It's a junkyard out there
Junkyard sports is a colorful term evoking images of wacky games played with all kinds of funky materials. Truth is that while this activity is a bit offbeat, many of the games are
quite recognizable. As the creator of the concept and self described "junkmaster" Bernie DeKoven explains, "Junkyard sports are 'real' sports
and games played with the wrong equipment."
The focus is on full and active participation.
Players develop new rules to best fit with the people involved and the environment in which the games will be played. The goal is not winning but fun and involvement or as Bernie states, "the more the merrier" principle. The more people involved and the more fully they're involved the better the experience is for everyone.
Many of us will recognize junkyard sports as a distillation of fundamental principles from our own childhood, where we would adapt a game like stickball to account for the vagaries of the specific field or teams. For kids, play is the thing that really matters and all obstacles can be woven in to be part of the game. Children naturally use their imagination to create new games for specific situations and can find adventure and opportunity in many common household items. What Bernie has done is to create a format safe enough for adults to give themselves permission to once again partake in this type of experience. The time needed is reasonable and the format is loose with just the right amount of structure to keep the flow positive and encourage all the players to play and have a good time.
We've asked Bernie to bring some of his junkyard sports ideas
into Streetplay. We're hoping it will give our readers more opportunities
for fun and help us expand the recognition in the power of play
as a cultural bridge in this dangerous and yet wonderful world.
Learn more about Junkyard Sports:
Schedule a JunkFest
Buy the book
Read Bernie's JunkLog
Meet the Junkmaster
Bernie's Junkyard site