They say that necessity is the mother of invention. Entrepreneurs, inventors and creators can look at something that exists and see how to make it better. Bill Gates, Marie (Madame) Curie, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington Carver had a driving force within them that not only made them think outside the box but they LIVED outside the box and changed the world forever. The challenge for all trailblazers is that at the beginning no one else sees what they see - the possibilities, the vision, the change.
Having been born into a family trained in athletics and after a life-long career in physical training, martial arts and sports knowledge, Michael Cerpok looked at existing traditional sports and saw the gaps of where some of them fell short in the lives of up-and-coming athletic youths. Seeing the possibilities of a fast and competitive sport without the head and body injuries, without the exclusion of weaker players or certain positions on the field, without the separation of genders, Michael created SABAKIBALL.
Michael's vision for SABAKIBALL was to create game-play that tore down the status quo in sports. Why do we separate genders? Why do the athletes have to risk the health of their bodies in order to play competitively? Why do certain positions of the game-play get more or less value or attention? When Michael created SABAKIBALL it was to include all players, all genders, all skill levels, and it was to be a sport that is fun to PLAY, fun to WATCH and cultivates the fundamentals of fair play, safety and encouragement. Anyone who has been involved in sports as a spectator, player or parent may have experienced that these fundamentals are missing from traditional sports. And anyone who has been involved in SABAKIBALL can tell you that it is different than anything they have ever played or seen before.
Once Michael found a way to fill the gaps in current sports play, he set out to change what people expect from sports. As all trail blazers find, people resist change. There has to be a necessity for the change for it to be accepted by the masses. News articles and social media conversations prove that we are ready to eliminate gender biases. We are ready to protect athletes from life-altering injuries. We are ready for sports to show sportsmanship, leadership and encouragement. Indeed, we are ready for change! We need change.
Join SABAKIBALL in LIVING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX! Challenge the status quo. Question why things are the way they are. Think outside the box, then LIVE outside the box. Put your thoughts into action! We all have a trailblazer spirit. Sabakiball would love to hear about your trailblazer spirit or other trailblazers that LIVE OUTSIDE THE BOX and have changed your life for the better!
Sabakiball is The Ultimate Team Sport. Wow, what a claim! What makes Sabakiball different than other team sports that makes it The Ultimate? Teamwork.
To be on a team does not mean there needs to be Teamwork. Many team sports, professional and recreational, see a star emerge. That one person who dominates the field or ice or court. Of course it is easy for the star to take over. It's in his nature - that is why he is a star! And it's easy for the team to just pass the ball and let the star do his thing. But there is so much missed opportunity to involve the other players and build up their strengths too for the benefit of the team.
Sabakiball was invented to create the NEED for the team. The players must pass the ball three times before attempting to score. This involves the NEED for multiple players on the court and the cooperation between them. Defensive strategies allow the defending team to "double up" on the star player stopping her from getting the ball or shooting. The offensive team has no choice but to utilize the "weaker" players who are not guarded. After watching, coaching and playing Sabakiball for over ten years now we have seen consistently the teams with a star player lose to the team that utilized Teamwork effectively.
We can learn a lot from Sabakiball - The Ultimate Team Sport. In life there are many situation that if we all worked as a team instead of relying on that star player to pull us through it would be so much easier and productive. Traffic - if we worked together to merge fluidly, change lanes without disruption and move at the same speed together we could reduce traffic jams and accidents. Work - if coworkers and leaders alike encouraged each other to act on each others strengths and "pass the ball" when someone else could do a task better, the office would harbor a supportive atmosphere and run smoothly. Family - if everyone contributed to housework, ideas and decisions of how the family unit functions, this team effort would make everyone feel of value and resource.
Our world, our communities, our families could greatly benefit from Teamwork. A complete cooperation of the "players" involved. We all have a common goal. Let's work as a Team to get there!
When Sabakiball was created over ten years ago, Founder Michael Cerpok, looked around at the current sports available to youths and adults, and noticed that participants in any physical activity had a choice of EITHER fun (recreational sports) OR competition (leagues). Why is this an EITHER/OR situation? Sabakiball was created under the ideal that competition IS fun. What makes this possible? SPORTSMANSHIP!
Sportsmanship is at the heart of Sabakiball. In fact, in the Scottsdale (AZ) league they give out a sportsmanship award at the end of each season. Among awards for MVP, high scorer and best goals-against-average, the Sportsmanship Award is the most honorable. Much like in hockey where the players sometimes pummel each other on the ice then shake hands in the end, Sabakiball league games get quite intense (no pummeling though - it is non-contact) especially when the players are very good athletes and are adept at the rules of play. Yet during this intense competition there is always sportsmanship steering the play.
Sabakiball's vision for all leagues and organized games is that all players feel that when they come onto the field there is no holding back from their athletic abilities and their competitive natures because competition can be a healthy, fun and growth-oriented outlet for youths and adults alike.
If you have played Sabakiball and experienced its vision of Sportsmanship in Intense Competition we invite your comments on this blog, and would love to see you on the field. If you have not played Sabakiball yet but value fun AND competitive play of a non-stop sport, contact us through social media or our website to inquire where you can play SABAKIBALL in your area. What are your thoughts on SPORTSMANSHIP in sports?
SABAKIBALL -- IT'S FAST, IT'S FUN, IT'S FURIOUS! IT'S A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME!
Welcome! After many years we have finally joined the "present" and decided to start a blog. We are always fielding questions and comments about Sabakiball and I felt that a blog would be a great way to allow everyone to share in their questions, opinions, and ideas. Of course, I do ask that you keep it civil. Comments must be approved so trolls need not bother. : )
I will get started with my own thoughts in the next day or two, but in the meantime feel free to "get the ball rolling" with anything you would like to share, especially your experiences playing Sabakiball. Until next time...