We have several outside games to play! Well, sort of. We’re still building these. But fear not! They will be done soon. Every time you turn around at Hops & Vines, something new has been built.
A farm & ranch classic, we couldn’t help but put a horseshoe area up for people to play.
- Who throws first: Each player throws one shoe to decide who goes first. Whoever is closest or whoever gets the first ringer (gets the shoe around the stake) wins. After this, alternate who throws first.
- Innings: Each player throws two shoes, one at a time, underhanded. This is called an inning.
- Scoring: We play “count all” style, meaning that both players can score in the same inning. Players get 1 point for each shoe they throw closer than an opponent’s shoe. A ringer is always 3 points.
- Number of innings: If others want to play, please limit your game to 5 innings. Other than that, go crazy. Most people play to 21 points.
This old Italian sport is calm, pastoral, and can gear up into something quite serious as soon as it’s clear how easy it is to displace the other team’s bocci. There are also a lot of bad puns, depending on the amount of wine involved. You can read up on the rules if you like, but honestly, we fully expect most patrons to just start tossing their balls around once they’ve had a Fluffer or two.
We remember this schoolyard staple and brought it to Hops & Vines, partly because it’s fun, but also because Megan & Shannon needed a civilized way to settle disagreements.
If you don’t remember the detailed rules of tether ball, we understand. As taken straight from the World Tetherball Association’s rules page, you can click below to see them. Be warned, they are amusingly specific (including Association-approved methods for determining first serve: Rock, Paper, Scissors or a coin-toss).
Tetherball is a game for two players and each player hits the ball in opposite directions around the pole. The goal is to get your opponent to miss hitting the ball so that you are able to wrap the rope and ball around the pole in the direction that you are hitting. A game is won when a player wraps the rope and ball completely around the pole in the direction he/she is hitting so that the ball is snug against the pole.
- Only two players may play at a time. There is a line that divides the court in half. Each player must stay in his/her half of the court. Players may not step on the opponent’s side of the court.
- The server is selected. This may be decided by choosing the first person in line, by a coin toss, or by “Rock, Paper, and Scissors”. The server chooses in which half of the court he/she wants to play. The opponent then chooses the direction he/she wishes to play the ball.
- To start the game, the server can stand anywhere on his/her side of the court to strike the ball. The server puts the ball in play by hitting the ball in his/her assigned direction around the pole.
- The opponent hits the ball in the opposite direction around the pole.
- After the initial serve, the server must wait until either: 1) the opponent strikes the ball or 2) the ball has wrapped around the pole four times before he/she can hit the ball again.
- The two players may hit the ball with one or two hands, opened or closed.
- The first person to wrap the rope and ball completely around the pole is the winner. The player who loses leaves the court and a new player (the first person in line) enters the court to play the winner. The winner chooses sides and serves and the new player chooses direction.
- The game stops when a foul is committed. The player who made the foul forfeits the game and goes to the end of the line of waiting players. The first player in line then enters the court to be the new player. The winner chooses sides and serves and the new player chooses direction.
- The two players, not the individuals who are waiting in line to play, call the fouls. This calls for good sportsmanship and honesty. If there is a disagreement about a called foul, both players leave the court and join the end of the line allowing two new players to begin a new game. The first person in line chooses a side of the court and serves and the second person in line gets to choose direction.
- Individuals waiting to play must line up outside of the court. Waiting players absolutely may not enter the court or interfere with a game in progress. To do so results in immediate removal to the end of the line. Continued interference results in complete removal from the tetherball game.
- The server hits the ball twice at the beginning of the game before the opponent hits it once.
- Hitting the ball with any other body part other than the hand or forearm.
- Catching or holding the ball during play.
- Throwing the ball.
- Stopping the ball and serving again.
- Stepping on or across the centerline. Stepping on or outside of the outer boundary of the court.
- Hitting the ball twice while it is still on your side of the court.
- Reaching around the pole to the other side of the court and hitting the ball.
- Hitting the rope with any part of the body.
- Touching the pole.
- Stepping on or outside of the outer or inner boundaries (stepping on or across the outer or middle lines of the court).
A game is won when a player wraps the rope and ball completely around the pole in the direction he/she is hitting so that the ball is snug against the pole.
A player also wins when the opponent commits a foul, thereby forfeiting the game.
We can’t wait to start having little impromptu tournaments among kids and adults alike.