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H. WURTH BASKET.BALL GAME Filed A ril 20, 1926 -2 Sheet's-Sheet 1 JLDOU invendor. Henry Wurtth,
His Amforney- H. WURTH BASK ET BALL GAME 2 Sheets-Sheet '2 Filed April 20, 1926 ln'vsnCori Henry Worth.
Patented Aug. 3, i926.
int-458%? earner QFFICE.
HENRY WUBTH, OF SCHENECTADY, YORK.
Application filed April 20, 1926. Serial No. 103,351.
Hy invention relates to games, and has for its object the provision of a game played on a game board and patterned after the game of basket ball.
In carrying out my invention in one form I provide a game board on which is shown in miniature a basket ball court together with various designating positions, and a spinner device arranged to operate over suitably marked dials whereby the movement of the ball from player to player and over the basket ball court is determined. 2
For a more complete understanding of my invention reference should be had to the accompanying drawings in which 1 is a plan view of the field of play; 2 is plan view of the playing dials; Fig. 3 is a side elevation view of a spinner device, while Fig. 4 is an elevation view of a man used in playing the game. 2
Referring to the drawing, 1 have shown my invention in one form as applied to the game of basket ball, although it will be understood that the same principles of play are applicable to various other games. The game board may be arranged in any suitable manner in one or more parts. As shown the game board comprises two rectangular parts 10 (Fig. 1) and 11 (Fig. 2), which it is contemplated will be printed vor otherwise inscribed on a single board or inscribed on separate boards hinged together so that the two parts may be folded together in the manuer often used in checker boards for ex ample. The part 10 Or the game board has inscribed thereon a miniature basket ball court 12 provided with the usual foul lines and with a central starting circle 13. On the basket ball court are five plain circles which may be designated as white. These white circles, representing one team, are placed in the positions occupied by the players at the beginning of an actual basket ball game and are indicatedby the reference numbers 1 to 5 inclusive. There are also five stippled circles which may be termed black and these black circles, representing the opposing team, are likewise placed in the positions the players of this team would occupy at the beginning of the basketball game and are represented by reference numerals 15 inclusive. 7 i
The board 10 also has four white out-otbounds positions outside of the court 12 which are represented by white circles 14-17 inclusive, and four black out-of-.bounds positions represented by black circles 18-21 in elusive. In the following description it will be understood that the term white refers to plain spaces white, black refers to stippled spaces.
At opposite ends of the court 12 are suitable score boards 22 and 23 for the two white and black teams respectively, each comprising a pointer 24 which may be moved over a dial to indicate numbers arranged in a circle.
The part 11 of the game board (Fig. 2) is provided with live charts or dials, a central starting dial 25, black playing dials 26 and 27, and white playing dials ,28 and 29. A spinner device or indicator 30 (Fig. 3) is provided for use with the dials. This spinner device consists of a base member 31 on which a balanced pointer 82 is free to turn. A pin is provided onthe base 31 and this pin tits in an aperture or recess 34 provided in the center of each of the dials. A man 35 (Fig. 4;) is also provided. This man is used to mark the position of the ballon the part 10 ofthe board.
lit will be observed that the dials 25-29, in elusive, are each divided into sectors, some being plain, i. e., white, and some being stippled, i. e., black. These sectors are appropriately labeled to designate the action and various events 01 a basket ball game. The dial 25, for example, is divided into eighteen sectors, nine black and nine white. There are two each, both blackfand white, numbered 2, 3 and L, and one black #5 and white #5, also one white foul, one black foul, one white out-of-bounds and one black out-of-bounds. It will be noted that the foul and out-of-bounds sectors are each one half The dial 27 has 32 sectors which are lao the size of the other sector which are of unibelled as follows form size.
