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Sept. 30, 2011 I The Clarion
Bossaball; a new sport
By Olivia Fawcett
A sport that combines soccer, volleyball, and
gymnastics all played on an inflatable court
with trampolines? Sounds like something
made up. It’s not, its called bossaball!
Bossaball is a sport played with two teams
of either 3, 4, or 5 players on an inflatable
court similar to a volleyball court with two
trampolines on either side of the net. The
rally begins similarly to that of a volleyball
rally, with one player serving the ball. The
difference? The server can be as creative as
they would like, passing the ball over the net
with their feet, hands, or head.
The ball can be in possession of a team up
to 6 times before being passed back over the
net. A volley with your hands is only allowed
for one touch, however with any other part
of your body a player can have a double
touch. To score, the ball needs to land on the
inflatables on opposing team’s side of the
court. If the ball lands on the gray inflatable
that’s one point, if it lands on the blue rings
The Brevard College Tornados embarked
on the three hour drive to Wingate, NC for a
game against the reigning SAC champions,
the Bulldogs. Both teams met on the field
with a 1 -2 season record, and unfortunately
Brevard lost 35-31 to the Bulldogs.
Despite their early and strong lead in the
first 3 quarters, the Tornados eventually
fell to the Bulldogs, when Wingate scored
unanswered 21 points in the final quarter
Senior Eric Watts (left) became the first BC
wide receiver to break the 100 yard receiving
mark since the 2008 season.
SATU RDAY HOME GAMES: October 1,2011
surrounding the trampoline, that is no point
and the rally continues. However if the ball
lands on the trampoline, that is worth three
points. The player who is on the trampoline
counts as the goalkeeper of the three point
area as well.
The word bossa in Portuguese translates
to attitude, flair or style, which is the aim
of bossaball to combine sports, music and
positive vibes. As a matter of fact, the referee
of Bossaball, called the Samba Referee is not
only responsible for calling fouls, points,
and overseeing the game; they are also the
Master of Ceremonies and DJ. Combining
good music with an ever changing dynamic
game, makes bossaball an epic sport for both
its players and its spectators.
Unfortunately, the bossaball hasn’t hit the
United States yet. It is popular in Brazil,
Columbia, Mexico, all over Western Europe
and even Thailand! Hopefully, Bossaball will
pick up in the United States soon, so if you
are into alternative sports, or just want a sport
with good vibes and great music, keep your
eyes open for Bossaball!
This week Blue Ridge Adventures is
hosting the third Pisgah Mountain Bike Stage
Race. Athletes come from around the world
to race the routes that local trail builder Todd
Branham has laid out for them. Branham has
been hosting races for more than a decade in
the area, and this race in particular is the one
getting all the press.
Stage racing is the next big thing in
mountain bike racing, and this one is in our
backyard. Each day, racers will ride 40+
miles of steep singletrack and gravel roads
that climb for miles. The first one back gets
to wear the leaders jersey.
This weekend the Tornados mountain bike
team will race at Alexander Park, which is
just north of Asheville. The drive is about an
hour, and is the closest venue for students,
faculty and staff to come watch our National
Championship team in action. Mars Hill
college is the hosting school. Support BC
Cycling! Scan the barcode for directions or
MapQuest Alexander Mountain Bike Park.
To get directions to the race