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Basketball Games Bombardment

( Basketball, Defense and Attack, Physical Contest, Strategy, Team Wars and Battle, Tenpins )

This game resembles Battle Ball in that it consists in trying to overturn Indian clubs or tenpins set up in the opponents court. The game differs from Battle Ball however in being feasible for a much larger number of players and in being very much simpler in its form not having the closer team organization or such a variety in points of scoring as Battle Ball. It may be made one of the liveliest and most interesting games for large numbers of players.

GROUND.–The ground is divided into two equal fields by a line across the center. At the rear of each ground a row of Indian clubs or tenpins is set up there being the same number of pins as players. Should the number of pins be so great as to require their being closer than two feet apart a second row should be placed in front of the first in such a way that each club stands opposite a space in the preceding row of clubs.

PLAYERS.–The players are divided into two teams numbering anywhere from five to fifty each. The players stand between their clubs and the dividing line in any scattered formation. With a large number of players several balls should be put in play.

OBJECT AND POINTS OF PLAY.–The object of the game is to knock down the opponents clubs. Each player will therefore serve both as a guard to protect his clubs and as a thrower. He may throw whenever he can secure a ball there being no order in which players should throw. Balls may be made to displace the opponents clubs by being thrown against the wall behind the clubs so that they will rebound or carrom knocking the clubs down from the rear. No player may step across the center line. The game is especially interesting when several balls are in play at once.

SCORE.–Each club overturned scores one point for the side which knocked it down. Every club overturned by a player on his own side scores one for the opponents. The game is played in time limits of from ten to twenty minutes the side winning which has the highest score at the end of that time.

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