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Source: Games For The Playground, Home, School And Gymnasium
Category: BALL GAMES

(Burley Whush)

_5 to 20 players._

_Out of doors; gymnasium._

_Hand ball; tennis ball._

This game is started by tossing a ball against a wall or on the roof
of a house from which it may roll back. The players all stand in a
group or row, from ten to twenty feet from the wall. One of the number
is chosen as thrower and tosses the ball as indicated, at the same
moment calling the name of one of the other players. This player must
dash forward and catch the ball before it strikes the ground, while at
the same moment all of the other players run as far away as possible.
Should the one called succeed in catching the ball, the players come
back and the thrower throws again, calling the name of some other
player. Should the one whose name is called fail, however, to catch
the ball, he calls out "Stand!" upon which the others must stop in
their flight. The ball man then picks up the ball, and from where he
stands throws it in his turn at one of the players. Any player so hit
calls out "Hit!" and becomes at once the ball man. The other players
immediately run again without returning to the wall, but stop as soon
as the one hit calls "Stand!" which he must do upon picking up the

This is continued until the ball fails to hit one of the players, when
all return to the original starting place, where the last thrower of
the ball throws it against the wall and the game begins again.

The players in their flight, the object of which of course is to
diminish the chances of being hit by the ball, may run behind any
obstacle, such as a bush or around the corner of a house, but in any
such case must extend a hand so it shall be visible beyond this
obstacle, that the ball man may still have an opportunity to hit

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