Ace-King-Queen (sometimes referred to as Chinese Handball, or just “King- Queen”) is a game that originated in the confined space of city sidewalks. It is a small-scale variation of conventional handball; the main difference is
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Ace-King-Queen typical setting. This game is a hybrid between handball and boxball, and it can be played anywhere that a decent wall and sidewalk meet. Each player (anywhere from two to six) has a box that they defend. The player on the leftmost side (the "Ace") serves by bouncing the ball on the ground first, where it then hits the wall and goes into the "box" (defined by cracks in the sidewalk) of the player on his right (the "King").
Chinese handball (also known as Ace-King-Queen, King (s), and Slugs ), is a form of American handball popular on the streets of New York City and Bridgewater, NJ during the 1960s and ‘70s, and is still played today. In the Philadelphia region it is known as Chink, with almost all of the same rules. Game play.
To start the game, Ace has to say, "Ace calls the rules!" and this means that he can choose 'Old School' or 'New School' rules. But if someone else beats him by saying, "Queens calls the rules!" (or Kings or Dunce), the person who said it first gets to choose, but people mainly let Ace do it.
This is the Streetplay Rulesheet for the game of Ace-King-Queen.
The name "Chinese" handball is American in origin. Like the terms "Chinese checkers" or "Chinese fire drill", the name identifies it as an "exotic" or confusing variation on something more familiar to Westerners. Popular culture. A 2010 PBS documentary, New York Street Games, shows people playing Ace-King-Queen. See also
Handball (also four square, n-square - where n is the number of players - or downball) is a ball game played in schoolyards in Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, South Africa, China and South East Asia. Unlike most types of handball , it does not incorporate a wall, instead of being played on a court consisting of lines on the ground.
• Ace-King-Queen • Boxball • Box Baseball • Fivebox • Hit the Stick • Hopscotch • Kick the Can • Off the Wall • Punchball • Ringoleavio • Skully • Slapball • Stickball • Stoopball
Ace, king, queen, jack, dunce, double dunce. ... The usual rules were handball/downball, no carries, no going ups on a serve and king can't get out on a serve.