photo of children shooting marbles


In the game of marbles, as played in the United States, two sizes of marble are used:

The judge of a game is the final arbiter on questions of marble size.

Play occurs in a ring, which in some tournaments is 10 feet in diameter and in others 7 feet.  Two parallel lines are drawn tangent to the ring, but on opposite sides. Thirteen target marbles are arranged in a cross in the center of the ring, with one marble in the center and the others, spaced 3 inches apart, along the legs of the cross, 3 marbles on each leg. 

Marbles ½ inch or less in diameter are known as “pee-wees.”


Rules for games, tournament dates and locations, and information for collectors can be found at

Marilyn Barrett.
Aggies, Immies, Shooters, and Swirls: The Magical World of Marbles.
Bulfinch, 1994.

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