# Ball

Ball is the game chinlone - it originates from Myanmar.

Image of us playing ball

## How to play

• Don't let the ball touch the ground
• Don't play the ball with your hands

## Construction - Make your own

• The underlying structure of a ball is an Icosidodecahedron, see the following Orthographic Projection:
• Materials:
• (4.5mm or your choice of size) rattan core
• Construction
• The main idea is by applying the fact that we can make the top of a box stay closed by using this pattern:
• The reason it holds is that one half is held down by the previous flap and the other side is on top of the next flap, holding the next one down, it can do this due to it's rigidity
• Each shape you see on the orthograpic projection will have the same property as folds on the top of the box. For example, we will have triangles where for each band involved in the triangle one side goes under a band and one side goes over a band. This gives the ball it's structure.
• I recommend putting 7-8 layers in a band. A layer is an individual wrap of the ratan that forms a band.
• TODO: Video of constructing a chinlone ball from scratch
• Repairing
• As you use the ball it will get worn down. Eventually one of the bands will start to break down and snap, this usually isn't a problem until you have at least 2 or 3 bands breaking down. At the following point of wear in the image, I would replace the band
• Remove the old band (you can snap the band as you go), and just weave the new band in.
• By repairing your ball it actually becomes smaller and tighter, this makes the ball harder to break in the future. Also repairing one band once in a while is easier than making a whole new ball from scratch.

## Ideas To Improve

• General
• Play more ball
• The process of getting better is the development of being able to recover in difficult situations
• Control
• Try to hit the ball later than you think, your foot will get under it at the last second. Once you can do this, you need to wind your foot up behind you to give it more power, think like your foot is a piano hammer that slides right underneath the ball at the last second.
• If you do this properly you will give the ball backspin which keeps the ball closer to you, and if it touches any other object it moves towards you
• The angle of your foot in relation to your shin determines if the ball will move away or towards you
• If the ball goes backwards too far into you, use your knee to so you can prepare your next kick
• Ouch?
• Might mean you are hitting it with your toe, try aiming for the end of where your sholaces are.