Ensuring Bubbleball Programs are Safe and Fun
Bubbleball Programs Should be Safe and Fun
Safety and Game Rules
Early adopters of bubbleball are having a blast playing beginner games like bubble soccer, but program coordinators are encouraged to start thinking outside the bubble. New Bubbleball Business Association (BBA) game rules for bubbleball (which differs from bubble soccer) are designed for players to play at a more advanced level. Beginner and intermediate game rules are available at Bubbleball.us/Game-Rules to put to the test with further rules and standards development to come.
While the bubbleball industry continues to form, facility managers should focus on these critical areas when it comes to safety and game rules.
- Give a safety briefing to all participants before any play, and a handout should be distributed to all players upon booking or at the field.
- Always ensure participants have the bubble fully covering at least eight inches above their heads to allow for safe rollovers and complete head protection. Usually, tightening the straps will allow for more protection above the head. Players with their heads in-line with the top or above the top of the bubble should NOT be allowed to play and should be re-fitted in the same or another bubbleball.
- Limit the distance on direct rushes between players to reduce force and impact on players and the equipment.
- Respond to aggressive players. Warn and penalize all players for spearing, which can lead to the most severe injury. When spearing, players bend down to charge, and the top of the bubbleball is first to impact another baller vs the side of the bubbleball, exposing heads. If adhering to Item #1, the risk of injury is reduced. However in very rare instances and with high risk, two players spearing simultaneously with poorly inflated and incorrectly worn bubbleballs, can be exposed to extreme trauma to the head, neck, and face.
For more information on safety and game rules, how to partner with the BBA, and special offers for USIndoor members, visit Bubbleball.us.