Archive by Month November, 2011

  • 10 Tips to Improve Your Waboba Skills

    Post by Jordan on November 28th, 2011

    Don’t let their age fool you. 14-year-old students taught by Simon Scarborough at Culverhay School in the UK developed 10 tips on how to master Waboba. The game is played at an indoor pool with goals on opposite ends.

    1. Pass to players over 5m away as it is difficult to bounce at short distance.
    2. Look to pass the ball up the pool quickly.
    3. Shoot from anywhere if possible.
    4. If you can’t shoot, pass to someone who can shoot (to most likely player able to socre, based on position in relation to the goal and if they are being marked by opponent or not).
    5. Goalkeeper pass to midfield or attack (not defender).
    6. Play a target player about 10m away from the goal. Get the Waboba to him as soon as possible to shoot.
    7. Difficult to shoot from close range because ball tends to bounce over the goal if thrown with power.
    8. Rotate positions so you can develop a range of skills.
    9. Waboba’s travel further when bounced than when lobbed through the air.
    10. Bounce the Waboba just in front of the goalkeeper. The bounce can make it more difficult for them to react to and save.

    To read the full post, visit Simon’s blog – Excellence Through PE.

    What other tips/skills would you suggest?

  • Waboba, check. Pool, check. Bat, check.

    Post by Jordan on November 17th, 2011

    It doesn’t matter if its too cold to get in the pool, you can still play Waboba like these Wabobians do.

  • Confessions of a Waboba Addict

    Post by Jordan on November 8th, 2011
    Peter Slattery writes a weekly sports column for the Sunshine Coast Daily in Coolum, Australia and shared his Waboba article with us. Follow him at @pjslatts on Twitter and tell him he is not alone in his addiction.

    I must confess to an addiction. It is not illegal, salacious, or immoral. Nonetheless, it’s a compulsion over which I have no control. It has consumed me, totally. I am a human hand-puppet to its will; I’m a heroin addict, without the heroin.

    Nor, I must confess early on, am I alone in my craving. This particular hunger does not discriminate. To come into its orbit, is to be totally consumed by it. So, I must confess, I have a partner in this madness-I’ve infected my boy. (Oh, the shame!)Some background.My boy and I enjoy doin’ sports, just about anywhere, but nowhere more so than on and around the beach. Beach cricket, beach footy, flyin’ a kite, and I’ve got him a board and we give that a floggin’, but, up until about two weeks ago, our fav was the Frisbee.

    We’d Frisbee away that much that I caught the boy actually dreaming about it. ‘Dad. Dad! Incommmmmmminnnnnnng’, I caught him crying as he was went through the Frisbee motion in his sleep one night. We’d also get right into the different throws. Forehand, backhand, under the legs, behind the head, etc., etc. We were pretty much in love with the frizza, but we had control over that love.

    Destiny. It’s a funny ‘ol thing. Things were to change, massively, after a visit to the sports store for a random purchase; I think it was for one of those cones that help you to put grips on cricket bat handles (but I digress).  That was until about two weeks ago. And out went the frizza, as toy of choice for the Slattery boys, and in came the ‘Waboba’. Our particular craving is of the skimmer-ball kind.

    And we have changed forever. You can define our lives through two acronyms, BW and AW: Before Waboba and After Waboba.

    The Waboba is a small, soft ball, designed to (when thrown) skim and fly off the surface of water. Now, that’s probably bloody good fun in still water; a pool or a lake, and maybe even a massive bath. But you add in the undulations and crashing waves of the ocean, and you have yourself a real good test of one’s hand-eye coordination, and a real good opportunity to show off.

    The boy and I get in knee deep surf and peg away for hours, lost in the experience and fun. Using the back of waves, the churning, crashing surf, and even the face of waves offers up 1000’s of variations in deflection. It’s not only totally lottsa, lottsa fun, it’s a bloody challenge, and, when ya pick of a ‘specie’, real good for the ego, let me tell ya.  Talk about constant cravings of the soft, skimmer-ball kind!

    It’s this combination of being a bloody challenge, allowing one to show off, as well as simply being enormous amounts-a-fun that make the bloody thing addictive-and very dangerous in wrong hands.

    See, I called the frizza a toy earlier on.  Well, the Waboba is not a toy. I think its ownership and use should be regulated by the government-like firearms, the use of motor vehicles and medicinal marijuana. In the hands of vulnerable humans such as those lacking self-control (like me) and those yet to have full control of their own world (like my boy), a Waboba has negative consequences for society!

    Now, I’m fully aware that in writing of our addiction I may well have placed others in harm’s way. For this I do not apologise. As I explained, I’m an addict not a recovering addict! See ya down the beach for a throw? Ya know you want it.