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Specific Game Rules for Playground

Four Square

  • Wait with your feet behind the line.
  • New person in square is the server.
  • New player tosses the ball to the number four player to start the game.
  • Open hand, underhand.
  • Ball is fair only if it bounces in the outer square.
  • Hitter is out if ball bounces on a line, if player misses the ball or if player hits illegally.
  • No "do overs," "teams" or "betters."
  • No catching, holding, blasting or spiking.


Basketball

  • Third through fifth grade only.
  • 10 players maximum.
  • Equal numbers on teams.
  • Grade levels stay in assigned areas.
  • Offense must pass three times before attempting a hoop shot.
  • 5-second possession only.
  • Loser gets ball at halfcourt at basket.
  • Ball at sideline in case of double dribble, traveling or out of bounds.
  • Game over at freeze bell.


Tetherball

  • Hit the ball with open hand(s).
  • One player only per side.
  • Next player in line is the referee.
  • Game ends when rope is wound completely around the pole.
  • Winner chooses side or serve.
  • Game over at freeze bell.
  • Players are out when they:
    • Touch the pole or rope.
    • Step out of side.
    • Stop and push ball.
    • Hold ball.
    • Double hit ball.
    • Dribble ball in the air.


Play Structure Bars

  • Hold bar with both hands.
  • Wait your turn.
  • Do not help anyone on bars.
  • Do not jump off or stand on the bars.


Play Structure Platforms

  • No chasing.
  • Take turns.
  • No blocking others.


Slides

  • One person at a time.
  • Only go down the slide, not up.
  • Do not push or chase.


Hopscotch

  • Put the marker in the first space, and then go in order. Hop over marker.
  • You're out if you touch a space with a marker or step on a line.
  • Go to the end, turn and return, and pick up marker on the way.
  • Toss your marker to your next square.


Swings (Kindergarten Yard Only)

  • Only one at at time on the swing.
  • No standing on the swing.
  • Move forward and backward only.
  • No pushing, running between or standing in front of the swings.
  • Stand in front of swing on green area to count.
  • Count to 50, saying "1-100, 2-100, 3-100," until you reach "50-100."
  • Stop swing, and then get off. No jumping off the swing.