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Squareball the lawn game

To start playing check out the Getting Started section to the right.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Rule 6

If your ball does not land in the square it is out-of-bounds and out-of-play for that round.

That means you can use it for scoring. So don't cheat!

Rule 5

The player that won the previous round must toss first.

The better looking player tosses first on the first round or whoever wins the ensuing fist fight to determine who the prettiest player really is. Alternatively, and surprisingly less bloody, a coin toss may be used to determine who should toss first on the first round. Of course you still have to decide who tosses the coin...

Rule 4

Once all six balls have been tossed, the round is over and the points for that round are tallied.

The player with the highest score for that round subtracts his or her opponent's score for that round from his or her score and adds the difference to his or her total score. Only one player earns points each round. If both players score the same number of points neither player add points to his or her total score.

Rule 3

Each round each player alternates tossing/throwing/bowling/rolling 1 ball from the standing area into the square.

Rule 2

The game is played in rounds.

Well it's not exactly a rule but it's important information.

Rule 1

There are two players or two teams.

Objective

Trap your opponent's balls in a triangle formed by your three balls and/or generally score more points than your opponent.

The first player to reach or exceed 15 points wins the game and is declared the winner. The player that does not achieve 15 points first loses and is declared the loser.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Setup

Ok, ok. I know everybody is dying to know what is required to play this game. Here is a list of the necessary equipment. The most necessary of the necessary equipment is the balls. I recommend using Bocce balls (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bocce) because they are designed for tossing in the grass and knocking your opponent's balls out of the way.

If you do choose to buy Bocce balls remember that you need 3 balls of one color and 3 more balls of a different color. Some Bocce ball sets come with 2 balls of each color and that wouldn't be sufficient.

I have also used softballs but they aren't good for bowling. They're too light.

Under no circumstances should you use meatballs to play Squareball. That would be a criminal waste of delicious meatballs punishable by 4 years of forced vegetarian diet.

Items required to play:

3 - balls of one color They should all be the same color

3 - balls of another color I recommend they be a different color than the first 3 balls--it's easier to keep track of who has thrown what.

1 - grassy field (at least 10' x 25') You'll probably want more space than that especially if you have poor aim. A dirt field will also work if no grassy field is available. Under no circumstances should this game be played in a field of dreams. You'd likely get hit in the soul with a ghostly ball and be stuck playing baseball for the rest of your afterlife.

4 - 7' ropes/strings/straps You will use these to create the square that you will relentlessly throw your balls at.

1 - 13' rope/string/strap You will use this rope/string/strap to mark the throwing box.

8 - stakes To hold down the rope/string/strap to the ground.

You should arrange your rope/string/strap as shown below. If you can't figure out how to use the stakes and rope/string/strap to make the layout below you might have more fun playing Candy Land. I highly recommend it.

Quick reference



This quick reference sheet fits on normal sheet of paper. Print a couple copies of this reference sheet and put it with your Squareball equipment. It's a whole lot easier to explain the rules when you have this sheet with you.

The reference sheet it also available in PDF: Squareball Quick Reference

The Original Squareball

Squareball is the name of a lawn game invented by the brothers Jenne in the year 2005. It's official birth date is 4/15/2005, which is the date of the earliest record describing the initial concepts of the game.

Squareball will turn 5 this year. And to commemorate this momentous occasion I have decided to document this game on the web. Stay tuned for the complete rules and discussion on game play. Please feel free to comment or ask questions in the comments.