“I’ll risk forty dollars that he can outjump a frog in Calaveras county.” –Mark Twain

hopscotch markers

When was the last time you hopped twelve times in a row, stopped, balanced on one foot, and bent down to pick a small object off the ground? If you keep repeating this dance, you are most likely involved in a “hopscotch-like” activity. The layout and rules of the game vary around the world. This ancient exercise is simple in concept yet challenging in practice.


The physical education students have learned how to play a nine square variation. They have also chalked out different layouts creating their own hopping patterns. Markers have been crafted with various materials such as: paper clips, duct tape, coins, homemade bean bags, and even a deflated balloon filled with flour.


Currently, the student body and faculty are competing in the Fourth Annual Fall Classic Single Elimination Hopscotch Grand Championship Friendly Intramural Tournament. Forty-eight contenders have completed qualifying matches and are set for the preliminary round. Matches take place during recesses and will continue till there is a champion. Good luck, and don’t trip!

Let’s go Saklan!


Author: The Saklan School Friday Blog

The Saklan School is a private Pre-K through 8 school located in Moraga, CA. Our mission is to think creatively, act compassionately, and live courageously.

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