Angola, N.Y. (WKBW) – It all started with some friends camping out in the woods.
“We had a set of balls and we started throwing them around and we said how can we make this cooler, by mowing in a course,” Inventor Jason Sivak said.
The new game is called Stones.
“Similar to Bocci. You throw out a target ball, which we call a mark. Then the teams have to get their ball closest to mark ball,” Sivak said.
Sivak said it is not as easy as it sounds and is much different than any other game.
“Every throw is different. The terrain is different. If you are playing on the grass it may roll. If you are on sand you can just stick it. It is the out of bounce that really sets it apart,” Sivak said.
Channel 7’s Jaclyn Asztalos headed to Angola-on-the-Lake to see how this game really works. Jason and his crew made a make shift course in the sand.
“I love the game because anybody can play it and you can make the competition as intense or laid back as you want to. There are a lot of exciting moments and a lot of strategy,” Player Joshua “Roger” Paguin said.
He said the game has come a long way since they came up with the idea seven years ago.
“We refined all the rules with writing them on cardboard with sticks from the fire to typing them down. It's still evolving and we want it to get better,” Sivak said.
Jason said there are dozens of private courses that people made in the area. The only public course is at the Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood N.Y. That is where a big competition will take place on September 21st and 22nd.
“We are calling it the world championship so it's going to be the easiest to be the world champion. There are teams from Canada, the UK, Ireland and some from Philadelphia,” Sivak said.
Asztalos got in on the action. She had a little fun, got some high-fives and wanted to keep playing. Jason said the game has that effect on players.
“Everyone who plays loves the game so I though why not make it like any game or any sport on TV,” Sivak said.