Bossaball is a sport that was created in 2013 by Filip Eyckmans,a Belgian man who has been living in Spain for more than ten years. When he was young, he played tennis, football and he was a DJ at private parties. During the 90s he travelled a lot and one of the places he visited was Brazil. There, he was fascinated with the local martial art called Capoeira and the fabulous twilight of Brazil where football, volleyball and dancing were mixed. At the end of the 90s, Eyckmans thought about something that combined all the things he had enjoyed so much. That was the moment in which Bossaball was born.
Bossaball combines these elements of football, volleyball and gymnastics on a big inflatable court separated with a net with trampolines on each side of the court.
A Bossaball match is played between two teams of 4 or 5 players each. It’s a bit like volleyball in terms of the base rules— the main aim is to try to get the ball over the net. The players cannot touch the net and they have to have at least with one part of their body on their own side of the court. But that is where the similarity with volleyball stops! Players can use any part of their body to move the ball forward and can touch the ball up to fives times before they have to send it over the net. They often do this in the most spectacular ways possible, performing bicycle kicks or slam dunks from super trampoline jumps.
- Twilights (n): the soft light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon.
- Mixed up (v): to combine or unite
- Inflatable pitch (n): an inflatable object, device, or structure, esp. a small rubber boat that is inflated with air.