The dial 26 has 32 sectors labelled as follows white jump ball 3 1 1 2 black 1 2 3 1 out-of'bounds technical foul goal technical foul out-of-bounds Also the dial 26 has 716 peripheral sections 26 which are used in stalling. These sections are of uniform size and they are labelled as follows: 7
1 black l i 2 C 2 1 (i 1 C 1 white 1 C l (C 3 H 1 C i foul out-of-bounds v The dial 29 has 32 sectors which are labelled approximately the reverse of dial 26 as follows HOOP-OSLOHNHHOONJLO 2 z: z: 2 a a a a out-of-bounds technical foul technical foul V jump ball out-of-bounds Also the dial 29 has 16 peripheral sections 29 which are used in stalling.
These sections are of uniform size and they are labelled as folloWs:
1 white #1 out-of-bounds HOOHHMLOLOHHHHPF-LOLOHHH,
jump ball 2 on 1 foul out-of-boun'ds back talk foul holding foul #1 #2 out-of-bounds pushing foul goal double foul wmwHHwHwwH I The dial 28 also has 32 sectors, but these sectors are labelled approximately the reverse of the sectors of dial 27. are labelled as follows:-
2 on 1 foul out-of-bounds foul tripping holding foul #1 pushing foul goal jump ball foul'2 on 1 1 Its sectors out-of -bounds Also dial 28 has out-of-bounds sections 37 around its periphery marked as follows, the white sections being circumferentially twice the width of the black:
1 black #1. 1 2 4 2 #4 2 1 white #1 2 C 2 C 1 :4 #4 2 C indicator is next spun on the white dial 28.
In case the pointer, when spun on-dial 25 stops on a white foul sector, the indicator goes to dial 26, and it it stops on a black foul sectorthe indicator goes to dial 29. For example, if the indicator when spun on the dial 25 stops on black #3, the man 35 is placed on black #3 on the field of play 10, and the indicator then placed on the black dial 27 As long as the indicator stops on black spacesit is spun on dial 21' except in case of fouls when it is transferred either to dial 26 or dial 29, as previously noted. If the indicator when spun on dial.
27 stops on a white space (other than a foul) it is transferred to dial 28. When the indicator stops on an out-ofbounds position on any dial the outer sections 86 or 37, as the case may be, are read on the next spin, the section 36 being used for black out-otbounds and the section 37 being used for white out-of-bounds.
Suppose now that the indicator when spun on the black dial 27 stops on white 4:, the man'35 is then placed on white 4 of the field oi? play and the indicator placed on the white dial 28. Should the indicator when spun on the dial 28 stop on a black sector,
as 5, the man will be placed on black 5 andthe indicator placed. on the black dial 27 and spun. The ball is transferred from man to man and from one team to the other in a similar manner when the out-ot-bounds sections 36 and 37 are used.
lVhen the pointer stops on a goal sector on either of the dials 27 and 28, two points are counted for the side indicated by the color of the sector on which the pointer stops either white or black.- Thescore may be conveniently recorded on the score boards 22 and 28. If the pointer stops on a goal sector on either of dials 26 and 29 one point is counted. In all cases when a goal is made the indicator is next spun on the central dial 255, the game then proceeding as previously described.
lVhen the pointer stops on a jump ball section, the spinner is next transferred to the central. dial 25 and spun, the game then proceeding as previously described. Since the spinner goes to the central dial after stopping on a jump ball, it will be obvious that the jump ball spaces in reality are neither white nor black, although they have been shown white.
For fouls, if the pointer stops on awhite foul, spin on black foul dial 26 reading on the sectors, and if the pointer stops on a black foul spin on the white foul dial 29, reading the sectors.
When either side desires to stall. the remainder of the period of play, the indicator is placed on either dial 26 or 29, as the case may be, and the pointer read with respect to the circumferential sections 26 or 29 or these dials.
The'various markings on the dials are so arranged that the game closely approximates an actual basket ball game. It has been observed, for example, that the sectors or sections are of different sizes and that certain markings occur more often than others, all of which is for the purpose of approximating an actual game.
It will be observed that the starting dial 25 takes the place'of the tossup, the probability then being that one ot the players will get the ball, although a foul may occur and the ball may go out-of-bounds. The black playing dial 27 and also the black foul dial 26 are made up mostly of events with the ball retained in the possession of the black team although provision is made I In like manner the white playing possession of the white team although provision is made for the ball being obtained by the black team.
