Central Washington University junior Savannah Isbey was working out in the school’s Recreation Center when she first saw it: Bubble ball soccer — full-contact indoor soccer played inside giant inflatable bubbles.
“It was the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever seen, so it was definitely something I wanted to do,” she said.
Isbey was among the dozens at the Student Union and Recreation Center on Thursday who came to watch or participate in the university’s latest intramural sports offering.
“Basically, it’s just soccer with full contact,” said Jordan Stinglen, an events and intramural coordinator at the Recreation Center.
Players climb inside the inflatable, tube-like balls, which are roughly 4-by-4 feet. They’re held up with shoulder straps. Players inside hold on to small handles at about chest-level. Teams have four people.
Most teams last week played without a goaltender. Late hits or blocks from the back are prohibited, but beyond that, it’s full-contact. Beyond that, it’s a free-for-all.
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