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Publication numberUS3451680 A
Publication typeGrant
Publication dateJun 24, 1969
Filing dateSep 12, 1966
Priority dateSep 12, 1966
Publication numberUS 3451680 A, US 3451680A, US-A-3451680, US3451680 A, US3451680A
InventorsKoleske Louis M
Original AssigneeKoleske Louis M
Export CitationBiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan
External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet
Lawn ball game with elevated goals
US 3451680 A
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L. M. KOLESKE sheet ora IN VEN TOR. Lau/'s M. Ko/eske June 24, `1969 LAWN BALL GAME WITH LLLVATED GOALS Filed sept. 12. 1966 W y V@ N L @m June 24, 1969 L4M, KQLESKE` 3,451,680

LAWN BALL-GAME WITH ELEVATED GOALS Filed sept. 12, 196e v v sheet A? of 2 IN V EN TOR.

Loi/is IW. Ko/esKe United States Patent O U.S. 'Cl. 273-118 1 Claim ABSTRACT OF THE DISCLOSURE A lawn ball game having goal targets on opposite sides of the playing eld. The goals are circular in shape and may be either secured directly to the playing surface or elevated above it. In the elevated embodiment, a ball passes under a ring having a series of downwardly extending ball checking devices. These devices are secured to the elevated ring by a collar that allows them to rotate when struck by a ball. The collar of each device has a downwardly extending pin that may engage a groove in the elevated ring which permits a check to be made to see that the ball is completely within the target area.

This invention relates to outdoor games, and more particularly a lawn game.

It is, therefore, the main purpose of this invention to provide a lawn game which will significantly contribute to the physical well being of the players.

Another object of this invention is to provide a lawn game which consists of rolling balls toward a ball circle, those balls lodged within said circle obtaining the highest score.

Another object of this invention is to provide a lawn game wherein, in its modified version, measuring devices may be employed for determining whether a ball is within the goal circle.

Still another object of this invention is to provide a lawn game which is easy to set up, the components used for this game may be mass-produced, said conmponents may be moderately priced, and said lawn game being capable of providing maximum amusement and joy to the players.

Other objects and advantages of this invention will become apparent from a consideration of the following detailed description taken in connection with the accompanying drawing wherein a satisfactory embodiment of the invention is shown. However, it is to 'be understood that the invention is not limited to the details disclosed but includes all such variations and modifications as fall within the spirit of the invention and the scope of the appended claims.

In the drawing:

lFIGURE. l is a plain view of the playing field.

FIGURE 2 is a side elevation of the ball circle secured to the ground.

FIGURE 3 is a top plan view of said ball circle including a pair of -balls of symbolically different colors therein.

FIGURE 4 is a sectional view of a carrying case containing the components of said game.

FIGURE 5 is a modification showing the ball circle being spaced from the ground. A portion of said circle being broken away.

FIGURE 6 depicts a variety of measuring devices for establishing where the ball is fully within said ball circle.

FIGURE 7 is another modified view showing said measuring device being suspended from the ball circle.

FIGURE I8 is another modified view, similar to the one in FIGURE 7, wherein more than one measuring device is being used.

According to this invention, a lawn game 10 is usually being played on a flat surface, such as, a lawn or field. At each end of said field provisions are made for a ball ice circle which is fastened to the ground or soil by means of downwardly extending fasteners or pins 12. As shown in FIGURE 1, said field includes longitudinal side lines 12 which are uniformly spaced from each other and the end lines 13 adjacent to each goal circle 11. The actual game is being played with a plurality of iballs each of them having a different designation or color for keeping score. Accordingly, the players line up at each end line 13 and roll the balls 14 toward the oppositely positioned ball circle 11. The team which has greater number of balls 14 within circle 11 maybe designated as the winning game.

Looking now at FIGURE 4 of the drawing, one will see that a carrying case 20 is provided for storing pins 12, goal circle 11 and playing balls 14 therein thus assuring sufficient flexibility to the players if they decide to transfer the game into another area or field. A cover 19 is provided for closing box 20.

lt will also be noted that in its modified version, the invention provides for ball circles which are suspended from the ground by means of pins 16 having semi-circular support 17 for supporting each circle 18 in an elevated position. In this manner, balls 14 roll under the circle 18 thus making the game more interesting and, unlike in circle 11 (see FIGURE 2) of the preferred embodiment, does not even remotely implore the rolling of ball 14. However, for this type of game, a plurality of measuring devices such as 21 or 22 (see FIGURE 6) may be employed for establishing whether the center portion of ball 14 is within the circle 18.

This invention also provides another modification which employs a plurality of downwardly extending ball checking devices 24, each of which being supported on ball circle 18by ring-like members 23 and support pins 25. In this arrangement balls in their relative positions are checked out automatically thereby eliminating the mistake factor which may be caused through human error.

What I now claim is:

1. A lawn game comprising, in combination, a flat, rectangular playing field, a goal circle at each end line of said field, a plurality of lballs used :for rolling from one end line toward the opposite goal circle adjacent the other said end line, and fastener means secured to said goal circle, said goal circles being located along a midportion of each said end line, each said goal circle comprising a ring supported in elevation above the ground by means of a plurality of downwardly extending pins secured into said ground, said -balls being rollable beneath said ring into a central area defined thereby to form said goal circle, said ring supporting a plurality of downwardly extending ball-checking devices, each of which comprises a circular collar of relatively larger diameter on its inner side than the exterior diameter of said ring, said collar supporting a vertically extending integral bar, said collar carrying a downwardly extending support pin at the upper end thereof, said support in being receivable within a circular groove around the upper side of said ring for aligning said bar in a truly vertical position.

References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 1,656,740 l/l928 Kurtz 273-127 X 3,027,163 3/1962 SaatZer 273-127 3,231,278 1/1966 Boulanger 273-118 3,338,579 18/ 1967 McKain 273-127 RICHARD c. PINK-HAM, Primary Exwniner. THOMAS ZACK, Assistant Examiner.

U.S. C1. X.R. 273-127

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U.S. Classification273/118.00R, 273/127.00R
International ClassificationA63F9/02
Cooperative ClassificationA63F2250/202, A63F9/0204
European ClassificationA63F9/02B