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    Broomball

    Broomball is a fun alternative to hockey. This sport has the same rules as traditional hockey but th...

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    Fistball

    This game is similar to volleyball with the main difference being that a fist and your arm are the o...

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    Swamp Football

    Ever wish football(soccer) would be a little more exciting? Swamp football might be the sport for yo...

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    Royal Shrovetide Football

    Could you imagine playing football for two eight hour periods on a “field” where the goa...

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    Jeu de Paume – “Game of the Palm”

    Jeu de pause (game of the palm) originated out of France as early as the 17th century. This game has...

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    Bossaball Kicks It Up A Notch

    Bossaball is a fairly new international game that is a fun and unique twist on volleyball. There are...

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    Four Square

    Four Square is a common playground game played mostly in grade school. Even though it is classically...

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    Mini Golf – “Fore!”

    Mini golf/put put is a common activity played by people of all ages, especially in the summer time. ...

Broomball

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Broomball is a fun alternative to hockey. This sport has the same rules as traditional hockey but they use a stick that resembles a broom and a small ball instead of a puck. The official regulations for the ball equipment of this sport as stated in the La Crosse Broomball League Rulebook is: F. The Ball 1. The ball shall be a size 2.5 with a lace-less molded cover of 32 or more panels. The ball shall be made of leather, synthetic leather, or rubber. It shall measure approximately 47cm. in circumference with a weight of 275 grams when inflated. (Baden 332)   References: La Crosse Broomball League – http://webpages.charter.net/lbl/pdf/Broomball%20Rules.pdf Photo – grssc.com

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Fistball

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This game is similar to volleyball with the main difference being that a fist and your arm are the only thing that can hit the ball over the net. Fistball is played competitively all over the world and there are specific rules and regulations for game play. According to the International Fistball Association the official rules for the fistball ball are: 1.4 The fistball is a hollow ball filled with air. Its basic colour is white, but up to 20 per cent of the surface can be made up of several smaller coloured pieces. The ball must be fully inflated. At the beginning of each match the ball must satisfy the following require- ments: – weight – circumference – air pressure 350 – 380 grammes (males) 320 – 350 grammes (females) 65 – 68 centimetres 0.55 – 0.75 bar Balls used in international matches or in the highest leagues of the member federations must meet additional criteria set by the committee and the Tech- nical Commission of the International Fistball Association.   References: International Fistball Association – http://www.ifa-fistball.com/en/1-hauptmenuepunkt/rules Photo – web.pts.org.tw

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Swamp Football

Image: Players compete in the 2012 Swamp Soccer World Cup China match

Ever wish football(soccer) would be a little more exciting? Swamp football might be the sport for you! This sport is similar to the traditional game with minor changes, one of them being that it is played in a bog or swamp. This sport is played over seas in countries like Brazil, Finland, Iceland, and Russia. Since the game is very similar to football(soccer) the ball is a traditional football(soccer): The ball is: • spherical • made of leather or other suitable material • of a circumference of not more than 70 cm (28 ins) and not less than 68 cm (27 ins) • not more than 450 g (16 oz) and not less than 410 g (14 oz) in weight at the start of the match • of a pressure equal to 0.6 – 1.1 atmosphere (600 – 1,100 g/cm2) at sea level (8.5 lbs/sq in – 15.6 lbs/sq in) References: http://www.topendsports.com/sport/unusual/swamp-football.htm Photo – photoblog.nbcnews.com

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Royal Shrovetide Football

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Could you imagine playing football for two eight hour periods on a “field” where the goals are three miles apart? If you want to play royal shrovetide football in Ashbourne, Derbyshire, this is something you can expect. The game is played against the North and South sides of the town and the goal is to push your opponent all the way to your end zone. This game is played twice a year on Shrove Tuesday and Ash Wednesday. A game with this many players does have rules and regulations and the ball is held to a certain standard. According to the official Shrovetide of Ashbourne the ball is made of a cork ball wrapped in leather. Hand painted before the game and can be re-painted after the game on request. References: Shrovetide Official Website – http://www.shrovetide.net Photo – laurapage.co.uk

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Jeu de Paume – “Game of the Palm”

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Jeu de pause (game of the palm) originated out of France as early as the 17th century. This game has also been known as real tennis and is known as the earliest version of tennis that was played indoors. The ball was different then the traditional yellow tennis ball that is used today: Unlike the latex-based technology underlying the modern lawn-tennis ball, the game still uses a cork-based ball very close in design to the original balls used in the game. The 2 1⁄2-inch (64 mm) diameter balls are handmade and consist of a core made of cork with fabric tape tightly wound around it and covered with a hand-sewn layer of heavy, woven, woollen cloth, traditionally “Melton” cloth (not felt, which is unwoven and not strong enough to last as a ball covering). The balls are traditionally white, but around the end of the 20th century “optic yellow” was introduced for improved visibility, as was done years earlier in lawn tennis. The balls are much less bouncy than lawn tennis balls, and weigh about 2 1⁄2 ounces (71 grams) (lawn tennis balls typically weigh 2 ounces). (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeu_de_paume)   References: Content – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeu_de_paume Photo – http://rue89.nouvelobs.com/rue89-sport/2014/09/27/jeu-paume-oublie-partout-sauf-les-mots-255124

