She thinks football is a difficult game.
She has never fooled the other team.
She values concentration and courage.
She realizes how hard it is to get hurt.
They are already boared with winter.
They want the drivers to chase them.
The cars are getting in the way of their street game.
The cars are moving slowly and make good targets.
The children will have to unzip thier jackets so they do not catch cold.
The children will have to help the man find his way back to his car.
The children will not try to run away once they have been fairly caught.
The children will wait for the man to catch his breath so he can scold them.
To have some fun.
To get some exercise
To get their names and call the police
To teach them a lesson
It is about a childhood memory.
It is told by one of the characters.
It describes characters' thoughts and actions.
It includes conversations among characters.
How the man feels as he chases the two children.
How Dillard feels when she plays football.
How Dillard feels when she is chased by the man.
How the neighborhood looks as Dillard runs through it.
He eventually outruns her and Mikey
He throws himself into the chase
He is braver than other drivers
He scolds them after he has caught them.
The importance of telling the truth
The joy of flinging oneself into life's events.
The danger of throwing snowballs at cars.
The importance of not talking to strangers.
"The point was that he chase us passionately without giving up."
"Now he came down to earth. I wanted the glory to last forever."
"He could only have fried Mikey Fahey and me in boiling oil, say."
"We could have run through every backyard...until we got to Panama."
To show what a good memory she has.
To show the adults can run as fast as children
To show that the man does not know the neighborhood well.
To show how determined the man is to catch the children.
When children throw snowballs at cars, they are wise to plan a strategy for escape.
When traffic slows to a strategy, it is good time for children to aim thier snowballs.
When the man catches the two children, he scolds them with his strategy.
When Dillard looks back on her childhood, she remembers the strategy of winter.
After much practice, Dillard compelled "a boy's arm."
The children compelled to throw snowballs at the cars.
The snowball compelled against the Buick's windshield.
The cold compelled the children to wear mittens and jackets.