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					                   SNAKE TOSS                                                              SNAKE TOSS
History of the Game                                                     History of the Game
Legend has it that the game originated sometime in the middle of        Legend has it that the game originated sometime in the middle of
the 19th century near the town of Yuma, Arizona. Cowboys of the         the 19th century near the town of Yuma, Arizona. Cowboys of the
time entertained themselves by creating various games out on the        time entertained themselves by creating various games out on the
range. (Shooting things, lassoing things, etc.) As the open range       range. (Shooting things, lassoing things, etc.) As the open range
became bordered off into ranches, cowboys became ranch hands.           became bordered off into ranches, cowboys became ranch hands.
Ranch hands built barbed wired fences to keep cattle in and to          Ranch hands built barbed wired fences to keep cattle in and to
keep people out. Rattlesnakes were often found and killed for their     keep people out. Rattlesnakes were often found and killed for their
skin. Snakes were sometimes tossed haphazardly onto the newly           skin. Snakes were sometimes tossed haphazardly onto the newly
constructed fences. Cowboys began challenging others to capture         constructed fences. Cowboys began challenging others to capture
the rattlers alive by the tail and toss them onto a fence. Thus began   the rattlers alive by the tail and toss them onto a fence. Thus began
the popular pastime of Snake Tossin'.                                   the popular pastime of Snake Tossin'.
Today the game has many different names including: Ladder Golf,         Today the game has many different names including: Ladder Golf,
Arizona Golf, Australian Rules Horseshoes, Montana Golf,                Arizona Golf, Australian Rules Horseshoes, Montana Golf,
Ladder Ball, Cowboy Golf, Snakes and Ladders, Norwegian Golf,           Ladder Ball, Cowboy Golf, Snakes and Ladders, Norwegian Golf,
Swedish Golf, Polish Horseshoes, Horse Balls, Rattler Toss,             Swedish Golf, Polish Horseshoes, Horse Balls, Rattler Toss,
Dandy Ball, Hillbilly Horseshoes, Geek Toss and Bolo Ball.              Dandy Ball, Hillbilly Horseshoes, Geek Toss and Bolo Ball.

Setting Up The Game                                                     Setting Up The Game

The Goal                                                                The Goal
(Fence):                                        Fence parts             (Fence):                                        Fence parts
                                                consist of:                                                             consist of:
Connect the tubes                               9 - Long Sections       Connect the tubes                               9 - Long Sections
to create two goals                             6 - Short Sections      to create two goals                             6 - Short Sections
as shown here. The                              6 - Right Angle         as shown here. The                              6 - Right Angle
six Short Sections                                   Connectors         six Short Sections                                   Connectors
make up the                                     6 - “T” Connectors      make up the                                     6 - “T” Connectors
ladder portion of                                                       ladder portion of
the fence.                                                              the fence.




The Snake Toss Court (Snake Den)                                        The Snake Toss Court (Snake Den)
Align the fences as shown below. The ladders should be 30' feet         Align the fences as shown below. The ladders should be 30' feet
away from each other.                                                   away from each other.

                                30'                                                                     30'




          Foul Line                            Foul Line                          Foul Line                            Foul Line

