Polesh - Knock One Down.
     
Polesh yard game pole
Polesh yard game pole
 
The Game - Gameplay
 

Polesh™ is a game of skill that is is easy to learn yet difficult to master and involves many different gaming elements. Enforcement of the following rules is up to players or line judges if available. Here are the rules of the game!


 
1. Setup 4. Defense
2. The Strike Zone 5. Penalties
3. Offense 6. Game Etiquette
 

1. Setup

Two Polesh™ poles are placed 15 - 20 ft. apart depending on skill level and wind. The game can be played in singles (1 vs. 1) or in teams (2 vs. 2). Each player or team must choose a side and stand behind his or her respective pole.

Polesh Set-up and Playing Field


2. The Strike Zone

The strike zone is an invisible boundary that the disc must pass through in order for a throw to be considered legal. The strike zone extends horizontally, in line with the pole, to the left and right of each respective player as far as his or her arms are able to reach without stepping; and vertically from the top of the blue, or bottom, section of the pole to the height that each player's arms are able to reach without jumping. Discs must be thrown within this strike zone for points to be awarded.

Strike Zone


3.
Offense

The team throwing the disc is on offense. A throw is legal as long as the disc passes through the strike zone at a reasonable speed. The offensive goal is to be the first to score 15 points.

Points are scored in the following ways:

1. The Disc hits the ground = 1 offensive point
2. The Bottle hits the ground = 2 offensive points
3. Both the Disc and the Bottle hit the ground = 3 offensive points

* Points will be rewarded regardless of how the disc or bottle hits the ground

The bottle may be dislodged from the pole by either a direct hit to the bottle or an indirect hit to the pole. Players may also use different throwing techniques to make the disc more difficult for the defensive team to catch. If players throw the disc with excessive force or step in front of the pole while throwing, no points will be awarded.


4.
Defense

The team receiving (catching) the disc is on defense. Defensive players, in single and team play, are allowed to use only one hand to catch the disc and/or the bottle. The other hand must be occupied by a drink or some other object. The bottle may not be touched until the disc has impacted either the pole or the bottle. Doing so will result in points for the opposing team. Defensive players may not step or reach in front of the pole to stop the disc or catch the bottle while the disc is in flight. However, once the disc has impacted the pole, the bottle, or passed the strike zone, players may then reach or step in front of the pole.

Attention!   Make It Interesting - Try playing with a drink in one hand!


5.
Penalties

Below is a list of actions that will result in penalties or points for the opposing team:

  • If a defensive player reaches in front of the pole and stops the disc from hitting either the pole or the bottle, the opposing team scores two points.
  • If a player steps in front of the pole while throwing, no points are awarded and play proceeds immediately to the next player in rotation.
  • If a disc is thrown at excessive speeds (to be determined by all players), no points are awarded and play proceeds immediately to the next player in rotation.
  • If a disc is thrown outside of the strike zone, no points are awarded and play proceeds immediately to the next player in rotation.
  • If a player catches the disc with both of his or her hands, the opposing team scores 1 point. Remember, only one hand may be used when catching.
  • If a player catches the bottle with both of his or her hands, the other team scores 2 points. Again, only one hand may be used to catch.
  • If the bottle is knocked down or taken from the pole by a defensive player when the disc has not impacted either the pole or the bottle, the opposing team scores 2 points.


6.
Game Etiquette

Polesh™ was created to be a fun and enjoyable outdoor activity. Creative throwing is encouraged - sidearm, upside-down, and chop shot throws are certainly acceptable. The main objective is to respect fellow players and HAVE FUN!

Attention   At the end of every game, all players should meet in the middle of the playing field for a handshake before switching sides.
 

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