The history of the game in the circle
The Game in a Circle had its origins in Mooi River South Africa where in the early eighties (1983) the Collins brothers invented a game that involved bouncing a ball off a round, centrally placed disc, in a circular court. The court was originally defined by a garden hose and players used their hands to strike or pass the ball. Players were required to use two shots in turn, but the novelty was that there were no sides to the court and players could rotate around the court as dictated by play. The game used to entertain the brother’s friend for endless hours and the rules evolved to keep pace with improving skills. Later padded discs were worn on the hands to prevent players from “scooping” and eventually these were replaced with rackets enabling greater reach and longer rallies.
Perpetually driven by the desire to create the perfect form of the game in a circle, diverse versions of the sport, rules and equipment were experimented with. Over time, different versions of the sport were developed, including the Court 360ball which won the award for the best New Sport at the ISPO in Germany in 2012? The Orbit is the mobile, outdoor version of the game for play in the garden, the park and beach.
Our Humble Beginnings
The game of 360ball® was invented by the Collins brothers, Mark & John, in the Natal Midlands South Africa in the mid nineteen eighties who played a game in a circle by bouncing a ball off a tiled disc. Over the next twenty years the game developed into the fast paced sport it is today. The brothers relocated to Sedgefield and then Knysna in the early nineties and the game evolved dramatically.
Our first court
The game experienced renewed interest in 2009 and the first game of Court 360 was played in Knysna in April 2010. 360ball® was played competitively by a number of individuals with whom the games inventors credit a lot of the games developments and modifications; Namely; Nelson das Fontes, Gavin Hobson and Rob Hill.
A Brand New Sport
360ball® becomes the first ball sport to be awarded with the Brand New Overall Award at the prestigious ISPO BrandNew Awards in Munich, Germany. ISPO Brand New is described as the largest start-up competition in the sports business.
360ball® takes on the World
The game has since been played on beaches and on courts across South Africa, Spain, France and Germany! An old water reservoir has been converted into a community 360ball® court in the founders hometown, Knysna.
We’re bouncing around the world
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