Bossaball is going to rule the courts in years to come. It is literally the most modern game in every aspect. Being the finest blend of Volleyball, Soccer, Gymnastics and Music, Bossaball offers the very essence of its each entertaining component.
We have attempted our best to bring you a concise-cum-complete guide to help you learn Bossaball thoroughly.
This elaborate Bossaball Players Guide contains brief history, game object, equipment and the Rules of Bossaball including the court dimension, players positions, Scoring system, Fouls, Penalties, skills and tactics to Play bossaball excellently.
Bossaball is played on an inflatable court that contains one hanging net and two trampolines. Its playing manner resembles Volleyball and Soccer but involves gymnastics.
Let’s start exploring this wonderful sport in detail
Bossaball History, Equipment, Rules & Skills
Bossaball is a brand new team sport that came on the scene recently, in 2004, with the efforts of Filip Eyckmans, a Belgian citizen living in Spain.In Bossaball, each team has 3 to 5 players.
Bossaball is played on an inflatable court with a three meters high net in the middle and two trampolines, one on each side of the net, for making one player (at a time) from each team bounce higher while spiking the ball to opposite side.
The court has varying sizes as per age and proficiency factor. However, a standard Bossaball court is 150 ft long and 90 ft wide.
This sport is a unique blend of volleyball (for its playing pattern and court), soccer (for the use of feet, head and chest), acrobatics or gymnastics (for flexible moves) and music (for non-stop entertainment).
To score points, the players of a team have to make the ball pass the net and ground on opposite playing court after beating opponents.
Players can play by jumping all the way on the inflatable court and hit the ball with hands (as in volleyball), feet, head and chest (like soccer) to make it cross the net and fall on the other side of the net.
Each hit is uniquely rewarding.When a player hits the ball “with his hands” and the ball falls on opponents’ side on the inflatable court, he gets 1 point. But, if the same ball falls inside the trampoline, he gets 3 points.
Conversely, when a player sends the ball to his opponents’ side with the help of his “head, feet or chest”, he gets 3 points for making the ball land on inflatable court and 5 points for making the ball ground inside of trampoline.
This game is played as best of 3 or 5 sets. A set is won when one team gets 25 points before opposing team. Whereas to win a match, a team has to win 2 out of 3 sets or 3 out of 5 sets.
Bossaball, although, being a recently invented sport has acquired phenomenal attention of the sport lovers and has made its way in various European, American and Middle Eastern countries such as:Brazil, Argentina,Colombia, Paraguay, Mexico, Turkey, France, Switzerland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Romania, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Netherlands, Spain, Germany,Kuwait, Chile, Ecuador, Venezuela and Hungary.
Brief History of Bossaball
This sport has no rich history for the reason that this game was introduced recently in 2004, by Filip Eyckmans, a Belgian tennis player and football fan living in Spain for the time being.
How young this sport may be, it has certainly got an impetus in positive direction. Bossaball got its daunting and bossy name from Brazilian music “Bossa Nova”. Etymologically, the word Bossa means “flair or attitude”.
Probably this is the reason which makes music an integral part of this sport. Whenever you chance to play or watch a Bossaball, you will surely enjoy its music, that is solely played to boost players’ confidence and entertain its audience.
After 5 years of its invention, this game rose to prominence and its first World Cup was played in 2009,Turkey. Form 2010 to 2011, three European Cups were also held. The second World Cup was held in 2013, Bonaire.
After two years’ gape, again European Cup was held in 2014, Netherlands. In 2015, on the decennary of this game, the third World Cup was held in Spain. And the latest major event of Bossaball was held in 2016, in Brazil.
Object of Game
The object of this game is to score 25 points before opposing team to win a set, and to win 2 sets (in a best of 3 sets) or 3 sets (in a best of 5 sets) for wining a match.
In Bossaball, player from both the teams try to hit the ball so that it may cross the net and land on opponents’ court just like Volleyball.
However, its object is not exactly similar to that of Volleyball.Unlike Volleyball, which only allows the use of hands for hitting the ball, Bossaball permits the use of feet, head and chest along with hands.
Equipment Needed to Play Bossaball
Bossaball requires a special type of court. The entire court has to be inflatable except the middle net. Apart from its court, it needs 2 trampolines.
Each trampoline is fixed on each side of the court in the middle of front zone to assist players in high jumps.
Additionally, it requires an airtight rubber ball similar to that of Volleyball or even the ball that is used in Volleyball.
Players of both the teams should wear different colored uniforms. Since the game is played on a soft inflatable court, it does not require wearing shoes or anything else that can lead to the deflation of the court.
