For the player whose name is called to catch the ball.
A rubber playground ball
The players make a circle around one person who stand in the middle with a ball. The player tosses the ball, straight up, high into the air, and calls the name of one of the players.
The player whose name was called tries to catch the ball before it bounces more than once. If the catch is good the player becomes the center person. If not, the player who originally threw the ball begins again. For "Spud" the person called catches the ball, takes three steps, and tries to hit a running player with the ball to get them "out".