Slamball is a four player team sport loosely based on basketball. It is played on a combination of surfaces, combining the acrobatics of the trampoline, the physical play of ice hockey, and elements of basketball, particularly the slam dunk. Four trampolines are set at floor level around a padded basketball rim and backboard on either end of the court, serving as launching pads. The object of the game is to outscore the opposing team. A dunk is awarded 3 points. A successful block of a shot is called a stop.
Theses rules reflect the basics of the game. Games are played in two 8 minute halves stop time. Each half will commence with a 'bounce off' which is the inverse of a tip off. The ball must reach its apex uninterrupted at which point the players are allowed to 'check' each other. Ten minutes are allowed for a half time break and the only time outs allowed are within the last two minutes of regulation play. Even then the teams are allowed but one time out each. A 15-second shot clock is utilized and expiration of that, without a shot attempt, will result in a change of possession. Teams will exchange baskets in the second half. An even score at the end of regulation time is not settled by an additional period of time but rather a series of 'face offs'(discussed later is the section entitled fouls). Teams will elect their starting 3 players to 'face off' against the opposing teams stopper and the team converting the most baskets at the end of this attains the victory. If after the 3 'face offs' the score remains deadlocked then a sudden death elimination face offs would come into force. This most closely resembles a shoot-out at the end of a tied soccer match. Full body contact is allowed within certain limitations. A player can be hit or 'checked' at any time when he is not in possession of the ball. If the player has received the ball then he cannot be hit until he dribbles the ball, at that point he is known as 'live' or 'hot' and can be hit. Players cannot be hit or checked in the back and doing so results in a foul.
Each player can commit just three personal fouls before he is disqualified from the match.
A coach or player displaying poor on court behavior (for example, fighting, arguing vehemently against an official) may be charged with a technical foul. Two techical fouls will also result in disqualification. In the case a foul is called, the player who has committed the foul, will then take position on the baseline of the lower trampolines while the player who was offended will take up offensive position at center court. This is called a 'face off'. Upon a signal from the referee the offensive player will be free to mount an attack at the basket, which the defender now must endevor to stop. The defender must enter the lower trampoline only after bouncing in from the side trampoline. If the offensive player is successful, then points will be awarded depending on the shot converted and the offensive players' team will retain possession of the ball.
Four players from each team (out of an 8 player roster) may be on the court at one time. Substitutions are unlimited and can be done on the fly as in the game of hockey. All teams have a coach who is responsible for the strategies and overall performance of the teams. In addition additional staff of teams encompasses assistant coaches, managers, statisticians, doctors, etc,. Team uniforms consist of a shorts and a jersey with the team logo, a number and the players' name on the back. Typically players wear basketball sneakers now but shoes unique to slamball are in development to fit the needs of this new sport. The game is controlled by officials consisting of two referees and the table officials. The table keeps track of the score, time, team possessions, fouls and the shot clock.
A regulation Slamball court surface is 100'X62'. This competition floor is the most advanced gymnastics apparatus ever created. A series of highly engineered articulating floor panels float on a bed of spring flooring to create a shock absorbent playing surface. The spring floor lies adjacent to two sets of four trampoline or spring bed 'quads' which dominate each end of the court. Each trampoline surface measures 7'X14'. The shock absorbent panels pair with the competition bed trampolines to create a unique playing surface that both launches players to inhuman heights and cushions their landing upon returning to the floor. Specifically engineered pads are designed to cover the frame rails and their tapered design allows for maximum safety for on-court play. This entire playing surface will be surrounded with an 8' plexi-glass wall much like the sport of hockey. Players are to wear protective gear at all times. This would consist of knee and elbow pads, a special molded light helmet and padded protective undergarmets.
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