Title:
Game
United States Patent 2045460


Abstract:
This invention relates to certain new and useful improvements in games and more particularly to what is known as the game of ping pong, the object being to provide a ping pong table of. 5' only-half the area of a standard size ping pong table, whereby it can be used in an ordinary home where...



Inventors:
Goewey, Harold W.
Application Number:
US66769833A
Publication Date:
06/23/1936
Filing Date:
04/24/1933
Assignee:
Goewey, Harold W.
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63B67/04
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Description:

This invention relates to certain new and useful improvements in games and more particularly to what is known as the game of ping pong, the object being to provide a ping pong table of.

5' only-half the area of a standard size ping pong table, whereby it can be used in an ordinary home where the regulation size of ping pong table is so large which prevents the use of the same.

Another object of my invention is to provide a game of ping pong which can be played by aninidividual or by two opponents, a rebounding board being used to cause the ping pong ball to return to the table after it has struck the re1'5 bounding board at the same angle of the impact of the ball against the board whereby a ping pong ball when driven into contact with the rebounding board will be deflected back onto the top of the table so that an individual can play 6' the game or practice with the game or two opponents can play the game as when one opponent knocks the ball against the rebounding board, it is deflected into the court of the other opponent or vice versa.

'Another object of my invention is to provide a ngame of ping pong which will have all of the skill required to play an ordinary game of ping pong as the rebounding board is preferably disposed above the surface of the top of the table f a distance equal to the top of the net now employed in the game of ping pong, said board being preferably of such a height that any ball played by an opponent against the same would, in an ordinary game of ping pong, land on the table 83 to the other side of the net whereby in reality I provide a game having all the skill of a regulation ping pong game and only use a table of half the area.

Another object of my invention is to provide a rebounding board which is adjustably mounted vertically and which is capable of moving out of a perpendicular position so as to increase or decrease the speed of the game as by inclining the board forwardly towards the top of the table, the 45: speed of the game is increased and by inclining rearwardly away from the table, the speed is decreased.

Another object of my invention is to provide a rebounding board which can be readily attaChed and set in position on an ordinary ping pong table or other table so as to produce a practicing device for a ping pong player as by placing a board in position above the top of an ordinary ping pong table, a player could practice the game of ping pong as when the ball is struck against the rebounding board, it is returned so that it can be knocked against the rebounding board again and this can be repeated as long as the shots are made properly.

A still further object of the invention is to provide a net in connection with the board for catching the balls which fail to strike the rebounding board so that they will drop, back onto the table and be readily picked up by the player.

A still further object of the invention is to provide a game which has many advantages over the ordinary game of ping pong as it contains means for adjusting the rebounding board so as to increase or decrease the height of the board in respect to the surface of the table whereby the speed of the game can be increased or decreased and the skill required to, play the game increased or decreased.

Other and further objects and advantages of the invention will: be hereinafter set forth and the novel features-thereof defined by the appended claims.

In the drawing: Figure 1 is a perspective view of a game constructed in accordance with my invention showing a table of one half the size of a regulation ping rnig table with my improved construction of rebouiiding board in position in order to produce a ping pong game which can be played by 6ne or more players; Figure 2 is a section taken on line 2-2 of Figure 1, partly broken away; Figure 3 is a side elevation of one end of the table showing the rebounding board adjusted out of the perpendicular line forwardly to increase the speed of the game; Figure 4 is a detail 'ide elevation of one of the suppiort for the board showing the board adjusted rearwairdly out of the perpendicular line to decrease 'the speed of the game; and Figure 5 is a detail plan view of theleg frame of the table showing the hinged connection at the corners.

In the embodiment of my invention as herein shown, I employ a rectangular leg frame I which is connected together at its corners by hinges 2 provided with detachable piritles 3, each corner carrying a leg 4 whereby the rectangular frame can be folded to allow it to be shipped or stored in a smiall space. In the construction of table herein shown the top is formed of two sections 5: and 6, which are provided-with reinforcing strips'6' beneath the same, which fit tightly between the rails of the leg frame so as to form a rigid table. This enables a ping pong table to be formed which can be readily set up or knocked down to allow it to be stored in a small space so that in the ordinary home a table constructed in accordance with my invention can be used.

