Speedball (American ball game) (2022)

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Speedball is a quick, fast paced sport that combines many aspects of other sports. Points are scored by throwing or kicking the ball into the opposing goal. It is played with two teams of five or more, each with one goalie on a basketball court or soccer field. (variant dependent)


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History

The game was invented by Elmer D. Mitchell in the early 1920s at the University of Michigan. (Pleban and Wiersma 2003) Elmer was a physical education professor, who sought to develop a game that was not restrictive to the rules of any one sport. He also created the sport to involve more students, especially those who were not as athletic. The sport was popularized and later reformed by players and coaches at Millburn High School in New Jersey. The sport became so popular in the Millburn area that it became an official gym class elective any student could take. Today, it is played in many American high school physical education classes. The sport is still struggling to turn into an actual sport played by club and high school teams.


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Objective

The main objective of speedball is the objective of soccer/football. There are two goals, each guarded by the opposite team members or a goalie. Each team attempts to throw the ball into the goal. However, unlike soccer, there are multiple ways goals can be scored. Goals can be scored by kicking the ball into the net or through goal line markers with one's feet or throwing the ball into the goal. "Kicks" are worth two points while "throws" are only worth one. The team that scores the most goals by the end of the match wins the game. In speedball leagues, whether they are at school or for a local speed ball team, wins are worth three points, ties are worth one point and a loss is worth none.

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The field and the ball

The field can be any number of sizes and locations but the earliest variants were generally played on a basketball court or on a soccer field. The size of the goal should be about 6ft wide by 2.5ft tall. However, different size and types of goals can be used; the larger the goals, the faster the game generally goes. Hockey goals are also commonly used. A soccer ball, football, rugby ball, or volleyball may be used.


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Teams

Speedball can be played on a soccer field but there can only be a max of five on the field at a time, and usually the entire soccer field is not used but rather a small portion of it.

The positions are usually as follows:

  • Goal Keeper (GK) - Guards the goal - tries to block the ball from going inside the goal
  • Center (C) - Moves with the ball - can play offense or defense
  • Right Winger (RW) - Plays in the upper right corner of the court/field - crosses the ball in to the center
  • Left Winger (LW) - Plays in the upper left corner or the court/field - crosses the ball into the center
  • Defensive Back (DB) Plays defense - tries to gain possession of the ball

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Gameplay

The game starts by having a jump ball or coin toss in the center of the court/field, the players are allowed to move anywhere on the court/field of game play. The field players are permitted to touch the ball with any part of their body at any time EXCEPT their arms/hands (see next rule for details). Players may use their arms/hands as long as the last thing the ball touches is not the ground; one may not pick up the ball from the ground or catch it after it bounces off the ground. If a player does touch the ball with their arms illegally, then it is considered a handball penalty and will result in the ball being turned over to the other team's goalie. If the player has the ball in his/her hands, they must make every effort to stop moving as fast as possible (if one keeps moving it is considered a travel and the ball will be turned over to the other team's goalie). Once a player has a ball in their possession, they can pass it off, attempt to score, or drop the ball in order to utilize other parts of the body to move the ball.Goalies must stay on their side of the court and can't cross the half line (can't cross half court line). Goalies can touch the ball with any part of their body, meaning that they can pick up the ball off the ground without it being considered an "illegal" move. It is still illegal for goalies to travel with the ball in their hands; however they can dribble the ball


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Penalties and Fouls

A penalty is when a foul is committed inside the goal box and the other team gets to take a penalty kick. A foul, committed anywhere except in the box, results in a free kick for the player fouled. If the ball goes outside and is no longer in bounds the last player to touch it must give the ball to the other team. The team receiving the ball can throw it in like a throw-in for basketball. Unlike soccer, there are no yellow cards in Speedball. A player, who commits an unnecessary foul receives a red card. Unlike soccer, a single red card does not mean the player is kicked from the game. The player receiving the card must sit in a penalty box and must stay out for at least five minutes. Three red cards for a single player means a player is kicked from the match.

