TIBS – 1/2013
Discover new sports
The exhilarating sport of Bossaball once again takes a popular sport and shakes it up with the use of trampolines.
This concept adds large trampolines and inflatables to the sport of volleyball to create a lively and exciting experience.
Created in 2004 by Belgian Filip Eyckmans, his hybrid design combines the logistics of volleyball, football, gymnastics and dance for a fluid, adrenaline pumping sport.
As seen in the Olympics, volleyball was portrayed as a fun environment and with the added touch of music and out loud commentary bossaball is no different.
Played on an inflatable court with a trampoline on each side, the change in gravity combined with the safety provided by the soft surface allows for a whole new range of techniques, team tactics and strategies.
The playfield can be installed on diverse locations, both in-and-outdoor and takes less than 45 minutes to set up the equipment.
Bossaball clubs exist in various countries including Brazil, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Kuwait, Ecuador and Saudi Arabia.
The most famous teams from Spain travel the world making exhibitions and promoting the game.
To watch highlights of Bossaball please view bossaballdotcom‘s video below.
Similar to volleyball when the ball contacts the floor (the bottom of the trampoline or the inflatables) the opposing team is awarded a score. Three points are assigned for scoring on the trampoline and one point for scoring on the inflatable cushions.
The team that scored serves for the next point. If the team that scored served in the previous point, the same player serves again. If the team that scored did not serve the previous point, the players of the team rotate their position on the court in a clockwise manner. The game continues, with the first team to score 25 points (and be two points ahead) awarded the set. Three sets are played in one match.
Each team consists of 3 to 5 players.
The attacker is positioned on the trampoline, to finish the moves, bouncing for height throughout the rally.
The defender if there is five, is also based on the trampoline as a goalkeeper to the three point zone, using themselves as a shield.
The other players (2-3) are situated around the court to pass the ball around.
The opposing team must not use more than a combination of eight contacts between them before returning the ball. These contacts can be exerted using any body part.
But players can only touch the ball once with their hands (volley touch), or a double touch with their feet and/or head (football touch).
The height of the net in between both fields can be adjusted for different levels such as professionals, men, women or children.
By Liam Curtis – @JournoCurtis