A new sport has been introduced and can be found on the courts in the BYU-Idaho Center.
Inversion ball is a unique combination of ultimate frisbee, team handball and basketball, which has two teams competing against one another to score goals, according to IMLeagues.
“Instead of having the goals on each end, we decided to flip it and put them in the middle, hence ‘inversion ball,’” said Blaine Dudgeon, one of the creators of inversion ball and a junior studying recreation management.
Unlike soccer or handball where the goals are on opposite ends of the field of play, inversion ball goals are placed back-to-back in the center of the court.
Dudgeon said the game is played like ultimate frisbee where you pass the ball to one another but cannot run with it. He said that this allows for quick back-and-forth action.
In order to score a goal, a player must bounce the ball off the ground into the net or spike it past the goaltender, similar to a volleyball play.
Dudgeon said having the goals in the middle of the court offers players a different approach to competitive sports.
“You have to move around a lot because the goals are in the middle; it’s not so linear,” said Mohonri Dorff, a junior studying computer engineering.
Dorff said this non-linear setup changes the way players move around the court and the way they position in order to score a goal.
“You don’t run long ways; you run around the goals,” said Christine Jacobsen, a junior majoring in general studies.
Jacobsen said the court setup causes players to always be searching for the ball as it is moved from player to player.
“I feel like there’s more running because you have to get all the way on the other side of the nets,” said Cybill Pace, a sophomore studying history education.
Pace said the soccer and ultimate frisbee elements of the game make it easy for players to acclimate themselves to inversion ball strategy.
Jacobsen said with its inaugural season underway, inversion ball allows students to compete without feeling the pressure of being an all-star or M.V.P.
“I like that it’s new and that no one is really good at it,” Jacobsen said.
Inversion ball has captured the interest of students at BYU-I with 12 teams being formed and over 90 students participating in the newly-formed sport, according to IMLeagues.
“It’s fun, exciting and fast paced,” Dudgeon said. “I think people catch onto it naturally because it has so many elements of similar games.”