Sunday, June 26, 2011


What is Yakball?

Yakball is a sport I made up, which is gaining popularity with kids in the area. My goal this summer is to found a 5 team league consisting of students from 6 high schools in the Tampa Bay area. Before the concepts, I shall give you the rules.

Basic Rules
4 players on the field, per team
Four 10 minute periods in a Yakball game
Goal of the game is to bounce the ball into the target, a 3 by 6 box 4 feet off the ground
Most points win
The ball is in play, even after points. Once a point is scored, the possession is changed, and play is resumed behind the 2 point line
The playing field is broken up into 3 zones, 2 point zone, neutral zone, and crease zone.
A game ball is a Volleyball
The playing field is 36 feet wide at the wall, 56 feet wide at the far end and 56 feet long
Play is opened by a faceoff, one occurs at the start of each half
A crease is a semi-circle in front of the target, no offensive player is allowed in the crease.
The crease zone comes out 16 feet from the wall, and players with possession cannot move when in this zone. They can rotate on a pivot foot, however.
A shot from behind the 2 point line in the 2 point zone is worth 2 points
A foul results in a Penalty for the team, a 4 on 3 advantage for the team who had the foul commited against them.
2 passes must be made before a point is scored
Hitting is allowed, but nothing to the head and back. Legal hits are only to the player with the ball.
Fouls include: Illegal hit, tripping, catch interference, 5 second rule, and crease violation.
A ball that goes out of bounds is a change in possession, and results in an inbound.
Only throwing the ball, and heading the ball counts. No kicking the ball into the target.
The Center must remain in the box the whole game, unless subbed.
When a shot is taken, only one player non center can be in the box. 3 or more players in the box on a shot results in a change of possession.

Center- The player near the crease. He will be there to clear up space for the other players, defelect shots into the target, and even block shots. A big tall person would play here.
Enforcer- The player at the top. The catalyst of the offense, the player who does faceoffs, and runs the offense. A player with a sharp shot would play here
Left wing- The player to the left of the box. A left wing would try to get open shots by running around and getting open. A right handed player would play here.
Right wing- The same type player as a left winger. A lefty would be play here.

Point- A shot that hits the wall inside the target
Assisst- A pass before a point. If the scorer has the ball for more than 5 seconds, then there is no assist
Deflection- A redirection of a shot by another offensive player. The player shooting gets the point, and the deflector gets a deflection
Block- A block of a shot
Rebound- Gathering of a loose ball after a shot
Hit- A check to a player with the ball
Fouls- A penalty resulting in a uneven situation

Now, to the concepts. Being a non-school related sport, I thought making logos made sense, plus it was an opportunity to work my skills. The teams are the Dunedin Falcons, Palm Harbor Hurricanes, Tarpon Springs Spongers, East Lake Eagles, Countryside Cougars, and Cavalry Warriors.

Seriously, it's a lot of fun. If you're interested, and want to start playing where you are, join our site(below), and post in the forums. We're gonna film a training video, then film games.

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