How to Play: Greased Watermelon Polo

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Rough it up with watermelons! Credit: Ron Dauphin, Flickr

What you need: You need a swimming pool, a watermelon (plus a couple more on hand for back-up), and a jar of petroleum jelly (Vaseline, for example) or shortening (Crisco, for example).

How to play: The object of the game is to get the watermelon to the opposing team's pool wall. Spread the petroleum jelly or shortening all over the watermelon. Divide the children up into two teams. Each team gets an end of the pool, and each team should start the game at their end of the pool. Designate a referee, who will drop the greased watermelon in the middle of the pool. At that moment, both teams move to get the watermelon.

The rules: Players cannot lift the watermelon out of the water to move it. They can push it, swim with it, or kick it through the water. If a player moves the watermelon out of the water, play stops, and that team must return to their end of the pool. The other team gets possession of the watermelon at the point of the foul, and play resumes. Players can grapple and wrestle for the watermelon, but they cannot bite, choke, kick, or hit other players.

How to win: When one team gets the watermelon to touch the opposing team's pool wall, they receive a point. When a point is scored, the watermelon should be regreased for the second round. Play to whatever score you choose. The team who scores the highest points wins.

What else you need to know: This game can become rough, so the referee should keep his eyes open to stop any rough play immediately.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.