Hide the strap may have been a little before my time, but talking to the old-heads (older folks in the neighborhood) gave me great insight to how hide the strap was played.
The game was played similar to hide and seek, but with a twist. A strap or belt was hidden somewhere in a predetermined neighborhood (ex. from 8th to 9th, Jackson to Wolf). One of the kids was chosen to be it. How they were chosen can be anywhere from a shootout, rock paper scissors or even age. Whoever was it had to find the strap. Once they found the strap then they had to find the other players. When they found a player they can hit or swat them until they reached and tagged home base. Home base could be a persons step, a telephone pole or whatever else a young childs imagination could come up with.