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jamesfeger 06-14-2009 09:52 PM

What is Rocball?
What is Rocball?

Rocball is a game derivative of volleyball with its roots of play founded the in the Meso-American sport of Tlachtli. The actual game of Tlachtli involved passing a ball from side to side over a low wall without it touching the ground. If the ball fell to the ground, a team would win a point and vice versa. If you struck the ball with an incorrect part of the body, you could lose points for your team.

However, the real purpose of the game was to get the ball through the hoop on a wall above either side of the court. The team that did this won, irrespective of the current score of the game. As a game, Tlachtli has often been described as a combination between volleyball and soccer.

After the creation of volleyball in 1895 and prior to 1980, athletes who played this kind of team net sport played under two different restrictions. In volleyball, players were not allowed to hit the ball with any part of the body below the waist. In the Asian sport of sepak takrau players were not allowed to use their arms or hands to touch or hit a ball.

In the Micronesian sport of Rocball, players are allowed to hit the ball with any part of the body as long as a player doesn’t carry or hold the ball. And, as in Tlachtli, there is a situation in which a team can lose a point and both sports have scoring areas other than the court floor: The sport of Tlachtli had vertical loops 8 or 10 feet high on a wall above either side of the court, and Rocball has vertical areas for scoring with six by twelve foot goals located ten feet behind each court.

The serve is the catalyst by which this kind of sport operates. The beginning of the game starts from a serve and the beginning to the end of the game starts with the serve. When a player from a team in offense, serves a ball over the net, the receiving team, the defensive team, has two hits to return a served ball. When a served ball is successfully returned over the net, the offensive team has the first five hit play on the ball. And, thereafter, each team is allowed up to five hits to score point/s.

*** Variation: After two hits off a served ball, subsequent plays are five hits for the offensive team and three hits for the defensive team until point/s is scored. This system of play gives the serving/offensive team more of the benefits of the side-out system of play, where the team with the serve had scoring advantage and the receiving team worked against the score for the advantages of the serve.

1. The team with service is the offensive team and points scored by a team with the serve are defined as volley points: Volley = discharge and attack

2. The team receiving the serve is the defensive team and points scored by the defensive team are defined as rally points: Rally = mobilize and recover.

*** By identifying a team’s points as either volley or rally points, the game incorporates a different perspective and fosters diverse innovative relationships between the sport, its players, and teams.

3. Only the team with service, the offensive team, scoring volley points has closure. A team playing defense, the receiving team, scoring rally points cannot win a set/game. Whichever team scores a point/s serves the ball to start the next play; another remnant of the side-out system of play where there was a balance of challenges between teams.

jamesfeger 11-09-2009 02:59 AM

Rocball’s Prominence & Dominance

In the sport of Rocball, a team has to completely dominate their opponents in quarter-sets of play in order to win a game.;)

In what has been described as a variation of volleyball or a volleyball/hybrid sport, Rocball’s deviant and rogue rules of play are based on a balance of challenges that clearly defines teams in either the offensive or defensive situation of competition.

Rocball “Saipan’s Own Sport” is the first game in the world to implement offensive and defensive scoring in this kind of team net sport, and it is now the only sport of this kind which maintains that the serve is the catalyst by which competition is best served: A team cannot win a set or game without the serve.

Whereas, volleyball was designed as a soft impact sport for middle age men back in 1895 and adopted the rally point system for softer competition in 1995; Recall’s development was based on the Maya/Aztec warrior’s sport of Talachtli with the unimpaired, hard-drive components of the pre and post puberty syndromes of young athletes, fueled by natural human growth hormones.

Whereas, volleyball’s equation of profit per play is limited to one point executions off any possible athletic skill, at any level of difficulty, from any area on court by simply grounding the ball on an opponent’s court, Rocball implemented multiple point scoring techniques that identify the different degrees of difficulty of grounding a ball on an opponent’s court, and a Rocball court includes three dimensional vertical areas of play, goals, at either end of the court.

Whereas, volleyball is bogged down in a monotonous bump, set, spike three hit numb-lock repetitious mind set, Rocball play includes five hit plays to allow more diversity in game strategies, more spontaneous active and reactive scenarios in both offensive and defensive scoring, and has implemented more unpredictable dramatic activity in this kind of team net sport than volleyball.