While I have shown the table top and leg formed in a particular manner, I do not wish to limit myself to any particular manner of forming the table, as I am aware that it can be formed in various ways and the table could be formed of a single top board and the legs could be formed rigid or connected together in any suitable manner as my invention consists broadly in forming a ping pong table having an area equal to one half of the area of a standard table whereby it can be used in a small space and yet have all the results of a ping pong table.

In the construction of support for the rebounding board herein illustrated, I arrange standards 7 and 8 upon the top of the table at each end, said standards preferably being arranged obliquely in respect to the top of the table and are provided at their lower ends with supports 9 and 10 which extend forwardly and are adapted to be engaged by clamps II and 12 for securing the supports rigidly in position to support the rebounding board as will be hereinafter fully described.

The standards 7 and 8 are provided with vertically disposed slots 13 and 14 in which is adjustably mounted a rebounding board 15 against which the ball is adapted to be driven by the player in order to cause it to rebound upon the surface of the table top.

A simple form for adjusting the board is herein shown which comprises wedges 16, 17 and 18 which are adapted to be inserted in the slot between the board and the walls of the slot for holding it in various positions as shown in Figures 1, 3 and 4.

While I have shown a simple form of supporting and adjusting the board, of course, I am aware that various other means could be employed for supporting and adjusting the board in various angles and various heights and it is, of course, understood that by substituting wedges 16 of different sizes, the distance between the lower edge of the board and the table top can be increased or decreased and therefore I do not wish to limit myself to any particular means or manner of supporting and adjusting the board in respect to the table top as I am aware that various changes can be made without departing from the spirit of my invention.

In Figure 1 I have shown the board arranged in a vertical position and I accomplish this by arranging both wedges to the rear of the board so as to hold it firmly against the front wall of the slot of the standards 7 and 8 and the wedge 16 is of such a size that it supports the lower edge of the rebounding board 15 at substantially the same height as the height of the top of a net used on a standard ping pong table so that any ball struck by a player which fails to strike the rebounding board would in the playing of a ping pong game strike the net and any ball which goes over or above the board in playing a game of ping pong would fail to land on the table on the other side of the net in playing the ordinary game of ping pong whereby it will be apparent that in playing my game all the skill required to play ping pong will be maintained, and in reality, a much faster game will be produced.

In order to prevent the misplayed balls, which fail to strike the rebounding board, from scattering all over the room in which the game is 75- being played, I provide the standards with headed pins 19 for supporting a net 20 which catches all of the balls and causes them to drop onto the table top where they can be readily retrieved by the player or players as the case may be, thereby dispensing, to a great extent, with the necessity of retrieving the balls when playing the game of ping pong for the reason that any ball that fails to be played properly is caught by the net while in the game of ping pong in all probability it would land on the floor. From the foregoing description it will be seen that I have provided a game of ping pong which can be played first on a table of half the size of a regulation ping pong table, thereby enabling the game to be played in small homes and when in use in connection with ping pong parlors twice the number of ping pong tables can be placed in a room over those which could be placed therein using a regulation ping pong table. Second, I have provided an attachment for a ping pong table which provides a practicing device for a ping pong player as he can practice difficult shots by placing my attachment on an ordinary ping pong table. Third, I have provided a game which can be played by an individual, and fourth, I have provided a game which has means for adjusting the same so as to increase and decrease the speed and skill required to play the game so that those not skilled in playing ping pong can adjust the board to make a slow game and those skilled in the art can adjust the rebounding board to make a fast game and with all of these various adjustments and advantages obtained, I still provide a game of ping pong which has all of the advantages of the regulation game of ping pong. While I have shown and described a game consisting of a table and the rebounding board, I do not wish to limit myself to a small area table, nor do I wish to limit myself to a rebounding board as I am aware that the rebounding board when placed in position upon an ordinary ping pong table or other table produces a game having the same advantages as my game and therefore, I reserve the right to the use of a rebounding board in connection with any size and style of table which is so positioned in a plane above the table that it will cause a ball to rebound on the table so that it can be struck again by the player.

