Bumper cars + lacrosse + basketball = WhirlyBall

Sun, Jun 13
WhirlyBallCourtesy of WhirlyBall ChicagoThe Wiffle-like ball must be scooped up, but nine times out of 10, it just gets pushed around.


What do you get when you combine bumper cars with lacrosse and basketball?

The answer is a game called WhirlyBall, a sport seemingly born out of an 8-year-old's imagination. Picture this -- two teams of five in bumper cars in a room measuring half the size of a basketball court.

The players are all wielding equipment similar to the long, curvy cestas used in jai-alai. And the goal is simple -- gain control of the white Wiffle ball placed in the middle of the court and use the sticks to throw it through a 16-inch hole in a board 10 feet above the ground.

Sound easy? Not so much say the sport's enthusiasts.

"If you try to scoop it [the ball] up, nine times out of 10 you're gonna push it away," says John Krol, marketing director for the Chicagoland-area WhirlyBall locations. "Steering is also one of the biggest challenges. It's kind of like driving your car with the bottom of the steering wheel."

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