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Question #89920 posted on 06/20/2017 1:20 a.m.
Q:

Dear Sunday Night Banter,

How do you play Ten Touch?

-Little Brother

A:

Dear reader,

Well, you need at least two people, a couch, and some boundaries (we always used the boundaries of our living room. 

Here are the rules:

  • If any part of your body touches the couch you get one point. In order to get another point the entire body has to leave the couch and then one part of the body has to touch the couch again.
  • When you get to ten points you lose
  • If you leave the previously established boundaries you lose
  • There are no time outs

I grew up with three older brothers. We would all get in the living room (usually on a Sunday evening) and the oldest brother would tell us when to start. You then strategically pick on someone that you think you can push into the couch, or you team up with someone. As we have aged, one of my brothers has become the biggest and strongest so we usually team up against him to make the game as competitive as possible. One of the preferred strategies is to not push the whole person onto the couch, rather you can just grab an appendage (i.e. arm, leg, hand, foot, etc.) and quickly touch it onto the couch, pull it off, and repeat. However, you need to be careful that they, or another player, doesn't push you into the couch while you are working on getting them points. Another strategy is once you get onto the couch, you try to stay touching the couch for as long as possible and you pull people into the couch. This way you only have one point but you can help others accumulate points with less risk of you getting additional points. But beware that all it takes is someone to get you off the couch and then you are free game again.

Needless to say we had a lot of rough games growing up. We still play ten touch on occasion, and my mother doesn't really like it because it used to shake our whole house.

-Sunday Night Banter who barely lost the last game of ten touch!