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Scrambled Legs - a new sport

Scrambled Legs is a new sport created by Ian Welsman from Canada in October 2021. It is similar to rugby but you can pass it forward. Two teams of 10 or more players try to score 2 points by making it to the other team's end. This can be done by kicking the ball, running with the ball for up to seven seconds, or by passing the ball. Unlike in rugby, you can pass the ball in any direction.

Equipment Required: Inflatable Playground Ball, whistle for referee to blow when there's a penalty.

Sport Description

Scrambled Legs is a sport played with two teams of around 10 or more players.  The object of the game is to score more points than the opposing team.  The game is played on a large rectangular field with two fences or boundaries of some sort on the ends of the narrower boundaries of the field.  Each team picks a fence to start at, and the goal of the game is to have the ball touch the other team's fence.  Doing this scores 2 points.

A standard inflatable playground ball is used.

There are two halves in this game, and the total length is up to the teams.  The play clock never stops, except for at half-time.

The game begins with a kickoff.  Team X kicks off from a place on their half agreed upon by both teams.  The ball is drop kicked towards Team's end.  Any player on the field no matter his team can receive the ball, and the reception can occur after the ball has bounced.

During the kickoff, all players must be on their half of the field.

Once the ball is received (a player catches it), the player with the ball as well as all other players can run in any direction they choose, and kick or throw the ball in any direction or at any time they'd like.

The person with the ball is not allowed to stop running until they no longer have the ball.  The player with the ball is not allowed to be in possession of the ball for longer than 7 seconds.  The instant he holds it for 8 seconds, the ball is given to the other team where the player committed the penalty.

Any pass or kick made by any player at any time is not dead or overturned should it hit the ground before being possessed.  However, a player who gets rid of the ball by passing is not allowed to touch the ball again until another player touches it, i.e. he cannot recover his own pass.

If any player with the ball manages to touch the opposing team's fence, he scores two points for his team, which will then kickoff from a mutually agreed upon spot.

If any player with the ball manages to touch their own team's fence, they score 1 point for the other team, but in exchange get the ball just past midfield.  In this scenario, play does not necessarily need to resume with a kickoff.

The only way of playing defense in this game is by making it harder for the offence to run with the ball (by placing defensive players in front of the offensive player so the offensive player has to run around, limiting the amount of field he can cover in 7 seconds) or by having the defensive player rip the ball from the hands of an offensive player.  An offensive player cannot do this.


All offensive penalties result in the other team getting the ball at the spot of the foul.  All defensive penalties result in the other team getting the ball roughly 20 metres ahead of where the penalty occurred.  If a defensive penalty occurred more than 20 metres behind the person with the ball, then the offensive player with possession gets the ball roughly 10 metres ahead of wherever he was at the time the foul occurred.

Offensive penalties:

All defensive penalties can be offensive as well.  They are:

*Note:  Before a kickoff, all members of the team kicking off must touch the ball at roughly the same time at the spot of the kickoff.  This penalty, if offensive, only applies after the ball is touched communally.  This penalty, if defensive, can occur at any time between the two point score and the kickoff.

After a single point has been scored, one player from the team that didnâ t score the point stands at midfield with the ball.  Any player can be anywhere on the field and the play starts once the ball is no longer in the possession of the player.  There are no limits to how the player at midfield can get rid of the ball.

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