US 9,808,688 B2
System and method for playing a game
Arthur Piccolo, New York, NY (US)
Assigned to NEW SPORTS GROUP LLC, New York, NY (US)
Filed by NEW SPORTS GROUP LLC, New York, NY (US)
Filed on Dec. 16, 2015, as Appl. No. 14/971,489.
Application 14/971,489 is a continuation of application No. 14/067,141, filed on Oct. 30, 2013, granted, now 9,242,157.
Claims priority of provisional application 61/836,040, filed on Jun. 17, 2013.
Prior Publication US 2016/0107056 A1, Apr. 21, 2016
This patent is subject to a terminal disclaimer.
Int. Cl. A63B 67/00 (2006.01); A63B 63/00 (2006.01); A63B 71/02 (2006.01); A63B 71/04 (2006.01); A63F 13/00 (2014.01); A63F 13/53 (2014.01); A63C 19/00 (2006.01); A63B 24/00 (2006.01)
CPC A63B 67/002 (2013.01) [A63B 63/00 (2013.01); A63B 63/004 (2013.01); A63B 71/02 (2013.01); A63B 71/022 (2013.01); A63B 71/04 (2013.01); A63C 19/00 (2013.01); A63F 13/00 (2013.01); A63F 13/53 (2014.09); A63B 2024/0025 (2013.01); A63B 2024/0037 (2013.01); A63F 2300/8094 (2013.01)] 19 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. An arrangement for playing a game, comprising:
a playing area;
a first set of scoring structures arranged at a perimeter of the playing area and that are active throughout the game;
a second set of scoring structures arranged at the perimeter of the playing area and that are active only during penalty periods of the game; wherein:
each pair of adjacent ones of structures of the first set is separated by one of the structures of the second set;
the playing area includes a first set of demarcated zones and a second set of demarcated zones;
each zone of the second set of zones is proximate a respective one of the structures of the second set of structures; and
each structure of the second set includes a gate which is configured to open and close to thereby selectively control entry of a ball therethrough;
a sensing system, including a plurality of sensors, the plurality of sensors including for each of at least one of the second set of zones a respectively associated sensor; and
a processor coupled to the plurality of sensors, the processor configured to, for the each of the at least one of the second set of zones:
receive data from the respective sensor associated with the respective zone;
in a first determining step and based on the received data, determine whether a penalized player is occupying the respective zone;
based on the determination, determine, in a second determining step, whether the gate is to be open or closed; and
control the gate in accordance with the determination of the second determining step.