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"Slapball. The game is similar to Stickball but there are fewer players, no teams, pitchers, or strike zones, and the ball is slapped instead of hit by a stick or bat. It is usually played when there are not enough players aaround fjor a game of Stickball.
Players: Three to five.
Supplies: Pinky Ball, four bases or chalk.
Object: To slap the ball hard and far enough to run around all the bases without being tagged or forces out at a base.
To play: All the players except the hitter are out in the field or covering the bases. The hitter throws the ball up, fungo-style, slaps the ball in mid-air with the palm of her hand, and runs around the bases."
If the batter completes the circuit, she is given a run and bats again. If put out, she takes the last field position and rotates until having another batting turn.
"Variation: Punchball. In this game, the hitter throws the ball fungo style and punches it instead of slapping it with her hand."
Dina Anastasio, The Pinky Ball Book, (Workman Publishing, 2000), pp 155-157.
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