Handball-- if a player touches the ball with his/her hands after it touches the ground

Traveling-- when a player takes steps after coming to a complete stop while the ball is in the player's hands

Unsportsmanlike Conduct -- viciously assaulting another player with no intention of going after the ball

Goalies Passing The Half Line -- when a goalie moves over the half line


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Variants

Naval Special Warfare (SEAL Speedball) - Currently played throughout Naval Special Warfare:

Originally adapted as an alternative to organized physical training (PT). The SEAL Teams wanted a fast paced game that was aggressive and posed a relatively low risk of physical injury. The founder of the SEAL variant is up for debate and the exact rules change from platoon to platoon, team to team, and coast to coast. However the basic rules are not too different from the above outlined.

The objective is the same, to score, but the rules have been truncated to simplify game play and keep the pace up. The field is whatever space is available, scaled to the amount of people playing however, teams of five to eight are the standard but the bigger the field the bigger the teams can be. The game is played with a football or rugby ball in an open space with cones, shirts, water bottles, etc... marking the goal. The goals are positioned at opposite ends of the field, the goal width is approximately 15 feet but can be any size agreed upon. Field boundaries are normally marked in a similar method, cones, shirts, water bottles, etc...

Rules:

First possession is decided by rock, paper, scissors. Winner chooses to kick or receive.

One point is scored at a time. Points are scored when the ball passes through a goal by running it, throwing it, or kicking it. If the ball is thrown or kicked it must pass between the goal markers and be received by the team trying to score.

Play does not stop except for turnovers. Turnovers take place when the ball touches the ground (either dropped or failed pass), goes out of bounds (carried or thrown), the carrier is touched by the apposing team (one hand or both), or a goal is scored. The turnover takes place on the spot of the above situations with the exception of a goal. When a turnover happens the ball carrying team has the option to immediately run, throw, or kick the ball to begin play. The ball carrier cannot be tagged unless they have taken more than one step from the spot of the turnover. When a goal is scored direction of travel is changed and the scoring team will throw or kick off to the other team.

Passing and running can be done in any direction with whatever method the ball carrier sees fit. This includes the "self pass". A self pass is when the ball carrier throws the ball into the air to avoid being tagged, passes the would be tagger and catches the ball to continue play. If a pass is intercepted, play does not stop and the interceptor can be tagged, in turn it is better to knock the ball down and the ball will turn over at that spot.

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The game is played to a point count or a time limit.

Villa Park High School (California) - had a Speedball league in the 1970s one quarter of each year:

  • Played on a soccer field with a goal and goalie
  • Played with a soccer ball
  • Caught pass over the end zone line = 1 point
  • Thrown into the net = 2 points
  • Kicked into the net = 3 points
  • You could kick the ball all you wanted
  • You could pick up the ball, you could pass it to others
  • You could only run 2 steps without passing the ball or throwing it on the ground (like traveling in basketball.)

Springton Lake Middle School (Media, PA) - Physical Education department introduced a variation of Speedball during their Cultural Activities Unit.

Setup:

  • Played on a basketball court, with a goal in the center at each end and a folding mat laid out in opposite corners of the court
  • Played with an indoor soccer ball, slightly deflated outdoor soccer ball or modified trainer volleyball
  • Played by two teams, consisting of 5-8 players per side

Gameplay:

  • Game starts with a jump ball in the center of the court
  • Whenever the ball touches the ground, it must be played like soccer
  • Whenever the ball bounces off of a body part or a wall and caught by a player, the game must be played like handball
  • The last thing the ball touches before a player catches it can't be the floor
  • When playing, like handball, the player with possession of the ball is allowed to take two steps
  • Self Pass - a player with possession of the ball is allowed to make a Self Pass by tossing the ball above their head and catching it. This allows the player to take more than two steps. However, a player is not allowed to make more than two Self Passes. The defense can defend Self Passes by attempting to steal them.

