The Noblesville Parks and Recreation Dept. will offer the newest trend in sports – Bubble Ball Soccer. The department says the sport is similar to bumper cars with a soccer ball, but is safer than football, cheaper than hockey and bouncier than basketball.
“You’re playing soccer inside a giant inflatable bubble,” said Noblesville Parks Assistant Director Mike Hoffmeister in a press release. “You get in the bubble – secured by straps and covered above your head to your knees – and hit people as hard as you want. Falling over and ramming people doesn’t hurt at all. It’s fun to play and even funnier to watch.”
The department offers two different bubble balls sizes: medium and large. To get the public knowledgeable about the sport, the parks department is offering two open houses at the Recreation Annex at Ivy Tech Community College, 300 N. 17th St. Guests are asked to enter off Harrison Street, Gate 18, across from the football stadium.
The free open houses are 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 20 and Dec. 18. In addition to trying out Bubble Ball Soccer, the parks staff will have other recreation activities available like Pickleball, basketball and dodge ball.
The department is creating a six-week Bubble Ball Soccer League from Jan. 8 through Feb. 12. Games will be scheduled between 6 to 10 p.m. Friday nights. Teams are $200 and consist of four to six players, ages 16 and older. To register or for more, call 770-5750.
“We are excited about our Recreation Annex and the expanded programming opportunities it provides. I think teens and adults will enjoy Bubble Ball Soccer and not realize the workout it provides,” Recreation Director Nichole Haberlin said in a press release.