The rules to the game of bubble soccer that we love!
THE HISTORY OF BUBBLE FOOTBALL
Human beings, since the beginning of time, have tried to figure out safer ways to run into each other. In ancient Mayan culture, the prophets envisioned a time where all people would be able to run into each other while chasing a round ball. Many Middle and South American countries misunderstood the prophesy to be referring to soccer, or how they call it, "futbol". North Americans attempted to devise a safer form of football, but studies show, it's really not safe to run into other people at full speed, even while wearing a helmet and pads.
But archaeologists recently discovered early prototypes in excavations in Guadalajara that appear to be full-body bubble wrap, located near a ball that looks a lot like a soccer ball. Cave drawings nearby indicate that the players used to wrap themselves in the crudely-fashioned bubble wrap and chase around the soccer ball, to the death.
No one ever died.
Stratus Bubble Soccer is proud to bring back the traditional, extremely safe practice of Bubble Soccer onto the multicultural plains in the City of Angels.
Have all the fun!
Seriously that's the only rule and we dare you to try to break it. It's just not possible to be grumpy while playing bubble soccer. Our refs? They love their job. Your teammates? They're all having a blast. The other people in the park? Yeah, they wish they were you.
Q: I’m really not sure where to play
A: If you don’t know where to play, don’t worry, we’re happy to help. Just let us know what part of town you want to play in and if you have a preference of indoor or outdoor, and we’ll recommend at least one park or place near you.
Q: Is set up a part of our playtime?
A: No. Setup is not included in your ordered playtime. We show up about an hour early for setup. If you have any special setup instructions, let us know in advance. Otherwise, we’ll let our seasoned knowledge dictate where we set up in the designated space.
Q: What do I need to bring?
A: Athletic clothes is highly recommended, because it can get quite warm in the bubbles. We recommend water and snacks, but not a full meal before playing. Lastly, and most importantly, we recommend a great can-do attitude to try something new!
Q: What happens if I need to cancel?
A: Cancellation policy is pretty simple: Rescheduling is always free at least 48 hours in advance. We're happy to reschedule for rain or wet conditions as well.
If you're canceling more than 2 weeks before your event, you will receive a full refund. Cancellations made between 2 weeks and 1 week will receive their full refund minus a $50 cancellation fee. Cancellations made with less than a week before the event will receive a 50% of their refund back.
Q: Oh no! it might rain during our event! (OR) It rained last night, but it looks like it won't rain during our event. What's the your rain policy?
A: We have played bubble soccer in the rain and it can be a lot of fun. What's not fun, is putting dirty muddy equipment in your car and then cleaning your car and equipment afterwards. This is LA, so rain isn't usually an issue, but If there's a good chance of rain or the field is wet because it rained in the last 24 hours, then you can reschedule your event for free. If you still want to play even though it's wet or might rain, then the decision is up to your Referee to play in wet or rainy conditions. Also, we charge a $35 cleaning fee for wet and rainy conditions.
Q: What do Stratus Bubble Soccer provide?
A: We will bring everything you need to play, including goals, soccer ball, cones for boundaries, and of course an awesome referee.
Q: How large a group can you accommodate?
A: Unlike some companies, our standard events are not charge based on how many people that will be playing. Because bubble soccer is group sport and is as much watch as it is to play, we encourage you to invite everyone! Playtime is usually broken up in five minute games, so for 10 bubbles you can have up to 25 participants, and everyone should get to play a few games in an hour. For kids, only a few more participants than bubbles is ideal, as kids seem to have infinite energy!
Q: What are the age, weight and height limits?
A: We recommend ages 10 and up, taller than 3’6” to play bubble soccer. Weight doesn’t matter. If those playing are smaller or hasn't reached 10 yet? Don’t worry, kids who don’t meet these recommendations still love our bubbles, we just play other games, like relay roll race, steal the bacon, and much more. Anyone under 18 years old must have their parent/guardian sign this waiver.
Q: What if my friends and I aren’t good at soccer?
A: Soccer skills are not required to play bubble soccer. Falling down and standing back up is pretty much the only requirement to play. Soccer stars may be a little better, but the bubbles definitely level the field.
Q: I want to do this for a BBQ or corporate event. Any suggestions?
A: We find that having everyone there before the playtime starts is crucial. People arriving late can delay the start time and cut into total play time. We also recommend that any large meals are planned for after the playtime ends. Meals before or during won’t ruin your event, however, it might pollute the air inside the bubble... Just kidding - as with any sport, it’s just better to not play on a full stomach.
BUBBLE SOCCER RULES
So aside from that, there are no rules. Invent new ways to play, make it up on the fly, and have all the fun! However, we have included some useful terms for the moments that can only occur during a Bubble Soccer match.
Bubblers – Anyone currently playing.
The King – the person currently in possession of the ball. If you don’t have the ball it’s your duty to de-throne the King and take the throne for yourself!
The Chunk – When a single bubbler manages to take out an entire team of people, he/she earns the right to perform a Truffle Shuffle.
Truffle Shuffle – A high risk, high reward victory dance, during which the dancer is not protected from hits.
The I’ll Be Back – when someone gets hit hard enough that they bounce off the ground and back to a standing position before they realized what happened.
Flopping - When someone falls to the ground and can’t get up, so they flip-flop around on the ground.
Going Rogue – When the Jarl leaves the ball behind to go hit someone and comes back for the ball while the other bubbler is Flopping.