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Old 06-26-2014, 02:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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The year was 2016. It had been more then eight years since the last time the offical Slamball league held a season. With only three seasons and a short series in it's entire history, people had begun to think that Slamball had come and gone, another fad of the 21st century. However, a few bored kids in Melbourne, Australia scraped enough money together to convert one of their fathers warehouses into a basketball court. For a whole summer, a group of lads all had a hell of a time, playing different varieties of basketball games, holding tournaments and giving out cheap medals they bought at the two dollar shop. During the last weekend, to be played before the championship game of the sumer, we planned an all-star game. We intended to get the best of the players who played in the warehouse, but also others we had played with in amateurs and were keen to play a game.

Since most of the time it was only people playing who hung around in the warehouse, no one ever bothered to worry about seating. However, one of the semi-pro players who was coming down to play said he had a fair amount of friends wanting to enjoy the game, as it was something they had never heard of before, an unsanctioned game in a refurnished warehouse. We quickly contacted a carpenter friend, who was able to create some benches from scrap to go around the court. Two days later, and he came back to the warehouse with 4 wide sets of benches, each 3 steps beach. They had a steel frame and wooden seats. Enough to cover both sides of the court. "I couldn't sleep thinking of the job I did, I knew I could do so much better" was his response, no that we minded. One of our friends we went to school with, who worked in the film industry, came around when he heard of the show we were putting on. He had a large amount of go-pro cameras he had acquired broken and refurbished himself. We organised a deal to borrow some camera's for the warehouse, if we let him edit the videos himself. Weird deal I know, but he has always been interested in how sports programs are put together, and considering how well he would edit our old-school backyard wrestling videos, he probably could've charged us for both the usage of cameras and his services.

It was finally game day, or as we called it because we never decided on a name: 'Super Summer Day'
The plan was to have the All-Star game in the afternoon, a decent intermission and then the Championship Game. The All-Star game didn't start until 2PM, and by 12:30PM there was over 200 people in the parking lot of the warehouse, drinking, wearing basketball jerseys and talking shit. Someone was quickly sent to buy extra gas of the BBQ, sausages, bread, beer and ice. If people were going to be at their warehouse being hungry and thirsty, they may as well be the ones making money off them. The All-Star game finally started, and Team Skins defeated Team Shirts by 6 points. The box score of the end of the game was over 200, with the semi-pro player from each team both recording a double-double.

We had nothing planned for the intermission. We were hoping that everybody would get up and go outside to have a smoke or something, but nobody budged. People had been getting up to go to the toliet, or to buy $2 sausages in bread and $5 cans of VB, but they had nothing to entertain themselves now. We were hoping they didn't get too bored. The two Semi-Pro were going over the stats recorded by a few friends and were also talking to the camera a bit as a self interview. They discovered they both shot 7/10 3PG. As a joke, one of them said they should have a 3-point contest, and before you know it, they were both lined up on the 3-point line taking shots. As this was happening, the idea in everyone's head was obvious. SLAM. DUNK. CONTEST.
Someone ran around collecting names of who was interested, and after the 3-point contest was over, the rings were lowered.(What? You really expect a bunch of nobody's to have hops?)

The two Semi-Pro blokes entered again, alongside anyone else who could actually make the distance. Once again, it was a battle between the same two guys. They pulled out all the stops against each other, with the winner of the All-Star MVP & 3-Point Contest hitting an Air Jordan from the free throw line sent the stadium into uproar. He was the obvious winner, and definitely deserved to be playing in a better league. And as for the winner of the Championship, I can honestly tell you I don't remember much of that game. Alongside with a few other of the warehouse originals, we were mesmerised by the way the crowd reacted after that dunk. They only played basketball for fun, so they would never be skillful enough to play as well as the Semi-Pro players, but they could replicate a few of the spots they performed, the ones that got the crowd electric. While shit was being talked about the Super Summer Day, someone counted the money and discovered we had made a thousand dollars profit. A GRAND! Just for playing a bit of basketball and letting people watch for once. They knew that they wanted to host a basketball kinda sport at the warehouse to make a bit of money, but it had to look flashy and not rely on skills too much. The answer was simple.

SLAMBALL

The first day after summer, and the floorboards of the warehouse were getting ripped up. We needed trampolines in this motherfucker, and we need them now. Our carpenter friend came back and built a big bass. Everything was now sitting off the floor so the tramps could fit. We put in a $3'000 investment to get the fiberglass surrounding installed, but we really hoped it would all work out. After it was all installed, it was occupied nearly 24/7. Everyone from the original warehouse crew was there, and a bunch of others who were finally given an opportunity to play a sport nearly forgotten. Practice game after practice game was played until some drills were figured out, and some training sessions were also held. Eventually, everyone had basic-to-advanced basketball skills, as well as knowing how to handle the trampolines, and take a safe hit. So much behinds the shit stuff had been going on, and we were finally registered with the government as an official sporting body. However, in order to qualify for tax deductions and what not, the teams could not be individually/corporately owned, and had to be regional. This meant that the original 31 of the warehouse crew had to contact their respective local council and set up a club that way. We thought it was ridiculous, especially since we were going to have every game at the same location, but we received so much support, especially from Bendigo who only had the single player and wouldn't of been able to get a game if they didn't go out of their way to find some basketball players interested in weekly trips to Melbourne.

