Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Sharing Memories Week 33: Games “Anti-I-Over”

We called it Anti-I-over but I don’t know the real name.  Xenia Stanford’s book Pigtail Times at Taimi mentions anti-I-over.

This book is about her experiences attending a one room school in Alberta – a great read that brought back memories for me.  I attended a one room school in Saskatchewan for grades 1 to 3.  Maybe it was “Annie I over” and we Sask/Alberta people had it mixed up!

Anti-I-Over involved throwing a ball over the peak of a building, two teams, one on each side.  The team that threw the ball would call out “Anti, Anti-I Over”.  The opposing team would try to catch the ball before it touched the ground. If they caught the ball they would swarm around to the other side and try to tag the other team who would be scrambling to the opposite side to safety.  If you were caught you joined the other team.

Other games mentioned in Xenia’s book: skipping, hopscotch (nine, ten, do it again), Red Rover, swinging on the saplings.

Scrub was a pickup softball game.   My mom remembers just having to run to first base and back in scrub.  To choose which team started first, the bat would be tossed from one team captain to the other. He or she caught it, then each captain would alternate their hands climbing to the top of the bat.  Last hand that fit on the bat was the team that was up to bat first (by getting the ‘upper hand’).  At least that is how we remember it!

We also played Fox and Goose in the snow in the winter time.  We would make a circle in the snow with intersecting paths across the circle.  One person was the fox and his/her job was to tag the others.  The ‘geese’ had to stay on the paths as they ran to escape being tagged by the fox.  Once tagged they became the fox.

This walk down memory lane is thanks to Lorine Massey from her Week 33 theme of Sharing Memories – A Genealogy Journey.

What games did you play?  What version of the above games did you play?


Push2Play Games – Anti-I-Over

(includes an explanation of another fun game: What Time Is It, Mr. Wolf; also Red Light, Green Light and others)


7 Responses to “Sharing Memories Week 33: Games “Anti-I-Over””
  1. I searched the Internet for “Annie-I-Over” and found 192 results. I searched “Anti-I-Over” and received 1,230 results. Perhaps different names for different regions, but it does look like Anti-I-Over is more popular as the name. See the photo at http://www.petershostak.com/anti-i-over for an artwork called Anti-I-Over showing the game in action. In the “Source: Dictionary of American Regional English” from Harvard University Press says original name was Antony-over, presumed to have originated in Scotland, but was actually first recorded in the U.S. Appalachians. The book says “Antony-Over” is a now uncommon form for the game most commonly called anti-over. It lists other forms, such as Andy-over, Annie-over, anti-i-over, anti-over. So like many words or phrases, it’s regional. I know we called it “Anti-I-Over” and I described in my book to the best of my ability and checking with other people of that era. It seems the game is slightly varied in rules in different regions.

    Thansk for mentioning my book. So far all who have read it, young and old, have enjoyed it. http://www.writeonxpress.com/pigtailtimes.html

  2. Hi Xenia,
    We always called it Anti-I-over and so did my mother when she was a child. One of my American friends said they called it Red Rover there.

    I enjoyed your book. It brought back lots of childhood memories of my 3 years in a one room school in Saskatchewan.

    Thanks for commenting.


  3. blaine says:

    I just had a burst of memory myself of Anti-I-over and did a google and yours was the first site I opened. Actually, did the google cause wanted to confirm what really was the name of this game. It was played more in my Dad’s generation (Harold Turnacliff), who grew up going to a one room school house in Central Alberta (Huntcliff school, east of Olds, from about 1926-33 or 34). Us kids, born in the 60s never played it much. Thanks for the memory – would like to get hold of your book.

  4. Hi Blaine,
    I’ll put you in touch with Xenia Stanford, the author of the book.

    Thanks for visiting and for leaving a comment.


  5. Hi Blaine,

    I;m glad my explanation of the name of the game and the nature of the book interest you. To get a copy of my book, go to my website at http://www.writeonxpress.com where you should see an image of my book, click on the link until you reach the online store. Then follow the links until you reach the shopping cart. Tomorrow the website may be down because I am transferring to a new webhost and new web designer. I am not sure how many days the transition will take, but in the meantime you can find me on Facebook to send me a private email message so I can send you the ordering details and you can them pay through paypal. I don’t think anyone else on Facebook has my name, so I should be easy to find!


  6. Lorna says:

    I was googling the game anti-i-over for my historical fiction book and your website came up:) We played it when we were kids int he 1970′s…was quite fun…so I wanted to use it in my book.
    Thanks for sharing the memories:-)

  7. Jill says:

    I play it at school as a child in the late 80′s. I was out side with my kids showing them anti-i-over and thought I would look it up to see if I was playing right. Glad I remembered it, they are having a blast.

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