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Publication numberUS1331196 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateFeb 17, 1920
Filing dateMar 10, 1919
Priority dateMar 10, 1919
Publication numberUS 1331196 A, US 1331196A, US-A-1331196, US1331196 A, US1331196A
InventorsClarence B Hart
Original AssigneeClarence B Hart
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
US 1331196 A
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, Patented Feb. 17,1920.

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Be it known that I, CLARENCE B. HART, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the borough of Brooklyn, county of Kings, city and State of New York, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Games, of which the following is a specification.v

My invention is designed to afford an interesting, amusing and instructive diversion, comprising a field board and card game founded on the popular sport of foot ball as played under the rules observed in intercollegiate matches, and the like; which in some respects exceeds in fascination the game as played in the open field because many of the ner points of play are rendered obvious that pass unnoticed or are obscured in the actual struggle between teams; and also because I provide scope for the exercise of knowledge, skill, and judgment on the part of the individual players of my game.

The invention consists, essentially in a series of playing cards bearing the names of the various plays incidental to a foot ball match as recognized andl authorized by competent authorities, to be used in conjunction with a field board and accessories simulating the actual foot ball field and conditions of play thereon, all as hereinafter more fullyset forth.

In the accompanying drawings,

Figure l, is a plan of the field board, partly broken away at the lower right hand corner;

Fig. 2, is a plan of a portion of the field board, illustrating the use of the downs tally; p

Fig. 3, is a section taken upon plane of line 3 3. Fig. 2, showing an edge elevation `of the downs tally;

Figs. 4 and 5, are views respectively of the backs of the offense cards;

Fig. 6, is a face view of one of the offense cards; i

Fig. 7, is a face view of one of the de- Fig. 8, is a face view of the score card:

Fig. 9, is a detail view showing opposite sides of the position piece representing the foot ball and used on the field board.

The game board A, is laid out approxi mately on scale as a reproduction of a foot ball field, and marked so as to be read from left to right by each player of the miniature Specification of Letters Patent.

Serial No. 281,718.

gaine, one player at each end of the board A. Thus, the field is divided medially of its length by a heavy line o, representing the center of field, and is so marked on either side thereof, lso as to be easily read and distinguished from either end of the board; while lighter transverse lines d, represent the five yard spaces, which are successively numbered on the right hand margin m, as related to each player, from 50 or center field line in opposite directions down to the 5 yard distance line from each goal line. The 40 yard distance lines are also marked each with an oval labeled the Kick off and the margins m., m, are also marked to designate preferred positions for cards to be drawn, discarded, and sorted into those for oensive plays and those for defensive plays, as clearly shown in Fig. l.

I, is a downs indicator, of a width 'equal to the space between three distance lines d, d, d, on the game board A, as shown in Fig. 2, provided with pointer z", and index 2. This indicator I, is bifurcated at its inner edge c', so as to straddlel the edge of the board A, as shown in Fig. 3. It can thus be moved along, or applied to the edge of the board A, adjacent to the space between the three distance lines d, d, d, in which the immediate play is involved, and is used to keep track of the downs as related thereto.

A token piece b, representing the foot ball, is also used in connection with the board and game, the opposite sides of the same being of different color, or of differentmarking. to represent the two sides at play. Thus in Fig. 9, the two fiat sides of the ball token b, are represented symbolically as, one of red, the other of blue-the token being rcversed as it changes sides during the game.

Patented Feb. 17, 1920.

A score card is shown in Fig. 8, suitable l for use in connection with the game. al-

though this is not an essential feature, as

each bears-the technical name of a play or move on the board.

B v way of illustration, the preferred marking of my preferred pack of 4l playing cards is as follows,z'. c., f

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2 marked Mass play touch doivn.

3 marked Rush center 5 yards.

2 marked Field goal.

1 marked. Kick 30 yards.

1 marked Kick 35 yards.

1 marked Kick 10 yards.

1 marked Kick 15 yards.

1 marked Kiek 50 yards.

1 marked F. Pass 15 yards.

1 marked F.l Pass 20 yards.

