'It' holds a tennis ball and selects the category (e.g cars)
Away from 'it', rest of players choose enough names or 'makes' of that category for each player (including whoever is 'it') i.e. if 'cars' is the category then each player has a name such as 'rover', 'jaguar', 'ford', 'vauxhall'.
Players return to 'it' and call out all names chosen. Then 'it' throws tennis ball high above his/her head whilst calling out the 'make' they have chosen.
Whoever was assigned that 'make' must run and pick up the ball whilst everybody else runs as far away as they can. When he/she has hold of the ball they shout 'stop' and everybody has to stop and stand still.
...that's when the fun really starts!
(as far as I know, this game was played in only one street in one town in London in the sixties - it may only have been played by me, as even my older brother and sister don't remember it!)
Submitted by Keith Rapley