Title:
Rolling ball game
Kind Code:
A1


Abstract:
What is disclosed is a portable field game apparatus and method for playing the game. The apparatus comprises several ropes and spikes to delineate the playing field and a plurality of balls for playing the game.



Inventors:
Reading, Corey W. (Bayville, NJ, US)
Application Number:
10/385839
Publication Date:
09/16/2004
Filing Date:
03/11/2003
Assignee:
READING COREY W.
Primary Class:
International Classes:
A63B67/06; (IPC1-7): A63B67/00
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Primary Examiner:
CHIU, RALEIGH W
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
Arthur M. Peslak, Esq. (Freehold, NJ, US)
Claims:

What is claimed is:



1. A method for playing a rolling ball game comprising the following: a) providing a game apparatus comprising a plurality of ropes, a plurality of spikes with flags connected thereto, a plurality of connecting means for attaching the ropes and a plurality of balls; b) placing one of the plurality of ropes to form a rectangular playing surface; c) placing one of the plurality of four spikes at each corner of the rectangular playing surface; d) placing one of the plurality of ropes at each end of the rectangular playing surface to define scoring zones; e) placing one of the plurality of spikes at various places in the scoring zones; f) utilizing the connecting means to attach the ropes; g) placing two of the plurality of spikes at the field centerline; and h) forming two teams each of which utilizes the plurality of balls to play the game according to predetermined rules.

Description:

BACKGROUND OF THE INVENTION

[0001] The present invention is directed to a rolling ball game. The present invention comprises a novel apparatus that is portable, can be easily transported and is adapted to be set up easily and quickly on a variety of outdoor playing surfaces.

SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION

[0002] The game apparatus comprises a plurality of ropes and spikes utilized to form the playing surface. The game is played in teams by tossing balls at targets with predetermined preset values.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

[0003] FIG. 1 is a perspective view of the playing field for the present invention.

[0004] FIG. 2 is a detailed perspective view of the layout for the playing field of the present invention.

[0005] FIG. 3 is a perspective view of the playing field illustrating the scoring systems.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE INVENTION

[0006] While this specification concludes with claims particularly pointing out and distinctly claiming that which is regarded as the present invention, the objects and advantages of this invention may be more readily ascertained from the following description of a preferred embodiment when read in conjunction with the accompanying drawings.

[0007] As illustrated in FIG. 1, the game is adapted to be played on an area with a length “L” of approximately 36 feet and a width “W” of approximately 9 feet. The playing field 10 is rectangular in shape and is formed by two different colored ropes 12 and 14. The field 10 further comprises two scoring zones 16 on opposite ends of the playing field. The two ropes 12 and 14 are anchored in place by a plurality of stakes 18. The plurality of stakes 19 are each provided with a colored flag 19 to allow for better depth perception by the participants.

[0008] As illustrated in step 1 in FIG. 2, initially the rope 12 which is white in color will be used to outline the outer edges of the playing field 10. One of the plurality of stakes 18 with flag 19 will be placed at each of the four corners of the rectangular playing field 10. Nest, in step 2 four of the stakes 18 with flag 19 will be placed at the front of each scoring zone 16. Next in step 3, two of the stakes 18 with flag 19 will be placed at the center line of the playing field 10. The rope 14 which is of the second color will then be placed around the stakes 18 delineating the scoring zones 16 as shown in step 4 FIG. 2. In order to enhance visibility by the participants in the game, the rope 14 is presently contemplated to be fluorescent color such as green, yellow or orange. The ropes 14 within each of the scoring zones 16 are attached to the outside boundary rope 12 by a plurality of 1″ inch metal rings 13. The plurality of rings 13 are adapted to allow the ropes to remain under tension when the stakes 18 are driven through the metal rings to hold the court in place.

[0009] As illustrated in FIG. 3, a plurality of flat round disks 20 with different numbers thereon will be placed in the scoring zones 16. As explained in detail below, the numbers identify various scoring regions for the participants.

[0010] The game apparatus of the present invention provides clear advantages over presently available yard type games. The apparatus can be installed on numerous types of playing surfaces such as grass, dirt, a sandy beach, and even gravel or stones. Unlike other yard games, the more unstable the playing surface, the more challenging the game becomes. This makes the game playable for anyone with a yard big or small and mobile enough to be taken to the park or beach. Since the materials that comprises the present invention (rope, stakes, flags, and balls) are lightweight and portable, the game is adapted for ready easy set up in a matter of minutes.

