Post by Steve King (Admin) on Aug 14, 2006 20:04:29 GMT -6
The holes are 4" in diameter each. Thickness of the washers, hmm, ya got me there. My 2" dia. washers that I use for my square box game are 1/8" thick, therefore, I would guesstimate that these 3 1/4" washers would range from a 1/8" thickness to a 3/16" thickness. Some even use 3 1/2" diameter washers for the 4" hole dia. game.
Post by Steve King (Admin) on Aug 6, 2006 9:12:56 GMT -6
I just check the link for the Minnesota washers. It does work fine. It is in .pdf format, therefore, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader to open it. This is free software found on the web. Also, if you are running dial-up, it may take a bit longer to open. Thanks for the kind words about the site. We are always trying to improve to make it better and a fun place to come!
Post by Steve King (Admin) on Jul 22, 2005 11:58:58 GMT -6
Pitch in for fun By Reporter Debra D. Bass (St. Louis Post Dispatch) 06/24/2005 (reprint)
This story was originally published in the Post-Dispatch on Saturday, 1/29/2005
THE ORIGIN of washers is cloaked in mystery, according to the International Association of Washers Players, but speculation is rampant. Some folks postulate that a lazy summer day of not much to do led to the following wager: "Betcha I can toss this here washer into that oil can over yonder." Next came a few colloquial rules, and a long-standing pastime with a dedicated following was born.
Pat Ortmann, owner of Cat's Meow Inc., a Soulard tavern, is hosting its annual washers tournament today. "We get teams from a couple states away coming in to take part in the tournament," Ortmann said. "It's a tradition, but it's a real community event."
Washers has many incarnations and variations; it is also called washer pitching, washer toss or washoes, which is based on the similarity to horseshoes. And in the true spirit of the grassroots sport, most of the sets still are homemade.
We asked Norman Benne, who constructed the sets for the Cat's Meow tournament, and consulted the washers association Web site to sort out tips for quick and easy construction.
MAKING YOUR OWN GAME OF WASHERS
* 9-inch long, 4-inch PVC pipe
* Two 2-by-4s, enough for two 16-by-16-inch boxes (Soulard tournament), or two 8-foot timbers for a 5-by-3-foot box (official)
* Optional plywood for the bottom
* Wood nails to suit your building materials
* Set of at least 4 standard round metallic washers, 2 1/2 inches in diameter with a 1-inch hole
Washers: Each pair of washers should be painted or otherwise marked to distinguish them from others, and should be the same weight and thickness. Bright colors are recommended, particularly in grassy or wooded environments where errant washers might easily be lost.
Cups: The game of washers is played with two pits, boxed washer targets or at the very least two cups. The easiest, although not necessarily the best, option for cups is a standard 32-ounce coffee-type tin can (4 inches in diameter). Remove both ends, and push the can down flush with the earth in each pit. A better choice is thick-walled PVC pipe of the same dimensions. Repeated hits of the tin can will distort its shape and necessitate regular restructuring, while the PVC can sustain years of washer abuse. White or light-colored PVC is recommended as an aid to aiming, and will allow competitive matches well into dusk.
Pits: Although not absolutely essential to the game, "pits add an aura of legitimacy," according to the washers association, and aid in scoring. A pit is typically constructed from two 8-foot landscape timbers, each cut in 5-foot and 3-foot lengths. The pit is then filled with earth to a level even with the top of the framing timbers. To allow room for sliders, cups should be positioned closer to the far end of the pit than the front. When using the 5-by-3-foot measurements, a distance of 31 inches from the front of the pit is the recommended positioning for each cup. The official distance from cup centers is 25 feet.
Some sets are constructed with three holes (the closet hole is worth one point, the middle three points and the farthest five points).
Some games give each player three washers to throw instead of two. If different-size washers are preferred, make sure the holes are at least 1/4 inch bigger than the washer (you might want to go with a hole that's an inch bigger, unless you're an expert).
Post by Steve King (Admin) on Jul 18, 2005 10:40:46 GMT -6
The game of washers can be played with two or more players (or even teams). Boxes are places 20-40 feet apart on a flat and level surface (the farther, the more challenging). Average distance is 20-25ft apart. Players must stand behind the front edge of the box, and toss each of his or her three washers (usually underhanded) toward the opposite box. The next player then does the same. The highest score wins the round.
Points are awarded as follows:
1 point for a washer that lands in the box 3 points for a washer that lands in the cup
Opposing washers in the box (or in the cup) cancel each other out, however some people play all points count. Leaners do not count as extra points, however some people count those as 2 points extra. Washers landing on top of the box do not count as extra points, however some people play as those count as 2 points extra.
Continue rounds until one player reaches 21 points, however some people play that you have to hit 21 exactly or you go back the amount you went over.
Some people play if one scores 11 before the other scores any points, then they automatically win, hence a skunk.
Mark the area with a pencil using the PVC pipe as a stencil (inside and outside) This will let you screw in the right zone. I would recommend drilling small 1/8" pilot holes through the wood into the PVC where the screws will go first, then screw them in.
Post by Steve King (Admin) on Feb 10, 2007 22:18:13 GMT -6
"My family and I were on vacation in DC and we went to the Manassas battlefield. We video taped there, and then weeks later we were watching the tape and we noticed the woman dressed in white walking along the fenceline. There were no reenactments going on that day, and we didn't see her there. We are convinced that this was a paranormal experience."
"This video was reportedly shot in Gettysburg and, in addition to some fireflies, seems to show humaniod forms marching in formation on the ground and in the trees. Could they be civil war soldiers too loyal to leave their posts?"