Types of Ball Play
A ball is generally a small round object usually with spikes or other obstacles on it that makes it bounce or move. It’s most commonly used in sports where the game follows the normal rules of ball-and-sticky play, such as tennis or basketball. Bounces are also used for more simple activities, like juggling or catch. It was first used to replace the football when it became obvious that the game would have a different set of rules, and thus had to be changed from an object ball into something more exciting.
When balls were first used in sports, they were put into play in one of two designated places: first base and third base. Generally, the offense would attempt to hit a ball into one of three designated areas, called “fair territory,” ” foul territory,” or “outlying territory.” The foul line refers to the area in which the ball must touch the ground before it advances out of fair territory.
The ball games themselves developed out of a number of factors, including baseball and cricket. Cricket players eventually mastered the act of catching the ball, tossing it into the field, then running or returning it. Many ball games were variations on this idea, but over time, the idea took shape as a game known as “foot ball,” which was originally developed in Great Britain.
Foot ball games developed in the late eighteen hundreds, with the introduction of pail balls, which were hollow, cylindrical tubes filled with water. A team player could throw a pail ball at another team player, who in turn would try to catch the ball, throw it back to the other team player, and then return the ball to the tosser. Pail balls are no longer in use; however, pail ball games do exist on an international level. Some other types of ball games developed for professional sports leagues include tennis, baseball, rugby, American football, and lacrosse.
One of the more popular ball games in the United States is the high-top table tennis ball. High top tables have two short ends, just below the upper end. Many professional players who play ball games on the high top table maintain that the ball travels faster over the long distance between the two ends of the table than through the shorter center. The problem with this belief is that the speed of the ball traveling between the two ends of a table is much less than between the two ends of an unenclosed court. The ball speeds between the two ends of a high top table are similar to the speeds of the air between continents, so it’s hard to visualize how the ball would change its direction of travel through a medium such as air.
Another variation of ball play known as “pocket ball” developed by some of the greatest pocketball players is based on the use of “pocket balls”. Pocket balls are balls that have a pocket, or a little lip at the bottom of their center. These pocket balls are designed to fit into the pockets of competing ball players so that they can’t be easily knocked loose during a game. Pocket ball games are widely played throughout the United States, Canada, and Japan. In North America, pocket ball was the first game known to use human ballast (an accumulator filled with sand) as ammunition.