What is Rocball? You can read and/or down-load the rules, regulations, and graphics of how Rocball is played on the internet. The Rocball homepage has been recently revised and you can connect to it by using Google, Yahoo, MSN etc. or find more materials in news releases on forums of in general discussion under “Wooden Stakes, Silver Bullets, and Hemlock, or volleyball in general discussion under Rocball, or in general discussion under volleyball/soccer all by Feger. :cool:

jamesfeger 11-18-2009 04:36 AM

Rocball News:

In Rocball news, there were several games completed last week. The Fanians defeated the CPC in four sets with a juice out win 66 to 59 and No-Mercy won their Thursday game by juicing out the Islanders in four sets 60 to 45.;)

The Fanians defeated CPC in every set 15 to 4, 10 to 17, 16 to 8 and 16 to 10. The heavy hitter of this game was Typhoon Saito of the Fanians with four aces and three kees for 14 points. In the game between No-Mercy and the Islanders Myron Laniyo of No-Mercy with three aces, three xunks, eight kees, and one goal for 31 points. But, for No-Mercy, Jason Limes has scored the final kill, last point/s in all of No-Mercy’s victories so far.

In the game between No-Mercy and the Islanders, there were 10 aces, 5 xunks, 13 kees, and 1 goal scored: An aces is a two point serve, a xunk is an optional two point serve where a team can add two points to their score or subtract two points from their opponent’s score, a kee is a two point backcourt play made by either team’s goalie, and a goal is a three point play made by any player who hits a ball into their opponent’s goal.

On Saturday, there were three games played. The Islanders were able to juice-out the Soul Rebels 53 to 43 in a game where the teams won two sets each. The Soul Rebels won sets two and three and the Islanders came from behind after losing the third set to outscore the Soul Rebels 17 to 3 and win the game 53 to 43. The heavy hitter of this game was Tito Francisco of the Islanders with four aces, 1 xunk, and one kee for 12 points, and teammate Jerry Saures scored two goals in support of the Islanders victory.

In the second game of the week for both No-Mercy and CPC, No-Mercy juiced-out CPC in four sets 671 to 52. No-Mercy won the first set 18 to 10; CPC won the second and third sets 17 to 10 and 18 to 17. No-Mercy came back and won the fourth set and was able to juice-out with a win by with Jason Limes scoring the game winning point again. Myron Laniyo was again the games heavy hitter with three aces, three xunks, and eight kees for 28 points.

Ben Lisua is this year’s first player to score in all of Rocball’s scoring techniques. Ben has scored aces, xunks, kees, goals, and the most difficult play in Rocball, a one point defensive play where a front line player can “jam” down a served ball. Myron Laniyo of No-Mercy is one play away from earning Rocball’s Master Blaster title. Myron needs to score a “jam” to earn Master Blaster. :thumbup:

The Kagman Projects came, they saw, and they shocked the MHS Gym Rocball players and spectators with a never give up attitude and tenacity. The first year team from Kagman were up against one of the better veteran teams, One-Way with well established and respected players like J.R. Gechig, Rodney Rosario, Dean Mathew, Jordan Marciano, and Chris Yug. And, team One-Way had their way in the first three sets defeating the Projects 16 to 8, 16 to 14, and 16 to 14 and had a comfortable 12 point lead after the third set 48 to 13.

But, in each of the first three sets the Projects lost, they did lead One-Way at one or another in each set.
In order for One –Way to win the game, all they needed to do was win the fourth set by any margin of victory. The Projects, on the other hand, had what seemed an almost impossible task for a first year, high school student team to complete. In order to win the game, they would have to either win the fourth set by a thirteen point margin, or win the fourth set by any margin less than thirteen point s and force the game into overtime. Because, Rocball rules state, a team cannot win a quarter/set game in a losing set regardless of team scores after four sets of play.

And, the Projects did it the hard way. They almost scunked One-Way with a 16 to 1 win in the fourth set that gave them their 13 point margin and with another two extra points to spare, for a shocking up-set juice-out victory 52 to 49. The heavy of the game was J.R.Gechig with three aces, one kee and one goal for 11 points. Alfredo Guevara of the Projects was his team’s heavy hitter with one ace and four kees for 10 points, and teammate Josh Jones scored two aces and his team’s only goal of the game for 7 points.:cool:

Nate 11-21-2009 01:07 PM

I've never heard of Rocball. Is this a fairly popular sport in places?

jamesfeger 11-21-2009 07:08 PM


Originally Posted by Nate (Post 299256)
I've never heard of Rocball. Is this a fairly popular sport in places?

