Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: May 18, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971935 | Print ISBN: 9781412966702 | Online ISBN: 9781412971935| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
From a historic and cultural standpoint, Leapfrog continues to be a playful physical challenge with slight variations found throughout the world. In the United States, it is most often played at the end of the school's calendar year, when elementary school children are organized into groups and participate in a variety of field day events. The first player rests both hands on his or her knees and bends over while tucking his or her chin to the chest. The terms giving a back or making a back are used to explain the body stance formed as a player rests their head on the thighs and hunches the body forward. On a leader's signal, another player runs up and places his or her hands on the shoulder of the stooping child and straddles their legs to vault over the ...