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So What is Sabakiball?
We're glad you asked! Sabakiball is the most exciting, action-packed, non-stop, non-contact sport to come along in years and hundreds of thousands of people have played in Sabakiball games within the first four years of its introduction to the public. It is currently being played in 33 states in the U.S. as well as in parts of Canada, China, and Africa! One of the reasons for its rapid growth is the constant movement that drives players to the very limits of their endurance.
The word sabaki is a japanese verb meaning to move or maneuver. And in Sabakiball that is exactly what you do, all of the time! Unlike other sports, when a ball goes out of bounds... don't stop playing, a goalie has just 3 seconds to throw a new ball into play. But that's not all! The goalie in Sabakiball plays offense as well as defense, all other players are never offside, and the play never stops for more than 3 seconds! Oh, and by rule, Sabakiball is the absolute ultimate team sport, where ball-hogs and hot-dogs actually keep their team from scoring. Now, some people (those who have never played Sabakiball) have said that the sport resembles Team Handball. The truth is that Sabakiball is like Handball in the same way that Football is like Rugby, or Lacrosse is like Hockey. It may appear similar in some ways, but just ten minutes on the court and you will feel the difference! In fact, Sabakiball is so unique that it was awarded a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Sabakiball has already been endorsed by professional and Olympic athletes from around the world, so If you are looking for a high endurance, action-packed team sport, you have to try Sabakiball! Learn more about Sabakiball here.
Sabakiball Around the WorldSabakiball is currently being played in these countries around the world...
|USA - Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Michigan, Missouri,
Nevada, New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire,
North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma,
Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota,
Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin
Canada - Alberta, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Saskatchewan
China - Shanghai
Africa - Morocco
The Origin of Sabakiball...
The sport of Sabakiball was invented by Michael Cerpok in late 2008 and Mr. Cerpok was awarded a patent on the sport in 2011. After being diagnosed with Leukemia several years earlier, Mr. Cerpok had decided to retire from a 25 year career in martial arts. Just prior to closing his studio, he offered a sports oriented camp for some of his younger students. During a week long event featuring different traditional sports, Mr. Cerpok noticed that many of the participants quickly become bored. He recognized that this was due, in part, to the fact that most sports include a great deal of “down” time and also that the play could be controlled by one or two dominant players. This led to frustration and even anger amongst the weaker players who felt that they had little to contribute. Having worked closely for many years with children diagnosed with ADHD, and having created many successful public school programs over the previous 20 years, Mr. Cerpok embarked upon a mission to create a completely new sport that not only incorporated non-stop play, but also by rule guaranteed that all of the players were engaged all of the time. The result was the creation of Sabakiball; a sport that combines speed, timing, balance, and endurance with constant mental awareness. In late 2011, Major League Baseball player Scott Hairston became a co-owner of Sabakiball International bringing many years of professional sports expertise and experience to the sport, and just one year later Sabakiball was being played at a collegiate level in intramural sports programs at several universities around the United States. With growth comparable to the early years of basketball, is it hard to imagine that Sabakiball may be the next professional spectator sport? Learn more about Sabakiball here.