Rocball is a team nat sport derivative of volleyball with its roots of play founded in the Meso-American warrior sport of the Aztecs. It started in 1979 and has been an annual sporting eveny here in Saipan since 1983. Rocball is the first team net sport of its kind to implement offensive and defensive scoring and preceeded the rally point system of the FIVB rules for rally point scoring.

I have recievwed corrspondence about Rocball from Australia, India, Japan, England, Mexico, and the MIVA (Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association), but it is mainly of sport of Micronesia where genrations of players from Chuuk, Palau, Kosrae, Marshalls, Yap, Pohnpei. Guam and other out lying isalnds have been palying the sport for since 1983.

You can "Google" the Rocball homepage and get all the basic rules of play with graphics and photos.

What Rocball isn't, is that it isn't the sissy game of rallypoint volleyball!!!

jamesfeger 11-25-2009 08:49 PM

Sand-Roc Tournament

In 2010 Rocball will temporarily move its court of activity from the MHS gym floor back to a sand court. On January 1st thru the 3rd, Rocball is going back outdoors. The first Rocball sand tournament since the late 1990s and the early part of this century will take place on the sand court of the Pacific Islands Club. :D

The rules for the “sand-roc” games will basically be the same as the rules for indoor Rocball except, teams will have four players and not five on court, the person serving will also be the goalie, the goalie/server will be allowed to charge the net, and only the goalie/server will be allowed to play-off court in the service area and in front of the goal behind the court’s end lines. ;)

Individuals interested in forming teams to compete in “Saipan’s Own Sport” need a maximum of five and a minimum of four players to register: Teams that register for the sand-roc games will need at least one current Rocball club member on their roster to waiver a twenty-five dollar entrance fee. :mad:

If you are an individual who likes a volleyball skills type of sport and is not familiar with Rocball’s rules of play, you can “Google” Rocball and read up on the latest rules and regulations of the sport on the Rocball homepage with graphics, news releases of past games, and the synopsis on “Fools Fire”. :cool:

jamesfeger 12-20-2009 12:21 AM

News release: I wrote a statement that rally point scoring scoring is for sissys and posted it for a volleyball forum on the internet. The original statement read as follows:

Is Volleyball’s rally point scoring for Sissys ?:

Give the serving team in volleyball closure and eliminate the two-point margin win rule. Volleyball had a balance of challenges when the serving team had set and game closure.

It doesn't make any sense to allow a set or game to be won if a team cannot serve a ball over a net. That kind of rule may be okay for tennis or ping-pong where rackets and paddles are used, but volleyball shouldn't have to be subjected to this kind of inactive and default system of closure.

Volleyball used to be a game where a team had to have the courage to serve a ball over the net and challenge their opponents for the score. In fact, volleyball used to be a game where a team couldn't score a point if a ball wasn't served over the net. And, a volleyball game couldn't be won unless the service team scored a point off a ball served over the net.

The existing rules of closure for rally-point scoring, has sissified the sport.

In response to the above statement, one or more rally point advocates posted their arguments supporting volleyball's rally point method of play and I responded.

Forum: Rally point scoring makes for better, more precise and consistent players.

Forum: If each player is accountable for their actions and plays by earning or losing a point they will become better ball players.

Feger: Players on the team in service, have the responsibility of securing the scoring advantages for their team. Players on the receiving team try to win service for their team for the scoring advantages of the serve, have no less an important objective. When teams understand that a set or game cannot be won without service, the importance of their individual skills and teamwork takes on more difficult and different tactical purposes.

Forum: Serving is a basic skill and I can understand an error if trying for placement or an advanced serves, but getting it over the net should not be an issue.

Feger: The serve is the catalyst of this sport. It is the one competitive feature of this team net sport that separates it from other team net sports. In table tennis, the serve involves two bounces for a game to get started and at least one bounce thereafter to maintain competition. In tennis, the serve involves one bounce for the game to get started and one or two bounces to maintain competition. Volleyball doesn’t need a bounce serve or any feature associated with a sport that has a bounce serve. The rally-point scoring system and the let serve h origins of play are imbedded in the two-bounce game.

