The past few weeks have provided great opportunities to spend time outside after supper time. The boys have been fixated on playing roll a bat lately. I can remember some good times playing this at home when I was little. We lived on a dirt road and there wasn’t any open spaces to play. You had to try and hit it straight or you would end up losing the ball. It was also sort of on a slope so if you hit a hard grounder it would roll for days down the road. It was always an accomplishment when you could drag momma out there to get in a few tosses. I have mentioned this game in the past and people just give you a confused look. Maybe it is a southern thing. I never got into the whole stickball thing so why should the Yankees understand roll a bat. I kid.
For those not so familiar I will share the rules of the game if you will. Some may vary depending who you are playing with i guess. We usually play with at least 3 but you could get by with 2 people. One person pitches and one hits. When the person hits the ball they have to drop the bat facing the ball. Wherever the person stops the ball is where they have to toss the ball from. The object is to try and hit the bat with the ball. Simple rules. Some people play with double and triple relays. You can relay the ball to another person closer to the bat and they can try and hit the bat from where they are standing. As long as they catch the relay throw in the air. If the ball is caught in the air it is an instant out and the batter and fielder switch places.
B1 likes to get sneaky and bury the bat in the tall grass so the ball rolls over the bat. All in all it is pretty good fun and you can play with a small number of people. Last night at one point we had everyone out there playing including uncle Ricky.
What are some fun games your family play out in the yard? We are always looking for new ones.