If traditional roller sports are a little too single-minded to interest you, and roller cricket, roller basketball or roller soccer are not quite the "ball sport" you are looking for, roll ball just might offer the variety you seek. This activity is a unique combination of handball, basketball and roller skating, that has become very popular popular at schools in several cities in India. Roll ball is a growing sport that youth seem to love playing. This game requires many skills including speed, co-ordination, balance, strength and teamwork. Skating is already popular around the world, and when a ball is added to the formula, many skaters are anxious to play.
The Roll Ball Game Court
The roll ball court size can vary from 28 meters to 40 meters long and 15 meters to 20 meters wide. Each court is marked with a center line.
- The penalty line is drawn 4.5 meters or 3.5 meters away from the goal.
- A free throw line or goalkeeper's line is 3.5 meters to 2.5 meters away from the goal.
- The playing court is marked with a 5 centimeter boundary line.
All other lines are marked by red or white markings. The court is flat and should be made with hard surface materials like concrete, asphalt, sport court, tiles or wood. An additional 3 meter border is marked as a safety margin outside the boundary line of the court.
Equipment for a Roll Ball Player
In addition to a ball and a smooth indoor or outdoor playing surface with goals, roll ball players need good basic inline or quad skates and sturdy protective gear. If the game will be played on ice, then ice skates are required.
- Game attire determined by the climate
- Knee pads
- Inline, quad or ice skates
Game photos in the roll ball gallery show players in a variety of skate styles in the same game.
How to Play Roll Ball
The objective in roll ball is to score goals while skating on inline or quad roller skates on a court that is similar in size and shape to a regulation basketball court. This game can be played in an ice skating rink too.
Roll ball is a played between two teams of 12 players, and six of them play at a time while the remaining athletes wait on the substitutes' bench. A team consists of one goalie, two defenders and three forwards. The ball in play can be held in one or both hands, even during passing, and a player is required to dribble the ball while carrying it. These players can also pass the ball, and when the athlete is near the goal post, they can shoot the ball to score. There are two referees for each match.
This game sounds simple, but it requires a lot of skating practice on the skates so players can control the ball during each three second holding limit.
Roll Ball History
This roller sport is relatively new, so the history is brief. Roll ball was invented by Raju R. Dabhade, a well-known athlete from Pune, India. As a boy, Raju loved roller sports and became a roller skating champion. He eventually became a roller skating instructor and the creator of this new roller sport. His concept was supported by his peers, and they helped with the development of a basic playing format as well as refinement of the technical rules and regulations. The game of roll ball was introduced to the sports world in February of 2003.
The first roll ball world cup event was held at the Shree Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune in the Maharashtra State of the Republic of India. The 2011 Roll Ball World Cup was held from April 17th through April 22nd that year. Denmark won and India was the runner-up.
Today, the International Roll Ball Federation (IRBF) is the international governing body for roll ball competitive sports activities.
If roll ball is not for you, take a good look at many of the other inline skating sports options:
- Recreational inline skating includes a variety of activities that are suitable for skaters of all ages and many skating levels.
- Inline fitness skating is more goal-oriented skating to achieve medical, mental or physical benefits.
- Street and road skating are organized group events on public thoroughfares and smooth paved roads.
- Speed skating and inline racing are recognized as competitive disciplines around the world.
- Marathon skating events are taking place on every continent.
- Freestyle slalom skating lets you dance and spin around cones.
- Dryland skating or inline figure skating is very similar to ice figure skating.
- Inline hockey skating is a popular year-round sport at amateur, scholastic, and professional levels.
- Inline roller soccer is a unique version of regular soccer.
- Roller cricket athletes play all batting, bowling and fielding positions on roller skates.
- Roll ball is becoming a popular school sport.
- Inline basketball is an easy roller sport to develop.
- Aggressive and stunt skating includes jumps, grinds, slides and flips.
- Urban inline skating is a great activity for young or young-at-heart thrill-seekers.
- Skate cross is an aggressive ramp and obstacle course race on inline or quad skates.
- Off road and all terrain skating combines mountain biking and skiing with inline skating.
- Nordic inline skating is also called cross-skating or Nordic blading.
- Kite skating is an extreme inline-based roller sport.
- Wind skating or skate sailing is a wind powered inline sport.
- Downhill racing is similar to the Alpine downhill ski racing.
You can also get a quick overview of many inline skating sports. If you are not sure that your interests will be dedicated to any one of these specific skating styles, start by building a good foundation in recreational or fitness activities and training. Good basic skills will take you in any direction that you want to roll. If you do not find an inline roller sport that is just right for you, then take a look at the quad skating sports opportunities.