No Playing “for Keepsies” Anymore

By Rachel Meleski

What comes to mind when you think of a sport? Football, basketball, and baseball are all pretty typical answers. It’s unlikely that anyone would think of marbles as a competitive activity, let alone being classified as a sport.

So what is marbles exactly? To sum it up quickly, a ring of ten feet in diameter surrounds thirteen marbles set up in a cross. The player competes against others, trying to shoot the most marbles out of the ring. The player who shoots the most marbles out wins the match.capture

Marbles is actually a very competitive sport, which may come as a surprise to some who define a sport as something with more contact. In fact, there is a National Championship held every year for those who take the sport seriously. Jon Blair, Senior at FMHS, formerly played competitively and attended Nationals in Pittsburg a few years ago, an impressive accomplishment. “I placed second there” said Blair, “and it was a lot of fun and a great experience.” Another benefit for playing marbles besides having a good time or enjoying the challenge is that some colleges will offer scholarships for doing well during some of the competitions.

An unlikely and unusual sport? Yes. Is it lots of fun? Absolutely. Next time you’re bored, dig up marbles and get the ball rolling.

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