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March 23 1926.
L. J. PALESE FOOTBALL GAME BOARD Filed August 21 1925 m95@ J Palaia @www H To all whom/1115 may concern:
' vltion is to provide a novel` and improvedpact and hence occupy a relatively small pointed out in the appended claims.
Patented Mar. v23, l9/26.
I i I A 31,517,932' UNITED .STATES PATENT OFFICE.,
' LoUIs .1. PALESE, or WILMINGTON, DELAWARE'.
FOOTBALL GAME BOARD.
I Application led VAugust Be it'known that I, LOUIS J. PALEsE, citizen of the United States, residing at lilmingtom inthe county of New Castle and State of Delaware, have invented certain new and useful Improvements in Foot ball.Game Boards, of which the lfollowing is a specification. y
This invention relates to amusement 4devices and is directed more particularly to a game apparatusibased upon the rules and regula-tions governing the game of football.
The primary objectof the present invengame apparatus wherein two teams are ary ranged on a board that is laid ofi' as a football iield, and lwhich move thereon in accordance with certain plays that are determined by a pair of dice or other suitable indicator.
YAnother object is to provide a game of this general character which shall be highly interesting andalso instructive as the plays are made substantially in accordance with the standard rules governing the Lgame of football, as played out doors.
-A further object isl to providea game. of
football which'shall consist of few parts 'that are simple in construction and inexpensive to1manufacture, and which shall be comspace. i
With these and other objects 1n v1ew,the invention may be stated to consist-in the various novel features of construction and arrangement or combination, all of which will be fully described hereinafter an In the drawings accompanying and forming part of this application :i 7
lFigure 1 is a top plan viewof the game board showing the charts directing the plays in operative position;
` with the game.
Figure 2 is .a longitudinal sectional view taken on the line 2-2 of Figure 1; y
Figure 3 is a transverse, sectional view Figures 4-8 are views showing the vari-ous markers and indicators used in connection In constructing a game in accordance with my invention, I provide a box like structure 1, which is preferably open at each endpto receive a drawer 2, the latter serving as a .receptacle lfor the'pieces used whenl .playingj the game and also serving as a reinforcement for'the stiucture- 1.
21,1925. serial' No. 51,59'9.
The top surface l3 of the bolx 1s laid oil' to represent a football field, as clearly shown in Figure 1.
mark each end portion 4 with a' series of numbered blocks or lines 4which run consecutively from 11`to 66. These marked end portions are adapted to cooperate each with a chart 5, that is slidable into and out of. the end of the box. Eachof thesecharts is iden-tical in subject matter and one serves vfor a player sitting at one side'of the box while the otherv serves for the player sitting opposite. It will be noted that each chart contains a series of horizontal lines which are adapted to, align with the lines on the end portionsofthe box and in addition, each chartl contains a plurality of vertical columns headed Kick o'if, Plays afterall kicks, etch, as clearly shown in Figure 1.
In addi-- tion to the markings for the field, I alsov A plurality ofmarkers 6- of one color, i
titled Red and asimilar marker 10 entitled Green. A pair of dice l1 and 12, colored red and green, respectively, or other suitable colors, are also provided.
In use, the drawer 2 is slid from the box 1 and the various markers and indicators are removed, .whereupon the drawer is returned to the boX to serve as areinforcement therefor.' The charts 5 areinserted one in each end of the box betfween the top thereof and he drawer 2, as shown in Figs. 1 and 2, thus enabling the players sitting opposite each other to read the chart on his right. One player selects the @red dice leav-y ing the green'one for'his opponent: One player elects to kick off, either by a throw of the dice or otherwise, and places his team on his 40 yardiline. Both players throw their dice .at the same time upon theball field. The player kicking off does the call-- ing, and he always calls his dice first. For example, red hasl elected to kick of and red throws 1 and green 4, then red, holding the ball, calls 14. If on the other hand green had been holding the ball, then green would have called 41. The slides are pushed in until the columns headed Kick-off are nection therewith, I provide a iharker 9 ennext to the' numbered and portions 4 If"k stance, if 12 is thrown,
14 is thrown, the players follow down to number 14;, then read horizontally on charts 5 and make the plays indicated. The slides are moved in and out during the progress of the game to enableA the heading on the vertical columns to conform with the conditions ofthe plays. For example, if red throws number 14 under the4 column headed Kick off. it shows that the ball was kicked 50 yards, then you count from the 40 yard line which shows that green caught the ball on' his 10 y'ard line. Now' green will throw for a number under the column of his chart headed Plays after all kicks. For init shows that green ran with the ball (S yards. There he will start. with his lirst down. He then places the marker 8 entitled Linesman on the spot of first down and the green marker 10 opposite linesman. The players now find the team onthe 16 lyard line or between the lines'marked 10 and 20. The charts are now pulled out to the columns headed 10*- 20. The next throw'of the' dice will indi- .cate a number which is read horizontally on chart 5 as before except under 10-20 column. If the)team advances the ball between the lines 20 and 30, then pull out the chart to column headed 20-30, and so on. If in four consecutive downs a team shall -not have advanced the ball 10 yards, it
lshall go to the opponents, or the player ycan use the plays on column headed Plays on'fourth down. After the team makes a touch down. he shall place `his team on his 5 yard line, then he shall use column headed Goal from touch down for the one point.
The downsare kept in the four circles on `each sideI of the field. The time of the periods may be 10 or 15 minutes each.`
Vhat I claim is z- 1. A game apparatus comprising a box having a surface thereon representing a field for plalvinga game between two teams, an end portion Vof said box being provided with graduations, a chart slidably mounted in one end of said box and having graduations thereon adaptedto align with the irst mentioned graduations, said chart containing data therein relative to various plays of both teams, and means for selecting a graduation on said box thereby to indicate a particular play for a team on said chart.
2. A grame apparatus comprising a box having a drawer slidablv mounted therein and adapted to be withdrawn from an end of said box, said drawer serving as a .receptacle for the markers used with said gaine,
a game field formed on a surface of said box,` saidsurfac'e having an end portion provided with graduations, a chartlslidably mounted in one end of said box and having graduations thereon adapted to align with the iirst mentioned graduations, the graduations in vthe first mentioned graduations, said chart containing data thereon relative to various ,movement-s of two football teams, and means for selecting a numerical graduation on said box thereby to indicate a particular movement of said team on each chart.
4. A game apparatus .comprising a box having` a surface thereon representing a foot ball iield, each end portion of said box,
being provided with numerical graduations, a chart slidably mounted in each end of said box and having graduatons adapted'to alignu with said numerical graduations, said charts each containing identical data thereon relative to various movements of a foot ball team, one of said charts serving for one team and the other chart serving for an opposing team, and means fortselecting a numerical graduation in said box thereby to indicate a particular play on one of said charts.
5. A game having a drawer slidably mounted therein and adapted to be withdrawn from either endA of saidlbox,
game, a surfaceof said box having a foot ball field formed thereon and the end porapparatus comprising a box` said drawer serving as a receptacle for the markersy used with said movements of a foot ball team, one of said charts serving for one team and the other -chart serving for an Opposing team, and a vpair of dice for selectingna graduation oi said box thereby to indicate a particular play on said chart.
In testimony whereof I aliix mv signature. i LOUISJ PALESE.