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The new sport of Tugball is quite unique. It was created by PE teacher Matt Henzie, and uses a ball he designbed that has eight ropes attached to a harness which surrounds a ball (it looks like a ball with dreadlocks!). This design allows for a whole new way to play traditional games as well as to create new ones. There are a few games specifically created for use with a Tugball™, such as "Tugball" and "Vortex", and "Ultimate Steal-the-Bacon". Once you have one of these, you will find many more uses for it. Just keep it away from your dog.


The game of Tugball is styled much like a league sport.  The game starts with a Tug-off, a tug-of-war between two players from each team.  The winner of the Tug-off wins possession of the ball.  Once both teams are ready, the offense advances with the goal of getting into the opponents goal while in possession of the Tugball™.  The offense can pass, throw, kick or run the ball in any direction.  The defense tries to steal the ball from the defense by intercepting a pass, picking up a missed catch or winning a duel.  

tug ballA duel is when a player from both teams have possession of the ball at the same time.  The winner of the duel now has possession and gets the game going again when thrown to a teammate.  When a goal is score, the team gets three points.  Now both teams tug-off again in the goal to score an extra point.  After the extra point tug, the ball goes back to the center for the next round.


This game is styled more like a PE or big group game.  It's like capture the flag, but there are four teams instead of two.  Each teams is protecting their own tugball while trying to steal the other teams' tugballs and eliminating them in the vortex at the center of the field.  The team that has the last Tugball™ in their "base" wins.

Ultimate Steal the Bacon

This activity is similar to steal-the-bacon, but more involved and with points scored each time a player steals the bacon for their team.  There are nine squares and play begins in the center square.  If your team pulls the ball from the center square to a square closer to your side, you win three points.  If you pull the ball from a close square onto your side, you win 5 points.

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