Do you like trampolining? Try bossaball! Bossaball is like volleyball, but you play on a trampoline. There are two teams. The players hit or kick the ball over a net. The ball hits the floor and the team gets a point.
At first glance this game looks like a bizarre version of volleyball. It combines elements of volleyball, football, gymnastics, and martial arts. Bossaball began in Spain and is becoming more popular around the world. This wild team sport is played on an inflatable court featuring a trampoline on each side of the net. Teams hit a ball back and forth over the net.
Although this fairly new sport was invented in Belgium, there are also leagues in: the Netherlands, Romania, Brazil, Norway, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, Chile, Poland, Germany, and Portugal. Bossaball combines volleyball, soccer, and gymnastics; and is played on strange inflatable courts equipped with two circular trampolines separated by a center net.
It’s hard not to like the idea of this recently invented sport, which represents one of the many variants of volleyball, that has added elements of soccer, trampolining, gymnastics and capoeira to the mix.
If the world was crying out for a sport that mixed volleyball, football (soccer), trampolining, the Brazilian martial art of capoeira and the hip-shaking vibe of samba, it was keeping its voice down. Nevertheless, in Spain during the last decade, Belgian music entrepreneur Filip Eyckmans rummaged around in his imagination and invented bossaball—not only a melange of the aforementioned ingredients but also, tellingly, a franchise for hire.
But in South America and Europe, beach athletes grab that volleyball for a sport that’s equal parts “soccer, gymnastics, and capoeira (an acrobatic Brazilian martial arts form),” mixed up on a court of trampolines and inflatables, and served with a cranked-up bossa nova soundtrack (fruit garnish, optional). Yes, bossaball pretty much kicks sand in the face of beach paddleball.