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United States Patent 3,091,461 GAME APPARATUS Le Roy M. Taylor, 4476 S. Cherokee, Englewood, Colo. Filed May 5, 1961, Ser. No. 107,975 1 Claim. (Cl. 27395) This invention relates to novel game apparatus involving a ground or floor supported target, a plurality of projectiles to be driven toward the target, from points around and spaced from the target, and bats to be held :and manipulated by players, for driving the projectiles toward the target.
The primary object of the invention is the provision of game apparatus of the character indicated above, which affords a high degree of player interest and competition, and which favors the development of skill and marksmanship, and which simulates the playing of golf.
Another object of the invention is the provision of game apparatus of the character indicated above, wherein the projectiles have opposed faces which contain numerals indicating the number of shots a player is entitled when a projectile is dropped on the floor or ground and settles with a numeral facing upwardly.
A further object of the invention is the provision of game apparatus of the character indicated above, whose components are simple in construction and easy to manufacture in well-finished and rugged forms, at relatively low cost.
Other important objects and advantageous features of the invention will be apparent from the following description and the accompanying drawings, wherein, for purposes of illustration only, a specific form of the invention is set forth in detail.
In the drawings:
-FIGURE 1 is a schematic perspective view showing the components of game apparatus of the present invention positioned in initial playing positions on a surface;
FIGURE 2 is an enlarged vertical transverse section taken on the line 2-2 of FIGURE 1;
FIGURE 3 is a side elevation of a projectile on an enlarged scale;
FIGURE 4 is an end elevation of the projectile; and
FIGURE 5 is a plan view, on an enlarged scale, of a bat.
Referring in detail to the drawings, wherein like numerals designate like parts throughout the several views, the illustrated game apparatus comprises a single target 10, a plurality of player station discs 12, herein shown as four in number, a corresponding number of projectiles 14, and bats 16.
The target is a flat plate, preferably circular in form, and having concentrically spaced circles 18, on its upper surface, which define therebetween 2-point, 3-point, 4- point, and 5-point annular scoring areas, and which surround a central well 20, which counts 50 points. The target plate can have, on its underside, circumferentially spaced feet 22 for supporting the target above a supporting surface, such as a floor or lawn.
The station discs 12 are preferably flat plates,which are distinguished from each other by being differently colored. The station discs are adapted to be equally spaced around the target 10, at predetermined equal distances from the target.
The projectiles 14 comprise longitudinally elongated preferably solid bodies 24 of rectangular cross section and having four flat sides 26, having different numerals 28 thereon, for dictating the number of plays a player is "ice entitled to. The bodies 24 have rounded conical ends 30. The projectiles 14 are of different colors corresponding to the colors of the station discs 12.
The bats 16 are in the form of flat plates having elongated oval head portions 34 having centered reduced width longitudinal handles 36 on one end thereof. To reduce the wind-resistance of the bats, in play, the head portions 34 are provided with relatively large diameter holes 38, including rings 40 extending around the peripheries of the head portions, and central longitudinal rows 42. The bats 16 are colored to correspond with the colors of the station discs 12 and the projectiles 14.
Play of the game is opened by the players taking their assigned projectiles14 in hand and spinning and dropping the same on their station discs 12, so that upwardly facing numerals on the projectiles dictate the number of chances or plays to which the players are entitled. The order of play having been determined in any suitable manner, the players proceed, in their turns, to strike their projectiles 14, with their hats 16, so as to drive the same off their station discs 12 and toward and onto the target 10. A requirement can be made that the conical ends of the projectiles must be struck by the bats 16, rather than their sides 26. Wherever the projectiles 14 fall, the players pick up their station discs 12 and place the projectiles 14 thereon, and on the next play or plays drive .the projectiles from the newly placed station discs.
The projectiles 14 are preferably of a length less than the diameter of the well 20 of the target 10, so as to drop fully into the well when reaching the same, and earn 50 points. When a projectile has been driven upon the surface of the target, outside of the well 20 the scoring ring between adjacent circles 18, namely overlaid by the projectile, determines the score for the particular play.
When a player has used up the number of plays dictated by his drop of his projectile on his station disc, the scores of the plays are added to provide his total competi- .tion score, and the winner of the game is the player having the highest competition score.
Although there has been shown and described a preferred form of the invention, it is to be understood that the invention is not necessarily confined thereto, and that any change or chanpes in the structure of and in the relative arrangements of components thereof are contemplated as being within the scope of the invention as defined by the claim appended hereto.
What is claimed is:
Game apparatus comprising a flat target, a plurality of flat player station discs adapted to be disposed around and spaced from the target, a similar plurality of projectiles adapted to be laid upon and driven from the station discs to the target, and a similar plurality of bats for driving the projectiles toward the target, said projectiles comprising elongated rectangular cross section bodies having conical ends thereon, the sides of the body having numerals thereon dictating the number of times .a related player is entitled to drive a projectile from his station disc to the target, the station discs, the projectiles, and the bats being arranged in individual sets of similar appearance differing in appearance from the other sets.
References Cited in the file of this patent UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,387,946 Rutherford et al Aug. 16, 1921 1,873,211 Nekuda Aug. 23, 1932 1,935,370 Nekuda Nov. 14, 1953 2,993,696 Demaline July 25, 1961