Bolos (Snakes)                                                          Bolos (Snakes)
Each player/team selects a set of bolos.                                Each player/team selects a set of bolos.
There are three bolos in a set. Your kit will                           There are three bolos in a set. Your kit will
come with at least two bolo sets.                                       come with at least two bolo sets.
                Snake Toss Rules                                                      Snake Toss Rules
Object of the Game                                                    Object of the Game
Be the first player or team to reach 21 points without going          Be the first player or team to reach 21 points without going
over. Points are earned by throwing a bolo (snake) onto a rung        over. Points are earned by throwing a bolo (snake) onto a rung
of the goal (fence).                                                  of the goal (fence).
Choose who goes first                                                 Choose who goes first
Each person throws a bolo at the fence, the highest score goes        Each person throws a bolo at the fence, the highest score goes
first. If multiple people have the same score, go by the number       first. If multiple people have the same score, go by the number
of wraps around the post. If there is still a tie, then rethrow.      of wraps around the post. If there is still a tie, then rethrow.
After the first game, the losing player/team will go first.           After the first game, the losing player/team will go first.
How to play                                                           How to play
Snake Toss is played in rounds. Each round consists of all            Snake Toss is played in rounds. Each round consists of all
players tossing 3 bolos. Points are accumulated by adding the         players tossing 3 bolos. Points are accumulated by adding the
scores from each rung a bolo remains on. Only bolos left              scores from each rung a bolo remains on. Only bolos left
hanging after all bolos are tossed count. The player with the         hanging after all bolos are tossed count. The player with the
highest score goes first the next round.                              highest score goes first the next round.
If a bolo hits the ground before hitting the goal, it is considered   If a bolo hits the ground before hitting the goal, it is considered
a dead snake and does not count for a score.                          a dead snake and does not count for a score.
If a player crosses the foul line during his/her throw, it is         If a player crosses the foul line during his/her throw, it is
considered a snake bite and does not count for a score.               considered a snake bite and does not count for a score.
If a player goes over the exact point total, the points earned        If a player goes over the exact point total, the points earned
during the round are subtracted from the point total. Example:        during the round are subtracted from the point total. Example:
A player with 19 points needs to score exactly 2 points to get        A player with 19 points needs to score exactly 2 points to get
21, if they get 3 points, their score becomes 16.                     21, if they get 3 points, their score becomes 16.
Scoring                                                               Scoring
At the end of a round, all bolos remaining on the goal are added      At the end of a round, all bolos remaining on the goal are added
up for each player/team. The scoring is as follows:                   up for each player/team. The scoring is as follows:
    Top Rung:    3 Points                                                 Top Rung:    3 Points
    Middle Rung: 2 Points                                                 Middle Rung: 2 Points
    Bottom Rung: 1 Point                                                  Bottom Rung: 1 Point
Bonus points:                                                         Bonus points:
  • If a bolo wraps or hangs onto a rung AND around the post            • If a bolo wraps or hangs onto a rung AND around the post
    the player is awarded 1 bonus point. This is called a “Yuma”          the player is awarded 1 bonus point. This is called a “Yuma”
    (Named after the town in Arizona).                                    (Named after the town in Arizona).
  • If a player tosses all three bolos on the same rung; the            • If a player tosses all three bolos on the same rung; the
    player is awarded 1 bonus point. This is called a “Michelle”          player is awarded 1 bonus point. This is called a “Michelle”
    or “Ms. Michelle” (Named after a saloon keeper in the                 or “Ms. Michelle” (Named after a saloon keeper in the
    1800s).                                                               1800s).
  • If a player tosses one bolo on each rung (3-2-1); the player        • If a player tosses one bolo on each rung (3-2-1); the player
    is awarded 1 bonus point. This is called a “Hat Trick”. Some          is awarded 1 bonus point. This is called a “Hat Trick”. Some
    play this as an automatic win                                         play this as an automatic win
Bonus points are not awarded if the player’s points will total        Bonus points are not awarded if the player’s points will total
more than 21.                                                         more than 21.
Optional scoring for younger players                                  Optional scoring for younger players
(or to speed up the game)                                             (or to speed up the game)
  • A bolo landing fully in the rectangle enclosed by the goal          • A bolo landing fully in the rectangle enclosed by the goal
    base is 1 point.                                                      base is 1 point.
  • A Hat Trick (a bolo on each rung) automatically wins the game.      • A Hat Trick (a bolo on each rung) automatically wins the game.
  • Scoring 21 or higher wins the game. You don’t have to get           • Scoring 21 or higher wins the game. You don’t have to get
    exactly 21.                                                           exactly 21.
  • The goal distance can be reduced from 30' to 15'.                   • The goal distance can be reduced from 30' to 15'.
  • Bolos that bounce onto a rung count when scoring.                   • Bolos that bounce onto a rung count when scoring.

				
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