Athletic & balance games
Found these online, Anyone fancy trying any of these?
from FOLK-LORE A QUARTERLY REVIEW OF MYTH, TRADITION, INSTITUTION, & CUSTOM BEING The Transactions of the Folk-Lore Society And Incorporating The Archaeological Review and The Folk-Lore Journal
VOL. XVI.— 1905
The Games of Argyleshire. by R. C. Maclagan
Three small stones were taken in the hand of the first player
who toed a line, his heels together. Bending down he stretched
his arm as far as he could without moving his feet at all and
placed one of the stones on the ground. Rising to his full height,
his feet still steady, he jumped as far as he could in the line of
the stone placed and placed the second stone, the same being
repeated and the third stone placed. Separating the feet, wob-
bling so as to move from the spot jumped on put the competitor
out. The one who could reach furthest with three leaps was
successful. The ground must not be touched by the other hand
from that which places the stones. It is usual not to place the
stones at the uttermost stretch on a first trial.
Leum a Bhradain. (The Salmon's Leap.)
The performer lay flat down, his feet together, his hands close
to his side, on the ground. Drawing up the feet and with a
powerful jerk of the whole body, the upright position had to be
gained without staggering or stumbling, with no assistance from
the hands. A successful performance was a veritable salmon's
The description of the above feat, as seen practised in Uist,
is as follows :
The performer stands on one foot on a table, his toe flush
with the edge. To the toe of the foot on the table he brings
the heel of the other foot; stooping forward he places one of
his fists against the toe of the suspended foot and prolongs the
line of foot and fist with his other hand, the success of the feat
consisting in retaining his balance. The reciter saw masons
performing this on the top of a wall. As thus described, the
performer had the whole length of one foot as a base.
Picking a pin up by the mouth.
In Barra a pin is stuck in the ground, and the performer, with
his or her two hands clasped behind the back, stoops and picks
up the pin with the teeth. This trick was popular in North
Argyle in the I edaig district. " The pin was placed upon a
smooth surface, a broad smooth flagstone, a piece of wood.
Standing erect the performer placed his hands behind his back
and stooped until with his teeth he gripped the pin, having to
lift it from the floor without placing his hands on the floor or
his feet." He might be allowed to put his hands on his knees,
but not lower than that. With the description of the trick as
done in Barra before us, the question was put to our corre-
spondent, " Was the pin not stuck by the point ? " but the answer
was quite clear that it was only laid down horizontally. A man
who had done it in his youth said the hands were put behind
the back and the legs spread out till the face could reach the
Standing on one foot to touch the ground with the knee of
the other leg.
Standing upright on the left foot, the performer raised the right
foot backwards, bending the knee and held the toes with his
right hand. Retaining his hold he had to bend the left knee
so as to touch the ground with the right and then regain the
upright position without letting go of the right foot or staggering.