|（1.Department of Physical Education，Tianjin Polytechnic University，Tianjin 300160，China；2.Department of Physical Education，Dalian University of Technology，Dalian 116024，China）
Abstract: Via their field investigation of an imitated ancient Cuju game developed in Linzi, coupled with literature documents, the authors expatiated on the production, form and development of the imitated ancient Cuju game, analyzed and evaluated its social effects in terms of pros and cons, and drew the following conclusions via their study: the imitated ancient Cuju game currently developed is a folk custom imitating activity created in the Linzi re-gion based on ancient Cuju; it is not provided with the spiritual core of folk customs; all it has is just the material casing of folk customs. Its production is presented as a regional culture representing identification; in its course of development, various business purposes and political intentions were adulterated to turn it into the subject of opera-tion of various interests and capitals. As for such a folk custom imitating activity, we should neither protect it by us-ing traditional culture protecting methods, nor shape it at will, but let it be as it was with a historical culture respect-ing attitude, and boot its development by concurrently considering its humanistic and social values.
Key words: traditional national sports；folklore；imitated ancient Cuju game；folk custom imitation