Bosseln

This Sunday, February 28, at 11am  an old German tradition is coming to the Saint Charles (MO) Riverfront. Andrew Tessmer (andrew@xlr8.org ) is looking for everyone who wants to learn Bosseln and join in the fun! Meet at the Main Pavillion in Riverfront Park. The Bosseln ball is a round ball of synthetic material, made heavier with lead.  The rules are to keep the ball away from obstacles such as ditches, gutters, streams, long grass etc., which would reduce the distance of ones “shoot” and on the pathway. The experienced player will sometimes deliberately aim for such places on uphill stretches, to avoid the possibility of the ball rolling back downhill. The goal is to be the team that reaches the end, with the fewest number of throws. Each throw ends, and is counted from, at the point where the ball hits the ground. In Germany the sport named “Boßeln” (Bosseln), is primarily played along the coast and borders of North Germany, such as in Ostfriesland, Oldenburg, Butjadingen, Dithmarschen, Nordfriesland, Emsland, and Grafschaft Bentheim. It is also played in some parts of the U.S. by German immigrants.

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