Scoring:

  • 1 point for a touchdown - successfully catching the ball with two feet on the other team's mat
  • 2 points for a handball goal - successfully throwing the ball into the other team's goal
  • 3 points for a soccer goal - successfully kicking the ball into the other team's goal

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References

Lisa A. Pleban & Lenny Wiersma (2003) Speedball: The "Oldest New Game Around", Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 74:3, 23-28, DOI: 10.1080/07303084.2003.10608465

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External links

  • http://www.livestrong.com/article/339778-facts-about-speedball/?LS-2659
  • http://www.wellington.org/miller/speedball.htm
  • http://www.belleville.k12.wi.us/bhs/physed/studyg/speedball.html
  • http://www.ecsn.blogspot.com/2004_06_13_ecsn_archive.html
  • http://www.funtrivia.com/ubbthreads/showthreaded.php?&Board=gamesRoom&Number=80064
  • Sycamore High School Speedball Club Official Rules and Regulations guide
  • https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/07303084.2003.10608465

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FAQs

What are the rules in speedball? ›

You are in the key. The key is the rectangle. Area under a basketball hoop and speed ball the key is

Is speedball an Olympic? ›

Speedball is not among the sports that are recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The International Sports Federations (IFs) that administer any recognized sport must ensure that the sport's statutes, practice and activities conform with the Olympic Charter.

What 4 sports make up the game of speedball? ›

Speedball combines the basic skills of soccer, football, and basketball, and it is played outdoors on a football or soccer field.

What kind of ball is used in speedball? ›

The game of speedball is played in an area the size of a soccer field. A soccer ball is used in play. The game begins with a kickoff at the center of the field. The ball is advanced down the field either by dribbling soccer-style, passing player to player as in basketball, or punting as in football.

How long can you hold the ball in speedball? ›

Only a goalie may pick up a "ground ball" using the hands, but can only pass it with their feet. G. Goalies have five seconds with the ball in their hands. If caught, the goalie can throw the ball from anywhere inside their own three-point arc.

What are 4 examples of personal fouls in speedball? ›

Fouls. Fouls in speedball include pushing, tripping, traveling, handling a ground ball with the hands, charging, blocking, unnecessary roughness, drop-kicking in an attempt to make a goal or making a forward pass in an attempt to make a touchdown while inside the 5-yard penalty area.

How fast is a SpeedBall? ›

The best players can do up to 160 hits in one minute. The current men's world record is 614 hits, set by Egypt's Mohamed Nagy, while the women's record of 539 hits set by Egyptian Noha AbouZeid in the 26th world championship In Kuwait.

Is SpeedBall a real sport? ›

Speedball is a fast-paced sport that combines many aspects of other sports. Points are scored by throwing or kicking the ball into the opposing goal. It is played with two teams of five or more, each with one goalie on a basketball court or soccer field (depending on variant).

How many players are on a speedball game? ›

-Two teams play speedball. A regulation team is made up of eleven players. A player should be able to employ many techniques to play speedball. A player should be able to dribble the ball like in soccer, catch and throw as in basketball, and punt, pass and catch like in football.

How many steps can you take in speedball? ›

Once the ball is in the player's hands he/she can take only three steps. The player may dribble the ball, but once the player stops their dribble they cannot dribble again. After a player has performed a dribble he/she may take another three steps.

Can you dribble in speedball? ›

Speedball is played by 2 teams of 11 players on a field 100 x 60 yards. Once the ball is in play, the following rules apply: If the ball goes on the ground, the game “switches” to soccer rules. Players can dribble as much as they'd like, and the ball is considered “free” (meaning it is fair play for either team).

What are three ways to score in speedball? ›

The object of the game is to score more points than the opposing team in one of three ways: Touchdown pass - thrown by a team member from outside the designated end zone 1 pts. A basket – 2 pts inside, 3pts outside 3pt line. A goal - kicked into a designated goal area 2 pt.

What equipment is used for speedball? ›

Players, Field, and Equipment

A soccer ball is used and it is kicked or dribbled with the feet. The game consists of four 10-minute quarters. Play is continuous and stops only when the ball goes out of bounds, when a team or an official calls time out, when a team scores, or at the end of a quarter.

Can you bounce pass in speedball? ›

Teams pass the ball around in the air, like in basketball (but no bounce pass). ball. A player may kick a ball into his or a teammates hands, but may not pick up the ball.

What are the positions in speedball? ›

Speedball teams typically consist of three to seven players in various positions:
  • Fronts (or "Frontman") – players assigned to the bunkers furthest up the field off the break. ...
  • Mid-players – players assigned to the bunkers between the front and back players. ...
  • Floater – The floaters are the roamers.