[0011] The present invention comprises a plurality of balls. In the presently preferred embodiment of the present invention, a set of eight playing balls is utilized. In the preferred embodiment, three of the balls are of a first color such as blue with a white stripe, three of the balls are of a second color such as orange with a white stripe, one of the balls is of a solid color such as blue without a stripe, and one of the balls is of a solid color such as orange without a stripe. The balls are approximately three and one-half inches in diameter. The white stripes are approximately one-half inch wide and can be fabricated from wood, dense plastic, hollow plastic or rubber. Each of the teams will be provided with three striped balls and one solid color ball. Each team will have distinctively colored balls to allow differentiation between the teams.

[0012] The set of eight balls contemplates two teams with either one or two players each. It is also presently contemplated that if more players wish to participate in the game that additional sets of eight balls can be utilized for either additional teams or to allow more people to participate on two teams.

[0013] As illustrated in FIG. 3, a first row 22 of each of the scoring zone 16 comprises the #1 and #2 scoring zones. The first row 22 has a width of approximately 20″ inches. A second row 24 of each of the scoring zones 16 comprises the #3, #5, and the bulls eye #10 scoring zones. The second row 24 has a width L3 of approximately 16″ inches. A third row 26 of each of the scoring zones 16 holds the #4 and #6 scoring zones. The third row has a width L4 of approximately 12″ inches. As explained above and illustrated in FIGS. 1 and 3, the second rope 14 is connected from corner to corner within each scoring zone to form an “x” on both ends of the playing field 10. The second rope 14 thus divides each scoring zone 16 into different sections, allowing different point values based on the size and location of each zone as well as forming the bull's-eye with the smallest zone #10.

[0014] In order to facilitate rapid setup of the game, the following method is utilized to properly lay out the court. A first step is to remove the ropes 12 and 14 from the box and lay it out on your playing surface such as illustrated in FIG. 1. A second step is to stake the four outside corners of the field until they are taught with the stakes 18 as noted in FIG. 2. The inside four corners are pulled taut with the stakes 18. A third step is to create a center line 30 with two additional stakes 18. The center-line 30 is created by pulling the center rope 14 to be taut. A fourth step is to attach the flags 19 on all main corners, both inside and outside as well as the centerline.

[0015] The primary objective of the game of the present invention is for the first person or team to score 31 points or some other desired score set before the commencement of play. The teams can be comprised of either one player or 2 players per team. One player from each team lines up on opposite sides of the playing field. If playing one on one both players start on the same side. Each team is provided with four balls 22 of different colors. Each player alternates tossing one of the balls 22. Winners of each round will begin the next round.

[0016] A teams has the option of rolling, throwing, arching, etc. its ball down the court provided it does not go out of bounds. Once the ball goes outside the boundary line it is considered a foul and will not count even if it comes back into play. The foul ball is to be removed from play before another ball is thrown. If a foul ball interferes with another within the scoring zones, the ball is returned to its location prior to the foul ball hitting it.

[0017] A player has the option of “knocking” any opposing team's balls out of a scoring zone or even out of bounds in an effort to reduce your opponent's score or obtain a higher score for your team. At the end of each round, when all the balls have been thrown, scores will be counted.

[0018] Points are scored based upon the team's ability to land their balls in higher scoring zones than their opponents. Each zone represents a different value, as noted in FIG. 3. The teams with the highest point value or values will cancel out the opponent's lower point values. Only one team can score points per round. If each team has balls in the same scoring zone, those balls cancel each other out and no points are earned for either team.

[0019] The following represent some examples of how a game is scored:

EXAMPLE 1

[0020] Team “A” has one ball in the 6 pt. zone, and one ball in the 4 pt. zone.

[0021] Team “B” has one ball in the 5 pt. zone, and one ball in the 4 pt. zone.

[0022] Scoring: Team “A” gets the 6 points and nothing else for that round.

EXAMPLE 2

[0023] Team “A” has one ball in the 4 pt. zone, and one ball in the 3 pt. zone.

[0024] Team “B” has two balls in the 2 pt. zone, and one ball in the 1 pt. zone.

[0025] Scoring: Team “A” gets 7 points for that round.

[0026] Each team is also provided with one solid colored ball. As an option, this can be used as a “blocker ball” or “bonus ball” if so desired when playing the game. As a “blocker ball” this would be used to block one of your higher scoring balls to prevent your opponent from knocking it out. The reverse applies as well; it can be used to “knock” your opponent's ball out of play as well. If playing by these rules, that ball will not count for points regardless where it lands.

[0027] As a “bonus ball”, it would count as double the scoring zone it lands on. If the ball landed in a 4 pt. zone, it would now count as 8. If the ball landed on the bull's eye or the 10 pt. zone, it would now count as 20. Highest point value is still in effect when counting scores and canceling out your opponent's regardless of what scoring zone you land in when playing the “bonus ball” rule.

[0028] Those of ordinary skill in the art will recognize that the embodiments just described merely illustrate the principles of the present invention. Many modifications may be made thereto without departing from the spirit and scope of the invention as set forth in the following claims.