Tracball: Bodaggits, Blood and Bruises
Tracball combines several basic principles of lacrosse, soccer, and ultimate Frisbee into one incredibly competitive sport. Daniel Grayson, Skylar Petitt, and Ryan Divis invented the sport in 2008, and it has been gaining popularity in Provo ever since. Continue reading
The weather is finally warming up, and spring sports are making a comeback. But it’s not just the mainstream sports. A game called “Tracball,” invented in Provo, is starting to make its way back onto the park scene.
There’s no need for helmets, pads, bats, or gloves. A grass field, “tower” goals, and some plastic contraptions called “bodaggits” are all you need to play Tracball.
“Tracball is a game where it’s kind of like a mix between lacrosse, soccer, and ultimate Frisbee. You get to run around, you have a certain amount of steps, and you can throw to teammates and you want to score a goal,” says Bryan Reil, one of the self-proclaimed best goalkeepers in the game.
Ever since Daniel Grayson, Skylar Petitt, and Ryan Divis came up with the idea for the sport in 2008, Tracball has gained popularity here in Provo. Grayson says you need to work finesse into your technique to play the game.
“It’s kind of like an ‘L’ motion, like if you were going to chop some vegetables or something. That’s your flicking motion. You don’t want to go high, you don’t want to go low. It’s like an easy flick perpendicular to the ground,” says Grayson.
Reil and Grayson say they even prefer Tracball over most mainstream sports.
“You feel fulfilled when you play Tracball, because it doesn’t matter how big or small you are, you always get that fulfillment that you gave it your all, and when you draw blood you know that the game was played correctly,” says Grayson, who often boasts blood and bruises, the two “B’s” of Tracball.
If you want to learn more about the rules of Tracball or meet up with Reil and Grayson to play with some bodaggits, visit the National Tracball League Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/groups/129752874668/
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