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Bossaball Kicks It Up A Notch

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Bossaball is a fairly new international game that is a fun and unique twist on volleyball. There are 3 to 5 players on each team and they play on an inflatable court. Each side of the court has a trampoline where one of the players stands inside to get extra bounce.  The players are also allowed to use any part i.e. hands, feet, or head. The equipment needed for this game is a Bossaball court and a Bossaball. It is unclear of what a Bossaball ball is, but a standard volleyball will work just the same!   References: Rules of Sport – http://www.rulesofsport.com/sports/bossaball.html Photo – akbrightgirl.blogspot.com

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Four Square

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Four Square is a common playground game played mostly in grade school. Even though it is classically played in grade school,  this game has been picked up and played in tournaments that have spread world wide. With rising popularity, official rules and regulations have been made for the game in competitions. This includes the specifications for the ball (as listed below). The Ball The ball of four square is an 8.5-inch rubber playground ball inflated to 2 lbs. They sell as “playground balls” or sometimes better known as “kickballs”. We are very fond of the Champion PG8.5 brand and model because of the two-ply rubber construction, grippy texture, and choice of colors. Many sporting supply companies that serve schools and leagues can arrange to have the balls custom printed with your own logo or design. To preserve the life of these balls we recommend storing them partially deflated when they won’t be in use for a long period of time (like winter). You an improvise with any 8- to 10-inch diameter inflatable ball if you don’t have the luxury of investing in official balls. Soccer balls and volley balls are great substitutions. Our friends in Australia play four square with 3-inch felted tennis balls. If the ball bounces back to at least 50% of the height from which it was dropped then you’ll still be in the spirit of the game.   References: Rule – http://www.squarefour.org/gear

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Mini Golf – “Fore!”

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Mini golf/put put is a common activity played by people of all ages, especially in the summer time. The common game is a variation of golf but with more obstacles and a shorter distance course. Even though this game is generally for recreational use, there have been many leagues and tournaments that have specific rules of play. According to the World Minigolf Sport Federation’s 2.3 Worldwide International Sport Rules Rulebook, there are specific rules for the mini golf ball equipment. 4. The Ball 4.1  All minigolf and golf balls of any material are permissible. 4.2  The diameter of the ball must be between 37,0 mm and 43,0 mm. Balls must not bounce more than 85 cm when dropped on concrete from a height of 1 m at 25° Celsius. 4.3  Only balls which are permitted under the homologation rules for balls may be used in tournaments. 4.4  The details of homologation of balls are summarised in a regulation. 4.5  If the rules regarding the ball are violated, the shots played with a non- permitted ball count on the lane on which the violation is noticed, and the lane has to be replayed. References: http://www.minigolfsport.com/rules/2_3.pdf Photo – www.wildernessresort.com

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Skeeball

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If you’ve ever been to an arcade you were more then likely to have seen a skeeball machine. This common arcade game is similar to bowling and played be people of all ages. There are no official rules for the equipment that is used in this game, but all skeeball machines use the same equipment. There are 9 baseball/fist sized balls that are used to roll down the inclined alley.  There is no specification on the color of the balls, but the most common colors that you will find are brown, white, or black. The goal of skeeball is to get as many points as possible. 9 skeeball balls are used per round and are rolled down the inclined alley into different marked holes that determine the amount of points you receive. When played in an arcade the more points you receive, the more tickets you get that generally are used to exchange for prizes. References: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skee_ball Photo – www.myinsightmag.com

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SPAGHETTIHOLE

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Spaghettihole is a variation of cornhole. Like the traditional game of cornhole, this game can be played as singles or doubles. If playing singles, opponents stand by the side of one of the cornhole boards, facing the opposite cornhole board. Taking turns, each competitor tosses a bag until each has thrown all four. The game is played the same with doubles, except each team has one player at opposing boards.  Each player on one board takes turns tossing their bags at the opposing board until all bags have been tossed.  The same is done on the other side. Whoever or which ever team has the most amount of sunk bags into the cornhole hole wins the game. Now that we know the rules of cornhole, we can apply the spaghettihole aspect to the game. After each player has tossed all their bags, you then toss the brown meatball bag.  The meatball bag can only be tossed after all bags have been tossed.  If you toss the meatball bag into the hole, you will double your points in that round. If playing doubles the meatball bag is tossed only after each teammate plays.    

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