Kicks, spikes, flips, and...trampolines. Nothing bad's gonna happen here! Belgian Filip Eyckmans developed the concept for Bossaball about a decade ago when he was living in Spain and, I guess, jonesing to play all his favorite sports at the same time, and while rocking out. The circus of a hybrid you see before you is Eyckmans' combination of volleyball, soccer, gymnastics, and capoeira, all set to a background of groovin' world beats. It's Bossaball.
Bossaball recruits 2 teams of 4 to 5 (highly coordinated, flexible, and daring) players to defend their sides of a giant inflatable "court" with a standard volleyball net running down the middle. And flanking the volleyball net? A pair of sunken trampolines. Which you may use to give yourself a little...lift... as you slam, block, or flip kick the Bossaball in mid-air.
Bossaball allows for both volleyball-style ball handles--one touch per person with hands or forearms, and a maximum of 5 to 6 touches per team--and soccer-style handles--a single or double touch per person with all the rest of the parts of your body that aren't your hands. Bossaball points are awarded with a direct score, as well as an opponent's fault. You can earn 1 to 5 points per score, depending on how you deliver the ball and where it falls on the opposing side.
Check out the Bossaball website for complete rules and information on how you can get onto, or rent, a court of your own.
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