Back in the 1950's I played a tethered-ball and paddle game called
Jokari so much that I developed a distinct unequalness in the circumference of my forearms.
But that aside, it was fun. So, here, I describe it for the web. Some time later (1960's?) I saw a major marketing effort for Jokari
in a Sears store . But after that I couldn't find any
replacement balls or rubber bands. Once, in 1979, I saw a coed at Northwestern College (Iowa) with a set. Finally, in 1998, I used
the web to find Jokari/US's address. On their catalog's last page, under discontinued
products, I found an entry for Jokari, the game.
Now, with a new ball and rubber tether, I play Jokari with my grandkids, and it is still fun. Pictures of the equipment and the game are below. The usual anchor is a box that also serves to store the ball and string, not a chunk of rail. That box long since was lost in one move or another. This isn't an advertisement, per se, I just remember the game as good, easy, " no-equipment " fun. Any hard surface pad about fifty feet long is plenty big (with no breakables fore or aft).
If there have been any contests or "national events" featuring Jokari please pass that information along to me. Thanks.
Balls, Tether, Band and Plans Donald Sauter's page. Shows Jokari and Raquetball styles. Posted 9/1/2009. (Found thanks to email from Marie)(Updated 5/8/2015-email from DS)
European Sources. Several of the pictures shown do not show a wrist safety strap and the handles aren't wrapped. Both would be easy to add.
Use ebay.com for Jokari sets and replacement balls and tethers. If anyone has a source of suitable rubber tethers and suitable balls, separately or assembled, please tell me what you use.
I invite personal reviews of any sets you have bought recently (Especially those without the Jokari label or from overseas.).
Jokari, Inc., no longer supports this game. Here are some pictures.
(Aug 24,2004--all stock on hand at Jokari shifted to Market Expo and they, too, are out.(Nov,2006) --Jokari has no plans to reorder sets or replacement balls--period! via email)
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