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Old 06-26-2014, 02:21 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Rules of VBL:
Scoring is achieved by passing the ball into the net at the opponent's end of the court for points, while preventing the opposing team from doing the same at one's own net. The aim is to have outscored the opposing team when the game ends. A successful score can be worth two points if the ball is thrown through the hoop without the offensive player touching the hoop. Slam dunks are scored three points. All shots outside three-point arc are worth three points as well. In this sport four players from each team may be on the court at one time. Substitutions are unlimited and can be done during play as in the game of hockey. Each team has a coach and additional staff which includes assistant coaches, managers, statisticians, doctors, etc.
The game is controlled by two referees and the table officials. The table keeps track of the score, time, team possessions, fouls and the shot clock.

Playing regulations in VBL:
Games are played in four 7-minute quarters, unlike the NBA, which plays for four 12-minute quarters. The game commences with a "bounce-off" in which the ball is bounced at center court. The ball must reach its apex uninterrupted, at which point the players are allowed to "check" each other. Five minutes are allowed for a half-time break and Two for a quarter-time; only one time-out is permitted to each team, which may only be used during the last two minutes of regulation play. A 15-second shot clock is utilized. Teams change ends for the second half. A tie score at the end of regulation time is settled by a series of "face offs"

Fouls in VBL:
Each player can commit just three personal fouls before he is "fouled out" from the match, unlike in the NBA, where it takes six personal fouls to be removed from the game. A coach or player displaying poor sportsmanship (for example, fighting, arguing vehemently against an official) may be charged with a technical foul. Two technical fouls will result in a disqualification. In the case a foul is called, the player who has committed the foul, will then take position on the baseline of the lower trampolines while the player who was offended will take up offensive position at center court. This is called a 'face-off'. Upon a signal from the referee the offensive player will be free to mount an attack at the basket, which the defender now must endeavor to stop. The defender must enter the lower trampoline only after bouncing in from the side trampoline. If the offensive player is successful, then points will be awarded depending on the shot converted and the offensive players' team will retain possession of the ball. In the case of any tie-ups, the defensive team always gain possession, but if the shot was blocked, the offensive team retains the ball from center court.

List of Common Fouls:
1. When an offensive player has the ball and a defensive player checks him in the back. Result: Faceoff
2. When an offensive player has the ball and a defensive player checks him before he has begun to dribble the ball. Result: Faceoff
3. When an offensive player has the ball and a defensive player checks him while he is attempting to enter the trampoline. Result: Faceoff
4. When two offensive players step/bounce on the same trampoline. Result: Change of Possession
5. When an offensive player bounces on a trampoline twice while in physical possession of the ball. Result: Change of Possession
6. When either a Player or the Coach of a team argues with the referee and uses physical or verbal abuse in anger. Result: Can either be a Faceoff or Change of Possession (referee decides)
7. If two players from the same team are on the same island or trampoline, or 'station' as it is called. Result: Turnover.
8. Three-second violation: When an offensive player is stationed in an island area (sides of trampolines). Result: Turnover.
9. No shots can be attempted from an island. Result: Turnover.
10. If the defense holds position on an island, a charge can be called against the opposition. Result: Turnover.
11. Popcorn effect: When a defensive player deliberately interferes with the offensive player's bounce, effectively equates to 'standing' on the offensive player's landing spot to cause what would have been a trip in basketball. Result: Faceoff

Positions:
Each team has four players on the court at any one time. There are three positions:
Handler: This is the primary ball handler on the team. It is his job to run the offense and organize the other members while controlling the flow of the game. Typically he would be responsible to set up the gunners to attack the basket while adding in his own offensive threat.
Gunner: The primary scorer on the team. A team's gunner will be the player on the team that will attack the basket and finish plays against the opposing teams' stopper, comparable to a forward or wing player in soccer or hockey.
Stopper: This position is for the primary defensive player. He trails the offense only when necessary, and he protects the rim from attacking players by using himself as a shield. Goaltending is legal if the shot attempt is from inside the trampoline area.
Teams are free to choose their own configuration, the usual formations being 1 stopper, 2 handlers, and 1 gunner OR 1 stopper, 1 handler, and 2 gunners.
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Bendigo Bushrangers
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Coach: Charlie Ordell
Record: 0-0
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Current Streak: 0 W/L

