The Sport of Bossaball
Invented by Belgian Filip Eyckmans in 2004, bossaball combines the likes of volleyball, soccer, and gymnastics. Because of the relatively fresh market for bossaball, many of the sport’s top teams will travel to different countries for tournaments to raise awareness and get more people interested. Bossaball will undoubtedly be a hit in the coming years.
How to play Bossaball
Your first time watching a game of bossaball, you’ll quickly realize it’s a game of organized chaos. Players are bouncing on a large inflatable playing surface with a trampoline in each half of the court while hitting a ball over a net.
Striking the ball on the floor of the opponent’s side of the court will result in a point, with the most points at the end of the game settling the winner. Bossaball players are very athletic, as you’ll have to “volley” a ball with any part of your body while bouncing and staying mobile.
Rules of Bossaball
- Bossaball is played with two teams ranging in 3 to 5 players each. The only player restricted to a position is the server at the start of a round. To encourage a diverse community of players, both men and women play together.
- A bossaball court is fully inflatable, and is about 50 yards long by 30 yards wide. There are trampoline sections on each side of the court, which is split in half by a net in the middle. The net isn’t at a set height, however, it is usually raised higher by competition level. For example, professionals play with a very tall net compared to recreational leagues.
- You can only use your hands once and head or legs twice when the ball is on your side of the court. A ball can be hit a maximum of 5 times before passing off to your opponent.
- “Creative” serves are encouraged. Three points will count for landing the ball in your opponent’s trampoline section, with one point for anywhere outside that.
- Games go up to 25 points and are usually played best 3 of 5. At a 24 - 24 tie, a team must score two consecutive points to win.
Bossaball requires the player to not just be athletic, but have fun when playing the sport. One of the unique features of bossaball is that its players often enjoy listening to music throughout the game. Because of the rhythmic nature of the game, players say that music helps with their timing when setting up plays.
Written by: Devin Pickell