While watching the Olympics I was reminded of the time my friends and I invented our own sport in Jr. High a dozen or so years ago. We enjoyed the game so much that we played it almost every single weekday for a year. I basically just want to know if anyone ever invented your own sport? How was it played and how long did you play it.
Here’s my story:
My game was invented when my friends and I were unable to get any normal sports equipment during the off season of our football class. The cool kids all played either football or basketball, so there were no footballs left to play with and no baskets to shoot basket balls in. All that was left was a tenniscourt with no balls and no raquets and soccerballs with no goals. Being generally disliked by our peers and wanteing to do our own thing, the five of us and one or two other jr. high rejects decided that we would make do and invent a game with what we had. We’d finally have a sport that we would be good at. We had to be good, we invented it. And thus we made Cageball.
Cageball started out a very simple game where players on each side would try to either throw or kick the ball over the net and hit the opponents cage wall. Each hit against the wall was worth a point and the game lasted til the period was ever. Who ever had the most points won. The game slowly evolved and more rules were added when new situation arose. Once we became so good at kicking the ball hard and fast it became a rule that the ball had to bounce inside the larger tennis square at least once before hitting the wall to be a point. This added a bit more challange and strategy to the game play.
Eventually as more rejects joined us to play, we started to devide into teams of five or six. Some of the cool kids began to take notice and a couple of them even began to play with us when they got bored of football or basketball. There was a lot of animosity between us and the basketball kids because of incidents that occured when the balls would go over each others fences. When they started throwing our ball over the opposite wall and into a ditch we started doing the same to them. There was a lot of name calling and threats between the two groups. One day the basketball kids challenged us to a first to ten match at cage ball the next day. We were psyched. We’d finally get the chance to show those jerks we could beat them at something. We had been picked on and imbarrassed by jocks for too long.
The day came and we picked our six best players which included me. We played our hardest and used our best tricks. We lost 9 to 10. The next day we invented another game. I beleive it was like tennis with your feet and a soccer ball. We never let anyone else play and thus left Jr. High the champions of the new sport. We still played cageball from time to time until most of us lost touch or moved away.