You Are What You Play
Skipping & Running Game
Name of Game:
No translation. ‘zoo’ is the the sound all players must keep voicing as they play.
Translation into English:
Skipping and Running
Country of Origin:
Where did you learn it?:
‘Outside my grandmother’s house where boys and girls were playing it’
How many players?:
From 6 - 26 - divided into 2 teams
Mostly boys in Iran but the ‘rebels’ played mixed gender versions.
Where is it played?:
In the street, in the park, any open space
Two teams are formed. The playing area is divided by a clear and visible line, which separates the teams. Everyone must hop on one leg, holding the other foot with one hand, everyone must be constantly saying ‘zoooooooo’.
Players approach the line and try to pull/unbalance those on the other side into their own side. Even a toe crossing the line counts as a crossing. When pulled over the player joins that team.
Pulling/catching is not allowed if the player is not saying ‘zoo’
Players are allowed a short rest to take breath, rest their foot, but then they cannot pull or be pulled.
How to play:
To get all players on one side!!!!
Aim of game:
A piece of chalk to draw the line
How does it End?:
When the final player is pulled over to the majority side or when everyone is exhausted.
Average time needed to play:
Depends on speed and energy. Max= 2 hours
Variations from other places:
Similar to British Bulldog and Please Mr Crocodile
Not suitable for under 5s
Who Introduced us to it?: