This week’s game is a variation on that old yard favorite Trac Ball.

Trac Ball by itself is some great fun. You have a pair of racquets and a ball. By “swooping” with the racquet you can put a spin on the ball and it will curve through the air. Sounds less than awesome when you describe it, but it’s a lot of fun to just fling the ball between two people, trying to get all kinds of fun curves. My absolute favorite is doing a downward swoop that causes the ball do to a low fly at the ground followed by a rise. The trick there is trying to get it to skim the very tips of the grass before raising back up.

Anyway, Trac Ball Box was a game invented by my father to keep the kid’s busy in the long summer. Basically you have two people (or two teams) standing at opposite ends of the yard (about 25-40 feet or so). Each person or team has a box, and the goal is to put the ball into the opposing side’s box. You get 1 point if you hit the box on the fly (no bounce) and 2 points if you get it in the box on the fly (again, no bounce). Later rules added that you get 2 points for a bounce-in and 3 for a box-in-flight. The first person/team to reach 10 points (or whatever is decided on as the goal) wins. Simple as that. For such a simple game, we played it a LOT as kids.

And, I just found that Trac Ball is now owned by Wham-O, and now makes a glow-in-the-dark set. I know what I’m getting me Tron for Christmas.

-Confusion is a state of mind, or is it?

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