Lets take out the ping-pong plays and put the courage back into volleyball. A team must serve the ball over the net and challenge their opponents for set or game point. If you are on the service team, this is when you want your best server in action. If you are on the receiving team, this is when you want your best ball handlers in position.

Forum: To many coaches overlook the value of the serve. Rally scoring lets the outstanding servers earn their place on the court.

I agree with the concept of incorporating offensive and defensive scoring, either team can score off the serve or during volley, but every serve need not be a point. With specific rules and under certain conditions, a penalty would be awarded for a bad serve.

I’m not a person to defend the side-out rules of play, But the side-out server had an immense responsibility to his teammates and their effort for winning a game. If a team in a game of side-out volleyball lost the serve, they give up the scoring advantage and the possibility of winning a set or game.

And, there is absolutely no reason why the service team of either system of play should not have set or game closure.

Once again, remarks that rally-point scoring makes better volleyball players, sound like a rote response. It isn’t a logical conclusion based on facts and its something that seems to have been memorized as a “learned knee jerk” reaction to avoid producing empirical evidence and clarification.

It is a well known fact, that the Federation International de Volleyball (FIVB), the world governing body of volleyball, did not develope or introduce offensive and defensive scoring in volleyball. In Canada, officials and coaches are arguing for service team closure under rally point scoring. And, in Arizona, a women's league is experimenting with two point backcourt scoring. It sounds and feels like Rocball is in the making to me.:cool:

jamesfeger 12-29-2009 04:52 PM

Fanians top regular season

Veteran team Fanians topped the regular season of the 2009-2010 World Organized Rocball Community League with a 6-1 win-loss record.

Rookie team Kagman Projects gave a good account of itself in its maiden year in Rocball, coming in at second place after the eliminations with a 5-2 record.

Third place was a two-way tie between One Way and No Mercy as they both finished with identical 4-3 cards.

Ghasias Brothers, Soul Rebels, and Islanders, meanwhile, crowd themselves in fourth place with their 3-4 slates.

Rocball creator James Feger said only Fanians and Kagman Projects have slotted themselves for the playoffs with One Way and No Mercy needing a play-in game to determine third place.

The loser will then take on Ghasias Brothers with the winner playing the victor of the Soul Brothers-Islanders encounter for the fourth and final playoff spot,

In the Final Four, Fanians will be the top seed and will duke it out with the fourth place team, while Kagman Projects is the second seed and will square off against the third place team.

The winner of the semifinals will then play in the best-of-five championship for the 2009-2010 World Organized Rocball Community League diadem.

Playoffs will start in January after the outdoor version of Rocball at the Pacific Islands Club set from Jan. 1 to 3, 2010.

In other Rocball news, three players earned Master Blaster status for the season-Ben Lisua and John Nekaifes of Soul Brothers and Myron Laniyo of No Mercy.

Feger said the trio distinguished themselves after registering all five of Rocball's heavy hitting, multiple-scoring techniques.

Laniyo went on to average 22 points in heavy hits per game. Ben Pelisamen of Ghasias Brothers, for his part, scored a whopping eight goals for the season, which translated to an average of a goal a game.

Feger said the 2009-2010 season is also memorable because of how well Kagman Projects players have adopted to Rocball rules.

Kagman Projects are made up of volleyball players that helped Kagman High School win the inter-scholastic volleyball championship.

“The first-year Rocball players have learned well the rules of Saipan's indigenous sport and in the process stunned players and teams with their amazing come-from-behind victories and overtime wins,” he said

The Rocball SandBlaster Tournament will usher in the sport in 2010 and Feger is inviting Rocball and volleyball players alike for the competition.

There will be no entrance fee in the SandBlaster Tournament for teams that have at least one registered Rocball player. But those who don't have a Rocball player need to pony up $25. (Saipan Tribune)

jamesfeger 01-03-2010 06:07 PM

Rocball - Sand

Rocball opened up the 2010 sporting events for the CNMI on the beach of the Pacific Islands Club. On January 1st, Rocball restarted its beach version of “Saipan’s Own Sport” on the main beach volleyball court of the Pacific Islands Club. :thumbup:

Four teams came to start off the CNMI’s sport’s year; the Fanians, No-Mercy, Ballseye, and the Projects. The rules for beach Rocball had to be modified to fit the playing conditions of a sand court. Sandroc (Rocball in the sand) rules of play have four players, and the server is also the goalie; no other player is allowed to play in the area between the goal and the court end lines except the server, and the server is allowed to play anywhere on the court.

