Chances are if you’re checking out this blog you like sports. Besides baseball, you probably know a lot about basketball and football and maybe even hockey. But there’s a whole world of sports out there that you probably don’t know much about (or maybe haven’t even heard of!) so every so often we’d like to highlight a different one. I chose PadBol for the first one for three reasons: 1.) After reading the description for the movie BASEketball (“Two childhood friends are pro athletes of a national sport called BASEketball, a hybrid of baseball and basketball, and must deal with a greedy businessman scheming against their team.” from IMDB.com), I was intrigued by sports that combine existing sports. 2.) I love to say the word “bol” as in “futbol.” I don’t know why but I just think it’s a fun word to say. 3.) It’s freaking awesome. And fun to watch.
According to their website, Padbol was invented in Argentina in 2008. It is a fusion of Soccer Football and Paddle Tennis. It is played on an enclosed court with a net in the middle. The ball can bounce off the floor and all four walls. Players can use their feet, head, chest, and legs to keep the ball in play. The scoring is similar to tennis. Also like tennis the point starts with a serve, but the ball is kicked rather than whacked. Once the ball is in play it must be passed between teammates at least twice, but no more than three times (except in particular circumstances when it only needs to be struck once) before making its way to the other side of the net.
Here are some videos of people playing PadBol, it seems a lot less complicated once you actually watch how it’s played. (Sorry the videos are in Spanish but to the best of my knowledge PadBol hasn’t made its way to the US yet). As a sidenote, PadBol is referred to as a “Deporte Fusion” which, based on my limited knowledge of Spanish means fusion sport. How cool is that description?