Title:
Box hockey
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
A floor game similar to hockey played within a rectangular structure including goal holes at opposing ends of the structure and having a plurality of obstacle partitions with various openings inside the perimeter of the structure whereby the object of play must pass when propelled by the hockey stick with the intent of being hit into the goal receptacle. Each component that makes up the rectangular structure is specially designed to be easily disassembled for maximum utility, portability and compactness for ease of storage. The bottom playing surface is detachable. Each component that makes up the side walls and partitions are essentially the same size which is part of the unique design of it's disassembly and storage. The slot/connection design allows for there to be no screws or other hardware necessary for assembly. Each component is made of a durable high impact material to prevent splintering and/or deterioration of apparatus.



Inventors:
Brody, Andrew Schuyler (Simi Valley, CA, US)
Application Number:
10/062090
Publication Date:
08/07/2003
Filing Date:
02/01/2002
Assignee:
BRODY ANDREW SCHUYLER
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63F7/06; A63F7/07; (IPC1-7): A63F7/07
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Primary Examiner:
PASSANITI, SEBASTIANO
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
BOX HOCKEY INTERNATIONAL, INC (ANDREW S. BRODY 2173 CLANCY CT, SIMI VALLEY, CA, 93065, US)
Claims:

It is understood that while certain forms of the present invention have been illustrated and described herein, it is not to be limited to the specific forms or arrangements of parts described and shown. I, Andrew S. Brody, claim as my invention:



1. A rectangular game apparatus played on the floor with sticks and a moveable object of play such as a disc, ball or other object comprising of: (a) side walls and end walls which make the perimeter of the playing structure; (b) opposing end walls having an opening at the bottom center to serve as the goal opening; (c) a moveable object such as a ball, or disc; (d) hockey styled sticks for hitting the object of play

2. A game apparatus as defined by claim 1, wherein there are a plurality of obstruction devices and obstacles within the perimeter walls.

3. A game apparatus as defined by claim 2, wherein bottom playing surface is detachable.

4. A game apparatus as defined by claim 3, wherein the components of the side walls and end walls are such that they are easily disassembled for ease of portability and ease of storage.

5. A game apparatus as defined by claim 4, wherein said playing sticks are adjustable.

6. A game apparatus as defined by claim 5, wherein said components are fabricated by injection molding.

7. A game apparatus as defined by claim 6, wherein components are designed for housing commercial advertising.

8. A game apparatus as defined by claim 7, wherein all components snap-fit together without the use of hardware such as nuts, bolts, screws, nails, etc.

9. A game apparatus as defined by claim 8, wherein components of apparatus are made of durable plastics and sticks are made of aluminum.

Description:

CROSS-REFERENCE TO RELATED APPLICATIONS DESCRIPTION OF PRIOR ART

[0001] After researching through the Patent and Trademark Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library and other references on games, sports, home games, hobby games and recreational activities; the following references were found: 1

U.S. PATENT DOCUMENTS
No. 709,144No. 4,560,163
No. 1,593,421No. 4,765,622
No. 1,634,016No. 4,775,152
No. 2,981,542No. 5,074,556
No. 4,261,568No. 5,417,421

[0002] Mechanix Illustrated December, 1984 “Great Gifts”

[0003] The New York Times Dec., 11, 1966 “Hockey Game of Fun”

STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT

[0004] N/A

REFERENCE TO SEQUENCE LISTING, A TABLE, OR A COMPUTER PROGRAM LISTING COMPACT DISK APPENDIX

[0005] N/A

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0006] Throughout the centuries there have been numerous games created for field, floor, table top and other which require the use of sticks, balls, discs and other equipment. During the last 30 years the trend of games has primarily focused on the invention of video games and computer games as a result of the revolution in computer technology.

[0007] Within recent years there has been an increased popularity in professional hockey as well as roller hockey and street hockey due to the invention of the inline roller skate

[0008] The present invention relates to a hockey styled game that can be played by two or more players. The playing structure resembles a rectangular box with no top, having multiple partitions connected across the shorter width of the box dividing it up into smaller rectangular sections. Each partition has a minimum of one opening for a ball, puck, or other object to be hit through it. The outer partitions at each end of the box each have one opening at the bottom center which serves as the goal hole. Players stand on the outside of the game box on the elongated side across from each other and use the blade end of a stick to hit a ball, puck or other object and propel it along the detachable bottom surface, throughout the playing sections and through the various openings of the partitions until it is hit through the goal hole of the end partition where it is retained by a net device/cavity on the exterior of the goal hole.