The receiving team has two hits off a served ball, the goalie is the only player allowed to set off a served ball, and each team is allowed five hits after the receiving team is successful in returning a served ball back over the net in two hits: Any time a server scores on court, it is two points. Other than that, any player can score a three point goal or a volleyball court point, and the net player for the receiving team can “jam”, spike down, a served ball.

Sandroc is a four set game played under the quarter/set system of play. A team can “juice-out”, win a game after four sets of play, if after fours sets they outscore their opponents in game points and win the fourth set; game points are calculated by adding up the sets scores: A team cannot win a game in a losing set and when either team fails to juice-out, the game goes into overtime.

The team that couldn’t juice-out but had scored the most game points would need to win one overtime set, and the team that won the fourth set with the least amount of game points scored, would need to win two overtime sets: An overtime set is won by a team which scores ten points or a goal, whichever comes first. And, if no goals are scored, as in regular play, only the team in service has closure.

Because there were only four teams, the Sandroc games were organized under the quarter/set rules of play with 25 points per set. And, because there wasn’t a need to modify games into any timed scheduled or three set games, players were challenged with games that took from 45 minutes to an hour to complete, not counting any overtime sets.

The Fanians came out on top and left the court as this decade’s first Sandroc champions. The Fanians won all four of there games. No-Mercy came in second place losing to the Fanians in the championship game played late Sunday afternoon in four sets 76 to 50.

The heavy hitters of the Sandroc games prior to the playoff games were Myron Laniyo of No-Mercy with 9 aces, 3 xunks, 11 keys, and 2 goals for 52 points and Dior Jones of the Fanians, a former Rocball player now residing in Guam, who came to Saipan for the Rocball Sandblaster’s tournament, scored 9 aces, 2 xunks, 5 kees, and 1 goal for 35 points.

But, in the Championship game between the Fanians and No-Mercy, it was Dior Jones who broke away from the pack in Rocball’s heavy hitting scoring techniques. Dior, who played on Guam’s Junior National Volleyball team and now works at the Pacific Islands Club on Guam, scored 10 aces, 3 xunks, 8 kees, and 2 goals for 51 points. Dior’s former Rocball team, when he used to be a student at MHS, was the Black Magic.:cool:

jamesfeger 01-24-2010 05:19 PM

Soul Rebels vs Fanians

The Rocball season for 2010 will end in the best of three games between the Soul Rebels and the Fanians. On Saturday, 1/23/10, three games were played to determine which teams would face-off for Rocball’s title of world champion. In the playoff games, sets were 20 points each and played under the quarter/set system of game point.

In the first game, No-Mercy and One-Way played to break the tie for the fourth place position of the playoffs. And the winner of this game would go on to play the Fanians in the last game of the night, to determine the last team to make it into the championship games.

In the first set of the game between One-Way and No-Mercy, No-Mercy jumped off to a good start by winning the first set 15 to 11. But, One-Way would come back in the second set 16 to 14 and then dominate the last two sets of the game 18 to 3 and 15 to 6. One-Way won the last set of the game with a final score of 60 points to No-Mercy’s 38 and juice-out for the victory and the chance to play the Fanians to advance to the championship games.

In the second game of the night, the best new team to challenge Rocball’s rules of play for the year, the Kagman Projects, played against master blasters Ben Lisua, John Nekaifes, and the veterans of the Soul Rebels for chance to advance to the championship games.

The Soul Rebels came out hard in the first set and made a very strong statement by defeating the Projects in the first set 21 to 2. But, the Projects have been surprising Rocball teams all year and re-stated their legitimacy as Rocball players by winning the second set 22 to 12 and the third set 21 to 10.

By the end of the third set, the Projects had overcome their sluggish first set start and had gained the lead going into the fourth and final set 45 to 43. But, Ben, John, and the veterans of the Soul Rebels, rallied back with a hard series of plays and ended the Projects chances of making it into the championship games by winning the fourth set 21 to 9 and juicing-out for the win.

In the last game of the night One-Way came back after their victory over No-Mercy earlier in the day and challenged the Fanians for the last spot for next week’s best of three championship games.

The game between One-Way and the Fanians was a see-saw game in which each team won two sets each. One-Way won the first set 20 to 9 and the Fanians won the second set 20 to 6. The teams were evenly match and entered the third set with only a three game point; Fanians 29 and One-Way 26.