What is the objective of speedball? ›

The objective of the sport is very simple, to score a goal by sending the ball through the opponent's goalposts. In speedball goals can be scored by kicking or throwing. Kicking counts as two points and throwing counts as one point. The team with the most points at the end of the match is the winner.

What is dribbling in speedball? ›

AIR DRIBBLE: Throwing the ball in the air to yourself and running to catch it. Steps do not count while the ball is in the air. a. A player is allowed to take 1 step with the ball if they get the ball while.

What is the law of 12 fouls and misconduct? ›

IFAB Laws of the Game 2022-23. Law 12 Fouls and Misconduct. Direct and indirect free kicks and penalty kicks can only be awarded for offences committed when the ball is in play.

What are the three things that must be done in order for a legal throw in to occur? ›

At the moment of delivering the ball, the thrower must: stand facing the field of play. have part of each foot on the touchline or on the ground outside the touchline. throw the ball with both hands from behind and over the head from the point where it left the field of play.

How far is a penalty? ›

The penalty spot is located 12 yards (10.97m) away from the goal line.

How many people do you need for speedball paintball? ›

Speedball is a very fast, high adrenaline filled game. Typical games are 3-5 minutes long with 3-7 players per team. Participants are known to shoot 500-1000 paintballs per game! We also have many pump players using this field (They can play a full day on 500 paintballs).

How big is a speed ball field? ›

It is 220 feet long by 120 feet wide. Speedball games can be watched from the parking lot and staging area. This is also the field we use for the PeeWee Paintball | Splatmaster parties!

What is an 8ball slang? ›

An 8 ball (also commonly called eight ball) is approximately an eighth of an ounce (ranging from 3 to 3.5 grams) of an illegal drug, most often cocaine.

What is it called when you play soccer with your hands? ›

Handball is a core rule in the game of soccer. It distinguishes it from many other sports and is one of the biggest influencers on how the game is played. This article covers all aspects of the handball situation that is important to know in soccer.

What game is like soccer but you use your hands? ›

"It's water polo without the water; soccer, but you can use your hands; lacrosse, but you don't use the sticks," said Fitzgerald, a member of the U.S. Olympic men's handball team.

How many points is a touchdown worth in speedball? ›

2. TOUCHDOWN = Throwing the ball across the goal line to a team mate who catches the ball in the end zone is worth 1 point. 3. DROP KICK = Drop kicking the ball over the goal crossbar from outside the end zone is worth 3 points.

What is the most physically demanding sport in the Olympics? ›

Gymnastics won the most points for technical and mental strength. Four of the seven experts named gymastics the most demanding sport in at least one of the categories: physical, technical, and mental strength.

What sport is the hardest? ›

Boxing. The Sweet Science. That's the sport that demands the most from the athletes who compete in it. It's harder than football, harder than baseball, harder than basketball, harder than hockey or soccer or cycling or skiing or fishing or billiards or any other of the 60 sports we rated.

What is the oldest Olympic record still standing? ›

Long jump—Bob Beamon, U.S., 1968 Mexico City, 8.90 meters

Beamon's "perfect jump" is the oldest record in Olympic athletics. He leaped into history by breaking Jesse Owen's revered mark with a jump so impressive that it has stifled generations of great Olympians.

How fast does a soccer ball travel? ›

What is the two touch rule? ›

Two-touch Rule

A player cannot touch the ball twice in a row when putting the ball in play. You will see this called many times in youth soccer. It applies everywhere. You will see it frequently on kick-offs or direct and indirect kicks.

Is Double dribble a foul or violation? ›

A double dribble in basketball is a personal violation given to a player that either uses two hands to dribble, or stops with the ball and starts dribbling again. It is a dead ball turnover, meaning the opposing team gets the ball out of bounds wherever the infraction occurred.

How many steps are you allowed with the soccer ball in your hand? ›

Basic handball rules

'Walking' - If a handball player takes more than three steps without dribbling (bouncing the ball) or holds the ball for more than 3 seconds without bouncing it, shooting or passing, then that is deemed 'walking' and possession is lost.

