Date of Performance/Collection: 5/1/2013
Primary Language: English
According to my informant, he and his classmates would play a game they called Handball during recess. The ‘court’ was a specific area in the school between a set of stairs one one side and a railing on the other. Games were played with a rubber playground ball. If a player hit the ball at either of these points, that player was out. Also there was a small hole in the court, and hitting the ball there also merited an out. Additionally, there was a grey line partway up the wall, and if a player hit the ball above this line, that player would be out.
In a way, this game seems to be similar to regular handball, where the player must hit the ball against a wall in between a lower and upper line. However, my informant’s version of the game involved a large number of players, usually 15 to 20 at the start, and had more specific boundaries that can be attributed to the nature of the court they used. Overall, this appears to be a mix of regular handball and playground wallball.