In playing a game of ping pong with my improved construction of ping pong table, the rebounding board is adjusted so that the lower horizontal edge of the same will be at a distance above the table top equal to the top of the net now employed in connection with ping pong tables and as the board is of such a height that any ball which strikes the board would pass over the net and land on the other side of a net of a regulation ping pong table, the player with his paddle serves against the board and if the ball is properly played against the board, it would be deflected so as to rebound into the court of his opponent and the opponent then attempts to strike the ball with his paddle so as to drive it against the board so that it will be deflected into his opponent's court. As long as the shots are perfectly played and the ball strikes the rebounding board at the proper angle, it will be deflected therefrom into the proper courts and as the ball striking the rebounding board is deflected with increased speed, naturally the well placed shots and hard or powerful strokes with the paddle to drive the ball against the rebounding board will have the same results as a well placed or powerful shot in the ordinary game of ping pong, '7 As a construction of ping pong table as clearly illustrated and described in this application can be played by an individual as well as by two people, naturally it has many advantages over prior constructions of the ordinary game of ping pong as in reality it allows the game of ping pong to be played by an individual and also provides a game which allows the ping pong player to practice his shots as my improved construction of rebounding board could be positioned upon an ordinary ping pong table and the player could practice ping pong by himself.

While I have shown and described certain details of construction, I do not wish to limit myself to any particular manner of forming the table or any particular manner of supporting the rebounding board as my invention consists broadly in providing a game of ping pong by arranging above the playing surface of a ping pong table or other table a rebounding board against which a ping pong ball is adapted to be driven by a player so as to cause it to rebound onto the playing surface.

What I claim is: 1. A table tennis game comprising a table, a pair of obliquely arranged supports detachably mounted on said table at one end, a rebounding board carried by said supports and a net connecting said supports and supported thereby in an inclined position and forming inclined means for returning said ball to the player.

2. A table tennis game comprising a table, a pair of obliquely arranged supports detachably mounted on said table adjacent one end, said supports being provided with vertically disposed slots, a rebounding board loosely mounted in said slots, members for holding said board in adjusted position within said slots and a net connecting the rear edges of said supports and supported thereby in an inclined position for catching the ball and by the inclination thereof returning the same to the opposite end of said table.

3. A table tennis game comprising a table, a pair of obliquely arranged supports carried by said table, a rebounding board mounted on said supports.and a net connected to the rear edges of said supports in an inclined position for catching a ball and by the inclination thereof returning the same to the opposite end of said table.

4. A table tennis game comprising a table, a pair of supports arranged at one end of said table, said supports being provided with vertically disposed slots, a board loosely mounted in said slots to allow said board to be adjusted vertically and horizontally therein and members disposed between the walls of said slots and said board for fastening said board in adjusted position.

5. A table tennis game comprising a table, a pair of supports detachably mounted on said table, said supports being provided with vertically disposed slots, a rebounding board loosely mounted in said slots for vertical and horizontal adjustment, means disposed to each side of said board for fastening said board in adjusted position and an obliquely disposed net connecting said supports to catch the ball and return the same to the player standing adjacent said table.

6. A table tennis game comprising a table, a pair of obliquely arranged supports carried by said table adjacent one end, said supports being provided with vertically disposed slots, a rebounding board loosely mounted in said slots and capable of moving horizontally and vertically therein, a wedge-shaped member for fastening said board in adjusted position and a net disposed on the rear edge of said supports in an inclined position for catching and returning the ball to the forward edge of said table.

HAROLD W. GOEWEY. 40