Floor Baseball

(_Game invented by T.A. Coates_)

A diagram is marked with chalk on the floor, as per accompanying

diagram. Round wooden disks six inches in diameter, one inch thick at

the centre tapering to a quarter of an inch at the circumference, in

the form of a discus, are used. Rubber quoits may be used instead of

disks, if available.

A player "up to bat" slides disks from a line thirty feet away from the

baseball diamond until he has four balls, three strikes, or has earned

one or more bases. If the disk, upon being slid forward, lies so that

any part of it lies over any line, it constitutes one ball for the

batter. If it should lie in the space marked "Strike", it constitutes a

strike and the batter has one ball and one strike. The next slide, the

disk lies in the space marked "1". This means that he places his disk

on first base and the next player on his side comes to bat. The second

player continues sliding the disks until he has made a base or is put

out. Should he make a base, the player of the first disk is advanced

one base. Should he make more than one base hit, the player on the base

advances as many bases as the batter has made. The side continues at

bat until three men are out. Thereupon, the other team comes to bat.

Should the disk land in "Sacrifice", base hit, home run, or should the

one at bat gain first by four balls, the man or men on base or bases

advance. Any man or men reaching home constitutes a run for that team.

Should the disk land three times within the space marked "Strike"

during the time at bat, the batsman is declared "out".

[Illustration: Floor Baseball]

Two players can play this game as well as nine, each taking as many

slides of the disk as is necessary to reach a base or get out. Then the

other player does the same until the team has three out.

Blocks or stones can indicate the position of players on bases if only

one disk is used in the game.

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