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One on One ChallengesI shall refer to the two people from time to time as Alan and Bertie (my old math teacher's terminology. For reference there were also Charlie, Dick, Edward and Freddie.) I prefer to use these challenges with paired off Patrols if possible, PL vs PL, APL vs APL and so on.
It should now be possible for Bertie to dive forward, tucking his head in, and end up with his back on the floor beyond Alan thus reversing their positions. Repeat until you reach the finishing line. And you know the best part is that is really doesn't hurt if you do it right. It requires a little faith and tuition, but do dive properly, never let go of the other guy's ankles and tuck your head in!
Now each person lifts his left leg in the air and holds onto his partners left leg. Upon a suitable command, each player has to hop backwards trying to pull his partner with him. The one to touch his back on his own wall (or to cross a line - safer) wins.
Each player holds his hands together in a prayer position, such that his fingers are pointing at the other player in front of him and his hands are at chest height. Some suggest that the two players hands should be close enough that fingertips are touching and this can be enforced. Since Alan is going first, he will be attacking. (:-) This involves his moving one of his hands and swinging it so as the slap Berties hand, for example Alan may decide to use his right hand, in which case he would slap Bertie's left hand.
Bertie's role in this is to try to remove his hands, and so foil Alan's swipe. Bertie however may not move his hands until Alan's fingertips have broken apart; if Alan successfully fakes Bertie into doing so, then Bertie is required to hold his hands in place while Alan exercises his right to a free slap. This can inevitably be somewhat harder than combat slaps as preparation time is available. It is observed that players wishing to retain friendship with their opposition do not necessarily slap any harder here than at any other time.
So far Bertie has done rather badly out of the arrangement. However a further important rule is thus; if Bertie successfully removes his hands entirely and Alan thus misses, play changes over such that Bertie is now attacking Alan.
The game finishes when one of the players submits to the other and admits defeat. This is or course subjective.
Slaps is an excellent spectator sport, particularly in watching the colour of their hands. My campers and PFC Summer camp picked this game up rather slowly at first (I noted this softness in general in American kids), but enjoyed in immensely once taught.
+-------------+ | | | O== ==O | | O== ==O | | O== ==O | | O== ==O | | O== ==O | | O== ==O | | | +-------------+
...like so. Starting at the top end of the diagram, upon command, the boys jump up, and run down the hall over the legs of their team (who may not move those legs!) and then touch the end of the hall. They run back around the outside, touch the top wall, and then make their way over any legs back to their place, whence the next boy may do the same. It's a race.
Note the way I have described it so that each boy must sit down beyond the next person in his team; this helps prevent cheating by starting early.
This game can be made more interesting by providing simple obstacles around the two outside edges of the hall, e.g. car tyres to get through, turned gym benches to walk along, or chairs to go under.
INDIAN LEG WRESTLING
Person A (Jim)
]==<>O (  = feet, == = legs)
O<>==[ ( <> = body O = head)
Person B (Tom)
Jim and Tom (with the inside hand) grab the other persons forearm. This will cause the (roughly) pivot point. A count of 1, 2 is given, and on each number the inside leg is raised to the vertical position. On the count of 3, the legs are interlocked at the knees.
The Objective is to get you opponent to turn from the original starting position. It is kind of hard to explain, but if you get a partner and try it, you will see what I mean.
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