What sport is handball most similar to? ›

I have always felt that handball plays most similar to basketball." Involving running, dribbling, jumping, throwing and catching, team handball does seem like a blend of many other sports. There are six players and a goalie on each team, and the game is played on a court slightly larger than those used for basketball.

What are the rules of handball? ›

A player may stop, catch, throw, bounce or strike the ball in any manner and in any direction, using hands, fists, arms, head, body, thighs or knees. However, a player may not intentionally touch the ball with any part of the body below the knee. The ball is almost always played with the hands.

How many steps can you take in speedball? ›

Once the ball is in the player's hands he/she can take only three steps. The player may dribble the ball, but once the player stops their dribble they cannot dribble again. After a player has performed a dribble he/she may take another three steps.

What are the rules and strategy of Eclipse ball? ›

Eclipse Ball is started by a team member who THROWS the ball over the net thus beginning the volley for the serve, the ball must go over the net 3 times. THE WINNER OF THE VOLLEY WINS THE SERVE. All serves must be underhand with once bounce from ¾ court or further back.

How does a game of speedball start? ›

The game is started with a kickoff from the center of the mid line. 5. The ball must be kicked forward and cross the restraining line before the kicking team may play the ball.

What is not allowed in handball? ›

No tripping, pushing, hitting, clinching, charging or holding is allowed in handball.

Why is handball not popular? ›

The question is why is it not more popular. Like most other minor sports it is difficult to get exposure because they are indeed minor sports and are swamped by the media exposure given to major sports especially in North America. Handball is unpopular in some countries due to its lack of media coverage.

What are the 7 handball positions? ›

Playing positions The seven playing positions are: goalkeeper, left wing, left back, middle back, line player, right back and right wing. Passing the ball Throwing he ball to another player from the team.

Can you bounce pass in speedball? ›

Teams pass the ball around in the air, like in basketball (but no bounce pass). ball. A player may kick a ball into his or a teammates hands, but may not pick up the ball.

How do you win a speedball point? ›

To score points, the ball must pass twice successively across the opponent's ground, without the opponent being able to return it. If there is a fault, the point is missed and there is a new service. The service is alternated according to who wins each point. The first player to score 10 points wins the game.

What is the objective of speedball? ›

The objective of the sport is very simple, to score a goal by sending the ball through the opponent's goalposts. In speedball goals can be scored by kicking or throwing. Kicking counts as two points and throwing counts as one point. The team with the most points at the end of the match is the winner.

How many times can you hit the ball in Eclipse ball? ›

The ball can bounce in bounds once any number of times with a maximum of 2 consecutive hits per person. The ball can bounce twice in bounds one time per volley. Each player may hit the ball 2 times in a row but may not score on this. There are an unlimited number of hits on each side.

What type of scoring does Eclipse ball use? ›

The team winning the volley scores the points regardless of who served. “Play it” points are worth 2 points instead of 1 and can accumulate by multiples of 2 each time there is a fault and “play it” is called.

What way do you rotate for Eclipse ball? ›

Players rotate when the service is won; rotation is clockwise, as in volleyball. 9. Games are to 21 points, half games are to 11; a skunk is 11 to 0. The game must be won by 3 points and "Game point!'

What are three ways to score in speedball? ›

The object of the game is to score more points than the opposing team in one of three ways: Touchdown pass - thrown by a team member from outside the designated end zone 1 pts. A basket – 2 pts inside, 3pts outside 3pt line. A goal - kicked into a designated goal area 2 pt.

What equipment is used for speedball? ›

Players, Field, and Equipment

A soccer ball is used and it is kicked or dribbled with the feet. The game consists of four 10-minute quarters. Play is continuous and stops only when the ball goes out of bounds, when a team or an official calls time out, when a team scores, or at the end of a quarter.

When the ball hits the ground in a game of speedball what happens? ›

Speedball is played by 2 teams of 11 players on a field 100 x 60 yards. Once the ball is in play, the following rules apply: If the ball goes on the ground, the game “switches” to soccer rules. Players can dribble as much as they'd like, and the ball is considered “free” (meaning it is fair play for either team).

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