Texas is home to the state’s only licensed blue highway ball, which is played on a grass field between Houston and the U.S. border.
The game, which was first developed for Texas’ Highway Department in 1972, is a game of skill and technique that combines skill with ball movement, ball speed, and ball distribution.
Blue Highway Games’ first blue highway game was in 1972.
Its name came from the color of the blue paint that the balls were made out of.
“We wanted to make the game really fun for our kids, and also for our employees and to be able to share that with our customers and with our employees,” said Bill Gullick, who has worked for the Texas Department of Transportation since 2001.
“I think we’re doing a great job with the ball.
It’s fun, it’s safe, and it’s a very effective game,” said Gullich.
“It’s fun to see what kind of players we’ve got and how good they are.”
A team of three players takes turns moving the ball through the grass.
The game has a time limit of one minute.
Each of the three players can only move the ball once per game, but the ball moves in a “tug of war” style with a ball bouncing around as players try to catch the ball in their hand.
“The ball is pretty much in a tight loop,” said Mike Devereaux, a Blue Highway games owner.
“We’ll try to throw the ball as far away from the basket as possible.”
Gullick said he has never seen any players drop the ball while playing the game.
“There’s no way, no way you can ever see that,” he said.
The Texas Department in 2001 approved the use of blue highway balls for the game, and Gullicks father, Bill, who played for the U-23 team that won the state championship, is an owner of the Texas Blue Highway Ball Association.
“It’s a great game.
I know they’re not supposed to be played by a few guys,” Gulliks father said.
“But it’s fun.
It gives you that little extra edge when you play it and when you’re on the road.”
Blue Highway Ball players take turns moving each other’s ball around a field, with the balls moving in a tug of war style with the players throwing them.
The players have to catch all three balls within a two-second period.
“A ball that’s thrown at the same time, it will bounce away and then it will hit the other side of the field and it will start over,” said Devereau, a retired Texas Highway Patrol officer.
Devereaux and other Blue Highway ball players say the game can be a fun activity for all ages.
“This is a great way to relax,” Devereaus father said of the game when asked about the game being played.
“That’s the fun of it,” Guls said.
“When you play the game and you have the ball, it has the same feeling as when you were playing a real ball.
You’re not worried about the ball getting stuck in the grass or getting dropped.
It is fun.
You have a little bit of that feeling, and you’re not too worried about losing the ball.”