Amish cornerball battle

Rick weighs in with an action shot of an intense game of cornerball, aka ‘eck balle’, from an auction this past weekend at Georgetown in Lancaster County.

This apparently wasn’t the only sport being played;  Rick mentions a few games of football and volleyball going on as well.  He comments:  ‘I am imagining the football huddle going “Fisher, go deep” and 3 guys answering “Which one?” “Elam Fisher, go deep” and 2 guys answering “Which one?”’

Cornerball is a game traditionally played in Pennsylvania German communities.  Professor Richard Stevick provides an excellent description of the sometimes dangerous dodgeball-like pastime, which you can read by clicking the ‘eck balle’ link above, or in Growing up Amish:  The Teenage Years.

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