In the third set, One-Way edged out the Fanians 22 to 19. One-Way’s victory in the third set leveled out both teams at game points 48 to 48. This was a game in which there would be no overtime sets. Whichever team won the fourth set would automatically juice-out and advance to the championship games.

The Fanians came back in the fourth set and played as though there was no-way they were going to allow One-way to stop them on there-way for a chance to be Rocball’s number one team of 2010. The Fanians won the fourth set 22 to 12 and will play the Soul Rebels Saturday, 1/30/10 in the best of three games for Rocball’s Championship title.

jamesfeger 01-30-2010 09:33 PM

The Year of the Fanians

In Rocball "time-ology", it is the year of the Fanians. The Fanians who started out three years ago as the Try-Outs and changed their label to the Fanians have come in second place for their first two years playing Rocball. This year, they started out in excellent form by winning a ten year hiatus of beach Rocball, nd then defeated the Soul Rebels Saturday night, to become champions at the end of the first decade of the 21st century.

The Fanians made up of brothers Larry and Youme Sharry, and Julius and Tpyhoon Saito, and Jazz Rosokow, all from the island nation of Chuuk, are the current number one beach and indoor World Rocball Champions.

In the thirty year history since Rocball was first put into print, players and teams representing every major island culture and community in Micronesia have played Rocball. Rocball is as unique to the diversity of Micronesia as it is in introducing multiple-point offensive and defensive scoring, with unrestricted hitting and kicking, and vertical areas of play with goals at the end of each court in a volleyball-type sport.

The Fanians defeated the Soul Rebels in the first two games of the best two out of three games championship series. The Fanians juiced out in each game, defeating the Soul Rebels by outscoring them in game points and winning the fourth set of each game.

In the first game, the Fanians won sets one, three, and four 27 – 14, 26 – 25, 25 – 24. The Soul Rebels won the second set 27 – 24. The Soul Rebels had numerous opportunities to stop the Fanians from winning the first game in the fourth set, but shanked their chances in forcing overtime play with penalty serves that prevented them from winning the fourth set. The Fanians juiced the Soul Rebels in the first game, 102 to 84.

In the second and final game of the night, and after a four set hour long game, both teams took a small break to rest, get something to drink, and regroup. In the second game, it took the Fnainas another hour to complete the quarter/set rules of play for Rocball to finalize their dominance over the obstinate and unrelenting Soul Rebels.

The Farinas won the second game by winnings every set, 26 – 22, 27 – 18, 27 – 13, and 26 – 14. The Fanians outscored the Soul Rebels in heavy hitting with aces 28 – 17, xunks 4 – 3, kee 30 – 13, and goals 1 – 0. Ben Lisua of the Soul Rebels scored the only jam of the series.

The heavy hitters of the games were Jazz Rosokow of the Fanians with 4 aces, 1 xunk, 3 kees, and a goal in the first game and Larry Sharry of the Faninas who scored 2 aces, 3 xunks, and 5 kees in the second game.

jamesfeger 03-02-2010 01:30 PM

US pros try Saipan’s Rocball

Wednesday, 03 March 2010 00:00 By Emmanuel T. Erediano - Reporter

professional players fed their curiosity on Saipan’s own sport—Rocball—by giving it a try with the local players over the weekend at the Marianas High School Gym.

During a question-and-answer session with students of MHS the day after they arrived last week, Jennifer Snyder admitted they are curious about the Rocball, which according to Jim Feger, is Saipan’s original sports.

The volleyball professional players, after making this year’s Marianas Cup another successful and explosive sports event in the Pacific, did not let go of the chance to try the Rocball.

Paul Baxter and Andrew Fuller came to the Rocball court and joined the local players for a Rocball game, Feger said.

Fuller was with John Nekaifes, Ben Lisua, Mariano Lisus, and Willy Aguilar of the Soul Rebels, while Baxter played with Bulls Eye’s J.R. Gechig, Jordan Mariano, Gabriel White, and Joemil Lisua.

According to Feger, Baxter and Fuller got the “on-the-job training in Saipan’s own sport and they couldn’t have chosen a better group of mentors to learn how to play Rocball.

In fact, Feger said the two U.S pros learned well enough to come in first and second in the heavy hitting category. Baxter scored two aces, one xunk, and four kees to earn heavy hitter of the game.