Rules of Bossaball: How to Play
Bossaball game obeys certain rules that make it an organized and competitive sport. The rules of Bossaball are as unique as this game is.
Let’s learn its rules thoroughly.
Rule #1. Court Dimension for Bossaball
The court of Bossaball comes in different sizes due to the component of age or level of players i.e. professional, intermediates, novice, mature, minor, adult, young, kids.
However, the recommended size of its court is 50 yards (150 ft) long and 30 yards (90 ft) wide.
The court has to be bulky enough to ensure jumps.Players should stay inside the limits of court to avoid fouls, because the area other than this inflated court is out of bounds.
The court is completely inflatable with two Pre-attached trampolines, one trampoline on each side of the court, positioned near each other in the middle of the court and sliced by the net.
These two, oppositely placed, trampolines are used by only two players (each player from one team) at a time.Each new player occupies own trampoline when his team scores a point. Players have to enter trampoline in a clockwise pattern to ensure the entry of all the players.
There is a hanging net in the middle of the court. This net is 3 meters high. Players must avoid touching this net with any of the body parts to prevent fouls.
Rule #2. Team Composition
Bossaball, being a team sport, is wonderfully awesome;
- The game can be played by 3 to 5 Players
- It can also be played by either males or females or even mixed.
- In a mixed team, you can pick any number of any gender.
- However, you are not bound to select a specific number of males or females.
Rule #3. Position of Players
As for as the position of players is concerned, the following rules apply;
- Any one player from each team has to occupy his trampoline all the time.
- The remaining players stand outside the trampoline and assist his teammate (the one who is inside the trampoline) by diverting an awkward ball to him with the help of hands, feet, head or chest.
- The outer players act as helpers.
- While the inner player acts as the scorer by hitting the ball to opponents’ court while jumping acrobatically in a continuous manner inside the trampoline.
- The sole responsibility of the player holding trampoline is to score points for his team since he is supported by trampoline to make high jumps and hit the ball forcefully to his opponents. As per rule, every player of the team has to enter trampoline on alternate turns.
- This change of trampoline player is subjected to scoring a point. When a team scores points, the player standing inside the trampoline leaves his place and his new teammate enters the trampoline.
Rule #4. Duration of Match
This sport is not time-bound. In contrast, it relies on specific number of sets and points being scored.
- If a team scores 25 points and is 2 points ahead of its rival team, wins a set.
- To win a match, a team should win more sets than those of opponents.
Normally, a Bossaball match may comprise 3 to 5 sets. Each set can be short or long depending on the time taken while scoring a targeted number of points (25).
5. How to Play Bossaball; Step by Step Guide
Playing Bossaball is utmost thrill and immense fun. It combines acrobatic flexible moves and breathless music that offer the players as well as the beholders a considerably high entertainment.
If you want to learn the basics of the game, just follow our step wise guide to master the game in a single go.
Let’s learn how to play the game in following sequence:
All you need is an inflatable court with two trampolines, one on each side of the court, a middle hanging net and a ball.
The match is started with 3 to 5 players in each side. Both the teams mount on the inflatable court. Each team takes each side of the court and players take their position to formally start the match.
One player from each team stands inside the trampoline and other players surround the trampoline.
The Serve: Serving is quite unique-cum-flamboyant in Bossaball. A player can serve by throwing the ball to his opponents with hands, use his/her foot to kick it or hold it between two feet and go tumbling and release the ball when approaching net or even hit it with his/her head to cross the net.
During the serve, the server has to keep in mind that the ball should not collide with the net or go out of bounds. The serving is loaded with energetic acrobatics to say the least.
After a successful serve, the players on the receiving side try to send the ball back to the serving side. The ball can be sent back in the same fashion as it has been served.
The receiving players may use their hands, head, feet, chest or any part of their body.
After the receiving team sends the ball back to the serving team, there starts a rally that may go on until any of these two teams misses to respond or send the ball to opponents appropriately.
The loveliest thing in Bossaball is that it allows the players of both the teams to touch/hit the ball 5 times before sending it to other side of the court.
These 5 attempts are made for setting the trajectory of the ball and bringing it in the radar of the player who is jumping continuously inside the trampoline.
To score points, a team has to ground the ball on opposite side of the court. When a team, using hands, manages to land the ball on opponents’ court other than trampoline gets 1 point.
If the ball, hit with hands, lands inside the trampoline area, the team gets 3 points.
On the other hand, when a team, using soccer touch; feet and head, manages to ground the ball to opposite side, gets 3 points.
And, if the ball played in same way (soccer touch) lands directly inside the trampoline, gets 5 points in a single attempt.
