Floatball: Future Sport
January 27, 2016
When I was in Jr High(1985-87) I remember this Foot Locker commercial during the Superbowl. (Superbowl Ad) It showed this futuristic sport with players are flying and trying to get a ball into a goal that was the size of the ball. Some players had an arm cannon to launch the ball why others had a scoop on one hand to catch and throw the ball. This kinda stuck with me, and inspired me to create a future sport that was in zero-gee called Pargon. The more I looked into weightlessness it has evolved over time to be Floatball.
The rules were taken from Team Handball/Water Polo and goes as follows. The playing area is an enclosed space that is 20-30m wide by 15-20m deep by 2.5-3m high (Partly based on water polo pool), so there is no out of bounds. There were poles placed throughout the “field” so players can change direction. Goals where in the end walls 2.5 meters wide and meter high with bars along the opening for the goalie to hold on to. There is 7 players to a side: 1 goalie and 6 field players (i.e. water polo and team handball). Playing time was divided into 4 quarters of 8 minutes. Goals are worth 1 point.
Game would start with the ball in the center with one player for each team would do a jump ball/face off where one would push off the floor with another player off the ceiling. Penalties would be spearing where a player would charge head or shoulder first into another player. Holding onto another player and an push off where you would launch yourself off another player.