Ruthless New Game Includes Hopping, Hula Hoops, and Rock Paper Scissors

The kids are playing a new game called Hoop Hop Showdown, and it's cutthroat.
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The future has arrived, my friends, and it is ruthless. Just when you thought all playground games were spent—kickball, dodgeball, wall ball, ball ball (OK, I made that last one up)—gym teachers have cooked up a new one for the kiddos. Apparently, the new craze is called Hoop Hop Showdown. And it rules.

Hoop Hop Showdown, as it's called according to Eric Branch on Facebook, seems to be a combination of hopscotch and rock, paper, scissors, where you launch two teams into a kind of hula hoop gauntlet, where hopping is the only motion allowed. Once the two members meet in the middle, they have to throw down. The winner gets to continue, and the loser goes back to the end of the line while their side has to start over from the beginning and try to stop the other team from reaching the end. The drama is palpable.

I don't know about you, but there's got to be a way to make this a contact sport—or at least add some trampolines? Either way, this looks fun as hell, and should be a mandatory game for all school children. It obviously teaches life skills—though I'm not sure which, exactly.