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Old 06-14-2009, 09:52 PM   #1
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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.
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