A street game or street sport is a
sport Sport pertains to any form of Competition, competitive physical activity or game that aims to use, maintain or improve physical ability and Skill, skills while providing enjoyment to participants and, in some cases, entertainment to spectato ...

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that is played on city
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s rather than a prepared
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. Street games are usually simply play time activities for children in the most convenient venue. Some street games have risen to the level of organized tournaments, such as
stickball Stickball is a street game Variations of baseball, related to baseball, usually formed as a pick-up game played in large cities in the Northeastern United States, especially New York City and Philadelphia. The equipment consists of a broom hand ...
. When street games are based on organized sports, the rules are highly modified to fit the situation, i.e. manhole covers for bases with cars or buildings for foul lines in stickball. When balls are used in street games,
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s are often used.

Street sports

Street sports are sports held in
urban Urban means "related to a city". In that sense, the term may refer to: * Urban area, geographical area distinct from rural areas * Urban culture, the culture of towns and cities Urban may also refer to: General * Urban (name), a list of people ...
environments. Street sports are an expression of the spontaneous, improvisational and creative origins of sport adapted by human ingenuity to the urban environment. In historical terms their origins are traceable to the very earliest evidence of sports in Greek and Roman civilisation.''Urbanization and the Evolution of the City; Reader, J.; Vintage; (2005) Street sports are a hybrid form of sport and reflect the adaptation of conventional sports to the cityscape. Viewing the city through as a living, bustling, and thriving organism helps to cast light on the nature of that which is urban and to begin to home-in on particular salient features of urban life. It is only with the advent of this relatively modern perspective on the urban that it has become possible to speak in terms of street sports.
Parkour Parkour () is a Training#Physical training, training discipline where practitioners (called ) move from one place to another in a complex environment, without assisting equipment and in the fastest and most efficient way possible. With roots in ...

artist Sebastien Foucan has defined the sport of
Freerunning Freerunning is an athletic and acrobatic discipline incorporating an aesthetic element, and can be considered either a sport Sport pertains to any form of Competition, competitive physical activity or game that aims to use, maintain or imp ...
as a ‘physical art’.Foucan, S; ''Freerunning: Find Your Way''; Foucan, S.; Michael O'Mara Books Ltd.; (2008) In the words of Foucan, street sports are "...a philosophy concerned with the quest of personal and social realisation..." A similar point of view can be found in the notion of the philosophy of urban solo-climbing expounded by
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Alain Robert
. Likewise, the high-wire walker,
Philippe Petit Philippe Petit (; born 13 August 1949) is a French high-wire artist who gained fame for his unauthorized high-wire walks between the towers of Notre Dame Cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris (; meaning "Our Lady of Paris"), referred to simply as Notr ...

Philippe Petit
, whose performance include walking between the
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towers in 1974, has described his 'interventions' on the urban environment as 'art crimes', suggesting their essence is creative and constitutes an expression—an interaction with the city.

Examples of street games

This is a list of games that are traditionally played by
urban Urban means "related to a city". In that sense, the term may refer to: * Urban area, geographical area distinct from rural areas * Urban culture, the culture of towns and cities Urban may also refer to: General * Urban (name), a list of people ...
children Biologically, a child (plural children) is a human Humans (''Homo sapiens'') are the most abundant and widespread species In biology Biology is the natural science that studies life and living organisms, including their anat ...

playgrounds A playground, playpark, or play area is a place designed to provide an environment for child Biologically, a child (plural children) is a human being between the stages of childbirth, birth and puberty, or between the Development of the ...

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, and back streets. They are all games that may be played on a hard surface, like
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. They are part of
children's street culture Children's street culture refers to the cumulative culture Culture () is an umbrella term which encompasses the social behavior and Norm (social), norms found in human Society, societies, as well as the knowledge, beliefs, arts, laws, Soc ...
, and are notoriously hard to classify rigorously.

Utilizing a rubber ball

Other games

In popular culture

* Street sports in the middle east: ''The Kite Runner'' and ''The Kite Runner (film), The Kite Runner'' (the film adaptation) * Highwire Walking: ''Man on Wire'', film documenting the background to Petit's high-wire walk between the WTC Towers. * A 2010 PBS documentary, ''New York Street Games'', shows the best-known street games played in New York City in the twentieth century, as well as discussing the decline of those games in recent decades.

See also

* Children's game * List of traditional children's games


External links

Kid's Games: All About Kid's Games


Parkour examples

Playing stickball
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