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Kolja Geldmacher
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Hey crossboulers of the world!
Having a few games under my belt, i thought i would like to share and discuss some of the limits we came up when playing. Things like the "left hand throw" aka "throw with the hand you don't write with" or "over the shoulder" are mentioned in the rules, so i would like to share and hear from some more options.
So i start with:
- you play on a street and place the target ball in the curb of the opposite side. Now you rule, that only balls that land on the walkway score.
- Thrower has to jump while throwing and only balls thrown while airborne score.
- Only balls that have been thrown before the first one hits the ground score.
-Take a normal hackysack and throw it near the target ball. Its the antitarget and score as much negative points as the target ball scores positives including combos.
-Place the target just a few meters away. Mark the starting point and let the player close his eyes. He has to walk towards the target ball and drop his ball whenever he thinks he has come near it. Then he can open his eyes, return to start and retry for the remaining 2 balls.
-Place the target behind a pole, like a street sign for example. No ball may touch the pole to be score-able
-Playing in the street you can define a higher mark like a door or window that a ball must be thrown higher as to be scored.
-Put all balls in a bag. Put a handkerchief over your hand while drawing a ball and throwing it. You may not look what color the ball has before you throw. Scores are dived by color to there respective players as normal.

So thats it for now, maybe we come up with more.
But please add your own too, i really need some killer rules for our next game
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Daniel Danzer
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Some experiences:

- Throw "upstairs" a high staircase or behind an obstacle without the goal in sight.

- No throwing allowed. Only "rolling", as if you`d play bowling.

- Balance the ball onto your feet and throw it that way.

- Look for a transparent "level" (a canvas blind, sunsail or something like that) - you watch from underneath, but have to throw the ball high, so it lands on it. Have a stick at hand to get the balls back.

- Play over your shoulder with a mirror in the other hand.

- Go to a playground. Look for something that moves (like a swing) and throw
a) from there

b) onto it (not seen here)! Using moving targets are great!

- Team playing: One teammate has a frisbee disk (or simply his flat hand). The other one throws the ball towards the teammate, who is only allowed to "beat" (not to "catch") it towards the goal. You might want different areas marked for that.

- Throw through complicated play/climbing structure - it doesn`t m matter, if the ball hits it or not.


- Under circumstances, where "combos" are improbable, give alternative scoring a chance:
- closest ball 4 pts.
- 2nd closest: 3 pts.
- 3rd closest: 2 pts.
Define a total points value like 21 pts. with at least an advantage of 3 points before.
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Kathrin
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Some throwing variants we have incorporated into our games:

- Throwing from a rotating office chair: You squat on a chair. Push yourself using your hands and a chair or wall. After a rotation of about 180° you throw the ball. You have to complete a full 360-degree rotation for your throw to count.

- Throwing while balancing on a rope or narrow board.

- Throwing while standing on a balance board (rocker board or wobble board, professional or improvised type).

- Throwing in a dark hallway, without seeing either the target or the result of your throws. Variation: Shortly switch on the light so that you can see the position of the target, then switch it off again.

- Throwing while sitting on a chair or lying in a deck chair. Variation: You have to look straight ahead but throw sideways.

- Dropping the ball in a staircase (of we did this in a private home, knowing nobody else would be using the staircase so there was no danger of hitting anyone), from the top floor, through the railing. If you don't drop it carefully, it'll end up on a different floor than the target.

- Throwing the balls from a container, e.g. a dice cup.

- Using a bat-like object (we used a hammer) to throw the ball (only light hitting, otherwise the balls might get damaged).

- Throwing while standing on one leg and/or balancing something on your ehad.

- Throwing while lying on the ground, either on one's front or on one's back.

- As Daniel said, playgrounds offer lots of options: swings, slides, carrousels, flying foxes etc. (take extra care not to hit anyone!)
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