[0009] One of the principal objects of the invention is to provide a lightweight, portable, indoor/outdoor, virtually indestructible game apparatus which can be played by young, old and physically challenged people. Another principal object of the game is that the dynamics of the game and apparatus provide many training, conditioning, and health enhancing benefits as well as aid in the development of hockey specific skills. Thirdly, the game apparatus was designed to serve as a medium for commercial advertising.

BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0010] It is an object of the invention to provide a structure which allows players, by using the blade end of a stick, to move a ball, puck, or other object, on and along the playing surface within the walls of the structure, through the various openings of the partitions and into the net device/cavity of either end of the structure which would constitute a goal being scored.

[0011] First, many games and equipment, such as hockey sticks are manufactured from wood and other inexpensive material which might be associated to either older methods of fabrication or a decision to use cheap materials to keep the cost of production as low as possible.

[0012] The uniqueness of this game design is multifold. The structure consists of individual components as described which requires the players to assemble prior to playing. Each component (side walls and partitions) are essentially the same in length and each has a slot at each end. The center partitions have the end slots on the bottom and the side wall pieces have their end slots at the top. One side wall is made up of at least 2 components which when its end slots are aligned, they are then held together by inserting the slot at one end of the center partition over the aligned slots of the side wall. The slot at the other end of the center partition is then inserted over the aligned slots of the other side wall, thereby forming and H structure. The end partitions are then connected in the same fashion with their end slots sliding down over the side wall end slots, thereby forming the rectangular structure of the game. The nets are then attached to each goal and the playing surface is attached to the bottom of the playing structrure. Other center partitions can be added.

[0013] The design allows for the game to be assembled using no hardware such as bolts, screws, nuts, etc. nor the necessity for tools. The design of the components of BOX HOCKEY is such that the structure and components are virtually indestructible.

[0014] The sticks are manufactured from aluminum and the other major components are a high impact plastic so the apparatus will not splinter or rust like other games and equipment as mentioned above.

[0015] Another unique benefit is the utility of this design with its detachable bottom and slotted connections that make it lightweight and easily disassembled to be portable. The design also allows for the apparatus to be reduced in size from 9 cubic feet to 2 cubic feet; an almost 80% reduction in space and size which allows it to be very compact to be stored in very little space. No other similar game shows this type of versatility. Folding apparatus still maintains the same volume and cubic dimensions.

[0016] Another enhancement is that the design is such that additional components can be added to enlarge the playing structure allowing a multitude of players.

[0017] Additional components are easily attached such as lights, buzzers, and effects of that nature as well as smaller components that can be attached to the interior of the game to affect skill level.

[0018] Additionally, the sticks are uniquely designed as well, lending it to be adjusted to various lengths allowing a wider range of players from a small child to a large adult to play and the stick's unique blade design allows a greater range of play than that of a normal hockey stick blade.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWING

[0019] The present invention will be more fully understood by reference to the following detailed description thereof when read in conjunction with the attached drawings, and wherein:

[0020] FIG. 1 is a plan view of a preferred embodiment of the present invention; and

[0021] FIG. 2 is a perspective view of a preferred embodiment of the present invention.

[0022] FIG. 3 is a side view of a preferred embodiment of the playing stick

[0023] FIG. 4 is a view showing the individual components and respective connections

[0024] FIG. 1. —Plan View

[0025] Item 1 —Side wall

[0026] Item 2 —End partition

[0027] Item 3 —Center partition

[0028] Item 4 —Interior partition

[0029] Item 5 —Net device/Cavity

[0030] Item 6 —Flooring

[0031] FIG. 2. —Front View (looking down at an angle)

