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In this variant of soccer, there are many balls on the field, all
same size and flexibility, but only one of them is the actual
soccer ball. The other balls, one per person*, are given either
two different dark colors (one color for each team) with
on them (like
billiard balls), the same numbers as on the shirts
A player may manipulate his or her own ball in any manner
desired, but may not directly/offensively act upon any other
player's ball**. Deflections of oncoming player balls are
allowed, when they happen to be on a collision course with the
players. The player must AVOID any contact with the actual
soccer ball (might be sent temporarily to a hockey-like penalty
box). Basically, the players strive to use their personal balls to
knock the actual soccer ball into a goal.
Whenever the soccer ball ends up out-of-bounds, a referee
it toward the center of the soccer field, fair game for getting
knocked by any player's ball. Any player ball that goes out-of-
bounds is brought to the edge of the field, where the player
must retrieve it personally.
*The goalie is restricted to the goal zone area, but has access
container full of goalie-balls (marked with letter "G"). The
may only handle one of those balls at a time, and of course tries
to use the ball to deflect any oncoming soccer ball.
**Goalie balls located outside the goal zone may be pushed by
player directly back into the goalie zone, so the goalie can re-
them, still one-at-a-time only, or pushed out-of-bounds (where
collected by non-players and returned to the goalie's ball-
container). A limit of loose goalie-balls, in the goal zone, may
need to be specified, to prevent forming a kind of wall against
incoming soccer ball. To prevent that limit from being
the goalie would be required to take time to return a ball to the
ball-container. That should be fairly easy when the soccer ball
at the other end of the field.
I think that covers enough of the basics, that an actual game
could now be played.
||Note that a good player will manage to make his or her
personal ball bounce off the actual soccer ball such that
bounce returns the personal ball toward the player.
||When you say "soccer" do you actually mean football?
||[xenzag], I thought about that when writing this, but think
about it --in this game the foot is NOT allowed to hit the
soccer ball! Meanwhile, both hands and feet can be used
to manipulate personal balls. Thus "soccer" would actually
be a superior name than 'football".
||I'm missing something here, unless it's actually supposed to be 10 people running around throwing projectiles at each other.
||[FlyingToaster], the projectiles are very much like ordinary
soccer balls in their behavior. Getting hit by one is not
dangerous. And when a player throws his personal ball at
another player, he is not throwing it at the actual soccer
ball, trying to score a goal with that ball. So, your
description seems to be missing the point.
||//A player may manipulate his or her own ball in any
manner desired, but may not offensively act upon
any other ball// Fnar fnar.
||[MaxwellBuchanan], it is possible that what you quoted
could have been better-phrased. The idea is that players
are not allowed to directly mess with other players' balls.
It would make sense to allow you to use your ball to change
the course of some other player's ball, but that is an
indirect messing, not a direct messing. And of course you
need to indirectly mess with the actual soccer ball. I've
tweaked the main text a trifle.
||This is pretty neat, but I think it would get rather messy with "ball per player". Maybe 2 or 3 balls per team, passed and dribbled as per normal soccer, but still only using the "team" balls to contact the "game" ball. Goalie would still have a supply, perhaps only 6 or so (so would need to retrieve as often as possible). Otherwise there would be balls all over the place!
(Hmm, balls all over the place... Ball-pit soccer, anyone?)