Four Square in the Park

Last night I came across a group of college lads & lasses playing four square in the middle of Rittenhouse Sq. My friend and I weren’t sure what the crowd was gathered for until we spied the tell-tale chalk outline of a large cube which was made up of four cubes. The game, for the two or three of you who are not familiar, is hot potato with a big rubber ball which can only bounce once (or not at all) in a receiver’s square and which the player must keep within the confines of the large cube when getting passing it off to one of the other three players. Just one double bounce or out of bounds ball, and it’s back to the end of the line for you while another takes your place. The scene took me back to lunch hours on the playground where all my friends and I would all vie for the coveted first square, where you were allowed to make up rules and moves for the current round–ball hitting the line is out, bouncies allowed, must pass under the leg, etc. (tho’ the crowd last night was keeping it simple–same rules each game.) Anyway–they all looked like they were having great fun–who ever said four square was only for fourth graders?

3 Comments so far

  1. Marisa (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 2:30 pm

    I saw them playing this recently as well. It so took me back to elementary school as well.

  2. jen (unregistered) on August 1st, 2006 @ 4:48 pm

    i’d never heard of foursquare until i taught at a summer program in massachusetts. i thought it was a new england thing. i’ve never seen it anywhere in northern nj. maybe it’s an everywhere but there thing? we didn’t have that ball chained to the pole thing either.

  3. ag (unregistered) on August 2nd, 2006 @ 10:56 am

    tetherball! that was my game in 4th and 5th grade! tho i’d probably end up garroting myself with the string if i played today

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