How to play.
Perch Ball can be played anywhere but is usually played on the topside/flight or hanger decks of any large to medium size ship.
On a 28 by 15 meter court two horizontal bars 3 1/2 meters up called the perches . There is a vertical line separating each team field of play.
The ball is slightly egg shaped ball with a 10" length by 9.4" width most players like to hold it with both hands.
The objective of the game is to score more goals than the other team with in the 50 minutes of game play divided into 25min half times. You score goals (6 points) when you team pigeon is touching the perch and drops the ball out of vertical boundaries. When the pigeon touches the perch (goal or no goal) they will now have to go to the other for another goal side or prech for another attempt. Another way to score is having your runner punt pass the ball to your crow that has crossed on to the attacking side (2 point) if the opponent's crow intercepts the ball they score (1 point). You get 3 punt goals or attempts before you have to switch ends to attack.
Each team has 9 players. (18 total)
1 Carrier Pigeon who is tethered to a balloon to be just above the perch. The wear helmet and pads.
1 Runner who guides the pigeon to the perches. They can't move forward unless the pigeon has the ball. They have to stay on there side of the field. Usually a bigger stronger guy wearing a weighed vest
2 Crows 1 on each perch(2 crows on a prech 4 in total). The last line of defense. Their objective is to stop the Pigeon from dropping the ball to score by stealing or knocking it back in play.
5 to 3 fielders(6 to 10 total) who's job is to move the ball from the opponent's side to their side and pass it to their pigeon. Fielders can switch places with Swatters but no more than 2 and only when the ball is out of play.
2 to zero Swatters (0 to 4 total) . Their job is to knock out ball from the pigeon with long broomsticks. They have to stay on the opponent's side at all times. It is very important to try not to swat your own Crows.