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The game in question is…

In order to play the game of Calvinball you need all, some or none of the following equipment: tennis rackets, croquet mallets, wickets, volleyballs, water balloons, assorted flags or any other sports items you might think of.

There are no rules except for the only permanent rule that Calvin mentions — the game cannot be played to same way twice. Rules are often fabricated during play which becomes a test of the Calvin-athlete’s mental flexibility as well as patience.

Also, it is traditional for players to wear masks.

Also, you must break out into occasional and spontaneous fits of song and dance.

Ridiculous, right. Honestly, examine the rules for most of our most popular pasttimes — NFL, MLB, NHL, PGA just to name a few. Some sports rules are incomprehensibly stupid. Therefore why even pretend and make the game as confounding as possible and therefore more fun. Both of which seem to be this games underlying philosophy.

In a world overwhelmingly consumed by do’s and do not’s this tremendous bit of nonsense know as Calvinball might be a welcome antidote all things organized, structured and rational.


Part of the Blogging A to Z Challenge

Updated: April 8, 2017 — 5:29 pm


  1. This reminds me so much of any game of tag I play with my son. Always a new rule, but always a whole lot of fun.

    1. Best game of tag ever I’d imagine.

  2. Ha-ha, love the wearing of the masks! Baseball has gone through some rule changes lately and some are good and some are not so good.

    1. Baseball would be more fun if they wore masks too, don’t you think?

  3. I wonder what my husband and friends would say if i suggested a good game of Calvin-ball? The adult version must be quite entertaining. 🙂

    1. If I am not mistaken there are actual leagues at colleges. I think you should get everyone to play and let me know how it goes.

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