On the other hand, Lisua and Fuller of the Soul Rebels tied for second place in heavy hitting. Ben scored two aces, one jam, two kees, and a goal. Fuller scored three aces, and two goals giving each player 12 heavy points apiece. In all, there were nine aces, two xunks, one jam, 13 kees, and three goals scored in the game.

The Soul Rebels dominated the first three sets winning each set 15 to 12, 19 to 15, and 16 to 11. But, as the volleyball pros learned, this is not volleyball. Rocball games are won by the team that outscores their opponents in game points and wins the fourth set.

At the end of the fourth set, the Soul Rebels were leading 50 to 38. All the Soul Rebels had to do to win the game and juice-out was to win the fourth set.

The Bulls Eyes would have had to win the fourth set by 13 points to juice-out and win. They won the fourth set 15 to 6. They won the set but lacked the game points to win the game. At the end of the fourth set, it was the Soul Rebels 56 and the Bulls Eyes 53.

A team can’t win a Rocball game in a losing set regardless of whether they outscored their opponents in game points. However, by winning the fourth set, the Bull Eyes forced the game into overtime: Overtime sets are won with ten points or a goal, whichever comes first.

The Soul Rebels outscore the Bull Eyes in four sets but lost the fourth set. The Bull Eyes won the fourth set but scored less game points than the Soul Rebels.

In order to win the game in overtime, the Soul Rebels only needed to win one set. The Bulleyes needed to win two overtime sets to win the game.
And, the Bulls Eyes were at set point in the first set, but lost the serve, got xunked, which dropped their score to 8 points, and lost the game in first overtime set 10 to 8. In the post game conversations, Paul Baxter threw down the gauntlet, he wants to come back to Saipan for a shot at the title. And, the world’s best Rocball players, will be here waiting for him.

jamesfeger 04-08-2010 04:12 AM

Rocball News Release

Saturday night at the Drug & Violent Free Safe Haven Program at the MHS gym, the Rocball Gorilla Games began their 2010 season. The first two teams to challenge each other in the winner take all game were the Never Back Down (DBD) and the Soul Rebels.

In the Rocball Gorilla Games teams play for a $50 cash prize. On Saturday night the NBD defeated the Soul Brothers in double overtime after losing the fourth set of regular play. NBD won the first three sets of the game 27 to 26, 25 to 20, and 26 to 15.

With a lead of 17 points going into the fourth set, NBD only had to win the set to win the game. But, the Soul Brothers jumped out to 12 to 3 lead with the help of Ben Lisua’s 4th and 5th goal of the game and went on to win set four 25 to 10.

At the end of four sets of play NBD had the game points to win the game but lost their chance to “juice-out” by losing the fourth set. In Rocball’s quarter/set system, the NBD couldn’t win a game in a losing set, regardless if they outscored the Soul Brothers in games points after four sets of play.

By winning the fourth set, the Soul Brothers forced the game into overtime. The NBD had the advantsge because they scored the most game points in four sets; NBD only needed to win one overtime set to win the game. The Soul Brothers who won the fourth set but scored less game points needed to win two overtime sets to win the game: Overtime sets are ten points or a goal, whichever comes first.

The Sould Brothers won the first OT 11 to 6 and brouht the game to a sudden death second OT set. All the points scored up to the 2nd OT set were worthless. Whichever team won 2nd OT won the game. And, NBD came out of their slump to hold off the Soul Rebels and the win the game 11 to 9.

Ben Lisua of the Soul Rebels was the “heavy hitter” of the game with 5 goals, and 5 kees for 25 points. Ben’s five goals in one game isn’t something that happens very often. Ben scored goals off the serve, from the “Kee” position as his team’s goalies scoring from the back court, and from within the ten foot line next to the net .

And, Ben is a threat playing defense. Ben is last year’s best player for scoring “jams”. A “jam” is when a player spikes down a served ball at the net. Ben jammed a serve playing in the exhibition game with the American Volleyball Pros in March.

ghostofSC 01-24-2011 06:45 PM

Did the league go out of business? I hope not. Ben sounded like a hell of a Rocballer. A real jammin' mofo.

jamesfeger 01-24-2011 07:19 PM

Rocball is el and fine. Started our second season of the year this week and have been busy with the new Rocball Federation of India. I''l be posting soon. Thanks for the interest.

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