a new sport launched in 2005 is taking the country by storm.
Schools in the North of England are already introducing it
the curriculum, it is being introduced in New Zealand and
Australia, and enquiries are being received from America,
Europe and South Africa.
Rock-It-Ball was developed in Yorkshire and has attracted
unparalleled interest and enthusiasm. Paul Hildreth, a Team
Rock-It-Ball member said, ‘wherever we go to play youngsters
gather round clamouring to play – even when we turned
up in New York’s Central Park and just started to play’.
sport is played with a ‘Rock-It’ which is a control
bar with a thrower/catcher on each end. It can be played in
several ways but the format which is proving most popular
is Rock-It-Ball Combat Xtreme. Two teams of four players play
with four low-impact balls and fire the balls at each other.
Hitting the opponent with a ball scores one point but if the
opponent catches the ball in the catcher he gets two points.
As four balls are in use players find they have to constantly
be on the move and on the lookout. Emma Dempsey, PE teacher
at Northallerton College explained ‘All PE teachers
know that there are some youngsters who just won’t get
involved. They hang around on the wing or talk to the corner
flag. In Rock-It-Ball they have to get involved or else they
get hit with the ball’.
who have used Rock-It-Ball have loved it: As well as the exhausting
workout they also like the fact that it allows an excellent
structure of skill development being particularly good for
spatial development and hand-eye co-ordination. It is also
extremely robust and shrugs off the abuse normally meted out
to school sports equipment. As it can be used for so many
different forms of the sport it can also be used all year
round no matter what the weather.
the excitement about the new sport is not confined to schools:
Northern Leisure Centres are starting to use it for customers
of all ages and abilities who are incorporating it into their
fitness regimes. The Dolphin Centre in Darlington hosted the
inaugural world championships which had 18 teams registered
from a wide range of backgrounds. The overall winners were
Northallerton College providing the UK with yet another world
Rock-It-Ball is wonderfully versatile and suitable for players
of all ages and abilities. There are rugby teams using it
for team building, a York company running weekly after-work
Rock-It-Ball sessions and organising competitions with other
companies. Even the prison service is evaluating it as it
provides a controlled release of aggression in a safe environment.
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