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Septo 1927- w. Bo ssO HOCKEY GAME Filed Nov. 27.' 1926 Patented Sept. 6, 1927.
UNITED STATES PATENT .OFFICE.
WALTEB BOESSOW, OF BERLIN-LANKWITZ, GERMANY.
Application fllcd November 27, 1926, Serial No. 151323, and in Germany March 18, 1926.
My invention relates to a table hockey game in which not only the cleverness of `the players plays a rle, but also power can be displayed in a certain measure; it s suted s for dwelling rooms, as well as for club rooms, for instance sport clubs, where sportive Occupation is now rendered possible also as regards the hockey game.
I am aware of the fact that there exist a u plurality of games of somewhat similar character intended to be played in rooms but they are not so designed as to be worthy of being termed sportive games; the-y are unable to attract actual -sportsmen Matt-ers are different with the present table hockey.
As this hockey is intended for use in roons it is a matter of course that its dimensions must be limited, the more, as it is intended for use on a table. I do not claim these features as new, nor the prgvision of so-called goals, but I claim certain important details connected with the table or the play-ground formed by the table plate. There is, first of all, an inelastic bordering 26 frame or rim running along all sides of the table plate and having a height of about 4 inches and being suitably thick. I wish it however, to be understood that said plate need not actually be that of an actual table,
but may be any other smooth plate support ed on feet or the like. At any rate, there is said bordering frame or rim around it, and it is fastened preferably by fish-plate and bolts or screws or the like. It is suited to the purpose to tilt the said frame or rim a little inwardly.
The plate or table plate is generall oblong, and this being so I provided the a ovementioned so-calledgoals in' theshort sides of the rim, that is to say, one goal in the middle of each of the two short sides, each goal being formed by a rectangular recess i in the lower rim of the respective side, and the length of each recess corresponding to about twice the diameter of a ball as used in the game. ba et or the like is attached 'to the plate or. ta e.
The frame or rim can be taken to pieces,
- or can be collapsed, in order to reduce its bulk when having been detached from the' plate or table. The frame or rim parts may be either singly, and means may be provided for attaching the individual parts to the re spective plate and, ma be, also for connecting them with each ot er; or the parts may Outside each recess a catch be kept connected with each other continually by hinges or the like. Also feathers and grooves and'similar means may be provided.
The improved table hockey game is illustrated diagrammatically and by way of example on the accompanying drawing on which F igure 1 is a Vertical cross section i through a plate provided with an inwardly inclined rim, Figure 2 is a plan of a plate and its rms, a part of the plate and the rims being broken away; Figure 3 is a vertical section through a portion of a plak and the appertaining rim, this figure being drawn to an enlarged scale and showing a modification, F igure 4 is a similar vew showing a section through the middle of one of the short rims where there is the goal, together with the appertaining catch basket;
Figura 5 shows two rim portions connected with each other by feather and groove, and Figure 6 is a View of a heating stafi' as used in connection with the game, or, more prcci'sely, with the balls of the same.
The rim or frame shown in the drawing consists of wood, metal, slate or any other inelastic material, and its cross-sectional area is such that it does not vibrate when a ball is running against it. The rim consists of longitudinal members 1 and transi 'vided with a recess 7 forning a goal, and
outside the same is provided a wire basket 9 which serves as ball catch and is as high as the rim 2. The wire basket or ball catch '8 is covered with a netting 9 and Secured ;ok the rim by screw connections 10 or the The heating staffs 11, Fig. 6, have each a curved end 12 which is covered with a layer 14: of a fabric, rubber or the like in order to dampen the noise arising when a beating staff propels a ball. The balls (not shown) consist of polished steel or the like and may also have a covering of rubber in order to still more dampen the noise.
A game may be played by 4 or 6 or 8 perthan to the inner semi-circle, where as the outr semi-circle serves as heating limit for the other players, viz, the backs and the for'- wards. It is suited' to the purpose to choose dstinct and different colors for the goals,
- divided into four portions or sub-fields by axial line and ata out one t ofthis letter", there being, thus formed rig tg for instance red and green. With the. simplest way of playingthe game, in which case there are four layers, there is no further subdivsion of tii which are at the same time the backs have hfe goal corresponding to their color at the If persons are playing the game, the play field is subdivided into 6 portions or subfieldsby a line lying in the axis of the goals, and by two lines lying at right angles thereto, 'the subdivisions being made in this way that the two inner sub-fields are smaller than,
the other sub-fields, or corner fields respectively. The red forward has his place lefthandfrom 'the green goalkeeper, and opposite the red forward and righth'and -from the green goal kee er 'has the green backhis lace, whereas rig ithand from the red goaleeper the green forward and lefthand from him the red back have their places. The
forwards are, thus, at one of the .longitudinal sides of the play field and the backs at the other. The banks are, therefore, confined`to their corner fields and the common free middle field, whereas the forwards can run from their own play fields also upon the middle field and the opposite back field.
If there are 8 players, the play field is suba chalk or color line drawn through the goals, and hy two lines drawn each righthand from each oal at riglht an les to said ird o the len h e play field. The orwards I hand from` each goal a field porton or subfield of about one sixth of the entire'play groundr The green back has his place leftand from the green goalkeeper; at the side of this latter, in the middle of the respective longitudinal side with the common play field portion, the red half-back has his place, and at the side of this latter and righthand from the red goal the green forward has his place.
The succession at the other longitudinal side is this: lefthand from the red goalkeeper the red back; at his side, in the middle, the green .half-back, and righthand from the green goalkeeper the red forward. v
This havin been made clear, the sportive character of t e game in connection with the rigid bordering rim and the beating stafi becomes obvious from the facts that cleverness, as well as a certain display of power, is necessary to beat the ball away, as Well as to. keep it off, the rigidness of the' bordering rim and the inelasticity ther eof being dulyconsidered. 4
I claim: 4 V 1 A table hockey game, comprising, in combnation with the plate serving 'as play ground, an inwardly inclind rigid oblong borderin rim having goals in its shorter sides an being so thick as to be unable to vibrate, and eatching means arranged outside said goals and being as .high as said bordering rim, sibstantially as set' forth.
2. A table hocke game, comprising, in .combination with t e plate serving as play groundfan inwardly inclined rigid oblong 'detachable bordering rim composed of mem-" bers adapted to be connected with each other -and being so thick as tobe unable 'to vibrate,
means for securing 'said rim members to said table, andlcatchn'g means arranged outsde said oals and being as high as said bordering nm, the members located at the short sides of' said table 'having each a goal in the central longitudinal axis of the said table, substantiallv as 'set forth.
. 4 V WALTER BOESSOW. 4