The Pushball Rush, first held in 1914, took place in the spring between the Sophomore and Freshmen classes. The object was to push a large ball across an established line to the opponent's side for a goal. On the occasion of their tenth anniversary in 1915, the Class of 1905 presented the Institute with a pushball. According to the 1915 Student Handbook, the 1905 pushball assured that the pushball rush would remain a tradition for future classes. Interest in the pushball dwindled by 1929, when it was no longer listed as an event. The event was revived as a freshman inter-dorm contest in the late 1960s. It was called the "Beanie Ball" contest. The ball burst during the Nason Hall vs. Warren Hall game in 1967.

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Push Ball Rules:

Photo file - RushesSection 1. Each class can enter 120 men and no more; but second half, the number on each side shall be even.

Section 2. The contest shall be 15 minutes long divided as follows: two seven and one-half minute halves, and an intermission of five minutes between halves.

Section 3. At the start of the contest, the ball shall be placed in the middle of the field and the classes lined up on opposite sides of the field. At the signal of the Grand Marshal, the classes will rush for the ball and the one scoring the most points during the specified time shall be declared the winner of the contest.

Section 4. If the ball is carried out of bounds on the side, it shall be brought back to the middle of the field opposite where it went out and put into play by the referee. The classes lining up ten yards on each side of the ball.

Section 5. The referee shall be the Grand Marshal. He shall have two assistants and two timers.

Section 6. At the beginning of each period, the ball shall be put in play in the middle of the field.

Section 7. A goal shall count (3) points. If any part of the ball is over the line at all, it shall constitute a goal. A safety is if the ball is in the opponents territory at the end of each half. A safety shall count one point.

Section 8. The rules regarding slugging, roughness, etc., shall be the same as in the other rushes. Any unnecessary roughness will cause the loss of one goal to the offender, this to be determined by the referee. If the offender has no count or score, it shall count one against him on the final score.

Section 9. Any injury to the ball will be paid for by the contesting classes.

Section 10. All men entering the contest shall wear a pair of rubber sole shoes or gym shoes.

 

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