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Hey all, I got this idea a while back for a new sport to play (well, modified from an existing sport at least) and I thought it could be fun (plus good design -practice) to take it and build a league concept around it, so here we go! The sport is called Reflex. It is a modified form of Tchoukball (click the link to see a highlight reel), where teams score points by throwing a ball against a rebound net and having it hit the ground before the defense can catch it. The sport has elements primarily of ultimate and handball. Games are played on a hardwood court with walls around it the size of a standard hockey rink. Some major rules are: * 6 Players on the court for each team. * Player with the ball cannot take more than two steps. * Player with the ball cannot hold onto it more than 5 seconds. * Either team can score off either rebound net when ball is in their possession, but must complete a minimum of three passes before a shot is attempted. * If the offense drops the ball, steps in or has the ball land in the red zone, commits a penalty, or allows the defense to intercept the ball in they lose possession. * If the defense catches the ball off the rebound net, no points are awarded to the offense and the defense gains possession. * Contact is not allowed, and the defense cannot enter the forbidden zone. Major defensive penalties result in a penalty shot for the offense. Minor penalties result in a player spending 1 minute in the penalty box. * Hockey-style substitutions. Scoring: * 1 Point - Ball rebounds off net and hits ground in 1-Point Zone * 2 Points - Ball rebounds off net and hits ground in 2-Point Zone * 3 Points - Ball rebounds off net and hits ground beyond the 2-Point Zone * Reflex - After the offensive player bounces the ball off the rebound net, a teammate catches the ball and immediately throws it off the rebound net again, after which is hits the ground in one of the scoring areas. Worth 3 Points + Points corresponding to where the ball hits the ground (so if 2nd throw bounces and lands in the 2-point zone its worth a total of 5 points). Team locations (will be a 20 team league), names and logos will be unveiled in the coming days, but here is a diagram of the playing surface for the United Reflex League. A larger version of the league logo will be posted next. C&C is appreciated, enjoy! These teams are posted so far (in order of post date): Austin, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Omaha, Grand Rapids, New Orleans, Albuquerque, San Jose, Columbus, Orlando, San Diego, Denver, Chicago, Charlotte, Oklahoma, Utah, Hartford, Nashville, Phoenix, Portland I'm also going to add secondary logos and uniforms to the posts linked to above as they are made for easy locating, in addition to their own dedicated posts.
So a while back I post a sport I kind of made up for a story I was writing - well that particular story idea faded. However a lot of the elements were taken from many different sports including Field Handball. I have been watching videos of Olympic Team Handball and it got me thinking about the sport and it looked fun, yet there were a few things I wasn't keen and/or looked strange. So I'v created what I'm calling handball 2.0 - Still thinking of a cooler name. Let's start with the Rules: - Nine Players per side: 8 Position Players and 1 Goalkeeper. Substitutions: Unlimited Substitutions are allowed. Players entering the field must enter via the Substitution Area, and may not engage in the play until the exiting player has complete exited the playing area (aka the Boundary line near the benches). A departing player does not have to exit via the Substitution Area. - Play is two 45 minute halves, with a halftime of 15 minutes plus a five minute warmup session. In Regular Season matches no overtime is played, a tied at the end of Regulation is a Tie. In playoff/tournament/World Cup games, Overtime is one 20 minute period played to completion, with the team ahead at the end of OT declared the winner. Should the teams still be tied at the end of OT, Penalty Throws will commence. - The game is player on a Soccer/Football Pitch. The field shall be natural grass or artificial turf with the field and boundary markings in their proper colors. Only the Penalty Arc shall be yellow with everything else in white. There are four zones: Offensive, Defensive, Neutral and Time. The ball must cross into the offensive zone prior to the offensive player of the play is offsides and possession reverts to the other team. Once a team gains possession, a 32 second shot clock begins. A player may hold, carry or dribble the ball without restriction anywhere on the field except inside the Time Zone. Inside the Time Zone the offensive players outside the Goal Box may only possess the ball for three seconds, after which they must bounce the ball, or pass it or shoot. If the player chooses to bounce the ball, the three seconds resets. An offensive player may not bounce the ball consecutively while in the Time Zone. An offensive player in the Goal Box who choses to post up a defender may possess the ball for a five count after which the player must bounce the ball, pass the ball or shoot. Once again, after the bounce the five seconds resets and posting up player may not bounce the ball consecutively in one possession. The 32 Second Shot Clock resets to 25seconds if a defending player knocks the ball out of the offensive team's zone and the ball goes out of bounds. If a defender knocks the ball out of bounds within in the offensive zone, the shot does not reset. If the offensive team loses possession of the ball and it exits their zone, the offensive team may not touch the ball until all offensive players have tagged up behind the (Offensive) Zone Line. If a defender knocks the ball out of the zone, but it is still in the play, an offensive player may possess the ball, but must wait for all seven other teammates on the field to tag up. More rules to come, like Violations, Penalty Throws, etc. but here's the Field Diagrams: Full Size: Field Positions Diagram Any adjustments? Suggestions on Gameplay, Rules, etc? Questions? C&C Welcome
Team Handball is a team sport in which two teams of seven players each pass a ball to throw it into the goal of the other team. A standard match consists of two periods of 30 minutes, and the team that scores more goals wins. Each side has 6 outfield players and 1 goalie. The sport, from what I have seen, looks like a mix of Soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, and basketball. Players with the ball can take up to 3 steps with the ball before having to dribble. Defense is played similar to basketball; however refs seem to allow a little more contact. The sport is very common in Europe, the Middle East, and parts of South America. The field size is on a 131 by 66 ft indoor court. The sport is not common in the United States; however the US does have a Handball federation. Offense is heavily favored in Handball, with scores ranging in the high 20s to low 40s. Handball kits resemble Soccer Kits. In 2015, sports businessmen were seeking a way of increasing revenue by exposing sports fans to a new sport. With the MLB losing favor with the young generation, the NFL becoming increasingly soft with rule changes, and the NBA becoming a prima-Dona league, businessmen saw an opening for a new sport to emerge in the North American market. Sports like Ultimate Frisbee and Lacrosse were discussed; however, Handball was an internationally popular sport that fit the bill for American sports fans-- high scoring, and exciting. By 2017, handball was being exposed to many southern universities and high schools in hopes to attract a young fan base to the sport of handball. European Handballers would come overseas to promote the sport. Plans for a professional league were coming together. The USA Handball Federation located in Tucson Arizona was heavily invested in having a succesful league take off. By 2018, the framework for a North American Handball League was on the ropes. Target markets were decided, and 8 owners came together to start the North American Handball League with plans to expand the league in a logical and thoughtful manner. The NAHA (North American Handball Association) was completely formed on August 1st of 2018, with the league expected to start in Late Summer of 2019. A FOX Sports TV Contract was signed. This is my first concept thread. I made Crests and Kits with Paint.Net, Inkscape, and Smart Designer 2. Please, be easy on me. I am by no means an artist or very good at this. As a frequent poster on these forums, I felt the need to come up with something. I am mostly doing this thread for the storyline versus the actual concepts.