To win a set, a team has to score 25 points before opponent team. In case both the teams have reached 24-24 points, the team scoring 2 more points wins the set.
To win a match, a team has to win either 2 sets (in a best of 3 sets) or 3 sets (in a best of 5 sets).
This sport also includes fouls and penalties such as; ball’s going out of playing areas, players’ touching the net, players’ touching the ball more than 5 times or players touching the ball with hands more than once.
Rule #6. Bossaball Scoring System
As we have discussed above that;
- the winning target for a set is 25 points, and for a match is either 2 sets (out of 3 sets) or 3 sets (out of 5 sets).
- In a situation, when both the teams have scored 24-24 points, the first team to lead by 2 points wins the set.
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In Bossaball, points are scored when a team makes the ball land on opponents’ side after crossing the net. There are, basically, two ways to make the ball cross the net and fall on other side of the court and they are as follows:
Using hands (Volleyball Touch)
- Players can use their hands to make the ball cross the net and land on the other side of the court by means of hands.
- When the ball, thrown/hit with hands, falls on opponents’ court, outside of the trampoline,1 point is scored.
- If it falls inside the trampoline, it offers 3 points to the team which has hit the ball.
Using feet, head, chest or any other part except hands (Soccer touch)
- When a team hits the ball with foot, head or chest and that ball manages to land on opponents’ court (other than trampoline), gets 3 points.
- if that ball kisses the inner part of trampoline, the team gets 5 points.
Rule #7. Fouls and Penalties
A game without rules seems a haphazard and disorderly activity. Whereas, a game without fouls and penalties is a mess.
Fouls are the result of violation of existing rules and penalties are the punishment for that violation. Thus, they (fouls and penalties) go hand in hand in all the sports of the planet.
Let’s find out what we should avoid while playing Bossaball to prevent fouls and subsequent penalties.
- Players are not allowed to touch the net with any of their body parts. If the touch it, they are considered to have committed a foul.
- Players are not allowed to touch the ball with their hands for more than once. They can the ball with hands only once.
- Players are allowed to touch the ball 5 times when it is in their possession.
- They have to send the ball to opposite side as soon as they have touched the ball for 5 times. Otherwise, the whole team is said to have committed the foul
- It is a foul when the ball goes out of bounds.
- It is a foul when the ball collides with the net and falls inside the same side of the court from where it was hit.
Rule #8. Referees in Bossaball
There are usually three referees in a Bossaball match.
One is major referee and two are his assistants. The major referee is an in-field referee “Samba”, standing inside the court just near the net holding post. He is to declare points, legal serves and fouls.
Whereas, the other two assistant referees (sitting outside) have to assist the major referee in decision making. Their work is to count the number of touches both; volley touches and soccer touches.
Rule #9. Skills, Techniques and Instructions
Bossaball probably requires extra skills when compared with Volleyball or Soccer. Volleyball and Soccer are, without any shadow of doubt, highly challenging and demanding sports, but Bossaball asks something more than they.
It not only combines both of them (Volleyball and Soccer) but also includes an additional component that is gymnastics.Let’s find out which skills and techniques are necessary for playing Bossaball.
Acrobatics or Gymnastics
This is undoubtedly the most important skill to learn before even thinking of Bossaball. Since the court of Bossaball is inflatable and added with trampolines, players have to continuously jump and tumble while responding the shots of opponents.
Interestingly, each player of both the playing teams has to enter trampoline which offers extra bounces. Therefore, it is imperative to strengthen your heart, acquire confidence and improve your moves to comfortably play the game.
Use of hands, feet, head or chest
Unlike Volleyball, this game permits you the use of hands, feet, head and chest to hit the ball. So, each player must be able to use all these body part to perfection for scoring points for his team.
Additionally, each player must be conversant with the rules that how many times he can use his hands, feet, head or chest for touching/hitting the ball and how many points he will score when he uses his hands, feet, head or chest for grounding the ball on opponents’ side.
Aiming at Right Direction
As we have discussed, a team can score more points (in a single shot) if its players target a specific area for landing of the ball on opposite side of the court.
When a player hits the ball directly into the opponents’ trampoline, he gets most number of points. However, he should target the vacant area because he has more chance to score a point there.
Bossaball, modernly flamboyant game combining the ingredients of Volleyball, Soccer, Gymnastics and Music, brings you a hail of entertainment and fun.
It is a game that regales its players as well as spectators. When you play this uniquely delightful game, you will get fully engrossed in its charmingly pleasurable moves and mellifluously majestic music.
We are damn sure that you won’t ask for more when you get addicted to this lively sport!!