Well, here are the set of skills you need to qualify for this game. First and foremost, do you love football? And maybe a bit of volleyball? Uhm, how about some gymnastics too? Oh, wait! Music? If you answered yes to all of them, then Bossaball is the right kind of sport for you.
Bossaball: The origins
Bossaball, is a Spanish, team sport founded by a Belgian, Filip Eyckmans. He started off as a tennis player in his early days. He was recognized as Belgium’s number one tennis player at the age of 16 but he felt something was missing.
“I reached the point where I was so fed up with tennis that I needed to find myself another passion”
His love for music drove him out of the sports world. Hence why he stated that they were too traditional and had no good music involved. Organizing parties and trying to indulge more in music, he found himself touring around Europe and also the US, with a band he put together. His band was also nominated and were big gigs. When he got an invitation from Brazil, in the 90s, things changed. He was inspired. This inspiration eventually gave birth to Bossaball.
When Eyckman was introduced to Capoeila during his tour days, in northern Brazil, he was instantly impressed with the idea of fusion, dance, and martial arts. Capoeila originated in the 16th century when black people were slaves and practiced fighting. They fused dancing into it to disguise and blend their movements, to get away from guards suspecting them. “Finally,” said Eyckmans, “there is the combination of sports and music that I had been missing.”
These were also times, when beach volleyball was at its peak and football, too revolving around short passes. This intrigued him to create something completely different. Attempting to fuse these together and develop that new concept of sport. The Bossaball.
The game is played between two teams of up to 4 – 5 players each side. Your aim is to ground the ball on your opponent’s field. A side gets a maximum of 5 touches before the ball is passed on over the net. Players could hit the ball by either using a Volleyball touch (hands & forearms) or soccer touch (any other part of the body besides your hand). You have a center player on either side that uses the trampoline to gain enough height to get the ball over the net and score for the team. The points are delegated based on the touches you use, Volleyball touch on the playing area – 1 Point and trampoline 3. Likewise, soccer touch gains you more points, with 3 points at the playing area and 5 into the trampoline area.
The game has three referees like in volleyball, with one by the net and two others on either side, looking for any foul hits. But this game has a better job for the referee beside just blowing the whistle. They light up the area, with a DJ. Bossa music is played throughout the game (Samba Beats). That sounds legit. Literally. Now you may be wondering where the gymnastics come into play. This is where the game tactics and movements come. Serving the ball depends on all your creativity.
You could kick the ball over the net, toss it with a summersault hopping on your side or any regular pass. But ground the ball. And gain more points, by the end of the third game. Yes, Best of three! It may sound like an easy game for former soccer and volleyball players, but Eyckman adds, it’s equally tough for either a rookie or a pro in the aforementioned sports, since your surface is a trampoline.
Now, tell me. You think it would have been an easy process for Eyckman to get the game out there to the world without a sponsor? Or leave alone the concept, to design it and put it to work? Yes, it did take him a few years to develop the idea and make it a reality. Eyckman somehow managed to get the game promoted through his music friends before the Dutch volleyball Foundation signed him up.
It just began but got wilder when 8 courts were bought in Dubai for private use. It is now a widely played game in Europe and also growing in some Asian countries, like India and Singapore. Bossaball made it to the Rio Olympics in the year 2016 and has been a growing game ever since, in many other nations.
So, let’s get ourselves that inflatable court, a ball, some groovy samba beats and the boys to hop on and start the game. If you’re still curious, you can click here for more details.
/ 2 years ago
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