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Stand Up Paddle Ball: A New Discipline?

There’s no wonder that someone finally decided to mix football with stand up paddleboarding and create a new sport. And of course the Aussies were the first to put this new sport into practice. The Manly Kayak Center from the NSW started organizing regular evenings of Stand Up Paddle Ball games.

The aim of the game is to score goals by throwing, kicking or batting a large ball into a floating goal. And players can tackle each other, jump on each other’s boards and push them off to prevent an opponent from scoring a goal. However, there’s no contact with the paddle.

It’s an exciting sport but it’s pretty rough too, as Annabel Horton of Manly Kayak Center says: “It is a contact sport, so people can't go in thinking it is going to be like a touch game. It is kind of like rugby on paddle boards. You can tackle people off the boards but you can't have any contact with the paddles because of injury.”

If you want to start practicing this new discipline, the rules are simple:
- Once a player is in possession of the ball they must stop paddling.
- A player who is not on a board is deemed to be out the game until they get back on a board. They must not interfere with the ball or other players whilst in the water.
- Once a goal is scored the team which scored the goal must retreat around their defensive 'goal buoy' in order to be considered onside. Until they have done this they must not interfere with the ball or other players.

And the match format is not difficult:
- Matches are played between two teams of five heading in opposite directions.
- A goal is scored by hitting the 'SUPBall goal buoys' with the match ball.
- Matches consist of two 20 minute halves with a five minute break. Teams swap directions at half time.
- There is no boundary to a SUPball field.