When the area is marked, it is clear to the students what games are to be played. While a space may be marked off with chalk/paint, if the game is clearly not identified and students do not know what to do, then it is not considered “well marked”.
A score of 1 indicates a play space that does not have any clearly marked areas for games (example: blacktop with no markings for games like 4 square or basketball or a large open grass field with no field markings for a soccer game).
A score of 2 indicates a play space that has some clearly marked areas for games but a majority of the playground is unmarked.
A score of 3 indicates a play space that has a majority of the play space clearly marked for games. There are only small portions of the total playground that is not clearly marked. (Example: there might be a small portion that is a “no play” zone and it’s not marked. Or a large space that is marked off, however students do not know what to play in that area).
A score of 4 indicates a play space that has all areas clearly marked for games. (example: separate areas are marked on the playground for tag, kickball, soccer, basketball, etc.).
Other examples of how play spaces may be marked:
Both of the above photos demonstrate clearly marked areas for different types of games, however it is also over designated parking spaces when school is not in session. It may be difficult for a student to discriminate between the white basketball court from the other white lines to direct car traffic for after school pickup