[0032] Item 1 —Side wall

[0033] Item 2 —End partition

[0034] Item 3 —Center partition

[0035] Item 4 —Interior partition

[0036] Item 5 —Net device/Cavity

[0037] Item 6 —Flooring

[0038] FIG. 3. —Side View

[0039] Item 7 —Adjustable Hockey stick

[0040] FIG. 4. —Side Angled View

[0041] Item 1 —Side wall

[0042] Item 2 —End partition

[0043] Item 3 —Center partition

[0044] Item 4 —Interior partition

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0045] The game structure includes two side walls (1) placed parallel to each other, two end walls (2) which have a single opening and a net device or cavity at the center, a center partition (3) which has three openings, two interior partitions (4) which have two openings, a net device or cavity (5) attached to the exterior side of each end wall (2), and an optional flooring (6) which can be attached to the bases of the side walls (1), end walls (2), and the bases of the partitions (3) and (4). It shall be noted here that the end walls and partitions may be attached to the side walls in various ways and the flooring may be attached to the bases of the side walls and end walls and the bases of the partitions in various ways. It shall also be noted that a side wall may be comprised of one or more sections connected to each other to create a side wall. It shall also be noted here that the openings in the center partitions and the cavity/net device on the end walls may vary in size, shape, and configuration. The two end walls (2) are attached perpendicularly to the ends of the two parallel side walls (1) forming a large rectangular box with the center partition (3) attached perpendicularly to the center of the two side walls (1) and the interior partitions (4) attached perpendicularly to the side walls (1) forming smaller rectangular boxes of equal size interior to the large rectangular box formed by the end walls and the side walls. The flooring (6) which is not specifically illustrated is attached to the bases of the side walls, end walls, and the partitions providing a solid bottom surface to the rectangular boxes serving as an optional playing surface. The playing stick (7) is a hockey styled stick which is adjustable and of which the blade is approximately 3 inches by 2 inches with a width of approximately ½.

[0046] The game structure is made up of two parallel side walls, a partition connected at each end of the parallel side walls forming the rectangular boundary of the playing field, and at least one center partition connected perpendicularly to the side walls dividing the two end partitions and finally the playing surface which is connected to the bottom of the side walls and partitions. The end partitions each have an opening with a receptacle device attached (net) which serves as the goal for each end. The center partitions, interior to the end partitions and side walls, have no fewer than one opening.

[0047] The game structure forms the field of play and for which the side walls and end partitions form a boundary wall for containment of the object of play within the field of play. Each player standing on the outside of the game structure on the elongated sides and across from the other uses the blade end of their hockey stick to move the object of play with the intent to place the object of play into their opponent's goal, thereby scoring a point. The center partitions have the openings to allow the object of play to be moved from one end of the field of play to the other end, and as well, the partitions serve as barriers requiring the players to have greater skill to navigate the object of play into the opponent's goal.

[0048] The uniqueness of this game design is multifold as compared to other game apparatus. The structure consists of individual components as described which requires the players to assemble prior to playing. Each component (side walls and partitions) are essentially the same in length and each has a slot at each end. The center partitions have the end slots on the bottom and the side wall pieces have their end slots at the top. One side wall is made up of at least 2 components which when its end slots are aligned, they are then held together by inserting the slot at one end of the center partition over the aligned slots of the side wall. The slot at the other end of the center partition is then inserted over the aligned slots of the other side wall, thereby forming and H structure. The end partitions are then connected in the same fashion with their end slots sliding down over the side wall end slots, thereby forming the rectangular structure of the game. The nets are then attached to each goal and the playing surface is attached to the bottom of the playing structrure. Other center partitions can be added.

[0049] The design allows for the game to be assembled using no hardware such as bolts, screws, nuts, etc. nor the necessity for tools. The design of the components of BOX HOCKEY is such that the structure and components are virtually indestructible.

[0050] The sticks are manufactured from aluminum and the other major components are a high impact plastic so the apparatus will not splinter or rust like other games and equipment as mentioned above.

[0051] Another unique benefit is the utility of this design with its detachable bottom and slotted connections that make it lightweight and easily disassembled to be portable. The design also allows for the apparatus to be reduced in size from 9 cubic feet to 2 cubic feet; an almost 80% reduction in space and size which allows it to be very compact to be stored in very little space. No other similar game shows this type of versatility. Folding apparatus still maintains the same volume and cubic dimensions.

[0052] Another enhancement is that the design is such that additional components can be added to enlarge the playing structure allowing a multitude of players.

[0053] Additional components are easily attached such as lights, buzzers, and effects of that nature as well as smaller components that can be attached to the interior of the game to affect skill level.

[0054] Additionally, the sticks are uniquely designed as well, lending it to be adjusted to various lengths allowing a wider range of players from a small child to a large adult to play and the stick's unique blade design allows a greater range of play than that of a normal hockey stick blade.

[0055] The design has been created in a way in which commercial advertisement can be displayed on the inside and outside surface of the side walls enhancing even further the utility of this invention.

[0056] Unlike other games which may require a high degree of skill and may also be a very passive experience; BOX HOCKEY requires no skill, but develops skills such as hand/eye coordination and creates an extremely dynamic and interactive experience for those that play. It's health benefits include cardiovascular and overall conditioning, strengthening forearms, wrists and the upperbody.