1 marked L E. Run 15 yards.

1 marked L. E. Run 5 yards.

`1 marked R E. Run 1() yards.

1 marked R E. Run 2O yards.

1 marked Rush L. Guard 10 yards.`` 1 marked Rush R. Guard 10 yards. 2 marked' Line plunge 5 yards.

1 marked Rush center 5 yards.

1 marked Kick recovered 30 yards. 1 marked Gain R. Tackle 10 yards. l marked Gain L. Tackle 10 yards. 1 marked Trick play yards.

1 marked Goal line run 70 yards. 1 marked Fake kick 25 yards.

1 marked Touchdown goal.

Defense Cards.

Speaking generally, and by way of exemplification, the game may be played as f'ollows. to wit:-

A coin is tossed to decide who `shall start the game. The 011e calling correctly has the choice of either kick off or deal. The side kicking off places the ball on spot marked Kick off (which is on own-10 yarding line. 10 vards back from the center of the field) with the color ot the college he wishes to represent turned up. His opponent then thoroughly shuflles all the cards` together and deals them out alternately, one at atime, until eleven cards have been dealt to each player. The remainder of the cards are then placed at the spot marked on the dealers left. Each player then picks up his cards and separates the offense from the detense, placing them aee down at the sides marked-the offense on the left, the defense on the right. The side kicking off (the offense) picks up his offense cards only and his opponent (the defense) picks up his def'ense cards only. The offense then makes the first play by selecting a kick card from his hand, the one which will gain the greatest number of yards preferred, and lays it doivn face up at place marked Discard calling out at the same time the, number of yards to be gained by play. He then immediately draws another card from the top of the dealing pack and places it either with his offense or defense cards as the case may be, thus replacing the card played,holding at all times eleven cards. The defense then selects a runback card from his hand, laying it face up on top of his opponents card at his side marked Discarch at the same time turning the ball to his color, calling out the play to be made, and moving the ball back toward the center of the field the distance called to be gained. He then draws to fill vhis hand in the same manner as his opponent-did. The defense is now on the offense, and it is his ball and first-down, the ball to be put in play by them -by scrimmage, the side kicking off now being on the defense.

The game being now' under Way, all further play is determined by the character of the cards held by the opposed players, and the skill with which they are selected for play a period of the game being! ended with the Withdrawal of the last card from the pack; and the established rules of foot ball being followed in so far as they are applicable to a miniature game of this character.

IVhat I claim as my invention and desire to secure by Letters Patent is,

1. In combination, a' game board representing diagrammatically a standard foot -ball field with goals, centerfield, and distance lines shown and enumerated thereon, a duplex pack of playing cards one setb'earing on the back of each the word Offense and on the face of each the name of a single regulation offense move or play, and the other set bearing on the back of each the Word Defense and the face of each bearing the name of a single regulation defense move or play, and a movable downs-indicating member adapted to be positioned on the game board to locate the results as the cards are played.

2. In combination, a gaine board representing diagrammatically a standard f'oot ball field with the goals, eenterfield, and distance lines shown and venumerated thereon, a series ot offense player cards each bearing the name of a` single regulation offense move or play, a series of independent defense play cards each bearing the name of a single regulation defense move or play. and a movable token piece representing the foot ball and adapted to be positioned on the gaine hoard to locate results as vthe cards are played, together with a down indicator adapted to straddle the edge of the game board, for the purpose described.

3. in combination, a gaine board-repie senting diagrammatically a football field with goals, ceuterfield, and distance lines shown and enumerated thereon, the enu ine-ration being duplicated in reversed direction to facilitate reading from either end of the board, a pack of playing oaids each bearing the naine of a single regulation offense or defense play only, and a. nim-'able token piece representing the foot ball and adapted to be positioned on the gaine board to locate results as the cards are played, the opposite fiat sides. oli said token piece teilig differentiated from each other in appearance, for the purpose described.


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U.S. Classification273/247
International ClassificationA63F3/00
Cooperative ClassificationA63F3/00041
European ClassificationA63F3/00A4D