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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. ...

  • On Target

    Skeeball

    If you’ve ever been to an arcade you were more then likely to have seen a skeeball machine. Th...

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    SPAGHETTIHOLE

    Spaghettihole is a variation of cornhole. Like the traditional game of cornhole, this game can be pl...

  • mens water polo 6 men playing water polo with snorkeling gear regulated equipment for water polo

    Rugby is Going Underwater

    Underwater rugby rules and equipment are very different than regular rules for rugby. Safety is much...

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    Taking Hockey To The Streets

    Street hockey is a form of hockey that is traditionally played on the streets, or some form of aspha...

  • Shinty game with 3 men on blue team and 3 men on red team regulated equipment for shinty

    Shinty

    A combination to field hockey, hurling, and bandy ball, this game is played mostly in Scotland. Shin...

  • Inline-Roller-Hockey

    Taking It Off The Ice

    Roller in-line hockey uses the same type of puck equipment that is used in traditional ice hockey. A...

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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Rugby is Going Underwater

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Underwater rugby rules and equipment are very different than regular rules for rugby. Safety is much more of a factor as well as how the ball would be able to stay underwater. The CMAS Under Water Rugby Rules were set in place to allow the ball to be played under the water. 1.4  Underwater Ball (see Appendix 3) 1.4.1 Ball descent rate; A ball filled with water so that it is negatively buoyant shall be used for playing. It shall have a descent rate of 1000 – 1250 mm per second. (C.f. Appendix 3) 1.4.2 Ball circumference; It shall have a circumference of 520 – 540 mm for men’s matches, and 490 – 510 mm for women’s matches. 1.4.3 Ball visual appearance; It shall be coloured black, or any other dark colour, and white, of good contrast, or it shall be plain red. The ball shall be easily visible in the water. 1.4.4 Ball selection; At World or Zone Championships, all teams have the possibility to present a ball for consideration. The referees will check the circumference, negative buoyancy, hardness, grip, colour, contrast, direction stability etc. This will be done at a time and place stated at the team leaders meeting. If necessary, the referees may reduce the number of balls to be tested. The representative from each team may give their vote to which ball is to be used in the tournament. A minimum of three balls each for men’s and women’s matches are ranked. The balls are marked clearly, and are kept close to hand in the immediate vicinity of the match protocol table. The balls should be kept hanging in separate nets or fully immersed in buckets with water.   References: CMAS Under Water Rugby Rules – http://www.uv-sport.dk/cmas/English_doc/CMAS_Int_UWR_december2008.pdf Photo – www.stuff.co.nz

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Taking Hockey To The Streets

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Street hockey is a form of hockey that is traditionally played on the streets, or some form of asphalted surface (i.e. parking lot or tennis courts). There are organized leagues that play the sport, but you will most likely find this game played by children playing a game of pickup in your streets. Street hockey is very similar to ice and indoor hockey with only minor equipment differences. Unlike ice and indoor hockey, street hockey does not require skates. Inline skates or sneakers can be worn for the game. Another difference is that instead of the standard hockey puck, street hockey is played with a round orange ball. Elite Street Hockey Manual: Rule 306 – Ball The ball shall be made of an approved plastic with a diameter of 6.6 cm to 7 cm, orange in color. References: Elite Street Hockey Manual – http://www.isbhf.com/download/ISBHF_Elite_Street_Hockey_Draft_%20Manual.pdf Photo 1 – http://metronews.ca/features/halifaxs-photos-of-the-week/713052/over-the-top-halifax-week-in-pictures/attachment/06-17-halfront-street-hockey-jh/ Photo 2 – http://www.sportsauthority.com/FRANKLIN-NHL-High-Density-Street-Hockey-Balls-3-Pack/product.jsp?productId=11556299

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Shinty

Shinty game with 3 men on blue team and 3 men on red team regulated equipment for shinty

A combination to field hockey, hurling, and bandy ball, this game is played mostly in Scotland. Shinty is known as a Scottish Gaelic team game that is played with sticks and a ball. The basic ball equipment for Shinty would be considered similar to an American baseball. According to the Rules of Play and Playing Season Byelaws 1, section 1.2 The Ball: The ball shall be spherical – the interior shall be cork and worsted, the outer cover shall be of leather or other approved material. The circumference of the ball shall be not more than 8 inches (20cms) and not less than 7 1/2 inches (19cms). The weight of the ball, at the start of the game, shall be not more than 3 ounces (85gms), nor less than 2 1/2 ounces (70gms). The ball shall not be changed during the game unless authorised by the Referee. Reference: Rules of Play and Playing Season – http://www.shinty.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/Byelaw-1-20141.pdf Photo 1 – www.bbc.co.uk Photo 2 – www.sliotharsmaker.com

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Taking It Off The Ice

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Roller in-line hockey uses the same type of puck equipment that is used in traditional ice hockey. According the the USA roller sports Official rule book for inline hockey: Rule 13.1 – Dimensions – The puck shall be made of plastic, or other approved material, one inch (1’’) thick and three inches (3’’) in diameter. All pucks used in competition must be approved by USARS or the local league.   References: The Official Rule Book For Inline Hockey – http://image.aausports.org/dnn/hockey/pdf/USARSRuleBook.pdf Photo 1 – www.funlandchico.com Photo 2 – thehockeydepot.com

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Irish Road Bowling

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This sport has traveled over the pond and into the states. Irish Road Bowling is a competitive sport where all you need is a cannon ball and back country roads. According to the Official Web-Site of Bol Chumann na hEireann: The sport Road Bowling Ball is played with a 28 oz. (793.8 grams) solid iron bowl, or ball, with a circumference of approximately 18 centimetres. Two contestants match their individual skills in throwing the bowl with optimum speed, controlled delivery, and international accuracy along a carefully considered and tactically selected play – path over a predetermined course distance of normal roadway. The winner is the player to reach the finishing line in the least number of throws or shots. References: Official Web-Site of Bol Chumann na hEireann – http://www.irishroadbowling.ie/index.htm Photo 1 – www.yourlifechoices.com.au Photo 2 – www.wvirishroadbowling.com

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Croquet

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Croquet is a sport that involves hitting plastic or wooden balls with a mallet through hoops embedded in a grass playing court.

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