It may be helpful to a clear understand ing of the invention to follow out in detail a typical game. Assume that the spinner is spun on central dial 25' stopping on white 2. It is then spun on white dial 28 and as suming it stops on jump ball it is returned to dial 25 and spun again. Since the spinner always goes to the central dial 25 after a jump ball, it will be obvious that the jump ball is neither black nor whit-e, although it has been indicated by white spaces. Assuming the pointer now stops on black 5, the spinner is next spun on black dial 27. 11"" it stops now on a white foul, such as white back talk foul, it is next spun on white foul dial 29. Supposing the spinner now stops on a white goal on dial 29, one point is counted for the white'team and the spinner next spun on the central dial 25. Assuming the pointer now stops on white out-otbounds, it is next spun on white dial 28, reading the outer segments 37, and if it stops on black 3, it is next spun on black dial 27. If it stops now on a black goal, two points are counted for theblack team and the spinner next spun on tne central dial 25. Let it be assumednow that the spinner stopson a black foul on the dial 25, it is then next spun on the, black foul dial 26. If it should now stop on white black goal, two points are counted for the black team, andjthe spinner-next spun on-thecen tral dial 25. During the progress of the game, the man is moved from player to play-r, as' idieated by the numbered black and white c rcles on the field of play 12'. For out-of-bounds positions the out-ot-bounds positions 14421 will be used, the man being placed'on the nearestcircle of the proper color. For example, if a foul is made with the ball in the possession of black player Nope, the man 35 would be placed in the black circle 18, and if a foul should occur with the ball in the possession of the white player 4, the man would be placed on the circle 16, As previously: mentioned when the time for play is nearly up andthe winning party desires to stalltor the remaind r of the time, or if either party wishes to stall for any reason whatever, the spinner, when transterrec in the regularcourse of the play to his dial white 29 or may be, may be read outer segments 29 or rules previously stated also. W V
i hat I claim as new and desireto secure by Letters Patent of theUnited States, is: '1. A basket ball game comprising a game board provided with a field of play with designated positions thereon for the players of two opposing teams, a chart of the possible events of the game arranged in accordance with the probabi 'ty of rence, and means cooperating with said chart for indicating the occurrence of each event. 2. A basket ball game comprising game board provided with a field of play with designated positions thereon tor the players with respect to the 26 for stalling, the
or" two opposing teams, a playing dial for each team, and indicating means cooperating with said dials-to determine the course of the ball.
V 3. A basket ball same comprising a game boardprovided with a field of play with designated positions thereon for the players of two opposing teams, a playing dialior' each team, a foul dial for each team, and
black 26, as the case A applying in this case their 'occurspinner means used with said dials to determine the course of the ball.
4. A basket ball game comprising a game board provided with a field of play with designated positions thereon for the players of two opposing teams, a playing chart for each team having indicated thereon the various possible events of the game in the ing chart for each teamand a foul chartfor each team, said charts beingmark'ed with the various possible events in the game and said playing charts-being provided with out-ot-bounds positions and said foul charts with stalling positions, and means cooperating with said chart for indicating the occurrence of each event. I i J 6. A basket ball game comprisinga game board, one part being provided with afield of: play, and the other part being'provided with a plurality of dials'including a starting dial, a playing dial for each team, and foul dial for each team,'said dials being marked with the various possible eventsin the game and said playing dials being provided with out-otbounds positions andisaid foul dials with stalling, positions, and
spinner means cooperating with said dials for determining the occurrence of the events.
7. A basket ball game comprising a game board provided with a tieldot play having designated positions thereon for the players or two opposing teams.v a'playing dial for each team having indicated thereon the various possible incidents in the course and disposal of the ball with respect to the designated position otthe plavers of the field of play, a foul dial for each team having indicated thereon the various possible incidents in the course and disposal of the ball when a foul occurs and spinner means adapted to be used-with said dials to determine the progress of the game, said dials being so arranged that the progress of the game as determinedby the spinner means closely approximates an actual basket ball game. y
"In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this. 19th day of April. 1926.
i HENRY VVURTH.