skiing, skating, sleds, Curling, etc.

More is the competition of industrial technology, not biological perfection of athletes.

I think it’s not fair and certainly not in the spirit of Greek competitiveness.

Isn’t it time to normalize technology tools sports games just as it has already been made in the medical control of athletes. Benefit talented athletes, and not swallowing the drugs or who used snap-on fabulous market prices.

And let the technology go on to compete in the markets, not on sports Olympics.


Immediately after the war, there were no gadgets, TVs, computers and other wonders of modern civilization. But there was a lot of mobile games, ranging from the simplest of prevalac – shooters, to complex, sometimes lasting several days which involved dozens of boys. For example, the most common mass mobile games was Soccer, Hide and seek, cops and robbers, Twelve sticks, Rounders, Pie rounders, shtander, Finch, various Knives and the Rope yurta. In each of these games participated from five to several dozen people. The games were noisy, extremely aggressive and ruthless, often conflict with the local population, but always carried out strictly according to a rigid, albeit unwritten rules.

The favorite game was, of course, football. Most parents, in order to save, do not allow children to play football in shoes. Therefore, all played barefoot on the asphalt yard area. Feet are constantly erased to the blood, knees – solid sore. This restricted our sporting achievements. But once we have adapted to after the games, the bull dog turns to lick their wounds and all our enthusiasm has increased significantly.

Here we stop at a Yurt. On the ground, usually with lots of pebbles, outlines a circle with a diameter of half a meter, called a House. Players take turns trying to stick to his Yurt – a sharpened piece of iron, made from a knife, a large nail file or even dagger. Gradually revealed the only loser called savagery Shoe, which Yurt is most often not stuck in the ground, and fell to one side, in which punishment had to adventure. This makes winning the first three big step from Home and this place tries to stick the tent. If turned away for a further three steps and so on until stuck Yurt will not fall to the side. Further, in the same way, all other won consecutive three steps removed from the House and, in the end, when the last of them fail, put on the earth cross. From this cross have severnomu jumping on one leg to Home by hoots who won.

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And suddenly the fashion for Tent disappeared suddenly because of two new factors of progress. First, the increased area covered with asphalt, therefore, in the second place, the boys invented a new design of the Yurt from a small triangular file with fine cylindrical tip with a diameter of about 2 mm, practically excluding the failure of sticking to homogeneous, typically the softened asphalt. New sidewalks we are, of course, quickly disfigured. But the reason for the refusal of the Yurt was not in our introduction to civilization, and the degeneration of the game in the final chord which I was destined to tragically solo. In the last game with a large number of senior boys me zavadil three kilometers from the House. This distance I was not to jump. I started to cry. And here a miracle happened: the boys, feeling a clear overlap, after some discussion, decided to forgive me for newtodo absolutely no punishment or any vested compensation. But among them were those who, to put it mildly, disliked. Before such lofty ethics of the old conditions of the game were never observed. But most of this game is not played.

Original also was the game in Chizik. It’s such a square piece of oak or beech wood with sharpened edges of the cone with an overall length of about 10 cm At the sides is carved the fateful numbers 1,P,W and X, which in the Arabic interpretation means, respectively, 1, 2, 3 and 0. In the heart of the game is knocking Siskin rounders from Home, after which the enemy is trying to manually put it back. Did not get punished further by strikes in the quantity indicated on the top face. Knocking Siskin is conducted in two stages: first a short vertical stroke at its conical portion to bounce and then sweeping with all the force of the horizontal blow. The game is quite complex, has several phases, and it is not bad of a Golf or Cricket, and can be quite sedate, so I wonder why its not mastered zakonodaje in the sport by the British. Maybe not invented collapsible Siskin? But today you can make it from a material softer wood.

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And we have, unfortunately, and this game disappeared fairly quickly in the process of self-development. The fault turned out to be an evolution of rounders: it began to produce ever more effective and, in particular, is so wide that manually throws the enemy was uncompetitive. To limit the width of rounders legally kid failed. As a result the game died.

Over the rope usually jumped without much excitement, and often with the girls. Two massive rope twist-the rope, the others in turns or jointly runs, Bouncing, trying to get closer to its center. While you jump, have the right to give a command to change the speed of rotation: swamp, water, fire, fire. If the rotation is interrupted because of you – substitute-twisting the rope. But somehow, the rope gradually began to increase in length, so the jump was not interested. Fashion rope ended.

One of the many games in the Strap. In the beginning it was done in the form of a small elastic ball-ball made of rubber or resin, and then began to attach to this ball of fur or wool (like the present shuttlecocks, badminton), and finally completed the evolution of the design of lead cartechini with a piece of long-haired fur sheep. The game itself is simple: who is the greatest number of times will throw the strap foot, avoiding falling to the ground. Improved, it is easy to kick without a break,


especially if you provide the shoes from the ankles with special leather lining. But still there were fans who did it for hours. Selected to play in the strap sewed a special boarding pants with patches of leather to guarantee the absence of folds in the appropriate places. Sometimes the misuse of this sport has led to a noticeable curvature of the bones of the feet. In the end, kicking straps are sometimes a thousand and more times was a sign of degeneracy. And here is the same: the evolution of the design of the straps led to a complete loss of interest in it.

I recall also a pocket knife folded at right angles and on the bench tossed to stuck…

Nowych Petr

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