Screw P.E., These Are Our Favorite Recess Games

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Sure Physical Education is a blast, but we know that those moments inside the high-school gymnasium were nothing more than glorified training exercises. Practice your shot. Run a lapClimb the rope.

Why did we participate in these heart-racing activities?

So we could kick ass when the Recess Bell rang.

5. Tether-ball

tetherball Screw P.E., These Are Our Favorite Recess Games

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It was either this or hopscotch.

Yes, the great game of Tether-ball has been played for generations. Your mom played it. Your grandma played it. Your great-grandma would have played it, but she sucked at sports and was always picked last.

Which is odd, because ANYBODY can play Tether-ball. The rules are simple: hit the ball, try to hit it again, try to hit it harder. If all else fails, try to hit the ball straight at your opponents face. They can’t knock one back at ya if they’re knocked out!


4. 4-Square

4 square Screw P.E., These Are Our Favorite Recess Games

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Cunning. Deceit. Strategy. Balls.

4-Square requires 4 players, a ball, and… well, four squares. Can you effectively knock out the other players? Can you lock yourself in as the King of 4-Square? If you can, not only are you the best but you’re also in charge of making the rules.

Can only play with one arm! Must dribble 3 times before you hit it! You can carry the ball for 5 seconds! Only Cherry-Bombs!

The coveted King is a wonder – if you’re talented enough to hold onto the position for the entire 25-minutes you and your classmates are outdoors, hell. They may as well call you the King of Recess.

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