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Number/Name/Position/GP/FGM/FG%/3FGM/3FG%/RB/AST/STL/BLK/PTS
12/James Tonkin/Handler/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
74/Lachlan Maloney/Gunner/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
31/Gabriel Proby/Gunner/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
25/Taj Batt/Stopper/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0


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Broadmeadows Broady's
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Debut: 2016
Coach: Ali Wrixon
Record: 0-0
Biggest Streak: 0 W/L
Current Streak: 0 W/L

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Number/Name/Position/GP/FGM/FG%/3FGM/3FG%/RB/AST/STL/BLK/PTS
81/Austin Quinlivan/Handler/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
71/Benjamin Dodd/Gunner/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
36/Archie Train/Gunner/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
5/Jonathan Bundey/Stopper/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0

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East Melbourne Bad Boys
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Debut: 2016
Coach: Hudson Moor
Record: 0-0
Biggest Streak: 0 W/L
Current Streak: 0 W/L

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48/Jimmie Robertson/Handler/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
66/Orville Payne/Gunner/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
35/Ervin Love/Gunner/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
34/Theodore Owen/Stopper/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0

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Full-On Frankston
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Debut: 2016
Coach: Derrick Morrison
Record: 0-0
Biggest Streak: 0 W/L
Current Streak: 0 W/L

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Number/Name/Position/GP/FGM/FG%/3FGM/3FG%/RB/AST/STL/BLK/PTS
40/Chris Waters/Handler/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
72/Archie Wood/Gunner/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
17/Luther Spencer/Gunner/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
99/Jeff Sullivan/Stopper/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0

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Geelong Felines
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Debut: 2016
Coach: Nicolas Vasquez
Record: 0-0
Biggest Streak: 0 W/L
Current Streak: 0 W/L

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Number/Name/Position/GP/FGM/FG%/3FGM/3FG%/RB/AST/STL/BLK/PTS
54/Jaime Armstrong/Handler/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
75/Homer Ellis/Gunner/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
56/Floyd Herrera/Gunner/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
21/Tommie Lopez/Stopper/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0

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Magic Melton
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Debut: 2016
Coach: Roberto Moreno
Record: 0-0
Biggest Streak: 0 W/L
Current Streak: 0 W/L

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Number/Name/Position/GP/FGM/FG%/3FGM/3FG%/RB/AST/STL/BLK/PTS
1/Darrell Mckenzie/Handler/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
2/Tyler Bowen/Gunner/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
3/Winston Tucker/Gunner/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
4/Curtis Garcia/Stopper/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0

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Narre Warren Westfielders
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Debut: 2016
Coach: Tyrone Bennett
Record: 0-0
Biggest Streak: 0 W/L
Current Streak: 0 W/L

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Number/Name/Position/GP/FGM/FG%/3FGM/3FG%/RB/AST/STL/BLK/PTS
38/Ronnie Schultz/Handler/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
59/Kurt Schneider/Gunner/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
77/Bradley Wheeler/Gunner/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
18/Darren Powell/Stopper/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0

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Ringwood Retards
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Debut: 2016
Coach: Lyle Rice
Record: 0-0
Biggest Streak: 0 W/L
Current Streak: 0 W/L

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Number/Name/Position/GP/FGM/FG%/3FGM/3FG%/RB/AST/STL/BLK/PTS
81/Nathan Stanley/Handler/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
71/Willard Soto/Gunner/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
36/Oliver Weber/Gunner/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
5/Lonnie Snyder/Stopper/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0

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Werribee Farmers
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Debut: 2016
Coach: Vernon Rivera
Record: 0-0
Biggest Streak: 0 W/L
Current Streak: 0 W/L

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18/Mathew Clayton/Handler/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
17/Kirk Maxwell/Gunner/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
63/Roy Gilbert/Gunner/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
5/Scott Love/Stopper/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
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West Melbourne Death Rowers
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Debut: 2016
Coach: Bob Travis & Jack Clemente
Record: 0-0
Biggest Streak: 0 W/L
Current Streak: 0 W/L

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00/Bob Travis/Handler/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
X/Pablo Briggs/Gunner/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
420/Peter Carey/Gunner/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
69/Jack Clemente/Stopper/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0/0
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Why is it called VBL and not VSL? Or VSBL?

Also, I'll be cheering the Ringwood Retards.
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Why is it called VBL and not VSL? Or VSBL?

Also, I'll be cheering the Ringwood Retards.
Geeze, because the acronym is Victorian slamBall League. However, it is only like that in the rule book... It's one of the rules.
Also your boys got a tough opening game against Geelong
Round One

East Melbourne Bad Boys VS Full-On Frankston (0-0)
Geelong Felines VS Ringwood Retards (0-0)
Broadmeadows Broady's VS Narre Warren Westfielders (0-0)
West Melbourne Death Row VS Werribee Farmers (0-0)
Magic Melton VS Bendigo Bushrangers (0-0)
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