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Source: Games For The Playground, Home, School And Gymnasium
Category: BALL GAMES

_2 to 10 or more players._

_Out of doors; seashore._

_Small ball._

This game is played by rolling a ball about the size of a golf ball
into holes made in the ground. Three holes are made by spinning on the
heel. They should be in a straight line, at a distance of from six to
fifteen feet apart. At the same distance from them and at right angles
to them, a line is drawn from which the players roll their balls. The
first player stands with his heel on the bowling line and rolls his
ball into hole number one. If successful, he takes his ball out of the
hole, places his heel in the hole, and rolls the ball to hole two. If
successful, he repeats this play for hole three, and then turns around
and rolls the ball back again into hole two and then into hole one.
Having done this, he starts again at the line and rolls the ball
successively into each of the three holes until he reaches number
three a second time. When this is accomplished, he has won the game.

The probabilities, however, are that the player will not succeed in
making the holes so quickly as here described. Whenever a player's
ball fails to get into a hole, he leaves it where it lies and gives
place to the next player. The next player has the choice of aiming
for the hole or for his antagonist's ball, the latter being a
desirable play if it lies in a position that makes a shorter roll than
to his own. Having hit this ball, he then rolls from that position to
the hole. Should he fail to make either his opponent's ball or the
hole, his ball must lie where it stopped, and the next player takes a
turn. A skillful player will be able to play on his antagonists' balls
so as to serve his own in making short rolls between holes. Whether
the play be interrupted by failures of different players or not, the
player wins who first rolls his ball up the line, down again, and back
to the third hole, as first described.

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