Links for October 18, 2016

The Best Sport Of The Early 1900s Involved Pushing Around An Elephant-Sized Ball

Plenty of people have ideas about how to make sports better, and these days, few go so far as to implement them. But as sports historian John Thorn explains, things were different way back then. “The dawn of pushball [was] part of a ‘rage for sport’ that hit a prosperous America in the 1880s and spawned novelty contests galore,” says Thorn. Baseball was played on roller skates or ice skates, and goofy match-ups pitted every imaginable demographic against each other:one-armed vs. one-legged men, one department store’s employees vs. another’s, size-based “Jumbos vs. Shadows” matches.

Augmented Climbing Wall

Augmented Climbing Wall combines projected graphics and proprietary body tracking to create interactive games and training applications. The games and applications make the training fun, motivate kids to move and give feedback to help you become a better climber. Augmented reality climbing is suitable for any skill level and age.

Playing for Life Resources – An Australian phys ed grants program site secretly contains a ton of resources for facilitating, remixing, and designing physical games.