13 responses to ‘Eck balle’: disappearing sport of the Pennsylvania Dutch
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    Adrian
    Comment on ‘Eck balle’: disappearing sport of the Pennsylvania Dutch (October 4th, 2008 at 16:44)

    I actually participated in a game of this is a kid while visiting my Amish friends. They had a neighborhood game of it and I was horrible at it and the ball hurt like heck when it hit me.

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    Comment on ‘Eck balle’: disappearing sport of the Pennsylvania Dutch (October 5th, 2008 at 18:45)

    Sounds fun, Adrian. Seems like a take-no-prisoners approach here. But at least you avoided the hospital unlike some of these other guys.

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    Roni
    Comment on ‘Eck balle’: disappearing sport of the Pennsylvania Dutch (October 6th, 2008 at 04:32)

    Hey Erik-

    Stevick’s book was a reading requirement for Don’s Amish Society class. Actually, I had already read it. I have also read Pauline Stevick’s book, “Beyond the Plain and Simple”. How did you like the Young Center?
    -Roni

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    Kate
    Comment on ‘Eck balle’: disappearing sport of the Pennsylvania Dutch (October 6th, 2008 at 10:26)

    Thank you so much for explaining corner ball. I know many players in Sugar Valley, but I never understood the rules. This is a big help!

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    Comment on ‘Eck balle’: disappearing sport of the Pennsylvania Dutch (October 6th, 2008 at 10:49)

    Hey Roni,

    Young Center is a fantastic place. Great people and great resources. Even better than I anticipated; I was able to get a lot done while there.

    Kate, glad that helps, thanks to Prof Stevick. If you enjoyed that, I bet you’d like his book.

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    Dave Carrig
    Comment on ‘Eck balle’: disappearing sport of the Pennsylvania Dutch (October 7th, 2008 at 12:59)

    Ah – that game exists in thousands of elementary and middle schools across the U.S. We just call it “dodge ball.”

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    Comment on ‘Eck balle’: disappearing sport of the Pennsylvania Dutch (October 13th, 2008 at 01:01)

    Dave, that’s an old favorite of mine. We always used volleyballs or non-dangerous softer balls though. These Amish kids up the ante a bit!

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    Gene L McMillen
    Comment on ‘Eck balle’: disappearing sport of the Pennsylvania Dutch (February 26th, 2009 at 18:30)

    I watched this at a mud sale in Rawlinsville, Lacaster County today. It was pretty cool. I know my nine year old would have begged me to pay if he had been there.

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    Comment on ‘Eck balle’: disappearing sport of the Pennsylvania Dutch (February 27th, 2009 at 02:46)

    Sounds fun Gene, your nine year old would have to be pretty brave to get into one of these games!

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    Sandy
    Comment on ‘Eck balle’: disappearing sport of the Pennsylvania Dutch (March 30th, 2010 at 13:06)

    I remember my homeschool group playing this when I was a kid with some kind of homemade ball. 13 of my friends in that group were from families that had left the Amish community and they brought the ball and taught us the game. I had a pretty big bruise under my eye from a direct hit, lol.

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    Sydney
    Comment on ‘Eck balle’: disappearing sport of the Pennsylvania Dutch (April 1st, 2011 at 12:28)

    What a neat sport. If they modified the ball so that it wasn’t so rock-like, it would make a great inexpensive school sport for all ages. Should be the Pennsylvania State Sport. I would love to watch a game. Matter of fact, I would love to have played it when I was a kid.

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    Greg Miller
    Comment on What about Baseball? (April 24th, 2011 at 21:13)

    What about Baseball?

    Eck balle looks a lot like dodgeball. What about baseball? I heard thaty there is some coed softball being played and I know there is a growing pressure of Amish playing baseball outside their community in public leagues. That would be organized baseball like Little League and Babe Ruth league.

    But can anyone tell me if there are any games of old rules baseball” being played anywhere by Amish groups?

    And, is hardball played informally within any groups?

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    Earl Martin
    Comment on Getting "hot" in cornerball (February 10th, 2013 at 19:14)

    Getting "hot" in cornerball

    As a Mennonite kid growing up in Lancaster County, we played corner ball at Maple Grove school with all our Amish classmates. One detail then was that the corners had to throw the ball to each other four times (H – O – T – HOT) before they could throw it at one of the opponents in the center. Mercifully, we used a rubber ball about the size of a baseball. But we loved to watch the “big guys” play it at the farm auctions.

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