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Sept. 23, 1941. s. FoLTlN ET AL GAME APPARATUS Filed June 5, 1940 -TEPHEN Porrn VzRNoN E. .Tulznm INVENTORS BY C ATTO Y Patented sept. 23, 1941 GAME APPARATUS Stephen Foltin and Vernon E. Turner, Cleveland,
Application June 5, 1940, Serial No. 338,978
This invention relates to game apparatus, and more specifically, to a novel game goal adapted to be used in playing such games as table hockey and the like.
An object of this invention is to provide anew and novel goal, which is simple, inexpensive, and rugged in construction, and adapted to be used in playing various games.
Another object .is to provide a goal characterized by the provision of readily adjustable barriers provided along the goal, thus adding new selective features to the game, and making provisions for differences in playing skill of the various players.
Other and further objects of the invention will be apparent during the course of the following speccation.
In the drawing accompanying the specification and forming a part of this application:
Figure 1 is a front elevational view of our new and improved goal with the barrier removed,
Figure 2 is a view corresponding to Figure 1 with the barrier inserted,
Figure 3 is a broken perspective view through a corner of the goal,
Figure 4 is an enlarged sectional View taken on the line 5 4 of Figure 2,
Figure 5 is an enlarged sectional view taken on the line 5 5 of Figure 2, while Figure 6 is a View of a hockey stick and puck.
The apparatus disclosed herein is adapted to be played on a game board or other iiat surface, preferably having walls around the sides thereof, and provided with markings and other indicia delineating various playing boundaries and areas, in accordance with well recognized practices. As such features are well recognized in the art it was considered to be unnecessary to include the same in this application.
The numeral I il refers generally to our new and improved goal, comprising a framework having a front portion formed of a pair of spaced vertically extending members I I connected along the top by a horizontally extending member I2`, while a pair of spaced frame members I3 extending rearwardly from the bottom of the vertically extending frame members II are connected by a rear frame member I4. Extending from the upper portion of the vertically positioned frame members I I to the outer ends of the frame members are brace members I5.
The goal frame work, above described, may be made of any suitable material such as wood or metal. We have found it advantageous to use thin strips of metal for such purpose. The goal IIJ may be secured to the game board or tableblr any suitable means, such as wood screws II adapted to be placed in apertures I1 in the frame members I 3 for; securing them to the board or table in an obvious manner.
A goal enclosure in the form of a net I8 formed of woven netting or other suitable material extends rearwardly from the goal IIJ. A series of small apertures I9 are provided along the frame members Il, I2, I3, and I4, while a string 20 serves to bind the net I8 to the frame members, as shown in Figures 1, 2, and 3. Any other suitable means may be used for securing the net I8 to the goal frame.
Along the lower front surfaces of the vertically extending frame members I I are provided a pair of guideways ZI extending upwardly substantially one-half the length of the members II. The guideways 2l open towards the center of the goal I0 permitting a, barrier 22, connecting the members II to be inserted and removably retained therein, as shown in Figure 2. The guideways 2| preferably are positioned and arranged in such manner as to permit the barrier 22 to be lowered into the guideways 2l, lirmly retained therein, and yet readily lifted therefrom. If desired the barrier 22 may be formed of the samematerial as that used in the goal Il), although any suitable material may be used.
Along the lower rear portion of the barrier 22 horizontally extending guideways 2'3 are provided, while a gate 24 slidably mounted in the guideways 23, serves to open and close an aperture 25 along the lower margin of the gate 2li. of the gate 24 is bent rearwardly forming a handle 26 adapted to be grasped by the hand in sliding the gate 24 along in the guideways 23. The position and arrangement of the gate 24 and the guideways 23 permits the gate 24 to be quickly and easily reciprocated and leaves the front of the barrier 22 free from any obstructions which might tend to interfere with unobstructed playing of the game.
When the goals herein described are to be used in playing a table hockey game a small round puck 21 formed of wood or other suitable material, 'and a small hockey stick 28 may be used in a manner to simulate a conventional hockey game on ice, the puck 2l being advanced along the table by the hockey stick 2'8 in an obvious manner.
A game using the devices described herein may be played by two or more players in a manner simulating a regular hockey game played on ice, the puck 21 being advanced along a playing surface and into the goals in a well known manner.
One end ture for the game, permitting it to be readily y opened or closed to suit the desires of the foontestants. It may be found desirable when the players are of substantially equal ability to have the gate 24 opened, as it adds to the scoring opportunities and general interest in the gai-ne.
If the players arenot of substantially equal abil'- v ity, it may be desirable to have the gate 2li closed 'on'the goal belongingvto "the less skilled player, thereby: giving th'e less `skilled contestant va :slightly Vbetter opportunity to compete with the 'Otherp-layers Jon van equal basis. 1
Obviously games other than table hockey may v4be played with the lgoals and vapparatus disclosed herein fand it is not intended to limit the use of portion, `-fo'r the purposes described.
the goals to any particular game. It will be apparent to those skilled in the art that our invention may be changed, used, or modied, without departing from the spirit of the invention, and that our embodiment of the invention disclosed herein is illustrative only, and our invention is not limited thereto.
An adjustable goal for game apparatus adapted ,I to be played on a surface, comprising: a pair of spaced upwardly extending frame members joined by a connecting member spaced from said Surface thereby forming an opening permitting g a movable object to be advanced therebetween,V
a detachable barrier connecting said pair of 'fraine members land extending at least partially the distance from said surface to said connecting member, Vthe same being provided with a cuty out portion permitting said movable object to be advanced therethrough, guideways disposed horizontally along the back of said b-arrier along the top and bottom of said cut-out portion, and
"a -gate slidable horizontally in said guideways for selectively covering and uncovering/said cut-out VSTEPHEN Fourni.
VERNON E. TURNER.