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33 international locations to compete within the first ever ‘Spikeball Roundnet World Championship’ in Belgium


Nelson Dziruni and Megan Leybourne (Austrian National Squad). Photos by Esaja Ekman @two_swedes

From informal out of doors sport to the primary World Championship

From informal out of doors sport to the primary World Championship.

  • Spikeball Inc has teamed up with the International Roundnet Federation and Roundnet Belgium to host the primary ever ‘Spikeball Roundnet World Championship’
  • The Championship will happen in Belgium on September 8-11, 2022
  • 33 international locations will take part, together with Australia, Brazil, Canada, Egypt, USA and plenty of European nations

On September eighth, 33 international locations’ nationwide squads will arrive at Park Molenheide, Belgium, for the primary ever Spikeball Roundnet World Championship. In complete there might be over 200 groups competing, cheered on by spectators and followers from all around the world. Each nationwide squad is made up of 5 males’s groups, three girls’s crew and one mixed-gender crew. One crew is comprised of two gamers. The first ever world championship marks a big second in historical past for the game of roundnet. Spikeball Inc. is the official gear supplier and title sponsor of the occasion.

What is roundnet? Where did it come from?

Roundnet is performed two versus two and is similar to seashore volleyball: every crew has as much as three touches to return the ball again on the web. There are not any sides or boundaries, and the sport is performed 360 levels across the web. Watch this video to see it in motion.

A standard false impression is that ‘Spikeball’ is the identify of the game. The sport is in truth known as ‘roundnet’ – Spikeball is the main gear supplier for the game and for the Spikeball Roundnet World Championship 2022.

The sport has been rising steadily for the previous 15 years. In 2008, Spikeball Inc started creating prime quality roundnet gear and investing into the game. As time went on, each Spikeball Inc and roundnet lovers started establishing native tournaments on seashores and in parks. Fast ahead a decade and there are a whole bunch of tournaments being hosted throughout the globe on a weekly foundation, and a primary ever world championship. Spikeball Inc runs the distinguished annual ‘Spikeball Tour Series’, which hosts occasions throughout the USA, Canada and Europe.

In 2020 the International Roundnet Federation was created to place the game on the trail to Olympic inclusion. This international governing physique is a non-profit group presently made up of 35 nationwide roundnet federations. The inaugural world championship is a key milestone for the IRF and a a lot anticipated event for your entire roundnet group.

Schedule

Thursday September eighth: Coed (mixed-gender) Championship

  • Each nation selects one coed crew to compete
  • This is a key occasion inside roundnet that units it aside from many different sports activities

Friday September ninth: Individual Championship

  • Teams from every nation play towards one another to crown the highest particular person mens and womens groups on the planet

Saturday tenth and Sunday eleventh of September: Squad Championship

  • National groups acquire factors and progress by way of the event as one squad

There is little doubt the ambiance on all 4 days might be electrical. In addition, Spikeball Inc might be live-streaming lots of the knock-out stage matches throughout their Youtube and Twitch channels, so followers can observe alongside from dwelling. Check out their latest stream from the Columbus Major for a style.

“I’m so extremely excited to be part of the primary ever Spikeball Roundnet World Championship. When I began the enterprise again in 2008 by no means in my wildest desires did I believe there could be a world championship, not to mention one with 30+ international locations competing! This is such a testomony to all the work the gamers and organizers have been doing all around the world for years. I’m feeling grateful that Spikeball has helped play a component.”

-Chris Ruder, CEO of Spikeball Inc

“I can not wait to see all of the international locations collectively in a single place. There are folks I’ve been working intently with for years that I’ll be assembly for the primary time on the occasion. The preliminary World Championship was deliberate for 2020, however Covid put a cease to that. Since then, the International Roundnet Federation and the member National Federations have grown tremendously. It might be wonderful to see all of it lastly come collectively.”

-Jack Scotti, VP, Strategy & Sport Development at Spikeball Inc

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Useful Links & Resources: Spikeball Roundnet World Championship official web site

International Roundnet Federation official web site

Spikeball Tour Series: the house of Spikeball roundnet tournaments

Lefty on Two: participant write-ups, rankings and event previews

Spikeball Inc official web site

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