Rules to play Jacks
Jacks may refer to: Jacks (game), a game of ancient .
1. Gather your supplies
All you need is a small bouncy ball and a set of jacks, which are six pronged metal pieces. The number of jacks you need depends on which variation of the game youre playing The simplest games can require just five, while more complicated ones can involve up to fifteen.
Jacks sets, which include a ball, a set of jacks, and a pouch to hold them in, can be found at most toy stores.The ancient form of jacks was called knucklebones, because instead of todays modern metal jacks, the knucklebones of sheep or goats were used.
2. Play on a hard surface
Jacks requires a hard, flat, smooth surface for the ball to bounce on.
If youre playing outdoors, a wooden porch or a paved surface like a sidewalk or a blacktop is ideal.
If youre playing indoors, a hardwood or a linoleum floor works best.
Its possible to play on a table, but standing is better than sitting in a chair, because it gives you more mobility.
3. Gather your players
Jacks can be played in pairs, groups of any size, or solo.
4. Decide who goes first
There are a number of ways to do this, some more traditional than others.
The most traditional way is called flipping. Place the jacks in your two cupped hands, throw them into the air, and then catch as many as you can on the backs of your two hands, linked together with your thumbs. Toss them back in the air, and then catch as many as you can again, this time with your palms cupped again. The player who catches the most jacks goes first.
It can be easier to catch the jacks if your fingers are spread apart a little.
Flipping can also be done using only one hand.
Use a simpler decision method, like rock paper scissors or a coin toss.
5. Scatter the jacks
Throw them directly in front of you, and try to scatter them evenly, not too close together and not too far apart.
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