By P.J. Binsfeld ’15
A new sport has been scheduled to join the rest of Brophy’s intramural sports: Sabakiball
Sabakiball is a fast paced, non-contact game meant to have every player constantly moving.
Everybody has to work together to get the “BakiBall” down the court and knock down the other team’s “BakiPin” backed with a “BakiBoard.”
The team has to complete three consecutive passes while holding the ball for only three seconds before they can attempt to score, making this a very team-oriented sport.
If anyone other than the goalie goes into the goalie box, the team is issued a warning, and the other team gets the ball at half court.
After three offences, the team is issued a two-minute penalty, and play continues with the team shorthanded.
One of the things that puts Sabakiball apart from other sports is that the goalie doesn’t wait in the goal, but plays with the other players.
The game was originally created for kids diagnosed with ADHD so that there was little to no “down time” for them, according to the official Sabakiball website.
The creator of the sport, Michael Cerpok, had the sport patented in 2011.
The idea for bringing the game to school began at the end of January and came from Lee Jaramillo ’16.
“I’ve only played for about a month,” Jaramillo said. “I brought it forward because I noticed it was growing on an international scale. Sabakiball is played in Japan, China, Canada, Africa, Stanford and even some high schools in the Valley like Chaparral.”
“It’s like team handball meets bowling,” said Director of Scheduling and Student Records Mr. Tony Oldani. “It’s very simple and fast moving.”
Students can look forward to the addition of Sabakiball either later this year or next year as one of the intramural sports available.
If you are interested in finding out more about Sabakiball, contact Mr. Oldani or visit the Sabakiball website.