Not Your Everyday PE
Every corner of the FCS campus, inside and out, has become a classroom this year as we find more and more creative ways to use the space for learning. The large unmarked field is often occupied by two classes at the same time as, in order to maintain our pods, Brighid has joined Mark in teaching PE this year. But if you wander out there expecting to see a classic game of soccer, you may be met by a surprise.
Last week students in Brighid’s class romped about with ropes and blue and red flags tucked into their pockets as they played a rousing game of Hoop-a-Doop. Students who have been at FCS for several years can probably tell you how to play Frazleerham. Not familiar with these sports? Welcome to the Morley games.
The Morley Games originated at Sandy Spring Friends School in the 60’s and 70’s when former faculty member Barry Morley created these cooperative team games with silly names to keep students engaged on their large unmarked field.
As Brighid explains, “I wanted to try these unusual games during an unusual year. They require non-standard equipment (like brooms, buckets, and bike tires) and can be played in spaces with no discernable boundaries. It has been a long-held tradition that FCS students learn the Morley game called Frazleerham in PE before heading to Catoctin. At the campsite, there are two rhams (small wooden pens) that visitors can use to play this weird and wild game featuring animal noises, a rubber ball, and a large paint bucket.”
The tradition of learning Frazleerham is back again this year as students in 7th and 8th grade are making their way through several of the Morley games. If you’re interested in adding these to your sports trivia knowledge you can learn all about them here